New Peugeot 308 GTi revealed at Goodwood. Plus: engine, performance, exterior style, interior style, price and efficiency.
What Is It?
The Peugeot 308 GTi 1.6 270hp has made its world début at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and the Moving Motor Show. But what is it? The 308 GTi is the fastest, sportiest and most fashionable version of the manufacturer's small family class vehicle. The purpose of this hot-hatch is to “provide a thrilling driving experience”, its manufacturer says. Strengths include a bespoke spring stiffness setting and shock absorber calibration that sharpen the handling. The 308 GTi also has a limited slip differential mounted in its gearbox that optimises performance through corners. It sends engine power to the wheel with most grip.
Engine, Performance, Efficiency
The 308 GTi is powered by a 1.6-litre, 270hp, petrol engine that propels it to 62mph in 6 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 155mph. Peugeot says this engine – that produces 330Nm of torque at 1,900rpm – sets a “new record for power-to-weight ratio in its segment”. It is teamed with 6-speed manual transmission, averages 47.1mpg and emits carbon at a rate of 139g/km. Such figures impress. Efficiency is optimised via a start/stop system that switches-off the engine when the car is stationary. It restarts automatically as the motorist presses the clutch to select a gear.
The GTi 270hp is reigned-in by “race developed” ventilated front discs that have a diameter of 380mm. These complement aluminium hubs and 4-piston callipers. Rear discs measure 268mm. Handy in a car that covers 1,000 metres from a standing start in 25.3 seconds.
The 308 GTi exterior has a range of enhancements that are “obvious from every angle”, the manufacturer claims. Highlights include the lower stance. It sits 11mm closer to the ground than its tamer siblings. This complements a sporty front that has LED lamps and a chequered pattern gloss-black grille. Spoilers below the bumper enhance aerodynamic performance. From the side, Peugeot says, the “redesigned door sills hint at the car's aggressive nature”. The rear has a gloss-black section which houses the twin exhaust pipes.
Peugeot says the interior “is in keeping with its performance oriented exterior”. The upholstery, door panels, gear lever and mats have red stitches, for example, and the aluminium door sill finishers incorporate the GTi and PEUGEOT SPORT signatures. Aluminium is also used on the pedals, foot rest and gear knob. Bucket seats guarantee “cosseting lateral support to ensure the driver feels at one with the car.” The GTi also has a compact leather steering wheel (with GTi logo) and equipment such as the ventilation system operate via touch screen. Furthermore, a sport button enhances the engine’s “throaty” growl” and tweaks the response of the throttle for a more “engaging driving experience”.
The Peugeot 308 GTi 270hp has a baby brother too. Its 1.6-litre engine produces 250hp – rather than 270hp – so propels this 5-door hatchback to 62mph in 6.2 seconds rather than 6. It shares its sibling's top speed, average fuel consumption and carbon emission figures - but loses gadgets such as the limited slip differential.
Price And Colour
The Peugeot 308 GTi 270hp costs from £28,155 (manufacturer recommended retail price). The 250hp version is £26,555. Exterior colours include: Ultimate Red, Pearlescent White, Magnetic Blue, Nera Black, Cumulus Grey and non-metallic Hurricane Grey. The 270hp is also available with 2-tone paint for a further £1,300. The combination is Ultimate Red at the front - and most of the sides – and Nera Black. The crossover point is close to the rear door handles.