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Leak after leak, now it’s finally here – the new 2016 Peugeot 308 GTi has been officially unveiled! This ultra-hot Gallic hatch, developed in conjunction with the lion brand’s race division Peugeot Sport, will make its world debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed next week.

Big brother to the 208 GTi, it’s powered by the same Prince 1.6 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine (now Euro 6-compliant with auto stop-start), but here it’s been boosted to 250 hp and 330 Nm, sent through a six-speed manual to the front wheels. Zero to 100 km/h is done and dusted in just 6.2 seconds, and it’ll hit an electronically-limited top speed of 250 km/h.

Not enough oomph? You can opt for the spicier 270 hp version which will cut the sprint time to 100 km/h down to six seconds flat. You’ll also get a Torsen limited-slip differential and – get this – 380 mm carbon front disc brakes, clamped by four-piston callipers.

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Under the skin, the suspension is tuned specifically for the GTi, with an 11 mm lower ride height as well as unique spring rates and damper calibration at the front. The anti-roll bar is also more malleable to ensure a better match with torsion beam rear axle, for improved grip and road-holding. The sportier stability control system also has a higher threshold, and can now be fully switched off.

The car’s added purpose is mirrored in the subtly sportier styling – the GTi gets the GT‘s bumpers and side sills, but differentiates itself with new gloss black chequered-pattern inserts for the grille and air inlets, a red highlight strip (chrome with the new Ultimate Red hue), LED sequential indicators, a more aggressive rear diffuser design and twin exhaust exits.

Wheels are 18-inch “Diamant” alloy wheels shod with 225/40 Michelin Pilot Sport 3 tyres; spec the 270 hp version and you’ll receive 19-inch lightweight “Carbone” items with 235/35 Michelin Super Sport rubber. Also exclusive to the high-performance variant is a 308 R Concept-style “Coupe Franche” two-tone design – with gloss Nera Black this time – matched to Ultimate Red.

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Inside, you’ll find red stitching, a GTi-badged steering wheel (with red centre marking), chequered instrument gauges and aluminium door sills (with “Peugeot Sport” and “GTi” script), pedals, foot rest and gear knob. Peugeot Sport Alcantara bucket seats are only fitted to the 270 hp version.

The new 2016 Peugeot 308 GTi will be available to order soon, priced at £26,555 (RM156,800) for the 308 GTi 250; the 270 retails at £28,155 (RM166,200).