Peugeot Australia has confirmed the rollout of its new eight-speed automatic transmission co-developed with Japan’s Aisin, set to debut with the new 308 GT later this month.
The ‘EAT8’ builds on the outgoing six-speeder starting with the obvious addition of two extra ratios, along with “improved shift quality” and a 7.0 per cent improvement in fuel economy according to Peugeot.
Other improvements include enhanced performance of the idle Stop & Start system which now can kick in from 20km/h, a 2.5kg weight reduction compared to the old EAT6, and a coasting function at speeds above 25km/h.
First to get the new transmission will be the limited-edition Peugeot 308 GT, which never made it to Australia as part of the facelifted range.
The local arm hasn’t disclosed full specifications for the new variant, though a quick scan of the Peugeot UK site tells us the 1.6-litre engine makes 285Nm at 1750rpm. sprints from 0-100 in 7.4 seconds, and hits a top speed of 235km/h. Fuel use, meanwhile, is rated at 7.4L/100km on the combined WLTP cycle.
Stay tuned for a full pricing and specifications breakdown in the coming weeks.
Following the introduction of the 308 GT, the new EAT8 will feature on the new 508 GT Fastback and Sportswagon in August, while the diesel-powered 3008 GT and 5008 GT SUVs will get the new transmission in the “coming months”.