Peugeot has unveiled its extremely powerful 500hp hatchback concept - Peugeot 308 R

Peugeot 308 R hybrid accelerates from 0 to 60mph (100km/h) in just 4.0 seconds and has astonishingly low CO2 emissions of 70g/km (0.62 miles).

5/3/15 5:00 am chumakdenis 1

Peugeot Sport has unveiled to us an amazing 500hp hatchback concept with quite an aggressive outlook -- Peugeot 308 R hybrid.

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Peugeout 308 R hybrid has the same twin-tone paintjob as the 208 GTI 30, but here with blue and matt black contrast.

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Exterior

The brand-new 308 R is a hot-hatch concept car with a sleek, thoroughbred design. The bodywork boasts a decidedly sporty livery that features a striking two-tone mate blue and black finish with distinctive demarcation.

At the front, the grille features a chequered pattern, while the hood has two air scoops, one on either side. It is more understated at the rear, with a narrow spoiler at the top of the tailgate. There are two more air scoops on the bumper, which help keep the battery cool by drawing out hot air.

Interior

Inside, the cockpit is familiar to the rest of the 308 range in many ways, with the same instrumentation. However, it gets four individual sport seats, in fawn leather, while the dashboard is covered in a soft-touch fabric that Peugeot uses on its concept cars.

Everything has been done to show that it’s more racing car than an ordinary car.

Under the hood

Below the blazing bodywork lies a powerful 270 bhp, 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine delivering a record specific output of nearly 170 bhp per litre and CO2 emissions of only 70 g/km. 

Powertrain

Powertrain is the heart of the Peugeot 308 R hybrid. It consists of a plug-in powertrain with four-wheel drive that develops 500hp. The unit combines three sources of power, each capable of moving the vehicle independently of the others. They are a four-cylinder 1.6-litre THP 270 S&S petrol engine, plus two electric motors -- each with power of 85kW/115hp -- mounted one on each axle. The front one is linked to the six-speed gearbox.

The result is a family hatchback which is capable of supercar performance. The Peugeot 308 R can hit 60mph (100km/h) from a standing start in only 4.0 seconds, with top speed electronically limited to 155mph (250 km/h). In spite of such astonishing performance, CO2 emissions are just 70g/km.

3704.jpg“If we were able to reach this kind of performance on a C-segment, it is all down to our passion for a challenge and our desire for excellence. Peugeot 308 R hybrid is part of a very select club of cars reaching 0-62mph in four seconds” - says Jean-Philippe Delaire, Peugeot Sport Head of Development, 308 R hybrid powertrain.

A few words about Peugeot Sport department

3703.jpgPeugeot Sport is the brand’s famous in-house engineering and racing division, which last year unveiled the critically acclaimed RCZ R.

Exactly they have been involved in every stage of development of the 308 R hybrid, using its technical expertise and successful racing record to define the specifications of each component. For impeccable dynamic handling, the car’s weight has been optimized and placed as low as possible. The lithium-ion 3kWh battery has an excellent ratio between power and size, and is housed under the rear seats in place of the fuel tank. In turn, the 50-litre tank has been placed in the boot above the rear electric motor and two transformers.

Specifications

Petrol engine: 1.6-liter petrol turbo, 266bhp
Electric motors: 2x 85kW/113bhp
Total system power: 492bhp
Battery pack: 3kWh lithium-ion battery, under rear seats
0-60mph (100km/h): 4.0sec
Top speed: 155mp/250km/h (limited)
CO2 emissions: 70g/km
Plug-in charging time: 45 minutes

Driving modes

There are four driving modes - Hot Lap, Track, Road, and ZEV. Let's make a short review of them:

* Hot Lap mode - the most powerful, harnessing the full potential from the three power sources to reach a total of 500hp and maximum torque of 730Nm;

* Track mode - delivers 400hp and 530Nm, mainly from the petrol engine and the rear electric motor. The front electric motor serves as an additional booster when accelerating;

* Road mode - a mode that is specially designed for road use with power of 300hp and torque of 400Nm. The petrol engine delivers its full potential, while the rear electric motor helps during accelerations. The front electric motor is not used in this mode;

* ZEV – mode that makes priority use of the rear electric motor. The front electric motor comes into play, depending on the pressure applied on the accelerator pedal.

AWD-system

The all-wheel drive system of the 308 R hybrid makes for formidable handling, especially when coming out of the corners. The braking system is on a par with the car's performance, with 380mm ventilated discs at the front, gripped by four pistons, and 290mm discs to the rear. However, they are not used every time the brakes are applied, because Peugeot Sport has designed the powertrain to decelerate using the electric motors throughout the full speed range, starting at 155mph. Not only does this preserve the discs and pads, but also uses regenerative braking to recharge the battery.

It is one of three recharging strategies. The second uses the front electric motor as a generator, driven by the petrol engine, while the third solution is a rapid recharging terminal restoring the battery to its maximum power in just 45 minutes.

Racing wheels

The 308 R has been adapted to cope with the extra power on offer, with the front and rear tracks both widened by 80mm. It sits on 19-inch alloy wheels, clad with 235/35 R19 tires.

Production

There is no word on whether the hybrid R will make it into production, or be used as a racing car, but we do think that it might be production-ready for the car has been presented at 2015 Shanghai Motor Show and usually it’s a good sign.

Anyway, let’s don’t make any predictions before any official announcements. Wait and see is the best thing we can do.

 

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