Hybrid Peugeot 308 R Mega-Hatch Could Be Peugeot’s Next Halo Model. Ford is currently planning to produce a hot hatch that could be a potential rival for Ford Focus RS.
It is possible that the car they are talking about is the production version of Peugeot 308 R hybrid that was introduced as a concept at 2015 Shanghai Motor Show. If this plan comes to realization, 308 R hybrid will be a replacement for discontinued 308 RC Z as Peugeot’s next halo model.
Back in the days, the RC Z coupe and its signature bubble roof treatment were a rival for Audi TT. The model was produced between 2010 and 2015, so it is about time a new car comes out and takes its role as the brand’s new figurehead.
Peugeot 308 R Hybrid Specifications
Furthermore, Imparato also said that there is space available for something more powerful and faster than the current range-topping model, 308 GTi. Up to this day, the company has yet to figure out what car it would be but producing 308 R hybrid concept could be the most plausible solution.
The concept we saw last year comes with 266 bhp 1.6 L petrol engine borrowed from 308 GTi and two electric motors. Together, the petrol-electric hybrid powertrain produces 493 bhp (367 kW) and 538-pound feet (730 Nm) of torque of combined power. Giving it a 0-62 mph time of only 4 seconds which is full two seconds faster than 308 GTi. With 110 kW more and 0.7 seconds faster than Ford Focus RS, 308 R Hybrid will make its competitor blush if it ever makes it into production.
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Another noteworthy thing we should pay attention to is the transmission. The concept comes with 6-speed automated manual transmissions. However, since hot hatch enthusiasts always prefer the manual transmission, it seems very likely that the production version will come with what the customer wants.
Peugeot 308 R Hybrid Release Date
It is still unsure whether hybrid-electric Peugeot 308 R hot hatch will be the one replacing the mighty RC Z or Peugeot has something else under its sleeves. But it seems like the company will not waste 308 R hybrid’s potential, and it is possible that it will see the light of the day sometime in the future.
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