Peugeot Australia has announced two variants of the 308 GTi hot hatch that will launch in the country at under the $50k mark early next year.
The cheaper of the two, 308 GTi 250 is priced from $44,990 and packs a 184kW/330Nm punch from a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Peak torque is available at just 1900 rpm.
The big boy, known as the GTi 270, produces 200kW/330Nm of torque from the same engine, and shaves the 0-100km/h time from 6.2 seconds to 6.0 seconds flat, at a cost of $49,990. Both variants are offered with a manual transmission only.
Underneath, the GTi 270 means business, taking the fight to its rivals with 380mm race-developed front anchors, twist-beam rear suspension system, pseudo-MacPherson strut at the front and a limited-slip differential.
National marketing manager for Peugeot Australia Dimitri Andreatidis had the following to say:
“After a decade of absence of the GTi badge from our 3-series hatch models, we return with not one but two models; both developing more power and torque than any model before it.”
The ‘Driver Sport Pack’ offered on both variants changes the engine note, quite dramatically like in the 308 GT model, and also changes the engine mapping to a more responsive setting while offering a G-force read out, as well as turbo pressure, power and torque readouts, with the instrument displays changing from white to red.
Peugeot has fiddled with the proportions of the GTi, sitting 11mm lower, and featuring a widened front and rear track for more grip. Combined with 19-inch Michelin Super Sport rubber, the GTi is set to be a little track monster.
Inside, Peugeot has added the usual array of special touches to the interior, with aluminum and red stitching scattered around the cabin. And as a nod to enthusiasts, the top-spec 270 variant offers Alcantara appointed bucket seats.
“The 308 GTi will certainly give hot hatch customers a reason to look forward to 2016,” said Andreatidis.
Both arrive on the local market in February, 2016. Prices quoted are starting prices and don’t include on-road costs.