We are currently experiencing a hot hatchback renaissance with manufacturers going head to head for booming sales. A car that fits the family, shopping, doesn’t cost the Earth to run and goes rather quickly is an appealing prospect. In fact, the UK buys more hot hatchbacks than anywhere else and so a spicy variant of the 308 has been awaited since the models inception. Set to make its debut at the Goodwood Festival of speed, the Peugeot 308 GTI is eager to storm up the legendary hill.
Set to rival the Ford Focus ST, VW Golf GTI, and Renaultsport Megane, the new Peugeot 308 GTI sources its power form a turbocharged 1.6 litre petrol engine. This is a tweaked variation of the unit found in the excellent RCZ-R. Offered in two states of tune, 247BHP and 268BHP, it will get from 0-62MPH in 6 seconds. 11mm lower to the ground than the GT model, its stiffer suspension aims to improve body control. Subtle styling tweaks denote this from the standard car such as a gloss black diffuser along with clearly visible 380mm brakes, spoiler and bumpers. Chunky seats and GTI branding garnished the interior.
The 2015 Peugeot 308 GTI goes on sale this September. We can’t wait!