Skip advert
Advertisement
In-depth reviews

Peugeot 308 GTi by Peugeot Sport review (2014-2021) – engine and transmission

An exciting hot hatch with typical French quirks

Evo rating
Price
from £29,000
  • Sophisticated dynamics, performance, style inside and out
  • Interior layout may completely rule the car out for some

The 308’s 1.6-litre turbo engine is the same as that powers the RCZ-R coupe, and comes with forged aluminium pistons, strengthened conrods and reinforced retaining bolts. However, it has been retuned for the 308 GTi to create a broader torque curve. But this hasn’t detracted from just how competent and exciting the engine can be.

Advertisement - Article continues below

The 308 GTi comes with a six-speed manual, it’s the only transmission available but that’s no hardship as it has plenty to offer. The gate is well defined and the movement feels slick, each change is also accompanied by a pleasing clickety-clack noise. The gear ratios are closely stacked so you end up making frequent changes.

It isn’t quite perfect though, the lever feels slightly too long and the knob on the end doesn’t feel securely mounted. Both are only a problem if you’re focusing on them and almost disappear when you are concentrating on driving.

 

Skip advert
Advertisement
Skip advert
Advertisement

Most Popular

Saab PhoeniX – dead on arrival
Saab PhoeniX
Features

Saab PhoeniX – dead on arrival

The Swedish brand’s failed 2010s revival meant we missed out on a 400bhp hybrid TT rival – and more
11 Jul 2024
Analogue Lotus Elise v Alpine A110 R: £100k lightweight specials go head-to-head
Analogue Elise and Alpine A110 R
Group tests

Analogue Lotus Elise v Alpine A110 R: £100k lightweight specials go head-to-head

No-expense-spared restomod Elise by Analogue Automotive makes an intriguing pairing with the lightweight, track-focused A110 R
10 Jul 2024
Red Bull’s RB17 hypercar will offer F1 performance, and you can bring a passenger along for the ride
Red Bull RB17
News

Red Bull’s RB17 hypercar will offer F1 performance, and you can bring a passenger along for the ride

Adrian Newey is leaving Red Bull, but his final project with the team is a 1184bhp+ V10 hypercar that can match F1 lap times
12 Jul 2024