308 GTi 270 by Peugeot Sport
it comes to sporty Peugeots
the recently-retired 266bhp
two-seater RCZ R coupe
missed. However, already theres
a new lion-badged
and it comes with not two,
but five doors...
CALLED THE '308 GTi by Peugeot Sport' after the team responsible for its
development (and who also engineered Peugeot's Le Mans 24 Hours- and Dakar Rally-winning
entries), this latest hatchback GTi's powerplant, a 1.6-litre turboed petrol
engine, is offered in two states of tune: 246bhp and 268bhp.
If 246bhp is enough for your right foot (and ego) then you'll only need to lay
your hands on £27,290 but if you really can't resist those extra prancing
horses then you'll need to dig a little deeper because £28,890 is what it'll
take to put one of the even more accelerative 268bhp versions on your driveway.
And if you really, really, really want your 308 GTi to stand out then another
£1,300 will make sure it will because for that you can order a special
finish called Coupe Franche that's exclusive to the full-on '270' version:
its two-tone paintwork is split diagonally front/rear (rather than the traditional
top/bottom along the waistline) with Pearlescent Nera Black colouring the tail
section and Ultimate Red paintwork the forward two thirds of the bodywork.
paint job you decide is 'you', all GTi models sport a distinctive gloss-black
grille with a horizontal chequered pattern flanked by full LED headlamps with
integrated LED running lights above scrolling LED indicators, side skirts, signature
Peugeot 'claw effect' LED rear lighting, a gloss-black diffuser book-ended either
side by a large exhaust pipe, 'GTi' jewellery and dramatic alloy wheels.
246bhp is enough for
your right foot (and ego)
then youll only need
to find £27,290 but if
you really cant resist
those extra prancing
horses then youll need
to dig a little deeper
because £28,890 is what
itll take to put one of the
even more accelerative
on your drive...
Inside there awaits a classy sports-themed cabin, all sportily black with red
stitching on the upholstery, dash, door panels, gear lever and tailored floor
mats. Aluminium shows up in the pedals, footrest and shapely gear knob.
There's also body-hugging bucket seats (both with power lumbar and two-stage
massage function) upholstered in leather effect material with suede-like Alcantara
centre panels, Peugeot's i-Cockpit 'head-up' style dash with a large 9.7-inch
multifunction colour touchscreen (with SatNav), an über-tactile, flat-bottomed
GTi steering wheel with a red centring mark at the top of its full grain leather
rim, and a Start Engine push-button that along with the keyless entry system
makes for quickfire departures.
Good personal space and comfort is guaranteed for the driver and front passenger
with a fist of headroom, plenty of elbow room (and both a centre as well as
usable outer armrests), and plenty of support from the height-adjustable sports-style
seats, while big glass areas keep the well-fitted cabin light and airy in spite
of the sport-themed black colour-ways.
A spot-on driving position with A1 visibility (including to the rear) is easily
set, and the I-Cockpit set-up works a treat with the main dials and their chrome-and-red
'blade' pointers clearly seen over the rim of the compact steering wheel (rather
than through it). Between the rev-counter and speedometer there's a driver's
information panel showing key trip data as well as digital speed, etc.
The touchscreen controls just about everything, including the climate
now also accessed by fingertip although there are still hard-buttons
for speedy activation of the front and rear heated screens as well as the audio
on/off. A thoughtful feature: switch off the ignition and the parking brake
is applied automatically for you.
Along with the engine Start button there's another you'll want to press
it's marked Sport and pressing it switches the colour display from white to
red, shows additional info on the central readout (power, turbo boost, lateral
and longitudinal acceleration), increases responsiveness of the power steering,
engine, and accelerator pedal, and amplifies the growl from the engine.
standard kit includes automatic dual-zone climate control, DAB digital radio,
Bluetooth, driver's computer, one-shot power windows, power door mirrors with
powerfold (automatically on leaving), auto-dimming rearview mirror, reversing
camera, front and rear parking sensors, dark tinted rear windows and tailgate,
automatic electric parking brake including Hill Assist, auto wipes and lights,
cruise control with speed limiter, full LED headlamps and daytime running lights,
Torsen limited-slip differential, a full set of airbags, stability and traction
control system, tyre pressure monitoring, and a set of standout 19-inch alloy
heart of the GTi is
a 1.6-litre turboed petrol
engine that punches
out 268bhp; its 169hp-
per-litre is the highest
specific output in its
segment, and makes it
what we call a more unit
whatever speed youre
travelling at, stamp the
loud pedal and this
delivers an unwavering
power ramp-up until it
hits the rev-limiter...
good news as the five-door 308 hatchback bodyshell also houses five seats
and a practical boot, it means that when you're not hot-footing it around or
even honing your driving skills at a trackday, the GTi can realistically stand-in
as a fully functioning family car.
For those times when five, not two, is the rule, there's ample room in the back
cabin for passengers; especially for two, who can amicably share the large padded
central armrest with its built-in twin cupholders (so much better than the pop-up/pop-out
The rear seats are comfy, backrest angles are restful, there's space between
heads and the roof-lining and views out are kept interesting by the long windows
not everyone wants to play games while they're travelling!
Measuring a city-friendly 4.2 metres nose-to-tail the 308 GTi will happily swallow
470 litres of luggage if you load the boot to the lightweight parcel shelf-cum-luggage
cover; load from boot floor to the roof and you can squeeze in 501 litres. Rear
seats dropped down, the maxed out loadbay offers a very useful 1,309 litres.
Folding the back seats is easy and can be done either from the tailgate end
of the boot or from within the cabin. A load-through luggage hatch adds extra
versatility to that already provided by the 60:40-split backrests.
Is it fast? Absolutely unless, that is, you don't think 155mph is fast
enough to quality it as 'fast'. And 0-62mph in six seconds dead is not to be
sniffed at. Actually, it feels faster but we'll stick with the paper figures.
The other paper figures are for the economy the official Combined Cycle
figure is 47.1mpg.
Yeah, right… for this level of performance, so what's that in real-life? Surprisingly,
it's amazingly close: our week's hard driving saw an overall average of 42.4mpg.
Impressive. More so when you take into account the driving satisfaction this
heart of the GTi is a four-cylinder 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine that
punches out a not inconsiderable 268bhp backed up, more tellingly, by a muscular
243lb ft of torque that's on tap from 1,900 all the way to 5,000rpm.
169hp-per-litre is the highest specific output in its segment, and makes it
what we call a 'more' unit because it's always ready and eager to give
you more. Whatever speed you're travelling at, stamp the loud pedal and this
responsive engine delivers an unwavering power ramp-up until it hits the rev-limiter.
a front-wheel drive
car 243lb ft of torque is
usually a recipe for
fighting the steering.
No such problem with the
GTi 270 arrow-straight
getaways can be made
with confidence, and
bends speared through
with brio for clean, fast
down through the close ratio six-speed 'box and the GTi will literally leap
forward even when you thought you'd already wrung it out. Too many cars are
described, with journalistic licence, as being 'point and squirt' machines;
but this 268bhp GTi from Peugeot Sport most definitely is the real McCoy.
in the heaviest traffic the 268bhp unit remains even-tempered but it's always
ready to up the pace; on most roads you needn't bother to change down; just
plant your right foot and away you go. Thanks to the ever-ready torque on tap,
safe, swift overtaking is a piece of cake you'll be out and past and
back in again without a blip in your heart rate.
And when calm is called for, cruising at the legal limit (still under half its
top speed) feels almost effortless. Fortunately your road speed is shown digitally
alongside roadside speed warning signs between the main dials.
The biggest surprise of the test? Not the effervescent poke but the ride quality.
Despite the serious hike in power and the accompanying suspension tuning and
lowered ride height, the GTi manages to serve up a compliant ride despite
rolling on 235/35 Michelin Super Sport rubber wrapped around 19-inch rims. Something
that, whatever the route, makes long trips a pleasure.
Externally the GTi looks nicely 'planted'. However, it's on the move that you'll
notice the benefits of the Torsen limited-slip differential prioritising torque
to the wheel with the highest traction because on a front-wheel drive
car 243lb ft of torque is usually a recipe for unwelcome torque-steer fighting
the steering. No such problem with the GTi 270. Arrow-straight getaways can
be made with confidence, and bends speared through with brio for clean, fast
and smile-inducing exits.
Helping the dynamics and performance meld enthusiastically together is the petrol
engine's clean power delivery and unswerving pick-up throughout the rev-band,
plus the small-diameter steering wheel and the speedy responses it provides.
Scrubbing speed is equally straightforward thanks to powerful brakes: substantial
vented 380mm discs (with red-painted 'Peugeot Sport'-branded four-piston callipers)
at the front and 268mm counterparts at the rear.
A quick, keen-handling, comfortable-riding, five-seating hatchback with an authentic
GTi character, the 308 GTi 270 is two skilfully intertwined cars in one: rapid
hot-hatch; and urbane, easy-to-live-with family hatchback. And you won't find
many of those around. ~ MotorBar
Peugeot 308 GTi 270 by Peugeot Sport
Maximum speed: 155mph | 0-62mph: 6 seconds | Test Average: 42.2mpg
Power: 268bhp | Torque: 243lb ft | CO2: 139g/km