The Peugeot 308 Hatchback and SW just got sporty. A flagship GT version has been announced, bringing with it styling, spec and performance upgrades.
Peugeot has given the 308 GT LED headlights, 18-inch ‘Diamant’ alloy wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 3 tyres, twin exhaust exits at the rear, a unique ‘Magnetic Blue’ paintjob and the front Peugeot badge now sits within the three-blade front grille.
There’s sporty adjustments to the cabin, too. The 308’s i-Cockpit has a height and reach adjustable steering wheel, chequered flag pattern on the instrument panel, red and black colour scheme for the touchscreen display, aluminium pedals, stainless steel sills and red stitching on the upholstery.
Two engines will be available. First up is a four-cylinder 1.6-litre THP 205 Stop&Start mated to a six-speed manual gearbox that produces 285Nm of torque from 1,750rpm. CO2 emissions and fuel economy are 130g/km and 50.4mpg, respectively.
Meanwhile the 2.0-litre BlueHDI 180 offers 180hp, 400Nm of torque from 2,000rpm, 103g/km of CO2 and 70.6mpg. A six-speed automatic takes care of gear changes.
Bigger brakes, stiffer front and rear suspension and a ride height drop of 7mm at the front and 10mm at the rear promises to aid handling. The 308 GT also benefits from the Driver Sport Pack as standard, which includes an amplified engine noise and firmer and more responsive steering.
Standard safety features include Dynamic Cruise Control, which matches the speed of the vehicle ahead, Emergency Collision Alert System, which tells you when you are going to hit an obstacle, and Emergency Collision Braking System for applying the brakes automatically.
The 308 GT will be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show before it becomes available to order in November 2014, which is when UK pricing and full specifications will be announced. Deliveries are expected to start in January 2015.