The 2015 Peugeot 308 GT Is Almost A Hot Hatch
In times when the wait for the proper Peugeot GTi is too long to understand, Peugeot released a rather nice looking but a bit under-powered 2015 Peugeot 308 GT. As this car isn’t available with three doors, all GT cars come with a five door layout, one of the biggest boots in the business and the looks that certainly overshadow the looks of the majority of similarly styled and similarly equipped American, Japanese, Korean and German hatchbacks.
This, however, shouldn’t be just a hatchback, it should be a hot-hatch and that is the title the Europeans figured out to give to the most potent small hatchback styled cars a long time ago. Peugeot was good at producing such cars. Actually, many would argue that Peugeot was the best at producing hot hatchbacks. However, it was the best and now it is not. With the new 308 GT they certainly look to get back on track but it seems that the 308 GT lacks one letter. It lacks the “i”. Nevertheless, this car certainly shows the Peugeot’s intention and with the classic sporty elements added to it, the new French hatchback can be compared with other similar vehicles.
Receiving a much more aggressive front end with blackened front lights, deeper bumper and subtle chrome decorations, the 308 GT finally became a car which could appeal to someone who isn’t only a rational family guy. This thing looks hot, it looks like it wants to jump on you and suck your blood out and that is exactly what Peugeot needs to get back on track. Everything is additionally complemented with the integration of beautiful 18-inch Diamond-style rims shod in quite remarkable Michelin Pilot Sport Tires which are known for their exceptional performance under a bit more tempered drive to say it politely.
Obviously, the sports character of the car had to be entwined throughout the car architecture and because of hot-hatch nature, the 308 GT received a new chassis settings. The ride height has been reduced by 7 millimeters up front and up to 10 millimeters at the back. Thus the much more firmer ride, stiffer suspension and a better stance in comparison with all other 308 versions. Paired with the well-known 1.6 liter THP engine developing 205 HP, the Peugeot 308 GT almost calls the Golf GTI for a showdown. However, the Golf GTI is the real hot-hatch. This Peugeot 308 GT isn’t. Despite 205 HP, the Peugeot 308 needs 7,5 seconds to hit 62 mph. A few years ago that would be enough to call it a hot hatch, but the FWD hatchbacks recently received so much power to the wheels that many of them are much faster than the 308 GT. So, this is something like a semi hot-hatch. It is still good and it is still fast enough, but not as fast as the new 308 GTi will be.
One more reason to skip calling the 2015 Peugeot 308 GT a hot hatch is its other version. The Peugeot 308 GT is available as the diesel with a two liter turbocharged engine good for 180 HP and monstrous 400 Nm of torque. Reaching 62 mph almost a second slower than its petrol powered brother, this engine can provide exciting ride, but not as exciting as anyone would like to have from the hot-hatch. On the upside, this thing can consume as little as 4 liter per 100 kilometers which is something not a lot of cars can achieve.
All in all, sporty equipment, complemented with rather powerful engines and interior definitely adapted for the sport use, made the 2015 Peugeot 308 GT almost a hot-hatch. It looks great, it feels fabulous, it is equipped like the modern car with all that displays and gizmos and it has turbocharged engine. Only, it needs a bit more power, but we guess Peugeot did not forget about that – we’ll get that GTi.