We already have some idea of how a high-performance version of the new Peugeot 308 might well look like, thanks to the brand’s Frankfurt 2013 debutant, the 308 R concept. The 308 R featured revised bumpers with much larger air intakes than the regular 308. It also sits 26 mm lower than the standard 308. This might be our first look at the upcoming high-performance Peugeot 308 GTI, which will go against cars like the VW Golf GTI and the Ford Focus ST. Our European spy photographers sighted these Peugeot 308 mules on test. It looks like its wearing the same bumper and even alloy wheels as a regular 308, but there’s some disguise on the front bumper. Things are slightly different at the rear. The rear bumper diffuser design seems to be a little different compared to the regular 308 – on a normal 308, the diffuser design on the bumper doesn’t have any exhaust pipe cutouts; on these test cars, there seems to be two cutouts in the diffuser. The 308 R Concept used a … [Read more...] about SPYSHOTS: Is this the upcoming Peugeot 308 GTI?
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The Peugeot 308 GTi 270’s life with us was a tumultuous one through no fault of its own. Our first longtermer was written off in a serious accident, which at least proved something you’d never hope to prove: that the crumple zone was incredibly effective at protecting its occupants. Then as soon as a replacement arrived, someone smashed the front passenger window glass. The reason for the break-in remains a mystery; the only thing visible in the car was a yoga mat – which wasn’t taken. And so, as our seven-month stint with the car comes to an end, I’m sad to say goodbye to it. It has become a trusty companion: practical and unassuming but with all the poke you need to live everyday life in the fast lane. As always at Autocar, and particularly so with a hot hatch, plenty of people wanted a go in the Peugeot, and that resulted in a number of differing opinions. One thing everyone agreed on was how excellent the 266bhp version of Peugeot’s turbocharged … [Read more...] about Peugeot 308 GTi long-term test review: final report
My time with the Peugeot 308 GTi is coming to an end, so I thought it prudent to take it for one last proper hoo-ha – a trip to Anglesey in Wales, for Autocar’s Handling Day. It was an effortless journey on motorway and windy Welsh roads. The 308 has the power to keep up and beyond on fast roads and the grip and handling to hold its own around bends. It’s very comfortable, too, although my gripes about the infotainment system remain. I’ve given up on DAB radio, with the intermittent cutting out of my favourite songs too much to bear. I am, however, finally getting on with Bluetooth, although one phone call recipient said I sounded “like I was at the bottom of the ocean”. The return journey felt a bit more tame – unsurprising, given that I’d been throwing cars such as the Porsche 911 R and Ferrari 488 GTB on the track. The Peugeot inevitably feels dull compared with those, but even so, the return to my trusty GTi for the drive … [Read more...] about Peugeot 308 GTi long-term test review – road trip to Anglesey
Our Peugeot 308 GTi 270 is the crème de la crème of the range, but there is a cheaper sibling to consider: the 308 GTi 250. The 266bhp GTi 270 covers 0-62mph in 6.0sec, versus 6.2sec in the 247bhp GTi 250, and its list price is £28,990 compared with the 250’s £27,290. The GTi 270 wins hands down on the aesthetics front, ticking far more boxes on the ‘what a hot hatch should look like’ list than the 250. As for equipment, our 270 has 19in ‘Carbone’ alloy wheels, while the standard 250 gets 18in ‘Diamant’ alloys (although our 250 test car had the 19s fitted as an £675 option). Our car gets GTi bucket seats with red stitching and Peugeot Sport branding. The 250 has sports-style seats with no Peugeot Sport logos, although I hardly noticed the difference. Other additions for the 270 are red brake calipers with 380mm front discs and a limited-slip diff. So how noticeable are the changes behind the wheel? The most … [Read more...] about Peugeot 308 GTi long-term test review: sibling competition
Consider this. In 1975, the Volkswagen Golf GTI developed 110bhp. In 2012, the latest Golf GTI was launched with 220bhp. Granted, the doubling of its output hasn’t occurred at quite the same breakneck clip as Moore’s law, which dictates a twofold increase in microchip performance every two years or so, but it is significant – not least because it’s now a recurring theme in the hot hatch genre. Read our full review on the Peugeot 308 In 1987, the Peugeot 309 GTi developed 127bhp from its 1.9-litre petrol engine. Cut to 2015 and the new 308 GTi, its maker’s latest attempt to re-enter the credible end of the segment, produces 266bhp from an even smaller four-pot unit. With the introduction of its latest Mountune kit, the Ford Focus ST we’ve chosen to test it against develops 271bhp. That’s a massive 166bhp more than the Escort XR3i that Ford was punting to buyers in 1982 and almost 100bhp more than the Focus ST170 it produced in 2002. … [Read more...] about Peugeot 308 GTi versus Ford Focus ST – comparison
Ever since PEUGEOT unveiled the 308, its more athletic counterpart had been keenly awaited, with its promise of an unparalleled driving experience. It was a tall order: design the most radical model in the range for a particularly demanding set of customers. Rising to that challenge required a development team who were all on the same page, with the same passion for performance. So PEUGEOT brought in the experts: PEUGEOT SPORT engineers with a wealth of international expertise in the field. The "308 GTi by PEUGEOT SPORT" offers drivers the ultimate ride, featuring a 1.6L THP S&S engine available in two versions—270 hp and 250 hp—with Torsen® limited-slip differential, chassis tuning and PEUGEOT i Cockpit. What is more, the 1.6L THP S&S power plant is the most efficient in its category, capping CO2 at 139 g/km, or 6.0 L/100km. PEUGEOT is proud to add the 308 GTi by PEUGEOT SPORT to its stable. This is a car that has generated great anticipation among enthusiasts … [Read more...] about 2016 Peugeot 308 GTi
Rampant axle tramp, slack body control, an engine that wilts at the top end and seats that give no meaningful support. Lots of today’s hot hatches are so well executed they feel more like upright sports cars than repurposed hatchbacks, but – evidently – not all of them. The Seat Leon Cupra 300 and Peugeot 308 GTi 270 both play supporting roles in the hot hatch sector, while the likes of the Ford Focus RS and Honda Civic Type R hog all the limelight. The Cupra brand is now well established in its own right, though, and the recently rejuvenated Peugeot Sport sub- division has been given licence to build focused, high-specification performance cars rather than the lazily engineered warm hatchbacks that the French marque had found itself producing. Audi RS3 vs Mercedes-AMG A45 Volkswagen Golf R vs Ford Focus RS BMW M140i vs Honda Civic Type R No matter how many times you’ve driven the 308 GTi in the past, it always takes time to adapt … [Read more...] about Britain’s best affordable driver’s car: Peugeot 308 GTi versus Seat Leon Cupra
► Hot hatch triple-test shoot-out► New VW Golf GTI vs its rivals► Peugeot 308 GTI vs Mini JCW The middle-aged Welshman stops, jumps out of his car and walks over to the Volkswagen. ‘What’s this then, boys?’ he asks, eyes scanning quickly for clues. We tell him it’s the new Golf GTI, that we’re group testing it against the Peugeot 308 GTi 270 and Mini John Cooper Works. He casts a dismissive glance at the strangely painted Pug and gawky Mini, then looks back at the Golf. ‘Got to be the Golf, hasn’t it?’ he declares definitively. ‘Go on, drive it like you stole it.’ Then he gets back in his police car and disappears.Based on showroom appeal alone, our Welsh copper just called a verdict in a few seconds that’ll take the CAR team two days of deliberation; and I suspect the majority of you agree. Four decades after it launched, the GTI’s look, its badge, and the promise that it’ll do … [Read more...] about VW Golf GTI vs Peugeot 308 GTI vs Mini JCW triple test review (2017)
► Pug's mojo-rediscovering hot hatch ► We live with a Peugeot 308 GTI 270 ► Should you? Our year-long test find outTen months ago, I wrote that I was already impressed by the 308 GTi, and that the point of this 10-month test was to see if I was still as keen at the end as I was at the beginning. The answer? Definitely.On my first drive, following a factory test driver down twisty French roads in a pre-production prototype, it was clear what a talented hot hatch it was: sweet steering, firmish ride with enough compliance for daily driving, a grippy but playful chassis and a huge turn of speed from that little 1.6-litre turbo. I told the Peugeot Sport engineers that I found the seats too high, that the gear change could be shorter, but other than that, tres bien.Sometimes, you get a car back on the UK’s uniquely challenging roads and it doesn’t feel as good as you remember from the European launch. Happily, the 308 felt just the same. I noticed the … [Read more...] about A year in a Peugeot 308 GTI 270: should you?
Let’s imagine a parallel universe, a réalité alternative where France’s automakers had succeeded in launching themselves in the U.S. and Germany’s had failed. It would be a world where big Citroëns still rolled through towering cityscapes on hydraulic springs, where Peugeot hadn’t raised the white flag in 1991 and where Renault had said non to its own disastrous Alliance. A world where Volkswagens, Audis, and BMWs were seen as far-off exotics and where you could buy a car like the new Peugeot 308 GTi 270 off a dealer’s lot in Chicago, Portland, or Poughkeepsie. But that’s not, you know, our actual reality, and this hot Peugeot is just another Euro megahatch we periodically review to tease you. It’s also welcome proof that the French have not forgotten how to make performance cars. There’s certainly a proud heritage to draw on; Volkswagen might have been first to apply the GTi brand to a model—VW now uses all … [Read more...] about 2016 Peugeot 308 GTi 270