Peugeot 308 GTi back in Australia
Peugeot's GTi models, their high performance offerings, have an unquestionable pedigree with much success in the World Rally Championships and the gruelling Dakar testament to that fact. Now, after a 15-year absence the 308 GTi makes a return to Peugeot's Australian line-up with interest high from nostalgic owners and new buyers looking for a hot hatch that delivers on its promise.
The new 308 GTi, available here in both the GTi 250 and GTi 270 guise, is the product of the Peugeot Sport team, guys who clearly know a thing or two about performance cars. Both options share a 1.6-litre turbo-petrol engine with different power outputs depending on the tune producing either 184kW in the GTi 250 and 200kW in the GTi 270. A six-speed manual transmission is the sole option.
A recommended starting price of $44,990 for the GTi 250 and $5000 more for the GTi 270 is certainly not cheap but is not a reason for concern for Peugeot Australia who had expected this GTi to retail in excess of $52,000 and believe the car's performance and design will quickly endear it to prospective buyers.
"We were delighted when the final 308 GTi pricing was revealed and so were customers who pre-ordered the vehicle, with some bumping their pre-order from the GTi 250 to the GTi 270," said Pavel Meck, Peugeot Australia's Product and Pricing Manager.
"Pricing is critical in a market as competitive as Australia and we believe that, when you combine the work undertaken by Peugeot Sport with European build quality and the accolades the all-new 308 range has already amassed, the 308 GTi really stacks up against the competition."
The two variants, says Peugeot, are designed to cater to for two distinct customers with everyday drivers enjoying the power and precision of the GTi 250 and enthusiasts gravitating to its gruntier brother which has the mechanical upgrades suited for fun on the track.
The 308 GTi sits lower than the popular 308 that was its starting point, with a sporty aggressive stance and sculpted lines to enhance its visual appeal. There are few design differences to separate the variants the most noticeable being the brembo brakes and contrasting grille stripe on the 270. Of course the two-tone red and black Coupe Franche colour scheme - an option on the 270 - is also a give away but you have to pay an extra $5000 for that privilege.
The sporty theme is mirrored on the inside with Peugeot's iCockpit design and bucket seats with contrasting red trim and GTi badging drawing the eye. There is a high level of standard features including a 9.7-inch colour touchscreen, rear view camera with front parking sensors, keyless entry, push button start, sat-nav and jukebox music storage.
The 308 GTi comes with a 3 year/100,000km warranty and fixed-price servicing and road side assist for five years.
Model: Peugeot 308 GTi
Details: Five-door hot hatch.
Engines: 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol generating maximum power of 184kW @ 6000rpm in the GTi 250 and 200kW @ 6000rpm in the GTi 270 and peak torque of 330Nm @ 1900rpm.
Transmission: Six-speed manual
0-100km/h: 6.2 sec in GTi 250 and 6sec in GTi 270
Consumption: 6 litres/100km combined
Bottom line plus on roads: from $44,990 GTi 250 and $49,990 GTi 270