Peugeot has revealed the 308 R HYbrid, a concept that cares about the ice caps but not at the expense of mind-blowing performance. It is said to provide a glimpse of what could a sporty Pug could be like.
The 308 R HYbrid is the work of Peugeot Sport, the people behind the seriously rapid RCZ R we drove last year. It combines a 1.6-litre THP 270 S&S engine with two electric motors – at 115hp apiece – to create a whopping 500hp and 730Nm of torque at peak.
All those horses are sent to all corners by a four-wheel drive system via a six-speed gearbox. The result is a claimed 0 to 62mph time of four seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 155mph, while CO2 emissions are 70g/km – less than your average petrol supermini.
Four driving modes let you choose the level of stupidity. ‘Hot Lap’, for instance, gives you absolutely everything, while Track mode uses mainly the petrol engine and rear electric motor for a total of 400hp and 530Nm. ZEV prioritises the rear electric motor so no wasted fuel.
Up front are 380mm ventilated discs with four-piston calipers and 290mm discs at the rear. Extra braking power comes in the form of the electric motors, which are designed to help with deceleration no matter what speed the 308 R HYbrid is going.
The exterior tries to be as loud as the engine by using an ‘intense blue’ paintjob that has fluorescent pigments and glass particles within it, while the rear of the car and back doors are a matt black, presumably because Peugeot has a bit of a thing for two-tone paintjobs.
The use of i-Cockpit instrumentation gives fans of the French manufacturer a sense of familiarity, but otherwise everything is brand-spankers. There are four individual sports seats in a ‘fawn-coloured palinated leather’, while the roof and upper fittings are coloured in slate grey.
The dashboard, meanwhile, is covered in a fabric that is made using a special digitally weaving process. This technique allows Peugeot to make complex parts that are large in size and soft to the touch, but without using foam, which would add to the weight of the car.
Peugeot Sport director Bruno Famin said: “With our experience in hybrid vehicles developed with the PEUGEOT 908, the high-performance hybrid powertrain fitted to the 308 gives a glimpse of the potential for ultra-sports models in the future.”
Check out the pictures below and hope we see a Peugeot as bonkers as this in the future.