Peugeot has announced pricing and specifications for the new 308 GT, a warm-hatch variant of its small car.
Priced from $39,990 plus on-road costs, the five-door is limited to just 140 units Down Under.
The main differentiating feature over the regular 308 range is the engine, a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine shared with the upcoming 508 producing 165kW of power and 285Nm of torque. Drive is sent ot the front wheels through a new eight-speed Aisin torque converter gearbox, enabling a 0-100km/h sprint time of 7.4 seconds.
Interestingly, the 308 GT will become the first vehicle to be sold in Australia with a petrol particulate filter (PPF), an emissions device previously ruled out for Australia due to the high sulphur content (50 parts per million) of our fuel. Peugeot claims its PPF has been extensively tested with Australian-quality unleaded, with the French manufacturer recommending 95 or 98RON premium petrol (with a focus on the latter).
Standard kit bundled with the GT include 18-inch machined alloy wheels, LED headlights, massaging front seats with electric lumbar support, keyless entry, push-button start, rear privacy glass and a full suite of safety kit including adaptive cruise control with stop&go functionality and autonomous emergency braking.
There’s a full gamut of sporty visual addons fitted from the factory, including contrasting red interior stitching, dual exhaust tips, black mirror caps, alloy pedals and the obligatory GT badges.
Sharpening up the hatch’s driving experience is a sport-tuned suspension setup that’s 10-20 per cent stiffer than a standard 308, a lower ride height, raspier engine note and a Sport mode that weightens the steering and improves the throttle response.
The 2019 Peugeot 308 GT goes on sale later this month, available in a choice of six exterior colours.