After a 15 year hiatus, two Peugeot GTi models have landed in Australia.
Built with Peugeot Sport’s influence, the lightweight (1205kg) 308 GTi is available in Australia in two variants, one being hotter than the other. Both models will see the tail-end of 250km/h (where they are electronically-limited), with 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. Peugeot says that ‘daily drivers will be drawn to the GTi 250, while enthusiasts will gravitate to the 308 GTi 270’.
“The 308 GTi comes to market with strong credentials and racing pedigree and we are certain that is will resonate with Australians,” said Dimitri Andreatidis, National Marketing Manager for Peugeot Australia.
“For too long Australians have been unable to purchase a performance vehicle from Peugeot in this segment and arguably it’s the one that we should have always been present in – the good news is that we have made up for it by offering two vehicles in two distinct flavours; road and track.”
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. Braking is taken care of by massive 3800mm Alcon front brakes. The GTi 250 makes do with 225/40/18s and lacks the mechanical diff.
On the suspension side ride height will be dropped 11mm and 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.
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.
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.
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.
“The 308 GTi, no matter in 250 or 270 spec, delivers a performance hatch that draws upon decades of Peugeot Sport experience and combines it with proven technologies and drivetrains that push the boundaries of engineering expertise,” says Andreatidis.
The Peugeot 308 GTi 250 starts at $44,990 (RRP), with the flagship 308 GTi 270 coming in at $49,990 (RRP). The car is almost completely sold out, however Peugeot assures us that plenty more are on their way, with both models widely available from dealers upon their arrival.