The New Peugeot 308 R Concept

As far as concept cars go, this one is one of the only ones I’ve looked at in recent years and thought ‘the car world needs this!’

It’s a nice feeling, as a car fan, to think of Peugeot making exciting cars again. Twenty-five years ago, the French brand was synonymous with creating sporty, racy versions of already excellent cars.

There’s quite a bit promised with the 308 R, but whatever happens it’s clear that Peugeot need to do something to bring the interest and excitement back amongst people who actually enjoy driving.

  • Hot Lap mode is the most powerful, harnessing the full potential from the three power sources to reach a total of 500hp and maximum torque of 730Nm.
  • Track mode delivers 400hp and 530Nm, mainly from the petrol engine and the rear electric motor. The front electric motor serves as an additional booster when accelerating.
  • Road mode is specially designed for road use with power of 300hp and torque of 400Nm. The petrol engine delivers its full potential, while the rear electric motor helps during accelerations. The front electric motor is not used in this mode.
  • ZEV makes priority use of the rear electric motor. The front electric motor comes into play, depending on the pressure applied on the accelerator pedal.

 From Peugeot Press

“At the heart of the PEUGEOT 308 R HYbrid is an astounding technical innovation – a plug-in powertrain with four-wheel drive that develops 500hp. The unit combines three sources of power, each capable of moving the vehicle independently of the others. They are a four-cylinder 1.6-litre THP 270 S&S petrol engine, plus two electric motors – each with power of 85kW/115hp – mounted one on each axle. The front one is linked to the six-speed gearbox.

The result is a family hatchback which is capable of supercar performance. The PEUGEOT 308 R HYbrid can hit 62mph (100km/h) from a standing start in only 4.0 seconds, with top speed electronically limited to 155mph. In spite of such astonishing performance, CO2 emissions are just 70g/km.”

It seems like there are some pretty decent forwarding thinking ideas here with the 308 R Concept, I hope Peugeot use some of these ideas and this technology to look to the future in production models further down the line.

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