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Peugeot caused a lot of unrest late last year when it announced that it is going to retire its GTI brand. Seeing the public disapproval of the move, the French carmaker then revealed that it will continue to honor its sporting pedigree and teased about the future.

Now, French hot hatch fans will definitely be pleased as the Peugeot 308 GTI has been officially revealed. The new performance compact will pack the same 1.6-liter THP engine as found on the recent RCZ roadster, and develop 200 HP alongside 202 lb-ft of torque.

The engine will propel the hot hatch from 0 to 62 mph in 7.7 seconds and up to 147 mph. While that may not seem like a lot, the French company promises a fuel average of just 34 mpg (US) on the combined EU cycle and just 159 g/km of CO2.

In terms of styling, the 308 GTI will differentiate itself with a new rear spoiler, taken from the 308 CC, a rear wing, chromed twin exhaust pipes and a carbon fiber front lip. As usual, expect GTI badges to adorn both the outside and the inside of the car. On the interior you will also find aluminum pedals and gear shifter, as well as a sports steering wheel and a piano black finish on the dash. To give it that extra dose of quality, Peugeot has installed the Sound System Technology, which upgrades the quality of the sound system.

No word yet on when we can expect this new French hot hatch, but a fall release date might not be too far off. Until then, check out the photo gallery below.

Photo Gallery: Peugeot 308 GTI


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In what is a pretty surprising move, Peugeot is now rumored to be working on a hot hatchback variant of its 308 model, which might see the resurrection of the GTI badge.

As you all know, the French company revealed some time ago that it will retire the badge, because hot hatches aren’t that profitable (we beg to differ though). Shortly thereafter, the carmaker returned and revealed that the badge is just going on a hiatus, and that it might return if market conditions are favorable.

Now, it seems that the market has improved enough to warrant a hot French hatch. The presumed 308 GTI will be sporting the PSA Alliance’s 1.6-liter gasoline engine, good for around 200 HP. As you might remember, the same engine will grace the upcoming RCZ roadster model.

The model is expected this fall at the Paris Motor Show. Another thing is for sure, Peugeot will be releasing it only in a five-door body style, as that is the most popular one for the regular 308.

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