Remember all those moons ago when we told you that the Peugeot 308 GTi wouldn’t be coming to Malaysia? Well, it’s been a long time coming but the Gallic hot hatch (in facelifted form, no less) is finally due for our shores! It’s currently being displayed at showrooms before its expected launch next month – and we’ve got a full photo gallery just for you.

The price is expected to hover around the RM200,000 mark, making it significantly cheaper than its main rival, the RM227,060 Volkswagen Golf GTI – all while boasting a far higher power output. You’d better hurry, though, as only 12 units have currently been allocated for the country.

As mentioned, this is the facelifted model, so our 308 GTi will only come in the full-fat version fettled by Peugeot’s motorsport division Peugeot Sport. As such, the ubiquitous Prince 1.6 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine is boosted to 270 hp at 6,000 rpm and 330 Nm of torque at 1,900 rpm.

An honest-to-goodness six-speed manual transmission as your only option, coupled with a Torsen limited-slip differential. So equipped, the GTi will sprint from zero to 100 km/h in just six seconds flat before hitting top whack at an electronically limited 250 km/h.

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.

On the outside, the GTi is differentiated from standard 308 models through the more aggressive front bumper, incorporating a gloss black chequered flag grille and a red accent strip (black on models with Ultimate Red paint). Also fitted are side skirts and a large rear diffuser with twin exhaust exits. The 19-inch lightweight “Carbone” alloy wheels are wrapped in 235/35 Michelin Super Sport tyres and hide uprated brakes with 380 mm front discs, clamped by four-piston callipers.

Inside, you’ll find Peugeot Sport bucket seats with Alcantara upholstery and red stitching, along with 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.

An official kit list has not been provided, but from what we can tell, local models will get full LED headlights, keyless entry, push-button start, a panoramic glass roof, a massage function for the front seats, dual-zone auto climate control, a 9.7-inch capacitive infotainment touchscreen, six speakers and a reverse camera.

So, what do you think – this, or a Golf GTI?