2015 Peugeot 308 GT hatchback and SW Peugeot has announced the arrival of the new top-of-the-line 308 GT line-up, available in Hatchback and SW body styles. Major enhancements on the Peugeot 308 GT reflects the French marque’s continued up-market move. Interestingly, the 308 variant has been recognized as the European Car-of-the-Year 2014.

In looks, the new Peugeot 308 GT has an assertive sporty styling, beginning with the front fascia. The front-end features the signature grille in chrome fixtures and a low sloping bonnet, along with three horizontal blades on either side. Headlights are made up of 62 LEDs to bring out the car’s dynamic characterization, especially at dusk. Exclusive new direction indicators also distinguish the 308 GT from other variants. The indicators are placed above the new air scoops which supply the engine with additional cooling.

The 308 GT presents a great aerodynamic and stylistic purity, most notable where the black lacquered door mirrors merge with the tinted windows. Visibly widened by its side sill finishers, the 308 GT sits on 18-inch ‘Diamant’ wheels, shod with Michelin Pilot Sport 3 tyres. At the rear, the 308 GT offers a striking and distinctive posture, due in part to the lacquered black diffuser and stylish twin exhaust pipes. The GT signature is integrated into the tailgate, as well as the front grille and front wings.

An exclusive new ambiance is also achieved in the car’s cabin, with both the roof lining and upper window pillars finished in anthracite. Red stitching adds a performance air to the upholstery trim and is also found on the dashboard, door panels, gear lever gaiter and floor mats. Aluminium detailing on the pedals, coupled with stainless steel sill finishers in the door apertures, add the finishing touch.

Vital in any sports-oriented car is the correct driving position. It’s already ideal in this new variant because of the ergonomics of the Peugeot i-Cockpit, as seen in every 308. The driver can adjust the height and reach of the compact steering, which is unique to this car due to its perforated leather trim and GT badge. The instrument panel bears a new chequered flag motif background and switching on the ignition produces a GT welcome message. To complement this, the large touchscreen displays a new color scheme dominated by red and black, titled ‘Redline’. With the Driver Sport Pack, standard for the 308 GT, you can expect more driver’s desirable benefits.

In the engine department, the Peugeot 308 GT Hatchback is offered with either a four-cylinder 1.6-liter THP , paired to a 6-speed manual transmission or a four-cylinder 2.0-liter BlueHDi 180 diesel engine, matched with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The 308 GT SW version is only valid with the diesel powertrain. The Petrol version churns 205 hp and 285Nm of torque between 1,750 and 4,500rpm for a commendable 7.5 seconds 0 – 100km/h sprint and 235 km/h (146 mph) top speed. It has well controlled CO2 emissions and fuel consumption, from just 130g/km and 4.6 liters/100km (50.4mpg). The diesel range delivers a power output of 180hp at 3,750rpm and 400Nm of torque at 2,000rpm.

The 308 GT’s suspension set-up (pseudo MacPherson at the front, deformable beam at the rear) has been given specific settings to suit the engines and the spirit of the car. The passive dampers, with new ratings for effort/speed, regulate instantly to adapt to the type of driving. For reduced noise, they have a hydraulic bump stop. Depending on the version, the front and rear suspension is stiffened by 10% to 20% for an extremely responsive reaction, with no lag. The variable electric power steering allows instinctive positioning of the tyres with their high level of grip.

Performance of this level demands an effective braking system, easy to modulate and with exemplary thermal resistance. This is provided by a Bosch 9CE central unit distributing the braking effort between the four discs. At the front, the 330mm diameter and 30mm thick discs are gripped by floating calipers with 60mm pistons. At the rear, the discs are 268mm diameter on 308 GT and 290mm on 308 GT SW. Both engine types have switchable ESP as standard. And thanks to the Driver Assistance Pack’s Dynamic Cruise Control, Emergency Collision Alert System and Emergency Collision Braking System, safety requirements go up a notch with the 308 GT.

The range of colors for the 308 GT includes the new and exclusive ‘Magnetic Blue’. Evocative of the blue historically reserved for French competition vehicles, this bold shade suits the car’s fluid and dynamic lines, while emphasizing its lowered ride height.

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Edited: Peugeot