Peugeot has once again stepped up its hot-hatch game with the release of the new 308 GTi, which brings an ultra-efficient turbocharged 1.6-liter engine available in two levels of tune, an enhanced exterior aesthetic, and an interior chock full of performance cues.

Inspired by Peugeot’s extended GTi pedigree, the beefy five-door sees upgrades in all areas; some subtle, some less so, but all in the name of standing out in a market awash with hot-hatches.

Peugeot Brand CEO Maxime Picat says the car has created a good deal of excitement among performance enthusiasts, especially those familiar with the brand’s history of turning out quick cars with an odd number of doors. The 308 GTi follows the likes of the 205 GTi, 208 GTi, and RCZ R, all of which have contributed to the automaker’s claim of selling 800,000 units of its “sportier models.”

It all sounds great, but with so many fantastic hot-hatches to choose from, how does the 308 GTi stack up?

Continue reading to learn more about the Peugeot 308 GTi.

  • 2015 Peugeot 308 GTi
  • Year:
    2015
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Transmission:
    six-speed manual
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    246
  • Torque @ RPM:
    244
  • Displacement:
    1.6 L
  • 0-60 time:
    6.2 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    26555
  • Price:
  • car segment:
  • body style:

Exterior

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Placed next to the standard 308 model, the 308 GTi isn’t a dramatic diversion from its more reserved counterpart, at least aesthetically speaking. The clean, simple lines are still present and un-muddled, and onlookers will have an easy time identifying the vehicle as a part of the 308 line.

However, that isn’t to say Peugeot left the exterior completely untouched. First indications to the car’s sporting intentions come with the ride height, which sits 11 mm (0.43-inch) lower than the standard 308. In the front is the same familiar fascia, with double grilles lined with chrome, but these have been enhanced with exclusive inserts bearing a horizontal, checkered pattern finished in glossy black. Flanking these are headlights fitted with full LEDs. Jutting from the bottom corners of the front bumper you’ll find two subtle spoiler winglets, which Peugeot claims “boost aerodynamic performance.”

The clean, simple lines are still present and un-muddled, and onlookers will have an easy time identifying the vehicle as a part of the 308 line.

Moving to the side, it’s the same story, with the standard lines enhanced by a few simple things like redesigned side skirts that bring the car visually closer to the ground. In the rear, the GTi’s performance intentions are a bit more obvious, with a gloss-black lower diffuser framing twin exhaust tips that stick out prominently with a polished finish. 

The car also boasts a wider track, measured at 1,570 mm (61.81 inches) in the front and 1,554 mm (61.81 inches) in the back. To help take advantage of the new stance, the GTi has lightweight alloy wheels and sticky performance tires. The GTi 250 variant receives 18-inch Diamant wheels wrapped in 225/40 R18 92W Michelin Pilot Sport tires, while the GTi 270 gets 19-inch Carbone alloys with 235/35 R19 91Y Michelin Pilot Sport tires. Under these rollers you’ll find appropriately flashy brakes, with big discs clamped by multi-piston calipers that are painted bright red and decorated with the Peugeot Sport signature flourish.

Like the standard 308, the GTi is rather feathery on the scales, thanks to the use of PSA’s EMP2 platform, which is complemented by a composite tailgate and the use of high-tensile steel. However, you won’t find additional pounds shed over the standard car, with the final curb weight coming in at roughly 2,650 pounds. Still, that’s quite sprightly when placed alongside the Peugeot’s major competitors (the 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI, for example, weighs in at over 3,000 pounds).

For paint options, there is a Coupe Franche two-tone design available exclusively for the GTi 270. This combines the bright Ultimate Red hue with Nera Black to visually cut the car in half, lending it a handsome three-door impersonation. The two-tone definitely gives the car a healthy dose of sportiness and boy-racer aggression, but it doesn’t come cheap – expect to shell out an extra £1,300 ($2,062) if you want it.

Other color choices include full-body Ultimate Red, full-body Nera Black, Pearlescent White, Magnetic Blue, and Cumulus Grey. The standard color is non-metallic Hurricane Grey.

Interior

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The interior of the 308 GTi comes with the usual assemblage of high-performance cues, both subtle and overt, that you’d expect from a modern hot-hatch. Red stitching is used to offset the black upholstery found throughout the cabin, including in the seats, door panels, steering wheel, gear-lever boot and floor mats. The doorsills have the requisite GTi and Peugeot Sport signatures, and are made from aluminum. Aluminum is also used for the pedals, footrest and gear knob.

The interior of the 308 GTi comes with the usual assemblage of high-performance cues, both subtle and overt, that you’d expect from a modern hot-hatch.

The top-range GTi 270 is equipped with Peugeot Sport bucket seats that are upholstered in black and grey Alcantara, providing good lateral support. The steering wheel is small and slightly squared at the bottom, and comes wrapped in full-grain leather, with the GTi logo below and a red center-mark up top.

Instrumentation comes in the form of a central digital readout flanked by two analog gauges with a black-checkered background. It’s all part of the Peugeot i-Cockpit design, which Peugeot says “...has been an integral aspect of the 308’s appeal and sales success.” For the 308 GTi, the automaker has added a centrally mounted, driver-facing touchscreen complete with the Redline color scheme.

For those wanting even more race-car-driver fantasy inspiration, there’s the standard Driver Sport Pack. By pressing the Sport button on the central console, the display colors go from white to red and it provides performance data, including horsepower, torque, boost levels, and lateral/longitudinal acceleration. It also beefs up the exhaust note and switches up the throttle mapping “...for a more engaging driving experience.”

Drivetrain

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Unlike the majority of hot-hatches currently on the market, almost all of which use boosted 2.0-liter powerplants, the 308 GTi makes do with a 1.6-liter Turbo High Pressure (THP) gasoline unit. This comes in two different levels of tune – 250 horsepower and 270 horsepower (hence the GTi 250 and GTi 270 trim designators). Both produce 243 pound-feet of torque at an impressively low 1,900 rpm and are connected to a manual six-speed transmission.

The 308 GTi comes in two different levels of tune – 250 horsepower and 270 horsepower (hence the GTi 250 and GTi 270 trim designators).

Peugeot claims the top-spec 270-horsepower version “...sets a new record for power-to-weight ratio in its segment,” with each horsepower tasked with motivating only 4.46 kg (9.83 pounds). This enables a 0-to-62 time of six seconds flat. The GTi 250 will do the same run 0.2 second slower, while both cars are electronically limited to a top speed of 155 mph.

Given the engine’s high output, RON 95 or RON 98 fuel (RON being the Research Octane Number) is required. Injection pressure is set at 200 bar, while the compression ratio is 9.2:1. The engine internals are pretty trick, including forged aluminum pistons “of a competition-style design,” strengthened connecting rods, polymer-enhanced bearings, and reinforced bolts. Max torque is provided all the way up to 5,000 rpm.

Keeping the internal combustion operation cool and smooth is a double-oil spray system for the pistons, while the exhaust manifold is composed of heat-resistant steel that can handle temperatures up to 1,000-degrees Celsius (1,832-degrees Fahrenheit). A specially developed air-cooling system is also installed below the front bumper.

Even though the engine puts out a decent wallop, the low displacement means your tree-hugger friends won’t disown you for laying into the throttle every so often. Peugeot claims the Euro 6-compliant 1.6-liter mill is “the most efficient in its sector,” producing just 139 g/km of CO2 emissions and netting 47.1 mpg. These numbers are bolstered by Stop&Start technology, a standard feature on all 308 GTi models.

The engine internals are pretty trick, including forged aluminum pistons “of a competition-style design,” strengthened connecting rods, polymer-enhanced bearings, and reinforced bolts.

But enough of all that, let’s get back to the stuff that actually matters. Those flamboyant brakes you see tucked under the oversized wheels come with “race-developed” 380 mm (15-inch) discs in front, mounted to aluminum hubs. The bright red calipers are four-piston units, while the rear sees discs measure at 268 mm (10.55 inches).

The suspension used is modest, with pseudo-MacPherson struts in the front and a twist-beam system in the rear. Complementing this is a semi-hollow anti-roll bar and aluminum wishbones. The entire vertical suspension in the front is specific to the new 308 GTi, with specially calibrated spring rates and shock absorbers.

While simple, lightweight, cheap to produce, and robust, this suspension setup doesn’t offer the same sophistication as a true multi-link system, often transmitting a good deal of noise and vibration into the cabin and offering less linear handling characteristics.

Vital to any high-performance FWD vehicle is a solid limited-slip differential, and the 308 GTi delivers with a Torsen unit for better grip under a heavy throttle. This works in conjunction with the power steering to offer improved handing (presumably with reduced torque steer), while a sport-oriented electronic traction control system makes the most of inputs. Peugeot says the system is designed to allow for “more latitude, with enhanced drift on bends.” Those confident in their own abilities can opt to disconnect the system altogether.

Drivetrain Specifications

Type 1.6-liter, 4-cylinder turbocharged
Output 246 HP or 268 HP
Torque 244 LB-FT
Transmission six-speed manual
0 to 60 mph 6.2 seconds

Prices

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The 308 GTi 250 starts at £26,555 ($42,112 at current exchange rates, 6/15) while the 308 GTi 270 starts at £28,155 ($44,649). Peugeot says both models will be available to order soon.

Competition

2016 Honda Civic Type R

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The latest-generation Civic Type R comes with all the bells and whistles you’d expect from the leading Japanese hot-hatch. Under the hood is a new turbocharged, 2.0-liter engine with a 7,000-rpm redline, 306 horsepower, and 295 pound-feet of torque. When properly applied through the front wheels, it’s good for a sprint to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds. Drivers will also enjoy Honda’s notchy six-speed manual transmission, while Dual Axis Struts in the front suspension help smooth out the ever-present torque steer. The exterior is traditional hot hatch, with big aero and big wheels announcing the Type R’s presence with not-so-subtle flair. Pricing will be in the £30,000- ($47,575-) range (probably cheaper in the U.S.).

Read our full review here.

2015 Ford Focus ST

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Originally launched in Europe in 2005, the current Focus ST brings a few tweaks to keep it modern, including new headlights and a restyled grille. Powering the Focus is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 250 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque driving the front wheels via a six-speed manual transmission. A sprint to 60 mph takes roughly six seconds. The suspension is stiffened, with the torque vectoring and electric power steering both receiving updates as well. Pricing starts at around £22,000 ($25,245 in the U.S.), but rises quickly with higher trim levels, including the £26,000 ST3 (priced at roughly $30,000 in the U.S.).

Read our full review here.

2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI

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Now in it’s seventh generation, few vehicles have enjoyed the staying power exhibited by the Golf GTI. And that’s for good reason - this VW mainstay offers refinement and sophistication often only found far above its price segment. However, performance is a bit modest compared to competitors, with motivation derived from a turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder producing 210 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, which nets a 0-to-60 time of 6.2 seconds when routed through the optional six-speed dual-clutch auto-box. A six-speed manual is standard. The interior boasts a range of standard equipment, while the suspension includes MacPherson struts up front and an independent multi-link setup in the rear. Pricing starts at £25,845 ($25,605 in the U.S.).

Read our full review here.

Conclusion

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Peugeot says that from the very beginning of development, the 308 GTi was designed to be the “most radical” model in its class, as targeted customers would demand a driving experience second to none. Therefore, the development team sourced talent with a genuine passion for performance, calling in the brand’s expert Peugeot Sport engineers to lend their motorsport and racing experience to the car’s creation.

The result is a solid little car. But the question remains: why choose the 308 GTi over a Civic Type-R? Or Focus ST? Or Golf GTI?

The result is a solid little car. But the question remains: why choose the 308 GTi over a Civic Type-R? Or Focus ST? Or Golf GTI?

The reasoning can be found in the details. Let’s start with the engine. The little 1.6-liter is stout in its top level of tune, but doesn’t pollute like the bigger 2.0-liter units. At six seconds to 60, it’s also decently quick. The suspension may be rudimentary, but the big brakes, sticky tires, and low curb weight should make it zip through the corners. The exterior is sporty-looking, but not ostentatious. The interior has some nice features, and enthusiasts will undoubtedly get a kick out of the gimmicky-yet-fun Driver Sport Pack. I’d like it if the price was a few grand cheaper, but I think Peugeot will get away with the stated MSRP.

Personally, I’d probably opt for the Civic, but for Peugeot fans, the choice is already made.

Look for the 308 GTi to make its world debut at this year’s Goodwood Moving Motor Show and Festival of Speed, slated to run between June 25th and 28th.

  • Leave it
    • Ultra-competitive segment
    • A bit more expensive than it should be

Press Release

Ever since the acclaimed PEUGEOT 308 was voted ‘European Car of the Year’, enthusiasts have been asking one question – when will the Brand launch a more extreme performance-oriented ‘hot hatch’ version following recent sportier GT Line and GT models?

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Now we can welcome …… the 308 GTi by PEUGEOT SPORT.

Powered by a highly-efficient 1.6-litre THP Stop&Start (S&S) petrol engine and extensively developed by PEUGEOT SPORT, this latest PEUGEOT GTi is offered in two versions with 250hp and 270hp outputs both delivering impressive performance. Inspired by a rich PEUGEOT pedigree in GTi models, the 308 GTi has been developed to have a capable chassis that produces top-level road holding and driving pleasure, with fun and ultimate performance enhanced by the Torsen® limited-slip differential equipping the 270hp model.

The clean lines of the modern exterior style takes the Brand’s now-familiar design language in a more assertive and contemporary direction. Inside, the PEUGEOT i-Cockpit cabin has been enhanced to reflect the sporting nature of the car, with additional detailing to signify this performance flagship.

Exhibiting exceptional dynamic prowess was the number one goal during development, but the Brand’s reputation for class-leading environmental credentials has not been sacrificed. The powerplant is the most efficient in its sector, with CO2 emissions of just 139g/km and fuel economy of 47.1mpg – impressive numbers for such a capable and sports-oriented model.

The 308 GTi by PEUGEOT SPORT makes its world debut at this year’s Goodwood Moving Motor Show and Festival of Speed, over 25th – 28th June.

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“PEUGEOT is proud to add the 308 GTi by PEUGEOT SPORT to its stable. This is a car that has generated great anticipation among enthusiasts aware of PEUGEOT’s history of hot hatches in the B and C-segments. From the 205 GTi to the latest 208 GTi and RCZ R, the Brand has sold its sportier models to over 800,000 delighted customers. What’s more, the 308 GTi by PEUGEOT SPORT is a symbol of the Brand’s dynamism and upmarket shift.” Maxime Picat, PEUGEOT Brand CEO

308 GTi by PEUGEOT SPORT - IN DETAIL

A stunning and purposeful exterior

From the very beginning, PEUGEOT knew that designing the most radical model in its range, then creating a top class driving experience for a particularly demanding set of enthusiastic-driving customers was a tall order. Rising to the challenge required a development team infused with a passion for performance and the obvious solution was to challenge the experts: PEUGEOT SPORT engineers, with a wealth of international expertise in the field of motor sport and top level racing.

The visual enhancements they have made to create the 308 GTi by PEUGEOT SPORT are obvious from every angle. Boasting exclusive styling front and rear, the car sits 11 millimetres lower to the ground than the standard 308. The nose features full LED headlamps, flanking a new black radiator grille with a horizontal chequered pattern and gloss-black finishing. The same motif is echoed on the air intake, which is surrounded by sequential LED indicators and a red detail strip (chrome on Ultimate Red cars). Below the bumper, two front spoilers boost aerodynamic performance.

In profile, the redesigned door sills hint at the car’s aggressive nature, while the sleek new rear design features a gloss-black section housing the twin exhaust pipes. The GTi signature of the car is clearly visible on the front wings and tailgate.

With a wider track of 1,570mm at the front and 1,554mm at the rear, the 308 GTi has been engineered to offer exceptional grip. GTi 250 versions are shod with 225/40 R18 92W Michelin Pilot Sport 3 tyres on ‘Diamant’ alloy wheels, while the GTi 270 versions feature the new 19-inch ‘Carbone’ light-weight alloy wheels and are equipped with Michelin Super Sport 235/35 R19 91Y tyres, which showcase the 380mm front discs, complete with solid red four-piston calipers and PEUGEOT SPORT signature.

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A ‘Coupe Franche’ two-tone design is exclusive to the GTi 270 version – RRP £1,300 - and contrasts the vibrant new ‘Ultimate Red’ colour with Nera Black. The 308 GTi is also available in the new Ultimate Red, Pearlescent White, Magnetic Blue, Nera Black, Cumulus Grey as well as the standard colour, a non-metallic Hurricane Grey.

A dramatic new interior

The interior styling of the 308 GTi by PEUGEOT SPORT is in keeping with its performance-oriented exterior, and outstanding attention to detail is everywhere. Red stitching is used on the upholstery, door panels, gear lever and luxury floor mats. The door sill carries the GTi and PEUGEOT SPORT signature and is finished in aluminium. The same material is used on the pedals, foot rest and gear knob.

In the top-spec GTi 270 version, PEUGEOT SPORT ‘bucket’ seats are upholstered in Alcantara with red stitching providing cosseting lateral support to ensure the driver feels at one with the car at all times. The compact steering wheel offers strong grip and precision, with a full-grain leather design featuring the GTi logo at the bottom and a red centring mark at the top. It also leaves plenty of room to see the head-up display over it, housing the instrument panel read-outs with chequered backdrops, and the GTi greeting at its centre.

The PEUGEOT i-Cockpit instrument concept has been an integral aspect of the 308’s appeal and sales success, and continues to be more expressive on this range-topping car. The centrally-mounted, driver-facing touch-screen offers ergonomic convenience and state-of-the-art functionality, with the Redline theme adding a final touch of flair. The intuitive and user-friendly approach promotes safe, instinctive driving – crucial for a car that has performance in its genes.

For customers who want the ultimate high-octane experience, the 308 GTi by PEUGEOT SPORT is equipped as standard with the Driver Sport Pack. Pressing the Sport button on the centre console changes the display from white to red, shows additional information on the central read-out (power, torque, boost, lateral and longitudinal acceleration), enhances the engine’s throaty growl and changes accelerator pedal mapping for a more engaging driving experience.

“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 by PEUGEOT SPORT on the road or on the circuit to really experience its true potential.”

Pierre Budar, PEUGEOT SPORT Project Manager

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A state-of-the-art engine

The beating heart of the 308 GTi by PEUGEOT SPORT is the 1.6-litre THP S&S engine, available in outputs of 250hp (182kW) and 270hp (200kW). The unit is Euro 6-compliant, and the standard Stop&Start technology means both versions have CO2 emissions of just 139g/km. Combined Cycle

fuel economy is equally impressive at 47.1mpg and both versions develop high torque of 330Nm at just 1,900rpm and feature a manual six-speed manual transmission.

The more powerful 270hp version sets a new record for power-to-weight ratio in its segment, at just 4.46kg per unit of horsepower. It can reach 62mph (100 km/h) in just 6.0 seconds, compared to 6.2 seconds for the 308 GTi 250, while the top speed in both cars is electronically limited to 155mph.

The GTi 270 version has everything required to rein in the power, with race-developed 380mm ventilated discs at the front, mounted on aluminium hubs. Braking comes via four pistons (38mm and 41mm) in a fixed caliper and the rear discs have a diameter of 268mm.

Finely-tuned running gear ensures dynamic driving which inspires confidence. The pseudo-MacPherson strut in the front operates with precision, while the rear axle with its twist-beam system ensures a seamless pairing. These components also help reduce the weight of the 308 GTi, with a semi-hollow anti-roll bar and aluminium wishbones.

The entire vertical suspension system in the front is specific to the new 308 GTi, and including bespoke spring stiffness and shock absorber calibration. The anti-roll bar is more malleable to ensure a better match with the rear axle to enhance grip while cornering to increase road holding.

Exclusive to the GTi 270 version is an accomplished Torsen® limited-slip differential, incorporated into the transmission to improve cornering traction. By channelling the torque to the wheel with the highest grip, it makes it more able to accelerate faster out of bends than would normally be the case.

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The engine runs on RON 95 or RON 98 fuel and injection pressure is 200bar. Maximum torque ranges from 1,900 to 5,000rpm, with power and torque perfectly regulated, even at higher rpm, due to the special ‘wastegate’ valve design.

The compression ratio is 9.2:1 due to state-of-the-art moving components, which include forged aluminium pistons of a competition-style design, strengthened conrods, polymer-enhanced bearings and reinforced bolts.

To ensure consistent performance, the pistons are cooled from below by a double oil spray system and the exhaust manifold is made of steel which can resist temperatures of up to 1,000°C. To tap the full potential of the engine, the 308 GTi by PEUGEOT SPORT is equipped with a supercharged air cooling system specially developed and installed below the front bumper.

The on-board electronics are in keeping with the GTi’s athletic temperament. The power steering is designed specifically to work in conjunction with the Torsen® technology.

The limited-slip differential also draws on new Traction Control guidelines to ensure optimal implementation. The sportier ESP design allows more latitude, with enhanced drift on bends. The ESP can be fully disconnected.

Advanced engineering at every turn

PEUGEOT SPORT developed the new 308 GTi driven by a simple design brief – to create a compact, safe, incisive car with athletic allure for the ultimate in driving pleasure. These standards have been applied to every aspect of the vehicle, from the engine and running gear to the brake systems and electronics.

The 308 GTi benefits from PEUGEOT’s relentless quest for weight savings right from the start of the 308 project. These include use of parent company PSA’s versatile and accomplished ‘EMP2’ platform, composite tailgate and use of high-tensile steel. This bid to lighten the vehicle weight has brought tangible results expressed in the performance of the 308 GTi by PEUGEOT SPORT.

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Since the launch of the legendary 205 GTi, PEUGEOT has sold its sportier models to more than 800,000 satisfied customers. The cars are a roll-call of outstanding performance – the 309 GTi, 206 GTi, 306 GTi-6, etc. … up to the recent RCZ R, 208 GTi 30th, 208 ‘GTi by PEUGEOT SPORT’ and now the new 308 GTi by PEUGEOT SPORT.

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

308 GTi 250 by PEUGEOT SPORT is priced from £26,555 MRRP with 308 GTi 270 by PEUGEOT SPORT from £28,155 MRRP, both vehicles will be available to order soon.

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