The award-winning Peugeot 308 has extended its range with the introduction of the highly-anticipated GT.
The Active and GT Line derivatives were launched locally in March, but it is the flagship GT model that many hatchback enthusiasts have been looking forward to. At the heart of the new 308 GT — and setting it apart from its siblings — is a 1.6 THP four-cylinder engine that pumps out an impressive 151kW and 285Nm.
Technical highlights include a twin-scroll turbocharger, direct fuel-injection, stop-start technology and variable valve timing. The impressive output figures equate to a 0-100km/h sprint time of 7.5 seconds and a top speed of 235km/h, while the manufacturers claim a combined fuel cycle consumption of 5.6 litres per 100km, which theoretically will get you a range of 950km from its 53-litre tank. There are several features to the GT that differentiate it from the Active and GT Line.
Exterior-wise the grille features a new three-blade design with the Peugeot Lion displayed in the centre. The headlights contain 62 separate LED elements and daytime running lights also make a visual impact. The lower bumper section has a larger air intake, while the exterior mirrors have a gloss black finish, plus there are tinted windows. Finishing off the exterior changes are new 18-inch alloy wheels with low profile Michelin tyres, while the rear sports a gloss black apron and stylised exhaust tailpipes.
Engine: 1598 cc, four-cylinder, turbocharged
Power: 151 kW at 6000rpm
Torque: 285 Nm at 1750rpm
0-100km/h: 7.5 seconds
Top speed: 235 km/h
Fuel consumption: 5.6l/ 100km
Price: R369 900