Peugeot to introduce GT models for 308 series
By Kyle Lindsay
Monday, September 8, 2014 - 11:22
The 308 GT
The showroom success enjoyed by the award-winning PEUGEOT 308 looks set to reach even greater heights with the arrival of a dynamic new flagship – the stunning 308 GT.
Retaining all the elements which have made the 308 range such a huge commercial hit throughout Europe, the GT series will be available in Hatchback and SW body styles and highlight Peugeot’s continued move up-market, highlighted by the 308’s recognition as the 2014 European Car of the Year.
To deliver maximum enjoyment, the 308 GT features enhanced new chassis settings. Ride height has been lowered by 7mm at the front and 10mm at the rear for a more dynamic drive. The revised suspension is mated to a choice of high-performance engines, one petrol and one diesel, that already meet stringent Euro 6 emissions standards.
The four-cylinder 1.6-litre THP 205 Stop&Start petrol engine is specified with a six-speed manual gearbox to make the most of its 285Nm of torque, available between 1,750 and 4,500rpm. This high level of performance is combined with well controlled CO2 emissions and fuel consumption, from just 130g/km and 50.4mpg. Engineers used all of the Brand’s expertise to achieve a remarkable power-to-weight ratio of just 5.85kg/hp (171hp per tonne) on this model.
The four-cylinder 2.0-litre BlueHDi 180 diesel engine also offers a high level of performance. It delivers its maximum power of 180hp at 3,750rpm and its maximum torque of 400Nm at 2,000rpm. Highlighting Peugeot’s attention to engineering detail, reducing the thickness of wall casings and the use of engine ancillaries only when required has led to a 7k weight saving. With a power-to-weight ratio of just 7.3 kg/hp (136hp per tonne), this engine needs only 5.5 seconds to accelerate from 50-70mph in 5th gear. With a capacity of 1,997cc, it presents remarkable CO2 emissions of just 103g, equal to fuel consumption of 70.6 mpg.
The Peugeot 308 GT range comprises:
- GT 205 with 1.6-litre THP 205 Stop&Start engine and six-speed manual gearbox: 130g CO2/km and 50.4mpg for the Hatchback, 134g CO2/km and 48.7 mpg for the SW.
- GT 180 with 2.0-litre BlueHDi 180 engine and EAT6 six-speed automatic gearbox: 103g CO2/km and 70.6mpg for the Hatchback, 107g CO2/km and 68.9 mpg for the SW.
The all-new 308 GT will be officially unveiled at the Paris Motor Show next month, and will be available to order in November when full specification and prices will be announced.