Peugeot 308 (T9 308)
Model: T9 308
Jan / 2014Release date:
More 308s landed in early 2015 in the shape of the three semi-performance models.
Two of the variants debuted a 1.6-litre THP four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engines in 110kW/240Nm six-speed auto Allure/Allure Premium and 151kW/285Nm six-speed manual GT guises, while a 133kW/400Nm 2.0-litre BlueHDi GT in six-speed auto flagship configuration was also available.
To help cope with the extra performance, the five-door hatch-only GT’s ride height dropped 7mm lower in the front and 10mm behind, as part of chassis upgrades that also saw stiffer spring rates along with unique dampers, hydraulic bump stops and retuned (sharper, firmer) electric rack and pinion steering. The throttle mapping was more responsive, and the brakes had been beefed up too.
On the visual front, the GT gained all-LED headlights, ‘directional’ LED indicators moved down into the bumper, a unique grille, deeper front air scoops, a body kit, a black rear diffuser sporting twin exhaust pipes, and 18-inch alloys wearing 225/40R14 tyres.
The standard kit rollcall includeed Peugeot’s Driver Sport Pack bringing an artificially amplified engine sound, additional instrumentation, red stitching, sports seats, anthracite trim, and aluminium detailing, as well as radar-guided cruise control, Emergency Collision Alert System, Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Monitoring and Park Assist.
When it was new...