Peugeot 308 R HYbrid - Main

You’ve seen the red hot 308 R. Now, meet its hybrid derivative – the new 308 R HYbrid concept. Presented at the Shanghai Motor Show, the Golf-sized hatchback is a plug-in petrol hybrid developed by Peugeot Sport, the same division that came up with the RCZ R.

The centrepiece of the concept is a meaty hybrid system that consists of a 1.6-litre THP engine that powers the front axle and two electric motors – one integrated in the transmission, one driving the rear wheels. As with the RC Z R, the four-cylinder engine packs 270 hp while each of the e-motors produce 115 hp. In total, the 308 R HYbrid boasts a forceful output of 500 hp and 730 Nm of torque.

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Despite being dubbed as a “family hatchback”, the performance figures seem to disagree. The hybrid goes from 0 to 100 km/h in four seconds flat, while the top speed is electronically limited at 250 km/h. In terms of CO2 emissions, the 308 R Hybrid returns 70 g per km, which is not bad for a family car with supercar performance.

The vehicle is equipped with four driving modes: ZEV utilises power from the rear electric motor with the front unit coming into play depending on conditions; Road delivers 300 hp and 400 Nm with the front motor disabled; Track gives the car 400 hp and 530 Nm; while Hot Lap makes full use of the three power sources for the maximum output.

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While sitting on the same platform as the outgoing model, the 308 R HYbrid is 80 mm wider at both ends, with 235/35 R19 tyres filling in the gap. It sports similar styling cues as the 308 R, save for some exterior trims and of course, the blue/matte black livery.


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