Can’t afford Peugeot’s kick-arse 308 GTi?

All is not lost because it has just released a not quite so hot GT for $6K less.

The special edition is powered by an all-new 165kW version of the 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine in the 200kW GTi.

Limited to just 140 examples, the special edition GT has been designed and engineered for those who want more power without compromising overall comfort and practicality.

The new engine develops 165kW of power at 5500 revs and 285Nm of torque from a low 1750 revs and is paired to an all-new eight-speed, full-fluid Aisin automatic transmission — the first application of this tranny in Oz.

The GT sits lower (7mm front and 10mm rear), with stiffer springs and dampers and rides on 18-inch alloys.

Its response to driver inputs has also been sharpened with firmer steering, sharper throttle mapping and sharper gear changes from the new automatic transmission.

New 308 GT is also complemented by exclusive exterior and interior styling as well as other features, including:

  • Six exterior colours; Hurricane Grey (standard) and optional Magnetic Blue, Pearl White, Ultimate Red, Nera Black and Platinum Grey
  • Amplified and sportier engine note
  • Exclusive interior trim and steering wheel
  • Red instrument illumination in ‘Sport’ mode
  • Instrument panel displaying read-outs from the car’s ECU including power and torque delivery, turbo boost pressure and both longitudinal and transverse acceleration
  • Exclusive GT badging
  • 18-inch alloy wheels

Peugeot Australia boss Ben Farlow said the 308 GT offers a vehicle that leverages the Peugeot Sport experience while still maintaining the comfort and practical features of a vehicle that is driven daily.

At $39,990 it also fills the rather large gap that currently exists in the 308 range between the 1.2 Allure at $31,990 and full blown GTi at $45,990

Optional metallic colours of Magnetic Blue, Artense Grey and Nera Black are available at an additional cost of $590 while premium colours Ultimate Red and Pearl White add $1050.

All vehicles carry Peugeot Australia’s 5-year, unlimited kilometre warranty and five year roadside assist package.

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Riley

Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.