Peugeot’s 308 GTi hot hatch for 2018 has been revealed to the world via a single image that’s slipped through the cracks and onto the internet.
Sporting a blue paint job with the now-familiar ‘triangular’ blacked-out rear third, the GTi pic - sourced by Motor1 after showing up briefly on Peugeot’s Spanish Twitter account - follows only a few weeks after Peugeot’s official reveal of the regular 308.
The pic shows the same updated front end as per the regular 308 with a new upright grille.
The GTi badging remains unchanged, but the red front facia highlight has been shortened for the new model. There’s also red brake callipers.
Peugeot has revealed nothing yet about the updated 308 GTi’s powerplants, but new engines in the regular 308 range suggest changes for the GTi as well.
Reports out of Europe predict the GTi 270 (with 270 horsepower) will become the GTi 290, leaving room for the current GTi 250 to take the 270’s place.
In Australia, the 250 was recently deleted when the 308 range was trimmed, so it remains to be seen whether Australia would get a new 290 horsepower (213kW) GTi or continue with the existing 270 model (199kW) - or both.
Fans should probably expect the manual-only status to continue, with no news yet to suggest the six-speed manual will be replaced or paired with an automatic version.
Also on the rumour mill is a 308 GTi ‘R’, or similar, with power outputs to cross through the 300 BHP (221kW) barrier. Stay tuned.
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