Peugeot 308 R HYbrid Is a 500PS AWD Concept Car [w/Video]

There’s still no production Peugeot 308 R, but that hasn’t stopped the French carmaker from releasing another concept car using this name.

Scheduled to debut at the Shanghai Auto Show, the Peugeot 308 R Hybrid is a plug-in petrol hybrid vehicle developed by Peugeot Sport.

Besides the obvious performance (it’s a 500PS all-wheel drive car), the 308 R Hybrid sports a unique interior design with four individual seats and a blue and black color scheme.

The 308 R HYbrid rides on 235/35 R19 tyres set on tracks that have been widened by 80mm (3.15in) and features more aggressive looks than the standard model thanks to a modified front end sporting louvers on the bonnet as well as a modified bumper and grille with checked pattern.

The side air scoops integrate the sequential LED indicators while the central scoop sports the car’s signature 308 R HYbrid badge, carved into the block. The concept features an intense blue exterior color combined with matte black on the rear doors.

At the rear, Peugeot 308 R HYbrid features a narrow spoiler at the top of the tailgate and a bumper with two scoops that help keep the battery temperature down by drawing out the hot air.

The cabin features a stretched-out central console and four bucket seats upholstered in fawn-colored patinated leather. Red accents are visible around the dials, on the steering wheel center marker and on the center console.

Now for the most interesting part, the Peugeot 308 R HYbrid’s powertrain consists of a 4-cylinder petrol 1.6-liter THP 270 S&S engine (270PS/266hp) and an 85kW (115PS/114hp) electric motor linked to the 6-speed gearbox driving the front wheels, as well as a similar electric motor driving the rear axle.

Total system output is 500PS (493hp), allowing the 308 R HYbrid to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4 seconds and to cover 1 kilometer from a standing start in 22 seconds. Top speed is limited electronically at 250 km/h, while CO2 emissions are just 70 g/km.

The weight distribution is 60 percent to the front and 40 percent to the rear, with a weight/power ratio of 3.1 kg/PS.

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