The most desired and expected. The French answer to the wave of compact sports cars that is arriving in recent years. The Peugeot 308 GTi is already a reality. The Peugeot 308 wanted to enter fully into this new war that is being waged on the street and on the circuits. And his response has been a new Peugeot 308 GTi 2015 that boasts a distinguished and sporty touch and that unleash all its rage in two versions, 250 and 270 hp, well staggered and differentiated, and not only because of that difference in power, to satisfy two types of customer: those who are looking for a true GTi, spicy and very capable on a daily basis; and the one looking for the maximum sportiness that a compact front-wheel drive can offer. What is Peugeot proposing to us with its new GTi?
Peugeot bets on an even more aggressive 308 GTi with a two-tone livery, optional on the 308 GTi 270, red and black. A finish called Coupé Franche.
Distinction. The image of a true GTi is above all that of distinction, sportiness and elegance. That is why Peugeot has advocated for a design that looks spicy and distinguished. A generous chrome grille flanked by full LED headlights, a rear diffuser with dual tailpipes, 18- and 19-inch two-tone wheels. In short, details that make this car a really attractive compact.
But knowing that there will always be someone looking for an even more aggressive and exotic image of their Peugeot 308 GTi, the Gauls have opted for an idea as daring as expected. In its most powerful version, the 270 hp version – which we will refer to from now on as Peugeot 308 GTi 270 – will be available with a paint finish called Coupe Franche, which is nothing more than a two-tone finish, based on the combination of Ultimate Red (on the front two thirds) and Perla Nera Black (on the rear third of the car).
The Peugeot 308 GTi 270 is more than just a more powerful version of this compact. You will enjoy more powerful brakes and a Torsen differential.
But let’s talk about benefits. What is the cover letter for this new Peugeot 308 GTi? To start we have a 1.6 THP engine with Start & Stop, compatible with Euro VI, with an approved consumption of only 6.0 liters / 100 kilometers, 330 Nm between 1,900 and 5,000 rpm and a cut over 6,500 rpm, until which Peugeot promises us that its delivery will be constant. Peugeot tells us about a very worked block, with aluminum pistons and many reinforcements to ensure that it will support a delivery of 169 hp for each liter of cubic capacity. That is not bad …
We already told you that will be available in two flavors. The first, the 250 CVIt will feature a six-speed gearbox, 330-millimeter front and 268-millimeter rear brakes, Michelin Pilot Sport 3 (225/40 R18) tires and very decent performance. The 0 to 100 km / h will mark it in 6.2 seconds and the first kilometer, from a standstill, will reach it in 25.6 seconds.
For those looking for an even sportier option, and not just for the extra power, there will be a Peugeot 308 GTi 270, which as its name suggests will deliver 270 hp of power. Its 0 to 100 km / h drops to 6.0 seconds and the first kilometer is reached in 25.3 seconds. It will come standard with 19 “wheels, 380-millimeter front disc brakes with red calipers and, extremely important, a Torsen-type limited-slip differential to deal with this waste of power on its front end. Arguably with the Peugeot 308 GTI 270 things get serious.
It will enjoy a very small steering wheel and very sporty details, which are further accentuated in the 308 GTI 270 version and with optional extras such as the Peugeot Sport bucket upholstered in leather and Alcantara.
On board there are no big surprises. The Peugeot 308 GTi preserves its famous i-Cockpit, a dashboard design in which the steering wheel is lower than usual to view the instrumentation above it, without taking your eyes too far from the road. It will have a sporty steering wheel, small (351 x 329 millimeters) and flat on the base, red stitching, chrome details, and in general a very sporty aesthetic. Aesthetics that we can still improve with the Peugeot Sport seats that will be offered as standard by the Peugeot 308 GTI 270, upholstered in leather and Alcantara.
Peugeot tells us that there will be a package called Driver Sport Pack, which at the touch of a button will change the tone of the instrumentation, from white to red, it will show us information about the delivery of power, torque and turbo pressure at all times, as well as lateral and longitudinal forces, it will further improve the roar of your engine and increase throttle response.
And what about its chassis? We already told you that the Peugeot 308 GTI 250 will enjoy 330-millimeter front disc brakes and that the 308 GTI 270 will increase to 380 millimeters and will also have a Torsen differential. Both will have a chassis lowered by 11 millimeters compared to the rest of the Peugeot 308 range. According to Peugeot they have worked hard to reinforce the entire chassis, the stiffness of the shock absorbers, rebound, compression, and in general all possible aspects to achieve that his poise was perfect, and not sacrifice the comfort that one always expects from a good compact.
As you can see in more detail in this image, the Peugeot 308 GTI 270 will be available with the finish Coupe Franche (left), or in a single shade, including Ultimate Red (right), Magnetic Blue, Perla Nera Black, Artense Gray, Pearlescent White and Hurricane Gray.
The 19 “two-tone wheels They will be optional on the 308 GTi 250 and standard on the 308 GTi 270.
The 308 GTi 270 will enjoy 380mm front discs and red brake calipers.
Here is a detail of the rear diffuser with its two exhaust outlets, one on each side.
Decorate the body of a car in two tones, without physical separation, and in two halves, the front and the back, it is not trivial.
The sport seats in leather and Alcantara of the 308 GTi 270 they seem very appetizing.
He ledge It is finished off with this illuminated GTi emblem.
You press the Sport button, and the instrumentation will change its illumination to red, the engine will sound more forceful and the touch of the accelerator will be more direct.
This is what the i-Cockpit and the steering wheel, flattened at the base and finished off with a very racing decoration.