Peugeot is hoping to make an impact at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed with the first debut of the new 308 GTi at Using the same 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine as the RCZ R, the the SEAT Leon Cupra rival will become the most powerful road car ever produced from the French brand.
We’ve previously spotted Peugeot’s 308 hot hatch undergoing cold weather testing in Finland, and our source back then revealed Peugeot isn’t intending to get involved in the current Nurburgring hot hatch war, like Renault, Honda and SEAT.
The 270bhp 1.6-litre turbo to be used in the 308 GTi is borrowed straight from the RCZ-R sports coupe. A detuned version of that currently provides power in the warmed up 202bhp 308 GT, as well as the 208 GTi.
Suspension tweaks, uprated brakes and a Torsen limited-slip differential are also expected to help manage the hike in power over the GT model. But we don’t expect this to take on the same hardcore approach as cars like the new Honda Civic Type R, with a more compliant, road-biased setup.
It will be offered strictly with a six-speed manual gearbox and front-wheel drive, but future sports models from the brand will be made available with a new eight-speed automatic transmission currently under development.
There was no confirmation of any involvement from Peugeot Sport on the developement of the GTi, but tinkering by Peugeot’s motorsport arm is likely to be saved for the even faster 308 R if it’s given the green light. We expect the 308 GTi to kick off from around £26,000 when it goes on sale later this year.