Volkswagen Australia announces the 40th anniversary edition of the Golf GTI: the Golf GTI 40 Years. This exclusive model is available in limited numbers and offers a premium package over the existing Mark 7 GTI. The Golf GTI 40 Years has impeccable performance credentials. It is the most powerful production GTI to date, with an engine output of 195kW. A new boost function sends power up to 213kW with 380Nm of torque upon full ‘kick down’ of the acceleration for around 10 seconds each time.

The Golf GTI 40 Years incorporates the best technical features of the earlier Golf GTI Performance model, including: larger brakes, sophisticated front differential lock, 19” alloy wheels with a unique design, and adaptive chassis control. The bar is further raised with a host of distinctive offerings.

A unique and purposeful styling treatment simultaneously upholds the Golf GTI’s legacy and sets the 40 Year model apart. A bespoke body kit including a new front bumper with larger air intakes and a two-piece rear roof spoiler gives the GTI an aggressive stance on the road and significantly increases downforce.

Meanwhile, a black side stripe on the body and the choice of a traditional tornado red and pure white paint exterior pay tribute to the original GTI. The interior conveys a premium sports quality, with unique anniversary ‘honeycomb’ seat upholstery (featuring the GTI logo) and decorative inlays as well as an Alcantaracovered steering wheel and door trim inserts.

Highlights include:

  • Choice of gloss paint finishes with a contrasting black roof or Metallic paint finish
  • Black door mirrors
  • Revised rear bumper with new diffusor
  • Large diameter exhaust tailpipes, left and right
  • Darkened LED tail lights, reminiscent of the Golf R
  • Extended side sills
  • Traditional GTI-themed red stitching on wheel, seat belts and floor mats
  • Front door sill strips with new GTI emblem
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
  • Front Assist with City Emergency Brake (City EB)
  • Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Traffic Alert

This comprehensive equipment package adds a retail price premium of only $2,500 to the Golf GTI Performance model when paired with the six-speed DSG transmission, with a recommended retail price of $48,990. However, unlike the Golf GTI Performance, the Golf GTI 40 Years will also be available with a 6-speed manual transmission as standard. The manual variant of the high performancetuned GTI is $46,990. It arrives shortly.

With such a high level of standard equipment, the only option is a panoramic electric glass sunroof for $1,850 RRP.

It is incredible value for an extremely compelling premium performance package.

My Drive this week was the Volkswagen Polo GTI. The reborn-again Polo GTI underwent a major update around this time last year – drivetrains were replaced, the three-door bodystyle was cut from the range, and purists were thrilled to find a manual transmission option was now available again. Yes, the Polo GTI was only available in automatic for a time – you’d think a sports car proposition would have a manual option wouldn’t you? But thankfully Volkswagen was listening and the faithful are happy again. Let’s take a look.

One of the more vocal criticisms of the last Polo GTI was that it didn’t look much different from your regular Polo, but VW has given the new model different looking alloy wheels, headlights and front and rear body parts to make it more obviously look like a sports model. Still, the design follows VW’s design trends for its cars with a refined, assertive looking appearance.

The interior is the same affair, with the typical dual binnacle instrument cluster divided by a vertical LCD information display. The centre console stack has gotten an update with a new 6.5-inch LCD screen dominating most of it. This entertainment system has the usual support for AM/FM radio, a CD player, USB music and Bluetooth phone, although it also adds the newer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone control systems. These two aren’t unique to the Polo, but they’re a sorely welcome addition and as a bonus, give you access to your smartphone’s navigation system, although you can also get Volkswagen’s own sat-nav as a cost-option.

The tartan cloth seats are much the same as before, and they’re quite a good mix of support and comfort. It’s a small car, so legroom is going to a little tight for taller people, but otherwise most people should be fine. Same goes for the boot, which comes with a very city-focused 204 litres of storage space.

The Polo GTI used to be equipped with that revolutionary 1.4 litre twin-charger engine, which combined a low-rev supercharger with a high-revving turbocharger to get the best of both worlds and enable forced induction throughout the rev range without killing fuel economy. Times have changed though and turbochargers have become advanced enough to kick in almost from idle these days, so VW dropped the supercharger and enlarged the engine. We’ve now got a 1.8 litre turbo four cylinder that puts out 141 kilowatts of power and up to 250, or 320 Newton-metres of torque. That maximum torque depends on your choice of transmission – stick with the seven speed dual clutch automatic and you’ll go up to 250, but choose the new six speed manual and you can add that extra 70 Newton-metres of torque to get very close to Golf GTI performance. The weird thing is, they both take only 6.7 seconds to get up to 100 km/h from a standing start.

The dual clutch auto has been refined further, taking off from second gear under relaxed acceleration and quickly working its way up while keeping revs very low for more driving refinement. The suspension is balanced quite well, not feeling too harsh under everyday driving but staying taut enough for some fun cornering. The steering has been moved over to an electric setup, something which makes every-day driving much easier but slightly deadens road feedback in sportier situations. Only slightly though. Combined fuel economy is officially rated at 5.7 L/100km for the auto, and a slightly higher 6.1 for the manual. My testing in the automatic scored a somewhat-higher 7.2 litres per hundred.

The Polo GTI comes in the one trim level, although there’s a couple of option packs available. Standard features include remote central locking, climate control air, cruise control, auto-on headlamps and wipers, front fog lights and a security alarm. The options packs include LED headlights, mixed leather/Alcantara seats, a sunroof, parking sensors and a rear view camera.

The Polo GTI retails for $27,490 with the manual gearbox, while the dual-clutch automatic version comes in at $29,990, both before on-road costs.

So some people will claim the Polo GTI has got its mojo back – they’d be right. Now that there’s a manual gearbox and more power, there’s an awesome combination of sporty fun and everyday practicality available for under 30 grand. Definitely worth a look. That’s it for me this week.

16 April 2016
Albert Malik

Peugeot Australia has launched two 308 GTi models after a 15 year absence of the GTi badge from the model in Australia. The GTi models have been launched as the high-performance flagships for the 308 range, winner of the prestigious 2014 European Car of the Year. More than just a badge and alloy wheels, the 308 GTi has been extensively developed by Peugeot Sport who are Peugeot’s in-house motorsport division that boasts a wealth of expertise developing high-performance road and race cars. The 308 GTi is the fourth road car project in three years following the acclaimed RCZ R, 208 GTi 30th and 208 GTi by Peugeot Sport.

Underpinning the two model attack is Peugeot’s proven high-output 1.6-litre THP petrol engine, with two power outputs depending on the model, with 184kW (250hp) in the GTi 250 and 200kW (270hp) in the GTi 270, both paired exclusively to a six-speed manual transmission. Peugeot’s latest hot hatch is encased in a modern exterior style that takes the marque’s now-familiar design philosophy and adds a touch of aggression. Inside, the Peugeot i-Cockpit cabin has been enhanced to reflect the sporting nature of the car, with additional detailing to signify this performance flagship.

The two variants, 308 GTi 250 and GTi 270, cater for two distinct customers – daily drivers will be drawn to the GTi 250, while enthusiasts will gravitate to the 308 GTi 270. GTi 250 customers will enjoy the accessible power and enjoyable driving dynamics of the 308 on the road, with specific suspension and chassis modifications carried out by Peugeot Sport. Enthusiasts will be instantly drawn to the 308 GTi 270 and its additional mechanical upgrades give the vehicle an extra edge when put to use on track.

These upgrades include; enhanced engine, upgraded front braking package, co-developed with Alcon, a Torsen Limited-Slip Differential and lightweight 19-inch alloy wheels, all of which are complimented by styling differentiation from the GTi 250. Both models will come to market under $50,000, with the 184kW 308 GTi 250 carrying a recommended retail price (RRP) of $44,990*, while the 200kW 308 GTi 270 will carry an RRP of $49,990*. National Marketing Manager for Peugeot Australia, Dimitri Andreatidis says the arrival of the 308 GTi ends a 15 year wait for Peugeot performance fans.

“The 308 GTi comes to market with strong credentials and racing pedigree and we are certain that is will resonate with Australians,” said Andreatidis. “For too long Australian’s have been unable to purchase a performance vehicle from Peugeot in this segment and arguably it’s the one that we should have always been present in – the good news is that we have made up for it by offering two vehicles in two distinct flavours; road and track. The 308 GTi, no matter in 250 or 270 spec, delivers a performance hatch that draws upon decades of Peugeot Sport experience and combines it with proven technologies and drivetrains that push the boundaries of engineering expertise,” says Andreatidis.

The 308 GTi 270 sets a new record for power-to-weight ratio in its segment, at just 4.46kg per horsepower (or 6kg per kilowatt), achieving a 0-100km/h dash time of 6 seconds, covering 1000 metres in 25.3 seconds from a standing start. The 308 GTi 270 is equipped with Torsen® limited-slip differential technology and 19” ‘Carbone’ alloy wheels shod with Michelin Super Sport tyres. It has 380mm discs at the front with red Peugeot Sport brake calipers and 268mm counterparts at the rear. The 308 GTi 250 goes from 0 to 100km/h in 6.2 seconds and covers 1000 metres in 25.6 seconds from a standing start, with a power-to-weight ratio of just 6.5kg/kW.

The 308 GTi boasts purposeful styling: it sits 11 millimetres lower to the ground with a new front and rear design, and the interior has an equally sports themed environment. The Coupe Franche separation-line design exclusive to the 308 GTi 270 contrasts the new, explosive Ultimate Red with Pearlescent Nera Black. The letters GTi only ever feature on Peugeot products with the highest performance. An acronym of Grand Tourer Injection, it’s a badge which has become shorthand for the hot hatch segment; a sector in which Peugeot has more than played its part.

Products such as the 205 GTi and 309 GTi have acquired near-classic status in the decades since launch, and remain hugely popular with owners who appreciate their exceptional dynamic performance.

Peugeot Australia will launch not one but two variations of its highly anticipated 308 GTi by Peugeot Sport for under $50,000* – significantly below earlier expectations. The 308 GTi will be available in two specifications and with two states of tune; the 184kW 308 GTi 250 will carry a recommended retail price (RRP) of $44,990*, while the 200kW 308 GTi 270 will carry an RRP of $49,990*. Both vehicles will be available to pre-order from December. National Marketing Manager for Peugeot Australia, Dimitri Andreatidis, said the 308 GTi brings an iconic badge back to a legendary segment.

“After a decade of absence of the GTi badge from our 3-series hatch models, we return with not one but two models; both developing more power and torque than any model before it,” said Andreatidis. “The 308 GTi signals more than the relaunch of Peugeot performance product and it signifies the growing importance of Australia for Peugeot, with the vehicle available to limited countries worldwide. We are very excited about the return of the GTi badge to the hot hatch segment and believe it will resonate with Australian’s and their appetite for sports and performance product, offering fun, efficient, enjoyable, comfortable and thoroughly engaging drive experience.

“The 308 GTi will certainly give hot hatch customers a reason to look forward to 2016,” said Andreatidis.

The Peugeot 308 GTi by Peugeot Sport features an array of bespoke engineering and design features.

The beating heart of the 308 GTi by Peugeot Sport is a Euro 6-compliant 1.6-litre THP S&S (stop-start) engine, available in outputs of 184kW and 200kW – enough to see the vehicle accelerate to 100km/h in as little as six-seconds (6.2 for the 184kW drivetrain). Both versions develop peak torque of 330Nm at just 1900rpm and feature six-speed manual transmissions. The GTi 270 version has everything required to rein in the power, with race-developed 380mm ventilated discs mounted on aluminium hubs at the front.  Braking force is applied via four pistons (38mm and 41mm) in a fixed caliper and the rear discs have a diameter of 268mm.

The pseudo-MacPherson strut in the front operates with precision, while the rear axle with its twist-beam system ensures brilliant handling and ride prowess. These components also help reduce the weight of the 308 GTi, in addition to a semi-hollow anti-roll bar and aluminium wishbones. The entire vertical suspension system in the front is specific to the new 308 GTi, and includes bespoke spring stiffness and shock absorber calibration. The anti-roll bar is more malleable to ensure a better match with the rear axle that enhances grip while cornering to increase road holding.

Exclusive to the GTi 270 version is an accomplished Torsen® limited-slip differential incorporated into the transmission to improve cornering traction. By channelling the torque to the wheel with the highest grip it makes it more able to accelerate faster out of bends than would normally be the case. The engine runs on 95RON or 98RON fuel and injection pressure is 200bar. Maximum torque ranges from 1900 to 5000rpm, with power and torque perfectly regulated, even at higher RPM, due to the special wastegate design for the turbocharger.

The static compression ratio of the motor is 9.2:1 due to state-of-the-art reciprocating components, which include forged aluminium pistons of a competition-style design, strengthened connecting rods, polymer-enhanced bearings and reinforced fasteners. To ensure consistent performance the pistons are cooled from below by a double oil spray system and the exhaust manifold is made of steel, which can resist temperatures of up to 1000°C. To tap the full potential of the engine the 308 GTi by PEUGEOT SPORT is equipped with a supercharged charge air cooling system specially developed and installed below the front bumper.

The on-board electronics are in keeping with the GTi’s athletic temperament. The power steering is designed specifically to work in conjunction with the Torsen® technology. The limited-slip differential also draws on new traction control guidelines to ensure optimal implementation, while sportier ESP programming allows more latitude, with enhanced drift on bends. The ESP can be fully disconnected. Peugeot Sport developed the new 308 GTi driven by a simple design brief – to create a compact, safe, incisive car with athletic allure for the ultimate in driving pleasure. These standards have been applied to every aspect of the vehicle, from the engine and running gear to the brake systems and electronics.

The 308 GTi benefits from Peugeot’s relentless quest for weight savings right from the start of the 308 project.  These include use of parent company PSA’s versatile and accomplished ‘EMP2’ platform, composite tailgate and use of high-tensile steel. This bid to lighten the vehicle weight has brought tangible results expressed in the performance of the 308 GTi by Peugeot Sport.

Boasting exclusive styling front and rear the car sits 11mm lower than the standard 308.  The nose features full LED headlamps, flanking a new black radiator grille with a horizontal chequered pattern and gloss-black finishing. The same motif is echoed on the air intake, which is surrounded by sequential LED indicators and a red detail strip (chrome on Ultimate Red cars). Below the bumper two front spoilers boost aerodynamic performance. In profile the redesigned door sill hints at the car’s aggressive nature, while the sleek new rear design features a gloss-black section housing the twin exhaust pipes. The GTi signature of the car is clearly visible on the front wings and tailgate.

With a wider track of 1570mm at the front and 1554mm at the rear the 308 GTi has been engineered to offer exceptional grip. GTi 250 versions are shod with 225/40 R18 92W Michelin Pilot Sport 3 tyres on ‘Diamant’ alloy wheels, while the GTi 270 versions feature the new 19-inch ‘Carbone’ light-weight alloy wheels and are equipped with Michelin Super Sport 235/35 R19 91Y tyres, which showcase the 380mm front discs, complete with solid red four-piston calipers and PEUGEOT SPORT signature. A ‘Coupe Franche’ two-tone design is exclusive to the GTi 270 version and contrasts the vibrant new ‘Ultimate Red’ colour with Nera Black.

The 308 GTi is also available in the new Ultimate Red, Pearlescent White, Magnetic Blue, Nera Black, Cumulus Grey as well as the standard colour, a non-metallic Hurricane Grey. The interior styling of the 308 GTi by PEUGEOT SPORT is in keeping with its performance-oriented exterior, and outstanding attention to detail is everywhere. Red stitching is used on the upholstery, door panels, gear lever and luxury floor mats. The door sill carries the GTi and PEUGEOT SPORT signature and is finished in aluminium. The same material is used on the pedals, foot rest and gear knob.

In the top-spec GTi 270 version PEUGEOT SPORT bucket seats are upholstered in Alcantara with red stitching providing cosseting lateral support to ensure the driver feels at one with the car at all times. The compact steering wheel offers strong grip and precision, with a full-grain leather design featuring the GTi logo at the bottom and a red centring mark at the top. It also leaves plenty of room to see the head-up display over it, housing the instrument panel read-outs with chequered backdrops, and the GTi greeting at its centre.

The Peugeot i-Cockpit instrument concept has been an integral aspect of the 308’s appeal with a centrally-mounted, driver-facing touch-screen offers ergonomic convenience and state-of-the-art functionality, with the Redline theme adding a final touch of flair. Adding to the performance experience is the standard fitment of the Driver Sport Pack. Pressing the Sport button on the centre console changes the display from white to red, shows additional information on the central read-out (power, torque, boost, lateral and longitudinal acceleration), enhances the engine’s throaty growl and changes accelerator pedal mapping for a more engaging driving experience.

Peugeot Australia has confirmed that it will launch not one, but two, versions of its hotly anticipated hot hatch, the 308 GTi in the first quarter of 2016. Developed in conjunction with Peugeot Sport both models will be powered by a powerful 1.6-litre THP petrol engine developing either 182kW (250hp) or 200kW (270hp) – both paired to a six-speed manual transmission. Peugeot Sport’s involvement has taken the very capable 308 chassis and elevated it to produces top-level road holding and driving pleasure, with performance enhanced by a Torsen® limited-slip differential in higher powered models.

The visceral vehicle is encased in a modern exterior style that takes the marque’s now-familiar design and adds a touch of aggression.  Inside, the Peugeot i-Cockpit cabin has been enhanced to reflect the sporting nature of the car, with additional detailing to signify this performance flagship. General Manager of Peugeot Australia, John Startari, said the addition of the 308 GTi will bring an iconic nameplate and its performance credentials to Australia’s buoyant hot hatch market.  “For 30 years the GTi badge has held an esteemed position in the motoring world and now Peugeot Sport have taken a highly awarded vehicle and applied their engineering prowess to give it the performance credentials worthy of the badge.

“The launch of the 308 GTi signals Peugeot is back and we are back doing what we do best; offering fun, efficient, enjoyable, comfortable and, in the case of 308 GTi, thoroughly engaging performance vehicles. The 308 GTi will certainly give hot hatch customers a reason to look forward to 2016,” said Startari.

Since the launch of the legendary 205 GTi Peugeot has sold more than 800,000 performance models, including nameplates from the 309 GTi, 206 GTi, 306 GTi-6, up to the recent RCZ R, 208 GTi 30th, 208 GTi and now the new 308 GTi by PEUGEOT SPORT.

“As with competition models, in developing the 308 GTi, we targeted all aspects of the car, including weight, the efficiency of the chassis and brakes, the engine performance and the body-hugging seats. Those who buy the car are set for an intense experience with this new version developed by our entire team. It comes with a raft of high-end performance features as standard,” says Bruno Famin, Director of Peugeot Sport. The Peugeot 308 provided an excellent base from which to develop a hot hatch, and our work mainly lay in optimising the original design to achieve engaging performance. But you have to get the 308 GTi on the road or on the circuit to really experience its true potential,” offers Pierre Budar, Peugeot Sport Project Manager

A state-of-the-art engine

The beating heart of the 308 GTi by Peugeot Sport is a Euro 6-compliant 1.6-litre THP S&S (stop-start) engine, available in outputs of 182kW and 200kW – enough to see the vehicle accelerate to 100km/h in as little as six-seconds (6.2 for the 182kW drivetrain). Both versions develop peak torque of 330Nm at just 1,900rpm and feature a six-speed manual transmission.  The GTi 270 version has everything required to rein in the power, with race-developed 380mm ventilated discs mounted on aluminium hubs at the front. 

Braking force is applied via four pistons (38mm and 41mm) in a fixed calliper and the rear discs have a diameter of 268mm. The pseudo-MacPherson strut in the front operates with precision, while the rear axle with its twist-beam system ensures a seamless pairing. These components also help reduce the weight of the 308 GTi, in addition to a semi-hollow anti-roll bar and aluminium wishbones. The entire vertical suspension system in the front is specific to the new 308 GTi, and includes bespoke spring stiffness and shock absorber calibration. The anti-roll bar is more malleable to ensure a better match with the rear axle that enhances grip while cornering to increase road holding.

Exclusive to the GTi 270 version is an accomplished Torsen® limited-slip differential incorporated into the transmission to improve cornering traction. By channelling the torque to the wheel with the highest grip it makes it more able to accelerate faster out of bends than would normally be the case. The engine runs on RON 95 or RON 98 fuel and injection pressure is 200bar. Maximum torque ranges from 1900 to 5000rpm, with power and torque perfectly regulated, even at higher rpm, due to the special wastegate design on the turbocharger.

The compression ratio is 9.2:1 due to state-of-the-art moving components, which include forged aluminium pistons of a competition-style design, strengthened connecting rods, polymer-enhanced bearings and reinforced fasteners. To ensure consistent performance the pistons are cooled from below by a double oil spray system and the exhaust manifold is made of steel which can resist temperatures of up to 1000°C. To tap the full potential of the engine the 308 GTi by PEUGEOT SPORT is equipped with a supercharged air-cooling system specially developed and installed below the front bumper. The on-board electronics are in keeping with the GTi’s athletic temperament. The power steering is designed specifically to work in conjunction with the Torsen® technology.

The limited-slip differential also draws on new Traction Control guidelines to ensure optimal implementation, while sportier ESP programming allows more latitude, with enhanced drift on bends. The ESP can be fully disconnected.

Advanced engineering at every turn

Peugeot Sport developed the new 308 GTi driven by a simple design brief – to create a compact, safe, incisive car with athletic allure for the ultimate in driving pleasure. These standards have been applied to every aspect of the vehicle, from the engine and running gear to the brake systems and electronics. The 308 GTi benefits from Peugeot’s relentless quest for weight savings right from the start of the 308 project. These include use of parent company PSA’s versatile and accomplished ‘EMP2’ platform, composite tailgate and use of high-tensile steel. This bid to lighten the vehicle weight has brought tangible results expressed in the performance of the 308 GTi by Peugeot Sport.

A stunning and purposeful exterior

Boasting exclusive styling front and rear the car sits 11mm lower than the standard 308. The nose features full LED headlamps, flanking a new black radiator grille with a horizontal chequered pattern and gloss-black finishing. The same motif is echoed on the air intake, which is surrounded by sequential LED indicators and a red detail strip (chrome on Ultimate Red cars). Below the bumper two front spoilers boost aerodynamic performance. In profile the redesigned door sills hint at the car’s aggressive nature, while the sleek new rear design features a gloss-black section housing the twin exhaust pipes. The GTi signature of the car is clearly visible on the front wings and tailgate. With a wider track of 1,570mm at the front and 1,554mm at the rear, the 308 GTi has been engineered to offer exceptional grip.

GTi 250 versions are shod with 225/40 R18 92W Michelin Pilot Sport 3 tyres on ‘Diamant’ alloy wheels, while the GTi 270 versions feature the new 19-inch ‘Carbone’ light-weight alloy wheels and are equipped with Michelin Super Sport 235/35 R19 91Y tyres, which showcase the 380mm front discs, complete with solid red four-piston callipers and PEUGEOT SPORT signature. A ‘Coupe Franche’ two-tone design is exclusive to the GTi 270 version and contrasts the vibrant new ‘Ultimate Red’ colour with Nera Black. The 308 GTi is also available in the new Ultimate Red, Pearlescent White, Magnetic Blue, Nera Black, Cumulus Grey as well as the standard colour, a non-metallic Hurricane Grey.

A dramatic new interior

The interior styling of the 308 GTi by Peugeot Sport is in keeping with its performance-oriented exterior, and outstanding attention to detail is everywhere. Red stitching is used on the upholstery, door panels, gear lever and luxury floor mats. The door sill carries the GTi and PEUGEOT SPORT signature and is finished in aluminium. The same material is used on the pedals, foot rest and gear knob. In the top-spec GTi 270 version, Peugeot Sport ‘bucket’ seats are upholstered in Alcantara with red stitching providing cosseting lateral support to ensure the driver feels at one with the car at all times.

The compact steering wheel offers strong grip and precision, with a full-grain leather design featuring the GTi logo at the bottom and a red centring mark at the top. It also leaves plenty of room to see the head-up display over it, housing the instrument panel read-outs with chequered backdrops, and the GTi greeting at its centre. The Peugeot i-Cockpit instrument concept has been an integral aspect of the 308’s appeal with a centrally-mounted, driver-facing touch-screen offers ergonomic convenience and state-of-the-art functionality, with the Redline theme adding a final touch of flair.

Adding to the performance experience is the standard fitment of the Driver Sport Pack. Pressing the Sport button on the centre console changes the display from white to red, shows additional information on the central read-out (power, torque, boost, lateral and longitudinal acceleration), enhances the engine’s throaty growl and changes accelerator pedal mapping for a more engaging driving experience.

The 1980s saw the launch of many cult classics, arguably headed by the Back to the Future trilogy and Peugeot’s eponymous 205 GTi hot hatch. Some thirty years on, Peugeot Australia will go back to the future offering its final run of current 208 GTi, the spiritual successor to the 205 GTi, at its original 1980s recommended retail price of $29,500*. Much like when Marty travelled from 1985 to 2015 in Back to the Future 2, the limited offer will expire on October 21, 2015 or until stocks last. When launched in Australia the 205 GTi featured a naturally aspirated 1.9 litre four-cylinder drivetrain developing 88kW and 153Nm of torque.

Drive was via the front wheels with power transferred by a 5 speed manual, enough to propel the vehicle to 100km/h (yet not quite the 88 miles per hour required for time travel) in 8.5 seconds. Today’s 208 GTi features a turbocharged 1.6 litre drivetrain developing 147kW and 275Nm; enough to cover the 0-100km/h sprint in 6.8 seconds. Drive remains via the front wheels, with power placed to the ground via a 6-speed manual transmission.

The 208 GTi scores the following improvements over its 1980 sibling:

  • More powerful drivetrain
  • 7 inch touch screen with satellite navigation
  • Cruise control with electronic speed limiter
  • six airbags
  • ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution
  • Emergency Brake Assist
  • Remote control central locking and alarm
  • Rear parking sonar
  • Dual zone climate control air conditioning
  • Power steering
  • Electric windows and folding mirrors
  • Electro chromatic rear view mirror
  • 6 speaker audio
  • Steering wheel audio controls
  • Bluetooth and AUX connectors
  • Trip computer
  • 17 inch alloy wheels
  • Cornering fog lamp function
  • Follow me home illumination
  • LED daytime running lamps
  • Longer warranty

John Startari, General Manager of Peugeot Australia, said the 20-series Peugeots an in particular the GTi models, have held iconic status for over 30 years. “Since it launched 30 years ago the Peugeot 205 GTi has always been viewed as an icon, one of the greats of the hot hatch segment and we thought it fitting to recognise its status with its spiritual successor; the 208 GTi,” said Startari. “While we can’t travel back in time it’s amazing to think just how far vehicles have come in 30 years – particularly the humble hatchback.

“In 1985 the idea of a vehicle having Bluetooth, satellite navigation and the like was as believable as a flying car that ran on plutonium. Yet today it’s the reality and for such a little difference in price. “We are certain that all 30 vehicles will be spoken for fairly quickly, so our only advice is to get in to a dealer before you’re OUTATIME,” said Startari.

The last remaining 30 Peugeot 208 GTi will make way for a revised model late in 2015, with final details and pricing announced closer to launch.

*Pricing quoted is recommended retail price and does not include on-road costs or metallic paint.
^Offer expires October 21, 2015 or until stocks last. Offer valid on existing stocks only and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.

Volkswagen Australia announced local specifications and pricing of its new Polo GTI. Boasting new, more aggressive styling, an armada of assistance and convenience systems and a new performance-tuned 1.8-litre TSI engine producing 141kW with the choice of manual or DSG transmissions, the new Polo GTI returns to the compact hot hatch category with all the flair and heritage expected of the GTI nameplate. Producing impressive and intoxicating performance, the new Polo GTI’s 1.8-litre powerplant can be sampled for the first time in either a 6-speed manual or optional 7-speed DSG transmissions. In either form, the turbocharged TSI engine propels the Polo GTI to 100km/h in just 6.7-seconds. Because of the tuning parameters of the dual transmissions available, the engine matched to a 6-speed manual offers 320Nm of torque, while the 7-speed DSG offers 250Nm. Despite the different torque values, both transmission combinations deliver the same overall performance, with the DSG offering greater fuel efficiency.

The exterior design of the Polo GTI has been updated to enhance the sporting credentials and aggressive stance of the vehicle. A newly designed front bumper, featuring fog lights with static cornering function mounted in the lower bumper, incorporates the iconic red grille which continues into the headlight housing. Sitting on 17-inch ‘Parabolica’ alloy wheels highlighted by red brake calipers, the side profile of the Polo GTI is also highlighted by unique ‘GTI’ badging and unique side sills; while the rear of the vehicle maintains its functional, sporting appearance with a rear spoiler and diffuser. Inside the Polo GTI, the new exterior design inherits many of the impressive features seen in the Mark 7 Golf GTI, including a leather wrapped multi-function steering wheel with gear shift paddles (DSG only) and aluminum finish pedals. Along with air conditioning with automatic climate control, the Polo GTI also features the latest generation Composition Media touchscreen audio system with 6.5-inch colour display as another interior highlight. Of course, in keeping with the heritage of the GTI range, the Polo GTI comes standard with bolstered sports seats, adorned in standard ‘Clark’ tartan cloth trim. The front seats also feature storage drawers for added convenience.

Further adding a higher specification of convenience features to the GTI over the standard Polo, the Polo GTI also includes automatic headlights with coming and leaving home function, an alarm with interior monitoring, tilt sensor and SAFELOCK deadlock mechanism, a low tyre pressure indicator, an automatically dimming rear-view mirror and automatic rain-sensing wipers. While extremely exciting and fun to drive, the Polo GTI also offers a vast array of safety features, including standard highlights such as Multi-Collision Braking, ABS, EBD and Brake Assist. XDL is standard on the Polo GTI, and offers greater traction and stability around corners – not only improving-on road safety, but also increasing driving capability and enjoyment. With an impressive list of standard features and equipment, the Polo GTI offers customers a compelling case for a practical, yet enjoyable jack-of-all-trades. However, should customers wish to enhance their Polo GTI, two optional packages are available which add great value for-money with a host of convenience and assistance systems.

The optional Luxury Package enhances the Polo GTI exterior and interior appearance with LED headlights and daytime driving lights, comfort sport front seats with Alcantara/leather-look upholstery and a panoramic electric glass sunroof. The optional Driver Assistance Package adds greater practicality and heightened levels of safety above the already stellar standard levels of the new Polo GTI. Included in the package is the Discover Media audio and satellite navigation system, a rear-view camera (RVC), front and rear parking distance sensors and the Driver Fatigue Detection system.

But wait, there’s more…
Because the new Polo GTI is a Polo, the sporty hatch also comes equipped with a number of standard Polo convenience features, including:

  • Remote opening and closing of the windows using the key fob
  • One-touch opening and closing of the windows
  • Internal headlight range adjustment
  • Component protection with Immobiliser 5 system
  • A chillable glovebox
  • Programmable two-stage door locking
  • Heated exterior mirrors