Peugeot has announced the arrival of the sportiest 308 to date, the 308 GT. The 308 GT is available in both 5-door hatchback and wagon bodystyles and a choice of petrol or diesel engines.
The 308 GT is offered with two engine options, a 1.6-litre THP petrol in the GT 205, and a 2.0-litre BlueHDi diesel in the GT 180. The 1,598 cc turbocharged 4-cylinder in the GT 205 generates 205 hp and 285 Nm of torque, while the 1,997 cc 4-cylinder turbodiesel in the GT 180 generates 180 hp and 400 Nm of torque. Fuel consumption for the GT 205 and the GT 180 is rated at 5.6 l/100 km and 4.0 l/100 km respectively. The gearbox used in the GT 205 is a 6-speed manual while a 6-speed auto is only available with the GT 180.
The 308 GT has been mildly tuned to deliver a greater driving experience with a tweaked suspension that’s stiffer by up to 20%. Stopping power is provided by the 330 mm front brakes and at the back the discs are 265 mm in the 308 GT and 290 mm in the 308 GT SW.
To set the 308 GT apart from the lesser variants, it gets its own distinctive styling tweaks outside and a smattering of GT badges here and there. At the front, the GT gets its own front bumper with lower side intakes and the lion on the bonnet has migrated into the 3-bar grille. LED headlamps are standard, and the GT gains a new dynamic sequential indicators that sit on top of the mentioned lower side intakes on the bumper.
The side mirror housings are finished in lacquered black, and lower down there’s a very subtle side skirt. At the back, the bumper gains a diffuser finished in lacquered black and a pair of chrome tailpipes. The 308 GT sits 7mm lower at the front and 10 mm lower at the back compared to the standard 308, and rides on 18-inch Diamant wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 3 rubbers.
TEP / Alcantara upholstery is standard for the 308 GT’s interior, but buyers can choose the optional Club Nappa leather as well. The roof lining and pillars are finished in anthracite, while red stitching can be found everywhere from the dashboard to the floor mats. Stainless steel door sills and aluminium pedals are included in the 308 GT too.
To add to the 308 GT’s sporting intents, there’s the Driver Sport Pack that includes a red illuminated instruments, a sportier engine sound, more responsive throttle, steering, and gearbox, and the instrument panel that displays the power and torque, turbo pressure, and longitudinal and transverse acceleration. The main touchscreen display also gets a new red and black theme dubbed Redline.
The 308 GT is also fitted with a host of driving assistance such as the Blind Spot Monitoring System and Park Assist, in addition to the Driver Assistance Pack that includes the Dynamic Cruise Control, Emergency Collision Alert System, and Emergency Collision Braking System.
The 308 GT might not be setting its sights on the Golf GTi due to its marginally lower power output but it should serve to those who want more from the standard 308. We’re still waiting for the 308 to be launched here in Malaysia so don’t keep your hopes too high for the 308 GT to arrive in our shores anytime soon, but you can expect the 308 GT to debut at the upcoming Paris motorshow in October.