In a presentation to journalists at Peugeot Sport headquarters in Velizy, France, Peugeot Sport Director Bruno Famin confirmed that the 308 GTI was one of its current projects.
“We are working on the new GTI version of the new 308, with possible engine [power] of 250-270PS,” Famin said.
An engine with 270PS (199kW) already exists in the RCZ-R, which uses a modified version of Peugeot’s familiar 1.6 litre turbo petrol four-cylinder.
The same powerplant featured in last year's 308 R concept (pictured), and its this engine, or a development of it, that would power the next 308 GTI.
Other details weren’t forthcoming, but this is the most concrete evidence yet that Peugeot is planning to revive the 308 GTI badge for the T9 model generation.
However it’s unlikely that the 308 GTI’s release is just around the corner.
The warmed-up 308 GT range is just about to make its motor show debut in Paris today before going on sale in Australia next February, and discussion of a model to sit above the GT has yet to take place.
“There’s been no confirmation or discussion about [local potential for] the 308 GTI as yet,” National Marketing Manager at Peugeot Australia, Dimitri Andreatidis, said.
“However, If it was made available to us we would definitely want it. Absolutely.”
More details of the next generation 308 GTI have yet to surface, but today’s message is clear: it's coming, and when it does, it'll come to Australia.
Pictured: the 2013 Peugeot 308 R Concept.