Peugeot May Create Hybrid Hot Hatch To Rival Ford Focus RS

Peugeot has expressed interest in creating a hot hotch to sit above the Golf GTI-rivalling 308 GTi, potentially in the form of a model to rival the widely successful Ford Focus RS.

Speaking with Autocar, Peugeot boss Jean-Philippe Imparato confirmed that a new range-topping hot hatch is possible, designed to act as the brand’s halo model in place of the discontinued RCZ coupe.

“There is space for something. I don’t have a solution but I am on it. We are very involved in competition sport, like Dakar, and we don’t want to lose this space with our cars. I don’t think we will develop an RCZ replacement. On each level of our range — 308, 208 — we will have something impressive in performance. Do we work on a new RCZ or on the fact that the next 308 will be a beast?” he said.

One possible solution to Peugeot’s quandary could be a production version of the crazy 493 hp 308 R Hybrid concept. That car is powered by a 266 hp 1.6-liter engine joined by two electric motors and making for a wildly rapid hatchback capable of hitting 62 mph (100 km/h) in as little as four seconds.

Although Peugeot hasn’t announced any intention of making the 308 R Hybrid concept a road-going reality, it is likely that if it does reach dealerships, it will be detuned slightly to produce around 400 hp, putting it on par with the Mercedes-AMG A45 and Audi RS3 Sportback.

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  • Six_Tymes

    cant wait

  • Shobin Drogan

    Theres been way too many false promises with Peugeot. I’ll believe it when I see it. They have ditched so many of their concepts, I still hate the fact they didn’t put the SR1 in production till this day.

  • They won’t, Peugeot always cancels fun projects to save money. And even if they know how to win WRC, Pikes Peak, Le Mans… they never go all the way with production cars.

  • Eythan Aldrich

    “Peugeot has expressed interest in creating a hot hotch to sit above the Golf GTI-rivalling 308 GTi”
    hot “hotch”
    seems legit XD

  • Tumbi Mtika

    can we have a new 908 instead?

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