Peugeot Australia has launched the limited-edition 308 GT small hatch, with the warmed-over variant the first from the French company to feature an eight-speed torque-converter automatic transmission developed by Aisin.
Priced from $39,990 plus on-road costs and restricted to 140 units, the GT undercuts the 308’s hot GTi flagship by $6000 but concedes 35kW of power and 45Nm of torque.
Both front-wheel-drive versions are motivated by a 1.6-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine, with the GT developing 165kW at 5500rpm and 265Nm at 1750rpm. It also has an “amplified and sportier” note.
Nonetheless, the GT is light on its proverbial feet thanks to its 1207kg kerb weight, although Peugeot is yet to quote a zero-to-100km/h sprint time.
Claimed fuel consumption on the combined-cycle test is 6.0 litres per 100 kilometres, while carbon dioxide emissions are 135 grams per kilometre, partly thanks to the GT’s idle-stop system.
Interestingly, the GT is first model sold in Australia with a petrol particulate filter (PPF), which is now mandated in Europe, with the lower-quality fuels sold Down Under previously thought to be roadblocks for PPFs.
Compared to regular 308s, the GT’s ride height has been lowered by 7mm and 10mm at the front and rear respectively, while its spring and damper rates have been stiffened between 10 and 20 per cent.
The GT’s variable electric power steering is also heavier when its Sport driving mode is engaged, while its throttle response also becomes sharper and gear changes quicker. Larger brakes discs (330mm front, 268mm rear) are also fitted.
Visually, the GT can be identified by its unique exterior styling, 18-inch Diamant alloy wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 3 tyres, ‘GT’ badging, steering wheel (with paddle-shifters), interior trim and instrumentation (including red illumination in Sport).
Six exterior paintwork options available, with Hurricane Grey the only no-cost hue. Magnetic Blue, Artense Grey and Nera Black metallics cost $590, while Ultimate Red and Pearl White premium colours charge $1050.
Standard equipment otherwise includes LED headlights and daytime running lights, power-folding side mirrors with puddle lights, rear privacy glass, a 9.7-inch touchscreen multimedia system, keyless entry and start, massaging front seats with power-adjustable lumbar support, and ambient lighting.
Advanced driver-assist systems extend to autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control with stop and go functionality, a manual speed limiter, a reversing camera, front and rear parking sensors, and tyre pressure monitoring.
“The 308 GT will give us the ability to offer a vehicle that leverages Peugeot Sport’s experience while still maintaining the comfort and practical features of a vehicle that is driven daily,” said Peugeot Australia managing director Ben Farlow.
“With its engaging new drivetrain, sporty styling and limited availability, we are certain the new Peugeot 308 GT will be a hit with customers looking for a sports hatch.”
2020 Peugeot 308 GT list pricing:
|Peugeot 308 GT – automatic||$39,990|