Official details are still to be released, but we can expect to learn all about the latest in a long line of hot Peugeots at the Goodwood Festival of Speed later this month.
Festival founder Lord March confirmed today that the new 308 GTi will star alongside the recent 308 R Hybrid concept at the event’s Moving Motor Show stand.
“Since we launched the Moving Motor Show in 2010, it has gone from strength to strength and the fact that major manufacturers like Peugeot are now using it to host global reveals is testament to how far the event has already come,” Lord March said.
“The Moving Motor Show is all about giving our visitors the chance to see concepts and premieres ahead of anyone else and it will be marvellous to have the world debut of its new Peugeot 308 GTi here at Goodwood this month.”
The new model will likely be inspired by both 308 R concepts, although it will likely be the earlier petrol version that informs the look and power figures of this new GTi - rather than the mental electric-assisted numbers of April’s R Hybrid.
There is little doubt, in fact, with Peugeot Sport boss Bruno Famin revealing to TMR in October that the new GTi would deliver between 185 and 199kW of power.
That leaves little mystery as to where the new GTi’s power will come from, with the RCZ-R coupe already driven by a 199kW 1.6 litre turbo petrol four-cylinder engine.
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.