ANGRY(ISH) LION: The 308 GT is now the flagship of the French automaker's five-door hatchback range. Image: Peugeot
• GT model from Peugeot
• Turbo engine:151kW/285Nm
• Driving Pack sharpens steering
Peugeot SA has a new flagship for the 308 range: the 308 GT. The five-door hatch boosts the Active and GT Line derivatives while bringing more dynamic capability to the multi-award-winning 308 range.
The grille has a new three-bladed design and the headlights are dominated by 62 light-emitting diodes for a striking visual impact.
The lower bumper section is home to a larger air intake with additional cooling apertures on each side.
The 308 GT’s low and wide stance is emphasised by 18" alloy wheel rims and low-profile Michelin Pilot Sport 3 tyres. The rear view is dominated by a glossy black apron and stylised exhaust tail pipes as well as LED clusters that display Peugeot’s trademark three-claw lighting signature.
DRIVER SPORT PACK
The cabin roof lining and B pillar trim have an anthracite colour scheme; the bucket seats feature leather bolsters with Alcantara inserts and red stitching.
GALLERY: 2015 Peugeot 308 GT
More red stitching decorates the door panels, gear-shifter gaiter and leather-trimmed and flat-bottomed steering-wheel. Sporty enhancements include aluminium-trimmed pedals and stainless-steel sill finishers.
A large full-colour touch screen dominates the entertainment system.
Available only on the GT is a chequered flag-inspired background for the instrument panel and a new red/black colour scheme, called Redline, adds to the touch screen.
Standard on the 308GT is a sport pack which means a sportier engine note, firms the steering and sharpens throttle response. It can be switched off if you're driving granny.
The 308GT uses a turbo 1.6 four-cylinder engine capable of 151kW/285Nm. The turbo is a twin-scroll pumping to direct fuel-injection and using variable inlet-valve lift, variable valve timing and stop/start technology to keep fuel consumption and CO2 emissions low.
The 0-100km/h sprint time is dispatched in 7.5sec' top speed is quoted as 235km/h. Boy racers and purists will appreciate the six-speed manual gearbox - no auto is offered.And Peugeot quote 5.6 litres/100km.
The 308 GT’s suspension layout uses front MacPherson struts combined with a deformable torsion beam rear set-up. The GT benefits include shock-absorbers with revised rates for improved composure while the spring rates are stiffer than before.
The car is shod with 225/40 R18 Michelin Pilot Sport 3 tyres.
Improved brakes use a Bosch 9CE control system that includes anti-lock with electronic brake-pessure distribution and emergency braking assistance. Up front are 330mm discs with floating callipers and 60mm pistons. The rear discs are 268mm diameter.
Standard passive safety features include six crash bags (front, side, curtain), inertia-reel seat belts, head restraints for all seats and IsoFix child seats.
The Peugeot 308 GT will reach South African showroomsin limited numbers starting this month (July 2015) with a sticker price of R369 900. That includes a three-year or 100 000km warranty and a five-year or 100 000km maintenance plan.