PEUGEOT Launches New 308 GTi by PEUGEOT Sport
PEUGEOT has launched two 308 GTi models after a 15 year absence of the GTi badge from the model in Australia.
The GTi models have been launched as the high-performance flagships for the 308 range, winner of the prestigious 2014 European Car of the Year.
More than just a badge and alloy wheels, the 308 GTi has been extensively developed by PEUGEOT Sport who are PEUGEOT’s in-house motorsport division that boasts a wealth of expertise developing high-performance road and race cars.
The 308 GTi is the fourth road car project in three years following the acclaimed RCZ R, 208 GTi 30th and 208 GTi by PEUGEOT Sport.
Underpinning the attack is PEUGEOT’s proven high-output 1.6-litre THP petrol engine, with 200kW (270hp) in the GTi 270, paired exclusively to a six-speed manual transmission.
PEUGEOT’s latest hot hatch is encased in a modern exterior style that takes the marque’s now-familiar design philosophy and adds a touch of aggression.
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.
Those who love nothing more than hitting driving roads will gravitate to the 308 GTi 270. Driving fans will be instantly drawn to the 308 GTi 270 and its additional mechanical upgrades give the vehicle an extra edge when put to use on track.
These upgrades include; enhanced engine, upgraded front braking package, co-developed with Alcon, a Torsen Limited-Slip Differential and lightweight 19-inch alloy wheels.
National Marketing Manager for PEUGEOT Australia, Dimitri Andreatidis says the arrival of the 308 GTi ends a 15 year wait for PEUGEOT performance fans.
“The 308 GTi comes to market with strong credentials and racing pedigree and we are certain that is will resonate with Australians,” said Andreatidis.
“For too long Australian’s 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 308 GTi, 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 308 GTi 270 sets a new record for power-to-weight ratio in its segment, at just 4.46kg per horsepower (or 6kg per kilowatt), achieving a 0-100km/h dash time of 6 seconds, covering 1000 metres in 25.3 seconds from a standing start.
The 308 GTi 270 is equipped with Torsen® limited-slip differential technology and 19” ‘Carbone’ alloy wheels shod with Michelin Super Sport tyres. It has 380mm discs at the front with red PEUGEOT Sport brake calipers and 268mm counterparts at the rear.
The 308 GTi boasts purposeful styling: it sits 11 millimetres lower to the ground with a new front and rear design, and the interior has an equally sports themed environment.
The Coupe Franche separation-line design contrasts the new, explosive Ultimate Red with Pearlescent Nera Black.
The letters GTi only ever feature on PEUGEOT products with the highest performance. An acronym of Grand Tourer Injection, it’s a badge which has become shorthand for the hot hatch segment; a sector in which PEUGEOT has more than played its part.
Products such as the 205 GTi and 309 GTi have acquired near-classic status in the decades since launch, and remain hugely popular with owners who appreciate their exceptional dynamic performance.
PEUGEOT 308 GTi BY NUMBERS
1.6 – The capacity of the 308 GTi’s four-cylinder engine in litres
6 – the number of seconds needed to accelerate to 100km/h in the GTi 270
6 – the kilos per kilowatt of the 308 GTi 270
11 – the number of millimetres lower a GTi is over a standard 308
15 – the number of years since a Peugeot ‘3 series’ vehicle has worn a GTi badge
35 – the percentage of traction remaining before the Torsen Limited Slip Differential begins to work
36 – the pressure in PSi of the turbo charger
70 – The percentage of total orders for the 308 GTi 270
139 – grams of CO2 per kilometre emitted from both powerplants
200 – the pressure of the fuel injection system on 308 GTi models in bar
200 – the power output in kilowatts of the 308 GTi 270
250 – maximum speed in kilometres an hour
330 – the torque figure
380 – diameter of upgraded front braking package on 308 GTi 270 models
500 – the weight saving in grams from each of the 308 GTi 270 19 inch alloy wheels
1205 – total weight in kilos of the 308 GTi
1900 – start of peak torque in Revolutions Per Minute (RPM)