The PEUGEOT 308 GTi has been nearly 40 years in the making. Ever since PEUGEOT Sport made its debut in the 1981 World Rally Championship, the French firm’s tuning arm has been making performance-tuned road variants of its race and rally cars – starting with the iconic 205 GTi.
Well, here’s PEUGEOT Sport’s latest progeny, and it’s clear that the last 40 years have been time well spent. We fell in love with the Peugeot 308 GTI in our four-star review, describing it as: "a more vivacious and interesting driver’s car than the Volkswagen Golf GTi."
More recently, the Fifth Gear team got their hands on the PEUGEOT 308 GTi, with presenter Jason Plato giving it a run round the test track.
To find out more about the PEUGEOT 308 GTi, head to peugeot.co.uk/showroom/308/gti-by-peugeot-sport/
Engineered to perform
First – the stats that matter. Under the PEUGEOT 308 GTi’s sculpted bonnet is a 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine with 260hp and 340Nm of torque. Components in the six-speed gearbox have been shot-blasted and surface-hardened for strength, while the output shaft has been shortened for improved acceleration.
A wider track – 1,570mm at the front, and 1,554mm at the rear – works with a ride height that has been lowered by 11mm, lightweight pseudo-McPherson front suspension with a deformable rear torsion-beam, and Michelin Pilot Super Sport 235/35 R19 tyres, to deliver impressive handling performance.
A Torsen limited-slip differential provides even more dynamic cornering by channelling torque to the wheel with the most grip, letting the driver accelerate earlier and more confidently out of bends.
And, when it comes to bringing all that to a halt, PEUGEOT has opted for Alcon disc brakes – 380mm front, 268mm rear –with four-piston calipers.
Add the Driver Sport Pack, and you get a ‘Sport’ button on the centre console that amplifies the engine sound and increases throttle response, while also changing the interior displays from white to red with more information about power, torque, turbo pressure and acceleration and cornering g-forces.
Designed to stand out
It’s not only under the skin where PEUGEOT Sport delivers its performance creds. The PEUGEOT 308 GTi’s large front bumper frames a large air intake for the intercooler and the stylish gloss black chequered radiator grille, with sequential LED indicators adding a high-tech touch of style.
From the side, the 11mm-lowered ride height is amplified by the large but lightweight 19-inch ‘Carbone’ two-tone diamond-cut wheels, which house the large 380mm front brake discs with their red four-piston calipers. At the back, twin exhausts with a chrome finish work with a gloss black diffuser to complete the sporty look.