Peugeot’s 308 GTi hot hatch is set to arrive in Australia is two variants, with pre-orders kicking off from December.
A cloud of speculation surrounded the 308 GTi’s price point in the lead-up to its launch, but the range will start from $44,990.
That price is for the 184kW 308 GTi 250, while the more powerful 200kW 308 GTi 270 starts from $49,990.
That still puts the 308 GTi above the 162kW Volkswagen Golf GTI which starts at $40,990, and the 184kW Ford Focus ST at $38,990.
The GTi 270 does undercut the 206kW Golf R by $2750, but unlike the high-powered AWD Golf, the 308 GTi 270 sticks with front-wheel-drive.
Both versions of the 308 GTi are powered by a Peugeot Sport 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder, coupled to a six-speed manual transmission, allowing the GTi 250 to sprint from 0-100 km/h in 6.2 seconds.
Torque output for both engines is 330Nm delivered from 1900-5000rpm.
Suspension is provided by a pseudo-MacPherson strut front-end with semi-hollow anti-roll bar and aluminium wishbones, coupled with a twist-beam rear axle. Ride height is reduced by 11mm compared to the standard 308.
Additionally the GTi 270 comes with a Torsen limited slip differential that draws on traction control information for optimal traction. Additionally the stability control programming has been tweaked to allow enhanced drift on bends.
GTi styling tweaks include LED headlights, black grille and air-intakes in chequered pattern mesh, sequential LED indicators, new sill-panels and a rear bumper with twin exhaust outlets and a gloss-black insert.
Wheels are 18-inch ‘Diamant’ alloys wrapped in 225/40 R18 Michelin Pilot Sport 3 tyres on the GTi 250 and 19--inch ‘Carbone’ alloys wearing 235/35 R19 Michelin Super Sport tyres.
Two tone ‘Coupe Franche’ paint is available in GTi 270, teaming an Ultimate Red front section with Nera Black at the rear.
Single-colour choices include Ultimate Red, Magnetic Blue, Nera Black, Pearescent White, Cumulus Grey, and non-metallic Hurricane Grey.
Red stitching adorns the upholstery, gear lever, floor mats, and door trims while aluminium covers the door sills, pedals, and gear-knob.
The small-diameter steering wheel adopts a GTi logo and red centering mark. Pressing the Sport button in the centre console changes the centre display from white to read and includes readouts for power, torque, boost, and lateral and longitudinal acceleration.
308 GTi 250 (184kW) - $44,990.
308 GTi 270 ???(200kW) - $49,990.
Note: Manufacturer's List Price, on-road costs and charges extra.
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