Peugeot has introduced two 308 GT models to the Australian market.
Available in turbocharged petrol and turbocharged diesel forms, the Peugeot 308 GT completes the 308 range, which was awarded European car of the year in 2014.
Unlike some recent ‘performance’ models in the industry, the Peugeot 308 GT offers significant upgrades over the regular variants, with bespoke drivelines augmenting the specifically-tuned chassis and styling updates. Peugeot 308 GT buyers have a choice of two engines; a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol four-cylinder unit with six-speed manual transmission or a 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel.
The petrol unit develops 151kW at 5000rpm and 285Nm from 1750-4500rpm and is backed solely by a six-speed manual transmission. Opting for the diesel brings 133kW at 3750rpm and 400Nm at 2000rpm with mandatory six-speed automatic.
A kerb weight of only 1200kg is achieved by the petrol 308 GT, with the diesel and auto combination adding a further 120kg.
Both models benefit from lower ride height (the front down 7mm, the rear 10mm), with specific spring and damper rates offering more immediacy through the chassis. Firmer steering with three turns lock-to-lock, sharper throttle mapping and improved shift points for the diesel’s auto gearbox add further focus. Both ride on 18-inch alloys with 225/40/18 rubber, while specific styling and GT badging identify the 308 GT as the pinnacle of the range. Inside, a 9.7-inch centre screen with sat-nav and a driver assist pack (which includes active cruise, emergency collision alert and brake, park assist and blind spot monitoring) add to the comprehensive standard equipment list.
The Peugeot 308 GT petrol is priced from $41,990 plus on-road costs, with the diesel priced from $42,990.