After much anticipation, Peugeot reveals the new 308 GTi and its return to the increasingly competitive hot-hatch market.

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Built with Peugeot Sport’s influence, the lightweight (1205kg) 308 GTi will be available in Australia in two variants, one being slightly warmer than the other. Both models will see the tail-end of 250km/h (where they are electronically-limited), the lower spec, 184kW variant capable of reaching 100km/h in 6.2sec. Step-up to the 200kW tune and the benchmark time reduces to 6.0sec.

Both are powered by the familiar turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder seen in the RCZ R. Either tune sees maximum torque of 330Nm produced flat from only 1900rpm all the way through to 5000rpm.

If you opt-out for the top of the line 308 GTi 270, you’ll send that power to the front wheels via a six-speed manual and Torsen LSD, grabbing the tarmac with 235/35/19 Michelin Super Sport tyres. The GTi 250 makes do with 225/40/18s.

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On the suspension side ride height will be dropped 11mm compared to its predecessor, gaining a substantially stiffer spring setup, increased negative camber, and stiffer bushings. Aesthetic upgrades are minor, a more aggressive front grille and intake system, and a wider body kit comprising of side skirts and a narrow rear diffuser that incorporates cut-outs for exhaust outlets.

Peugeot claims the 308 GTi will consume 6.0L/100km, making it significantly more efficient than other cars in its class. The Volkswagen GTI for instance, sits at 6.5L/100km; the difference is likely helped by the Pug’s smaller engine capacity.

Pricing starts at £26,555 for the base model (approximately $54,000 AUD), or £28,155 (around $57,000 AUD) for the top-spec version, with local pricing to be announced closer to the launch date.

The car is set to make its public release at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and is expected to be available to order in the coming months, but in the meantime, check out Peugeot’s preview video below.

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