By Mike Stevens
The new 2016 Peugeot 308 GTi will hit world markets in the coming months, the French carmaker has confirmed.
Already available for pre-order from December last year, ahead of a first-quarter 2016 launch, the range will open with the Peugeot 308 GTi 250, while the more powerful 308 GTi 270 will slot in just below $35k.
That positions the hot-hatch inside the anticipated price range reported at the car’s international launch back in October, and gives the newest GTi a small amount of breathing space to the already available GT model.
Rivals in the 308 GTi’s price bracket vary, with fellow Europeans like the Golf GTI, GTI Performance, Golf R and Megane RS275 Cup Premium all standing out as clear contenders for the attention of buyers in the segment.
The Ford Focus ST, is also a keen option, and its more powerful all-wheel-drive brother, the Focus RS, will debut mid-next year with an equally competitive price tag.
“We are very excited about the return of the GTi badge to the hot-hatch segment and believe it will resonate with Africans and their appetite for sports and performance product, offering fun, efficient, enjoyable, comfortable and thoroughly engaging drive experience,” Peugeot management stated.
Revealed in June, the 308 GTi is available in two grades: the 250 and the 270, each bringing different power outputs and different mechanical setups to the party.
Both are powered by a turbocharged 1.6-litre petrol engine – the same unit that drives the RCZ R coupe – with the 250 offering 184kW (250hp) of power at 6000rpm and the 270 dialling that up to an even 200kW (270hp) at the same point on the dial.
Torque in both models is listed at 330Nm from 1900rpm-5000rpm, and both are driven solely by the front wheels with a six-speed manual transmission exclusively used.
The 308 GTi 270 is set apart from its sibling by the addition of a Torsen limited-slip front differential, along with larger 380/268mm brake discs, 38mm/41mm four-piston callipers, 19-inch ‘Carbone’ wheels and 235/35 Michelin Super Sport.
The two variants share a 1205kg kerb weight, bettering the Golf GTI by more than 100kg for a segment-best power-to-weight ratio.
Other features shared by both include an 11mm lower suspension setup, a torsion-beam rear axle, 21mm semi-hollow anti-roll bar, aluminium wishbones, increased negative camber, stiffer rear wishbone, springs, shocks and bushings, and a wider track measuring 1570mm at the front and 1554mm at the rear.
In the cabin, the GTi models feature a liberal application of red stitching highlights, along with GTi and Peugeot Sport door sill graphics.
The 270 builds on that package with Peugeot Sport bucket seats trimmed in Alcantara, again with red stitching.
The 308 GTi is available in Ultimate Red, Pearlescent White, Magnetic Blue, Nera Black and Cumulus Grey, along with the standard non-metallic Hurricane Grey.
Another option, the two-tone ‘Coupe Franche’ Ultimate Red and Nera Black combination shown here, is available exclusively with the GTi 270.
2016 Peugeot 308 GTi Pricing:
Peugeot 308 GTi 250 – $32,000
Peugeot 308 GTi 270 – $35,000