The new GT model will use an eight-speed automatic to channel power to the front wheels, and will no doubt offer more appeal than the six-speed manual ‘box that is the only one available in the hotter, faster 308 GTi model. For the Francophiles, there has been a 308 GT in the past, but it was a turbo-diesel model.
Kerb weight for this model is set to be 1230 kilograms - very light for the class, and making for a strong power-to-weight ratio, even if the grunt numbers aren’t huge.
While the exact price is yet to be confirmed, we’ve learned that it will be about $40,000 for the 308 GT auto, possibly allowing it a $5000 advantage over the manual-only GTi ($45,990 plus on-road costs).
The adoption of the new so-called EAT8 transmission from Aisin will not be limited to just the sporty 308 GT - it will also be offered in a number of models as a rolling change, replacing the existing six-speed auto.
Peugeot Australia has stated that the 3008 GT and 5008 GT - both of which are powered by 1.6-litre turbo-diesel engines - will adopt the eight-speed auto transmission “over the coming months”.
The brand claims fuel consumption will decrease by seven per cent as a result of the move to the eight-speed, as it allows the car to use its engine start-stop system at speeds up to 20km/h, and has a coasting function at speeds above 25km/h.
The all-new Peugeot 508 Fastback and Sportswagon models will be fitted with the eight-speed automatic transmission as standard. That car is set to go on sale in August.
The all-new Peugeot 508 range will exclusively use the eight-speed automatic transmission".