Looking at the spec for Peugeot’s hot new 308 GTi, it might ruffle more than a few feathers.

Peugeot Australia has confirmed there will be two versions of its 308 GTi available from early next year. Entry level GTi 250 will be available with 182kW while a more powerful GTi 270 model will deliver 200kW. Both GTi 250 and Gti 270 produce 330Nm from 1900-5000rpm and accelerate from 0-100km/h in 6.0sec or 6.2sec respectively.

“The 308 GTi will certainly give hot hatch customers a reason to look forward to 2016,” said John Startari, General Manager of Peugeot Australia.

Developed in conjunction with Peugeot Sport, the hot hatches will be powered by a 1.6-litre four-cylinder THP petrol engine and will host a six-speed manual transmission regardless of specification. GTi 270 is exclusively equipped with a Torsen limited-slip differential to get the added grunt to the ground.

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The Torsen LSD works in cooperation with cars electronics and power steering system which allows for ‘more latitude, with enhanced drift on bends’.

“For 30 years the GTi badge has held an esteemed position in the motoring world and now Peugeot Sport have taken a highly awarded vehicle and applied their engineering prowess to give it the performance credentials worthy of the badge,” Startari said.

“The launch of the 308 GTi signals Peugeot is back and we are back doing what we do best; offering fun, efficient, enjoyable, comfortable and, in the case of 308 GTi, thoroughly engaging performance vehicles.”

Both models feature four-piston fixed calipers squeezing race-developed 380mm front and 268mm rear ventilated discs, mounted on aluminium hubs.

To save weight and enhance grip while cornering, semi-hollow anti-roll bars and aluminium wishbones have been utilised. Unique vertical suspension features spring and shock absorber calibration specific to the 308 GTi, which are 11mm lower than a standard 308.

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For consistent and reliable performance forged aluminium pistons are cooled using a double oil spray system and a heat resistant steel exhaust manifold. Strengthened connecting rods, polymer-enhanced bearings and reinforced fasteners allow for a compression ratio of 9.2:1.

Cooling is handled by Peugeot Sport’s supercharged air-cooling system found below the front bumper.

“As with competition models, in developing the 308 GTi, we targeted all aspects of the car, including weight, the efficiency of the chassis and brakes, the engine performance and the body-hugging seats,” said Bruno Famin, Director of Peugeot Sport.

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Exterior styling adds a touch of aggression over other models with two front spoilers, a newly designed rear featuring a gloss-black housing for twin exhaust pipes, LED headlamps and a gloss-black radiator grille.

The 308 GTi has a substantially wider track over standard models, increasing 1,570mm at the front and 1,554mm at the rear.  Base GTi will come standard with 225/40 Michelin Pilot Sport 3 tyres on 18-inch alloy ‘Diamant’ wheels, whereas the quicker variant will offer 235/35 Michelin Super Sport tyres on 19-inch ‘Carbone’ light-weight alloys.

Peugeot Sport’s aggressive styling continues inside, with red stitching on the seats, door panels, gear stick and floor mats. Peugeot Signature door sills and aluminium accents finish the doors, pedal set and gear knob. Peugeot Sport bucket seats are upholstered in Alcantara and provide cosseting lateral support.

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Both GTis will feature Peugeot’s i-Cockpit touch-screen mounted centrally on the dash with a GTi matching ‘Redline’ theme. A Sport button on the cars centre console will change the display’s theme, show additional information (including power, torque, boost and acceleration figures), change the accelerator pedal mapping and alter exhaust tone.

“Those who buy the car are set for an intense experience with this new version developed by our entire team. It comes with a raft of high-end performance features as standard,” said Bruno Famin.

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“The Peugeot 308 provided an excellent base from which to develop a hot hatch, and our work mainly lay in optimising the original design to achieve engaging performance. But you have to get the 308 GTi on the road or on the circuit to really experience its true potential,” said Pierre Budar, Peugeot Sport Project Manager.

The Peugeot 308 GTi will be available in Ultimate Red, Pearlescent White, Magnetic Blue, Nera Black, Cumulus Grey and the standard Hurricane Grey. Exclusive to the GTi 270 is Coupe Franche, a red and black two-tone theme.

Both 308 GTis will launch in Australia in the first quarter of 2016 with pricing and local specs to be confirmed closer to launch.

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