2019 Peugeot 308 GT 8spd auto now on sale in Australia

August 13, 2019

The new Peugeot 308 GT warm hatch has arrived in Australia as a limited edition, bringing in a fresh eight-speed auto and a new turbocharged engine.

As previously reported, the updated 308 GT comes with a freshly-developed 1.6-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine that cranks out a very respectable 165kW and 285Nm. This is connected up to an Aisin-sourced eight-speed automatic transmission with front-wheel drive.

Being part of the ‘GT’ family, the limited edition comes with sports suspension with the ride height lowered by 7mm at the front and 10mm at the rear compared with other 308 models. The spring and damper settings are also between 10-20 per cent stiffer. For the driver, the steering system has been tuned for sharper response with a firmer feel, while the engine mapping and transmission calibration are tuned to suit.

Adding to its driver appeal, the model has a kerb weight of just 1204kg. No figures for the 0-100km/h sprint have been mentioned for Australia, however, overseas the sprint is rated at 7.4 seconds. Fuel economy on the combined cycle is also rated at 5.7L/100km in Euro-spec.

Buyers have a choice of six exterior colours, including; Hurricane Grey, Magnetic Blue, Nera Black, Pearl White, Platinum Grey, and Ultimate Red. This is complimented by a set of 18-inch alloy wheels, a bespoke GT bodykit, and unique GT badges. Speaking about the new model, Peugeot Australia managing director, Ben Farlow, said:

“The 308 GT will give us the ability to offer a vehicle that leverages Peugeot Sport’s experience while still maintaining the comfort and practical features of a vehicle that is driven daily. The arrival of 308 GT also kicks-off a period of new product arrivals for Peugeot, with the all-new 508 Fastback and Sportsback following close on the 308 GTs heels.”

Just 140 examples of the 308 GT automatic will be offered in Australia, with prices starting from $39,990 (excluding on-roads). All models are covered by a five-year/unlimited kilometre warranty. It’s on sale now. See below for the highlight features.

2019 Peugeot 308 GT Limited Edition standard highlights:

  • All-new 165kW, 285Nm turbo-petrol 1.6L engine
  • Eight-speed, full-fluid automatic transmission with paddle shift
  • Autonomous Emergency Braking
  • Active cruise control with stop-and-go function
  • Chrome grille bars, front fog lamps and window surrounds
  • 18-inch ‘Diamant’ alloy wheels
  • Driver Sport Pack (via button on the centre console) gives:
    • Amplified, sportier engine note
    • Red illuminated instrument display
    • Power and torque, turbocharger boost pressure and longitudinal and transverse acceleration readouts
    • Firmer and more responsive power steering
    • More responsive electronic accelerator pedal mapping
  • Dual chrome exhausts
  • GT badges (front, rear and sides)
  • Performance-tuned suspension
  • Red stitching highlights on door panels, gear lever gaiter and seats
  • GT head-up instrument display with colour LCD screen
  • 9.7-inch touchscreen with “Redline” red and black theme
  • Rear-view camera with front and rear parking sensors
  • USB port
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Front seats with electric lumbar support and massage function
  • Open & Go keyless entry and push-button start
  • Alloy pedals and door sills with chrome door handle trim
  • GT floor mats with red stitching
  • Full LED headlights with integrated daytime running lights
  • Sequential Indicators above air scoops
  • Black lacquered mirror shells and rear diffuser
  • Automatic ‘Follow Me Home’ lighting function
  • Electric folding mirrors with puddle lamps
  • Programmable cruise control with speed-limiter
  • Electric parking brake with brushed aluminum surround
  • Interior mood lighting
  • LED front and rear courtesy lamps

 

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.