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Mike Stevens | Jun, 18 2015 | 2 Comments

UPDATE: The 308 GTi has now been officially revealed. Read about it here.

Peugeot’s new 308 GTi hot hatch has been revealed again, thanks to a series of marketing shots that surfaced online today.

The spoilers have gone one better with this latest round of leaks, with new brochure pages revealing power figures… for two versions of the new GTi.

On one page, a specifications table reveals that both will be powered by Peugeot’s turbocharged 1.6 litre petrol engine, with one delivering 184kW and the other producing 199kW - the same figure as listed with the RCZ R coupe.

Details of each variant’s purpose are unclear at this stage. One possibility is that we're looking at two region-specific variants (similar to Volkswagen and Audi’s Golf R and S6 models that are de-tuned for Australia), but, with the RCZ R already offering 199kW in Australia, we’re unlikely to suffer this time.

It is also possible that the two versions will simply represent two tiers of price and performance, similar to the top-shelf ‘S’ variants offered with AMG models, or the Performance Pack available with the Golf GTI - although that particular option focuses more on handling than power.

Little else is revealed in this latest leak, although the document also highlights a kerb weight of 1205kg, making it just 5kg heavier than the heftiest models in the regular 308 hatch range.

On the styling front, these images confirm that the new 308 GTi may have been styled to a formula that focuses on minimal manufacturing changes.

Front-end styling is largely identical to the existing 308 GT warm hatch, while the rear wears the same compact roof-mounted ‘wing’.

It does wear a GTi badge, though, and that’s something. The rear’s most obvious styling differentiator, though, is the unique exhaust tip design and rear diffuser, setting it apart - just slightly - from the 308 GT’s rump.

The whole package sits on new 19-inch two-tone alloy wheels, backed by large red Peugot Sport brake callipers at the front.

In the cabin, there’s a chunky leather-trimmed and perforated sports steering wheel, a polished silver gear knob, aluminium pedals, leather and suede sports seats, and red contrast stitching.

The new 308 GTi will make its global debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK, over the June 25-28 weekend.

 

AUSTRALIA

Expect the 308 GTi to hit European showrooms before the year is out. And, although an Australian debut is not yet confirmed, there is plenty of interest inside the offices of local distributor Sime Darby.

“If it was made available to us we would definitely want it. Absolutely,” National Marketing Manager at Peugeot Australia, Dimitri Andreatidis, told TMR in October.

A local debut could also see pricing revised downward for the current 151kW petrol 308 GT, which, at $41,990, is already more expensive than the 184kW $38,990 Focus ST.

Likewise, the 162kW Golf GTI, although more powerful than the 308 GT, is a touch cheaper at $41,490.

How Peugeot will position the new GTi in Australia remains to be seen. In the meantime, stay tuned to TMR for its big unveiling on June 25-26.

UPDATE: The 308 GTi has now been officially revealed. Read about it here.

MORE: 308 GTi | Peugeot 308 R | Peugeot 308 | Hot Hatches

 
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