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2014 Peugeot 308 GTI spotted

2014 Peugeot 308 GTI spotted

Peugeot’s new hot hatch draws inspiration from 308 R concept and will have VW’s Golf GTI in its sights

The new Peugeot 308 GTI has been spotted in testing for the first time.

The new model is set to be launched in 2014 as a direct rival to the Volkswagen Golf GTI.

The choice of the Golf GTI as the main target for the 308 GTI is significant. The Golf GTI’s classy, understated looks and all-round usability are privately admired by Peugeot bosses, and the formula is seen as the best way to make a performance family hatchback in fitting with Peugeot’s desired premium image.

The lightly disguised mule spied testing last week shows a look for the new 308 GTI, with similar visual changes to the standard car as the Golf GTI has over a standard Golf. The look also draws inspiration from the 308 R hot hatch concept shown at the Frankfurt motor show earlier this month.

The changes include revised front and rear bumpers, new fog lights, twin exhausts, and a new set of alloy wheels. Detail changes are expected for the interior, too.

The 308 GTI rides lower than the standard car, with revised suspension settings to suit its sportier brief. Under the bonnet is expected to be a turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine with around 220bhp, a close match to the 217bhp the Golf GTI’s 2.0 TSI engine produces in its standard state of tune.