Peugeot has as soon as once more stepped up its scorching-hatch sport with the discharge of the brand new 308 GTi, which brings an extremely-environment friendly turbocharged 1.6-liter engine obtainable in two ranges of tune, an enhanced exterior aesthetic, and an inside chock filled with efficiency cues.
Impressed by Peugeot’s prolonged GTi pedigree, the beefy 5-door sees upgrades in all areas; some delicate, some much less so, however all within the identify of standing out in a market awash with sizzling-hatches.
Review 2015 Peugeot 308 GTi
Peugeot Model CEO Maxime Picat says the automobile has created a great deal of pleasure amongst efficiency lovers, particularly these acquainted with the model’s historical past of turning out fast vehicles with an odd variety of doorways. The 308 GTi follows the likes of the 205 GTi, 208 GTi, and RCZ R, all of which have contributed to the automaker’s declare of promoting 800,000 models of its “sportier fashions.”
All of it sounds nice, however with so many implausible scorching-hatches to select from, how does the 308 GTi stack up?
Exterior 2015 Peugeot 308 GTi
Positioned subsequent to the usual 308 mannequin, the 308 GTi isn’t a dramatic diversion from its extra reserved counterpart, no less than aesthetically talking. The clear, easy traces are nonetheless current and un-muddled, and onlookers may have a straightforward time figuring out the automobile as part of the 308 line.
Nonetheless, that isn’t to say Peugeot left the outside utterly untouched. First indications to the automotive’s sporting intentions include the trip top, which sits eleven mm (zero.forty three-inch) decrease than the usual 308. Within the entrance is similar acquainted fascia, with double grilles lined with chrome, however these have been enhanced with unique inserts bearing a horizontal, checkered sample completed in shiny black. Flanking these are headlights fitted with full LEDs. Jutting from the underside corners of the entrance bumper you’ll discover two refined spoiler winglets, which Peugeot claims “increase aerodynamic efficiency.”
Transferring to the facet, it’s the identical story, with the usual strains enhanced by a couple of easy issues like redesigned facet skirts that carry the automotive visually nearer to the bottom. Within the rear, the GTi’s efficiency intentions are a bit extra apparent, with a gloss-black decrease diffuser framing twin exhaust suggestions that stick out prominently with a elegant end.
The automotive additionally boasts a wider observe, measured at 1,570 mm (sixty one.eighty one inches) within the entrance and 1,554 mm (sixty one.eighty one inches) within the again. To assist make the most of the brand new stance, the GTi has light-weight alloy wheels and sticky efficiency tires. The GTi 250 variant receives 18-inch Diamant wheels wrapped in 225/forty R18 92W Michelin Pilot Sport tires, whereas the GTi 270 will get 19-inch Carbone alloys with 235/35 R19 91Y Michelin Pilot Sport tires. Beneath these rollers you’ll discover appropriately flashy brakes, with massive discs clamped by multi-piston calipers which might be painted vivid pink and embellished with the Peugeot Sport signature flourish.
Like the usual 308, the GTi is quite feathery on the scales, because of using PSA’s EMP2 platform, which is complemented by a composite tailgate and using excessive-tensile metal. Nonetheless, you received’t discover further kilos shed over the usual automobile, with the ultimate curb weight coming in at roughly 2,650 kilos. Nonetheless, that’s fairly sprightly when positioned alongside the Peugeot’s main rivals (the 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI, for instance, weighs in at over three,000 kilos).
For paint choices, there’s a Coupe Franche two-tone design obtainable completely for the GTi 270. This combines the brilliant Ultima Ultima te Purple hue with Nera Black to visually lower the automobile in half, lending it a good-looking three-door impersonation. The 2-tone undoubtedly provides the automotive a wholesome dose of sportiness and boy-racer aggression, nevertheless it doesn’t come low-cost – anticipate to shell out an additional £1,300 ($2,062) if you would like it.
Different shade selections embrace full-physique Final Purple, full-physique Nera Black, Pearlescent White, Magnetic Blue, and Cumulus Gray. The usual coloration is non-metallic Hurricane Gray.
Interior 2015 Peugeot 308 GTi
The interior of the 308 GTi comes with the standard assemblage of excessive-efficiency cues, each delicate and overt, that you simply’d anticipate from a contemporary scorching-hatch. Purple stitching is used to offset the black upholstery discovered all through the cabin, together with within the seats, door panels, steering wheel, gear-lever boot and flooring mats. The doorsills have the requisite GTi and Peugeot Sport signatures, and are made out of aluminum. Aluminum can also be used for the pedals, footrest and equipment knob.
The highest-vary GTi 270 is supplied with Peugeot Sport bucket seats which are upholstered in black and gray Alcantara, offering good lateral assist. The steering wheel is small and barely squared on the backside, and comes wrapped in full-grain leather-based, with the GTi emblem beneath and a pink heart-mark up high.
Instrumentation comes within the type of a central digital readout flanked by two analog gauges with a black-checkered background. It’s all a part of the Peugeot i-Cockpit design, which Peugeot says “…has been an integral facet of the 308’s attraction and gross sales success.” For the 308 GTi, the automaker has added a centrally mounted, driver-dealing with touchscreen full with the Redline coloration scheme.
For these wanting much more race-automotive-driver fantasy inspiration, there’s the usual Driver Sport Pack. By urgent the Sport button on the central console, the show colours go from white to purple and it offers efficiency knowledge, together with horsepower, torque, enhance ranges, and lateral/longitudinal acceleration. It additionally beefs up the exhaust word and switches up the throttle mapping “…for a extra participating driving expertise.”
In contrast to the vast majority of scorching-hatches presently available on the market, nearly all of which use boosted 2.zero-liter powerplants, the 308 GTi makes do with a 1.6-liter Turbo Excessive Stress (THP) gasoline unit. This is available in two completely different ranges of tune – 250 horsepower and 270 horsepower (therefore the GTi 250 and GTi 270 trim designators). Each produce 243 pound-toes of torque at an impressively low 1,900 rpm and are related to a guide six-velocity transmission.
Peugeot claims the highest-spec 270-horsepower model “…units a brand new file for energy-to-weight ratio in its phase,” with every horsepower tasked with motivating solely four.forty six kg (9.eighty three kilos). This permits a zero-to-sixty two time of six seconds flat. The GTi 250 will do the identical run zero.2 second slower, whereas each automobiles are electronically restricted to a high pace of a hundred and fifty five mph.
Given the engine’s excessive output, RON ninety five or RON ninety eight gas (RON being the Analysis Octane Quantity) is required. Injection stress is ready at 200 bar, whereas the compression ratio is 9.2:1. The engine internals are fairly trick, together with cast aluminum pistons “of a contest-fashion design,” strengthened connecting rods, polymer-enhanced bearings, and strengthened bolts. Max torque is supplied all the best way as much as 5,000 rpm.
Conserving the interior combustion operation cool and easy is a double-oil spray system for the pistons, whereas the exhaust manifold consists of warmth-resistant metal that may deal with temperatures as much as 1,000-levels Celsius (1,832-levels Fahrenheit). A specifically developed air-cooling system can also be put in under the entrance bumper.
Although the engine places out an honest wallop, the low displacement means your tree-hugger mates gained’t disown you for laying into the throttle occasionally. Peugeot claims the Euro 6-compliant 1.6-liter mill is “probably the most environment friendly in its sector,” producing simply 139 g/km of CO2 emissions and netting forty seven.1 mpg. These numbers are bolstered by Cease&Begin expertise, a regular function on all 308 GTi fashions.
However sufficient of all that, let’s get again to the stuff that really issues. These flamboyant brakes you see tucked below the outsized wheels include “race-developed” 380 mm (15-inch) discs in entrance, mounted to aluminum hubs. The intense crimson calipers are 4-piston models, whereas the rear sees discs measure at 268 mm (10.fifty five inches).
The suspension used is modest, with pseudo-MacPherson struts within the entrance and a twist-beam system within the rear. Complementing this can be a semi-hole anti-roll bar and aluminum wishbones. Your entire vertical suspension within the entrance is particular to the brand new 308 GTi, with specifically calibrated spring charges and shock absorbers.
Whereas easy, light-weight, low-cost to provide, and strong, this suspension setup doesn’t provide the identical sophistication as a real multi-hyperlink system, usually transmitting a great deal of noise and vibration into the cabin and providing much less linear dealing with traits.
|Type||1.6-liter, 4-cylinder turbocharged|
|Output||246 HP or 268 HP|
|0 to 60 mph||6.2 seconds|
Important to any excessive-efficiency FWD automobile is a strong restricted-slip differential, and the 308 GTi delivers with a Torsen unit for higher grip beneath a heavy throttle. This works together with the facility steering to supply improved handing (presumably with decreased torque steer), whereas a sport-oriented digital traction management system makes probably the most of inputs. Peugeot says the system is designed to permit for “extra latitude, with enhanced drift on bends.” These assured in their very own talents can decide to disconnect the system altogether.
Prices 2015 Peugeot 308 GTi
The 308 GTi 250 begins at £26,555 ($42,112 at present alternate charges, 6/15) whereas the 308 GTi 270 begins at £28,one hundred fifty five ($forty four,649). Peugeot says each fashions shall be out there to order quickly.