Peugeot 308 GTi to debut next weekend

The new Peugeot 308 GTi hot hatch is due to make a high-octane debut next weekend at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. A hotter version of the recently-introduced Peugeot 308, the 308 GTi draws direct inspiration from the legendary 205 GTi of the 1980s, as well as the new 208 GTi, which was revealed last year. To increase the sporting appeal of the 308 GTi, Peugeot added on exclusive front and rear styling, along with suspension that sits 11 millimetres closer to the ground than the standard model. Lower, sportier and faster than standard 308 Full LED headlamps sit on the front, along with a new black radiator grille and red detailing around the front air intakes, while two front spoilers boost aerodynamic performance.

Peugeot has also redesigned the door sills for a more aggressive look, while the back sports twin exhaust pipes alongside the signature GTi badging on the rear tailgate. The 308 GTi also features a widened track for better grip, 19-inch alloy wheels and a choice of Michelin Pilot Sport 3 or Super Sport tyres depending on specifications. A unique red and black two-tone finish, like on the 208 GTi, is available exclusively on the range-topping GTi 270 trim, while buyers also have a choice of red, white, black, blue and grey finishes. Unique colour scheme and features Inside, the performance theme of the exterior continues with vibrant red stitching on the upholstery, door panels, floor mats and gear levels, while the gear knob and pedals are finished in aluminium. Top-spec 207 trims get bucket seats with Alcantara upholstery, while a full-grain leather steering wheel also features alongside other kit like a heads-up display and GTi-exclusive badging.

All models also come with Peugeot’s i-Cockpit instrument and infotainment system with a centre touchscreen, while buyers can also specify a Driver Sport Pack for extra visual appeal and upgraded throttle response. The heart of the new Peugeot 308 GTi is a 1.6-litre petrol engine, which is available with an output of either 247bhp or 266bhp, and which comes with stop-start technology as standard. Priced from £26,555 Able to sprint from 0-62mph in as little as six seconds, top speed is limited at 155mph, while it can also return an impressive 47.1mpg with CO2 emissions of just 139g/km on the combined cycle. Stopping power comes courtesy of racing-spec disc brakes, while the 308 GTi also features a Torsen limited-slip differential and sportier traction control to improve handling and cornering ability. The new Peugeot 308 GTi will be available to order from Peugeot dealerships soon, with prices ranging between £26,555 for the entry-level model and £28,155 for the range-topping trim.