Peugeot unveils the 308 GT

This is the hardest and also fastest Peugeot 308 you can purchase – the GT.

It’s an action in the instructions of a full-blooded GTI or even ‘R’ hot hatch which we talked to Peugeot regarding late in 2014, however we’ll concern that soon. First off, this new GT gets a swathe of upgrades to better validate that badge. Allow’s begin on the outside.

The Peugeot ‘Lion’ symbol has relocated from the bonnet to … the grille. There are fronts lights comprised of 62 LEDs. There are new signs as well as practical air scoops for the engine.

After that there’s the black lacquered door mirrors, wider side sill finishers, 18in ‘Diamant’ wheels (with Michelin Pilot Sport 3 tyres), a lacquered black rear diffuser and also twin exhaust pipes. A brand-new blue body colour is offered – influenced by the historic French competition vehicles – new interior roof cellular lining, red sewing as well as some natty aluminium outlining.

This excitement for dynamique has filteringed system right into the 308’s chassis, also. Peugeot’s engineers have gone down the flight height by 7mm at the front and 10mm at the rear – you can guess why – as well as tensed the suspension all round by approximately 20 per cent.

The passive dampers have been given new rankings for initiative and also speed, and also there are hydraulic bump drops in a quote to decrease sound. The brakes have actually been intensified to 330mm size in advance, and 268mm at the back.

Just two engines get on offer – a 200bhp 1.6-litre turbocharged gasoline engine with a six-speed manual (50.4 mpg, 130g/km carbon dioxide), as well as a 180bhp 2.0-litre diesel with 295lb ft of torque (70.6 mpg, 103g/km carbon dioxide) mated to a six-speed automated gearbox. You understand which one to tick.

The 308 GT likewise gets the ‘Vehicle driver Sport Pack’ as basic, which intensifies the engine noise, boosts the accelerator and electric power guiding feedback, colours the cockpit console red and highlights the power, torque, turbo stress as well as velocity on the main screen. Since poweeerrr.

No word on price, but you’ll have the ability to order it in November, with distributions starting in January 2015. You can choice it as either a hatch or SW (that’s the estate).

And as for an appropriate 308 hot hatch? Peugeot’s 308 designers verified to late last year just how a prospective GTI variation might include as much as 250bhp, and can port below the much-vaunted 308 R as well as its 270bhp. Top Gear would certainly very much similar to this to take place currently.