2010 Peugeot 308 GTi Revealed For Europe, Australia Debut Unclear

Mike Stevens | May 25, 2010

AS THE BATTLE rages between Europe's largest and second-largest carmakers, Volkswagen and PSA Peugeot Citroen, the French side has struck a new blow with the unveiling of the 2010 Peugeot 308 GTi - aimed squarely at Volkswagen's Golf GTI.

Where the Golf GTI draws power from a 2.0 litre turbo four-cylinder producing 155kW, its French counterpart the 308 GTI develops a not-too-distant 147kW from its not-inconsiderably-smaller 1.6 litre turbo-charged four. The same engine is used by BMW's MINI brand, and will also feature in Peugeot's upcoming RCZ sports coupe.

Maximum power is available between 5500 to 6800rpm, with 275Nm of torque available from 1700rpm to 4500rpm.

The 308 GTi covers the 0-100km/h sprint in 7.7 seconds, according to Peugeot, with an average fuel consumption figure of 6.9 l/100km. By comparison, the Golf GTI lists a 0-100km/h time of 6.9 seconds and fuel consumption of 7.7 l/100km for the manual.

A new steering set-up and 10mm lower sports suspension enhances the 308 GTi's handling, with braking managed by 340mm discs at the front and 290mm discs to the rear. At each corner are chunky-looking 18-inch alloy wheels.

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ESP, including dynamic stability control (CDS), electronic brake force distribution (EBFD) and emergency brake assist (EBA). The CDS, ASR (traction control) and EBA functions can be disconnected simultaneously (ESP Off).

Styling tweaks are minimal, with a black carbon fibre-style lip on the front bumper, a roof spoiler, a black rear diffuser, GTi badging and dual chrome exhaust tips.

Inside, sports seats up front are joined by an aluminium foot rest for the driver and an aluminium gear knob. The leather sports steering wheel features thumb grips and a racing-style flat bottom.

The 308 GTi is due to launch in Europe in June, and while Peugeot Australia is understood to be investigating its options, a local debut is unclear at this time.

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  • sammo8191
    sammo8191 says,
    5 years ago
    YES!! Please bring it to Australia Peugeot!!! I WANT ONE!!!
  • Steven Poyser says,
    5 years ago
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    Wow that looks beautiful! Those wheels too! Even though the numbers aren't exactly there to match the Golf's the fuel economy figures are great! In Australia the appeal would be greater because of exclusivity in my opinion whereas the Golf is way too common. I wonder how this Pug handles... laugh
    • Tim Wellham says,
      3 years ago
      Haha you know what the 508 tourer handles like now smile
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    Jake02 says,
    5 years ago
    Sorry I don't really see the appeal. The normal 308 is already too expensive. I was quoted $40k drive-away for a 308 XSE 2.0HDi manual with 17-inch alloys and a panoramic roof (both of them only worth $1,500 combined...) and a 4-month wait too. RIDICULOUS! Sure the 308 GTI would be better equipped but Peugeots haven't been known for their drive for years, and that's one of the reasons that you'd buy a hot hatch! This is merely just a slightly hotter 308...
    • Wheelnut
      Wheelnut says,
      5 years ago
      Perhaps a 4 month wait is an indication of how popular it is.
  • Lisa Preston says,
    5 years ago
    As Ive been bought bought up on Peugeot's and any thing Italian I have to say,I love the new Peugeot's at present,they really have have come a long way.

    My dad would be impressed if I had one over something German..........mmmmmmmmmmmmm,not likely yet though. x
  • says,
    5 years ago
    I had a 306 gti, and I miss it much. i'd say this car would be pretty awesome if it can live up to that