Peugeot Australia has confirmed it will bring the 308 GTi hot hatch to our shores early next year, with two engine variants to be offered.
At the lower end of the scale will be the 308 GTi 250, which produces 184kW of power and 330Nm of torque from its 1.6 litre turbocharged inline four.
The 308 GTi 270 steps things up to a red-blooded 199kW, with peak torque remaining at 330Nm. Do those numbers sound familiar? They should - the GTi 270 uses the same 1.6 litre motor as the Peugeot RCZ R.
Both models take power to the front wheels via a six-speed manual transmission. No automatics here.
The 250 hits 100km/h in 6.2 seconds, but the 270 cuts that down to six seconds flat. To give that some context, that's a full half-second faster than a VW Golf GTI.
The 270's performance advantage continues with 380mm front brake rotoras and a Torsen-type limited slip differential, plus 19-inch alloys shod with grippy Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres.
Inside the 270 you'll also find a set of deeply-bolstered Peugeot Sport racing bucket seats trimmed in Alcantara. A two-tone red-on-black exterior paint scheme can also be had on the GTi 270.
The GTi 250 makes do with smaller brakes, 18-inch alloys and Pilot Sport 3 rubber.
Pricing and full specifications have yet to be announced, but with the Peugeot 308 GT warm hatch currently priced from $41,990, the 308 GTi may end up being one of the more expensive FWD hot hatches on sale.
Unless Peugeot importer Sime Darby elects to slash the asking price of the GT model, expect the GTi to wear a premium pricetag somewhere in the mid-$40k realm.
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