Originally developed as a successor to the Talbot Horizon using a stretched 205 platform and doors, 'project C28', as it was known internally, became a Peugeot when PSA made the decision to drop the Talbot brand altogether. With the 305 still in production and likely to remain so, 309 was chosen to distance the new car from any others in the Peugeot range.
The 309 GTI made its debut in February 1987, less than two years after the 309 range had been launched, and was immediately well reviewed by the press who loved the car's handling balance and sheer vitality; qualities that have made the 309GTI a cult classic among hot-hatch aficionados.
Engine 1905cc SO HC 4IL
Power 130bhp @ 6000rpm
Maximum speed 120mph