The Peugeot 308 has been a roaring success in all markets, and now the range is to be extended here with the arrival of the eye popping 308 GT.
The 308 was the European Car of the Year 2014, and is the Continental Irish Compact Car of the Year 2015, and now the GT is set to expand its appeals in both petrol and diesel markets.
The 308 GT will be available in hatchback and SW body styles. Both offer bold styling, outstanding petrol and diesel performance-oriented engines and bespoke chassis modifications.
The new 308 GT retains all the elements which have made the 308 range a commercial hit throughout Europe, including the Peugeot i-Cockpit cabin, versatile interior and high perceived quality.
Exterior-wise, the iconic Peugeot Lion emblem has moved from the bonnet to the front grille, mirroring the new Peugeot 508. The car sits on 18” diamant wheels, shod with Michelin Pilot Sport 3 tyres.
At the rear, the 308 GT offers a striking and distinctive posture, with a lacquered black diffuser and stylish twin exhaust pipes. The GT signature is integrated into the tailgate, as well as the front grille and wheel arches.
Top-of-the-range headlights made up of 62 LEDs have been fitted. Exclusive new direction indicators further distinguish the 308 GT.
In the cabin, both the roof lining and upper window pillars are finished in anthracite. Red stitching on the upholstery trim is also found on the dashboard, door panels, gear lever gaiter and floor mats.
Aluminium detailing on the pedals and stainless steel sill finishers in the door apertures, add the finishing touch. The instrument panel bears a new chequered flag motif background and switching on the ignition produces a GT welcome message.
The Driver Sport Pack, standard on every 308 GT, includes an amplified, sporty engine noise, firmer and more responsive power steering, more responsive accelerator pedal mapping and a more responsive automatic gearbox with steering wheel-mounted paddles.
The instrument panel displays power and torque delivered, turbo pressure, longitudinal and transverse acceleration. The driver can choose to turn off the Driver Sport Pack setting for a more comfort-orientated drive by using a button on the centre console.
Ride height has been lowered by 7mm at the front and 10mm at the rear. The revised suspension is mated to a choice of high-performance engines, one petrol and one diesel that already meet stringent Euro 6 emissions standards.
The 1.6-litre THP 205bhp Stop and Start petrol engine is specified with a 6-speed manual gearbox to make the most of its 285Nm of torque, available between 1,750 and 4,500rpm. Returns are reckoned at 50.4mpg for the hatchback and 48.7mpg for the SW.
The 2.0-litre BlueHDi 180bhp diesel engine, coupled to an EAT6 6-speed automatic gearbox, delivers its maximum power of 180hp at 3,750rpm and maximum torque of 400Nm at 2,000rpm. Fuel consumption figures - 70.6 mpg for the hatchback and 68.9mpg for the SW.
The GT will be available for special order from Spring. Prices and specifications later.