Peugeot launched the 308 in 2007 as the successor to the 307. The company’s new competitor to the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus was based on the same chassis as the 307 but received a redesigned body and a revamped interior. The 308 included a host of gasoline and diesel engines at launch, and it carried over unchanged until a facelift in 2011. A brand-new 308 was unveiled in late 2013, sporting Peugeot’s new design language showcased on the 508 sedan and the 208 hatchback. Besides inaugurating the new Peugeot numbering system where the final digits remain fixed, the 308 received the 2014 European Car of the Year award, beating vehicles the likes of the BMW i3 and Tesla Model S. As we’re moving closer to the 2015 model year, Peugeot is introducing a warmed-up GT model that boasts extra power and sportier looks compared to the standard versions.

This new GT trim is available in both the hatchback and wagon models. Power is provided by either a gasoline or a diesel engine, with both mills being the most powerful of the 308 lineup as of September 2014. Beefed-up engines aside, the GT is also a more stylish proposition for hatchback and wagon consumers, as it comes with a host of unique features inside and out.

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  • 2015 Peugeot 308 GT
  • Year:
    2015
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Transmission:
    6-speed manual
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    202
  • Torque @ RPM:
    210
  • Displacement:
    1.6 L
  • 0-60 time:
    7 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    30000 (Est.)
  • Price:
  • car segment:
  • body style:

Exterior

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The GT’s special status in the 308 lineup is immediately apparent on the outside. Up front, Peugeot’s new trademark grille with three horizontal blades houses the company’s lion badge. On the regular models, the lion rests on the hood, right above the grille. The full-LED headlamps, only an option on most 308s, is yet another hint that the GT is more than a regular 308. To further showcase the GT’s superiority, Peugeot fitted the bumper with exclusive turn signals that feature a unique sequential operation from the inside out.

Around back, a black diffuser, twin tail pipes, and a GT badge set these vehicles apart from their standard siblings. Other notable features available on both the hatchback and wagon include black mirror caps, tinted windows, and 18-inch wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 3 tires. The 308 GT also benefits from an exclusive Magnetic Blue exterior color.

Interior

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Sporty on the outside, the 308 GT is equally dynamic on the inside. The roof lining and window pillars are finished in Anthracite Gray, while the upholstery, which comes with standard TEP/Alcantara or available Nappa leather, is adorned by red contrast stitching. The same stitching is also on the dashboard, door panels, gear lever, and floor mats, while aluminum pieces replace the standard pedals.

Another unique feature to the 308 GT is the perforated leather-wrapped, compact steering wheel. Additionally, the instrument panel comes with a new checkered-flag motif in the background and the touchscreen displays a new red-and-black color scheme.

Naturally, the GT is equipped with a bevy of convenience and safety features, including Dynamic Cruise Control, Emergency Collision Alert, Emergency Collision Braking, Blind Spot Monitoring, and Park Assist.

Drivetrain

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Customers have a choice of two engines with the 308 GT. First up is the 1.6-liter, THP gasoline unit that comes with a GT 205 badge. It delivers 202 horsepower and 210 pound-feet of torque, making the 308 GT the most powerful 308 available as of September 2014. The four-banger mates to a six-speed manual gearbox and needs 7.4 seconds to get the 308 GT from 0 to 60 mph while returning 50.4 mpg on the British cycle (41.9 mpg on the U.S. cycle).

The second option is a diesel-sipping 2.0-liter BlueHDI engine that bears the GT 180 badge. It comes with 177 ponies and 295 pound-feet of torque on tap and a fuel economy estimated at no less than 70.6 mpg on the UK cycle (58.7 mpg in the U.S. cycle). The oil burner is bolted to a six-speed automatic transmission. Performance numbers are not yet available, but Peugeot claims it’ll go from 50 to 70 mph in fifth gear in 5.5 seconds.

Model GT 205 GT 180
Type 1.6-litre THP 205 S&S 2.0-litre BlueHDi 180 engine
Output 202 HP 177 HP
Torque 210 LB-FT 295 LB-FT
Transmission 6-speed manual gearbox EAT6 automatic gearbox
Fuel economy 41.9 mpg 58.7 mpg

Prices

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Pricing is not yet available but expect the 308 GT to sit above the range-topping Feline trim. Our best guess is these performance-oriented vehicles will retail from around £25,000 ($40,541 as of 09/16/2014).

Competition

Volkswagen Golf GTI

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The brand-new Golf GTI arrived with subtle exterior changes highlighted by a slightly longer and wider body. While far from significant, interior modifications are enough to keep the hatchback fresh for a couple of years. The same trend continues under the hood, where the familiar 2.0-liter four-banger receives 10 additional turbocharged horses and 51 extra pound-feet of torque. The new output sits at 210 ponies and 258 pound-feet, enabling the GTI to charge from 0 to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds before reaching a top speed of 155 mph. Transmission options include a six-speed manual and six-speed dual-clutch.

Volkswagen charges at least $24,395 for the 2015 Golf GTI. Granted, the 308 GT lacks the power and speed of the legendary Golf GTI, but until Peugeot launches its very own GTI version, the GT remains a worthy competitor, with a hefty fuel-economy advantage on its side.

Conclusion

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The 308 GT is unquestionably a cool car among regular 308 hatches and wagons, but its appeal is somewhat limited. In a segment dominated by the likes of Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus, the French hatch will find it difficult to attract much attention, despite its impressive features. Peugeot has to come up with more than that, and an even hotter GTI might be the answer every European enthusiast is waiting for.

  • Leave it
    • * Likely expensive
    • * Not coming to the U.S.
    • * No match for the Golf GTI

Press Release

The PEUGEOT 308 and 308 SW have seen commercial success with 146 000 units ordered by the end of August. This positive result is due largely to their design, their perceived quality, their innovative i-Cockpit and their efficiency, with record fuel economy and low emissions. Following this excellent performance, the 308 range welcomes two dynamic new versions and on both Hatchback and SW body styles. They embody the Brand’s continued move up-market strategy, highlighted by this year’s 2014 Car of the Year award. Behind the wheel of these new versions, whether the GT 205 or GT 180 fitted with the 1.6-litre THP 205 Stop&Start 6-speed manual and the 2.0-litre BlueHDi 180 EAT6 engines respectively, drivers will appreciate the assertive styling and remarkable performance of these vehicles, as well as the exceptional driving experience and reduced level of fuel consumption. The 308 GT is sure to cause a stir among motoring enthusiasts.

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The new PEUGEOT 308 has made a leap forward in technology and quality, confirmed by the prestigious 2014 Car of the Year award. Today the 308 range welcomes two new dynamic versions. The 308 GT, available in both diesel and petrol, delivers driving enjoyment that represents a clear advantage over the competition.

Maxime Picat, PEUGEOT Brand CEO

The PEUGEOT 308 presents an excellent combination of abilities. With the 308 GT project, we have succeeded in going even further. The GT 205 and GT 180 are resolutely dynamic and perfectly adapted to everyday motoring. This car performs remarkably.

Jean-Philippe Lamy, 308 GT project Director

Assertive sporty styling

The 308 GT’s uniqueness is immediately apparent and attracts attention. The front end of this dynamic version now houses the lion in the grille with three horizontal blades on either side of the emblem and LED lighting used throughout. For optimum vision in all circumstances, the 308 GT has been fitted with top of the range headlights made up of elements containing 62 LEDs.

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Exclusive direction indicators also distinguish the 308 GT. Their dynamic sequential operation, from the inside towards the outside, emphasise the technological identity of the car. They are placed above the new air scoops which supply the engine with additional air.

The 308 GT presents a great aerodynamic and stylistic purity. The black lacquered rear view mirrors merge with the tinted windows. Visibly widened by its sill finishers, the 308 GT sits on 18’’ diamond wheels shod with Michelin Pilot Sport 3 tyres. Baptised ‘Diamant’, these dual-aspect wheels are exclusive to the 308 GT with their fluted spokes and engraved motif.

From behind, the 308 GT is striking for its posture, particularly due to the lacquered black diffuser and decorative twin tail pipes. The GT signature is integrated in the grill, the tailgate and the front wheel panels.

The range of colours for the 308 GT includes the new and exclusive Magnetic Blue. Evocative of the blue reserved historically for French competition vehicles, this colour suits the car’s fluid and dynamic lines, emphasising its ride height, lowered by 7mm at the front and 10mm at the rear.

The 308 GT possesses all the strong points of the 308 range while adopting differentiating styling features. This car is for demanding and enthusiastic customers looking for exclusivity and dynamism.

Philippe Houy, PEUGEOT 308 Product Manager

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An exclusive ambiance is also achieved within the cabin. Based on the fundamentals of a sports interior, both roof lining and upper window pillars are finished in anthracite colour along with red stitching punctuating the upholstery trim and TEP / Alcantara as standard or Club Nappa leather as an option. Red stitching is also found on the dashboard, door panels, gear lever gaiter and on the floor mats. The mechanical dimension is represented by aluminium on the pedals and stainless steel sill finishers in the door apertures.

Fundamental in a sporty car, the driving position is ideal due to the ergonomics of the PEUGEOT i-Cockpit. The driver can adjust the height and reach of the compact steering wheel, unique with its perforated leather trim and GT badge. Within the field of vision, the instrument panel bears a new chequered flag motif background. On switching on the ignition, the driver is welcomed with a GT message and to complement this, the large touch screen displays a new colour scheme dominated by red and black, titled Redline.

Remarkable dynamic performance

To deliver maximum enjoyment, the GT makes the most of a chassis with specific settings and high performance engines that already meet stringent Euro 6 emissions standard. Engineers used all of the brand’s expertise to achieve a remarkable power to weight ratio of just 5.85kg/hp (171hp per tonne) for the petrol 308 GT, a mark of driving sensations and control.

The performance figures speak for themselves. Acceleration from 0 to 100km/h, takes the petrol 308 GT just 7,5 seconds.

The two engines, petrol and Diesel, can be used for all types of driving, smooth or sporty, with remarkable CO2 emissions: 103g/km for the 2.0-litre BlueHDi 180 and 130g/km for the 1.6-litre THP 205 Stop&Start.

Bernard Phulpin, Power Units Technical Manager

The four-cylinder 1.6-litre THP 205 Stop&Start engine is specified with a 6-speed manual gearbox to make the most of its 285Nm of torque, available between 1,750 and 4,500rpm. This high level of performance is combined with well controlled CO2 emissions and fuel consumption, from just 130g/km and 5.6 l/100km (50.4mpg).

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To achieve these results, this 1,598 cc four-cylinder engine combines:

  • a Twin-Scroll turbocharger, for performance and instant response from a very low engine speed;
  • direct fuel injection assuring optimum combustion efficiency;
  • variable valve lift on inlet, coupled with variable valve timing on both inlet and exhaust (VTi technology, Variable valve and Timing injection);
  • Stop&Start to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, as well as improving general comfort in urban driving.

The 4-cylinder 2.0-litre BlueHDi 180 offers a high level of performance. It delivers its maximum power of 180hp at 3750rpm and its maximum torque of 400Nm at 2000rpm. With a power to weight ratio of just 7.3 kg/hp (136 hp per tonne), this engine needs only 5.5 seconds to accelerate from 80 to 120 km/h (50-70mph) in 5th gear.

With a capacity of 1,997cc, it presents remarkable CO2 emissions of just 103g, equal to fuel consumption of 4.0l/100km (70.6 mpg), due to:

  • a 3rd generation common rail fuel system operating at up to 2,000 bars;
  • a new combustion chamber optimising the mixture of air and fuel, delivered by 7-hole injectors;
  • a compression ratio raised to 16.7:1 to improve the overall efficiency of the engine,
  • engine oil of very low viscosity, type 0W15.

Furthermore, extensive work on detail has allowed a weight saving of 7kg. This was achieved by reducing the thickness of wall casings and the use of engine ancillaries only when required.

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This diesel engine is coupled to an EAT6 automatic gearbox, designed and developed in collaboration with Aisin AW. It uses Quickshift technology for fast gear changes, as well as the ability to down-shift automatically to the speed required rather than in sequential order.

Furthermore, its efficiency is almost the same as for a manual gearbox due to reduced internal friction and the use of torque converters applied whenever needed to avoid transmission slip.

This results in CO2 emissions and fuel economy comparable to those achieved with the best manual gearboxes.

For the GT, we have fine-tuned all of the dynamic settings for perfect harmony between engines and road holding. At the wheel, the customer enjoys an expressive car that is also versatile and comfortable.

Nicolas Pincet, PEUGEOT 308 Dynamics Manager

The axles (pseudo MacPherson at the front, deformable beam at the rear) are given specific settings to suit the engines and the spirit of the car. The setup is sporty, with excellent body control, while still maintaining a high level of comfort.

To achieve this, engineers worked on all of the settings to provide precise control on the extremes of road conditions, providing secure driving and avoiding unwanted over or under steering. So the passive dampers, with new ratings for effort/speed regulate instantly to adapt to the type of driving. For reduced noise, they have a hydraulic bump stop. Depending on the version, the front and rear suspension is stiffened by 10 to 20% for a extremely responsive reaction, with no lag.

The variable electric power steering allows instinctive positioning of the Michelin Pilot Sport 3 tyres with their high level of grip.

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Performance of this level demands an effective braking system, easy to modulate and with excellent thermal resistance. This is provided by a Bosch 9CE central unit distributing the braking effort between the four discs. At the front, the 330mm diameter and 30mm thick discs are gripped by floating calipers with 60mm pistons. At the rear, the discs are 268mm diameter on 308 GT and 290mm on 308 GT SW.

Both engines types have switchable ESP as standard.

The GT range comprises:

  • GT 205 with 1.6-litre THP 205 S&S engine and 6-speed manual gearbox : 130g CO2/km and 5.6 l/100km (50.4 mpg) for the Hatchback, 134g CO2/km and 5.8 l/100km (48.7 mpg) for the SW
  • GT 180 with 2.0-litre BlueHDi 180 engine and EAT6 automatic gearbox: 103g CO2/km and 4.0 l/100km (70.6 mpg) for the Hatchback, 107g CO2/km and 4.1 l/100km (68.9 mpg) for the SW

A heightened driving experience

At one with the PEUGEOT i-Cockpit, the driver is at the centre of the sensations delivered by the compact steering wheel and the head-up instrumentation. Pleasure is amplified by the Driver Sport Pack, standard with both engines. This equipment delights the senses of the sporty motoring enthusiast by modifying the following parameters:

  • amplified and more sporty engine noise;
  • instruments illuminated with red display;
  • instrument panel displays the power and torque delivered, turbo pressure, longitudinal and transverse acceleration;
  • firmer and more responsive power steering;
  • more responsive accelerator pedal mapping;
  • more responsive operation of the EAT6 gearbox;
  • steering mounted paddles with the EAT6.
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    The driver can choose to turn off the Driver Sport Pack setting for a more comfort-orientated drive, using a button on the centre console.

To make the most of its character, the new GT offers various driving assistance systems.

Using radar built into the front of the vehicle, the Driver Assistance Pack includes three systems:

  • Dynamic Cruise Control: a cruise control that automatically maintains and adjusts the speed of the vehicle to match the speed of the vehicle ahead. This ‘Dynamic’ function can be switched off by the driver.
  • Emergency Collision Alert System: a visual and audible indication to encourage the driver to brake to avoid a collision.
  • Emergency Collision Braking System: early application of the brakes to avoid a collision or reduce its consequences.

With the Blind Spot Monitoring System, LEDs in the rear view door mirrors come on to warn the driver that there is a vehicle in the blind spot.

Park Assist is an active parking aid allowing automatic parallel or bay parking.

The PEUGEOT Connect Apps connected services provide a new driving experience. Using a 3G Plug&Play key, this system makes useful information available to the driver in real time: availability of parking spaces, fuel prices, tourist information with the Michelin Guide, weather, as well as traffic conditions with the Coyote application.

For security, it is fitted with an alarm including tilt protection.

The 308 GT retains all of the qualities of the 308, yet it does even better; it magnifies them through its high level engines and chassis. This customer base demands the best quality. 308 GT offers this as well as the optimum compromise between performance and comfort.

Sébastien Bernard, PEUGEOT 308 Customer Survey

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