Though the Peugeot 308 R Hybrid is simply a concept car, it’s pretty wonderful how quickly this performance hybrid stuff has begun to trickle down from hyper-cars to high-volume vehicles. With a combined output of 500 hp between a gas and 2 electric motors, the 308 Hybrid R has the much power as a 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS, and Peugeot might see this sort of hybrid technology as a key to recovery its place on top of the terribly competitive French hot-hatch segment.
Set to be disclosed at the Shanghai Motor Show next week, the 308 R Hybrid combines the most effective of both worlds. It’s supported Peugeot’s thought sedan, however upgrades with a superior, plug-in-hybrid power-train. A 1.6-liter turbo four is paired to 2 electrical motors: one at the rear axle and one at the front, coupled to the six-speed transmission. The result’s a combined output of 500 hp, netting a 0-62-miles-per-hour time of 4.0 seconds flat, and covering the thousand-meter (3,281-foot) sprint in twenty two seconds. All of that makes it far more radical than the standard 308 R hot hatch concept conferred at the last Frankfort show.
Produced by a similar Peugeot Sport operation that ran the company’s Le Mans, Dakar, Pikes Peak and different recent sport efforts, the 308 R Hybrid additionally options 19-inch wheels with low-profile tires riding on a wider track, extra ventilation carved into the bodywork, a strong body kit, upgraded brakes, a leather interior with four bucket seats and a two-tone metallic blue and matte black paint job.
Pie-in-the-French-blue-sky as the 308 R Hybrid appears, doubt it will ever see the inside of a salesroom – or the surface of a convention center, for that matter. Peugeot is introducing a warmed -over 308S hatchback for the Chinese market at a similar show, however, and there is already the performance-oriented 308 GT out there to consumers around the world. Peugeot has solely released on image of the 308 R Hybrid.
If the upper ups at Peugeot set to shock the world and green light-weight the 308 R Hybrid for production tomorrow, it would be estimate a value somewhere north of $60,000, or roughly 3 times the 308’s base value in Europe. Whereas we don’t expect that to happen, there’s a very sensible chance to see a additional reasonable hybrid hot-hatch from Peugeot shortly.