Not content with showing off its brand new 308 hatchback at next month's Frankfurt motor show, Peugeot has also announced it is to unveil this, the 308 R Concept – a thinly veiled look at what a forthcoming performance iteration will look like.
It will be powered by the same turbocharged 1.6-litre petrol engine as the striking RCZ R, which was unveiled last year at the Paris motor show. Developing 270bhp, it provides more than enough poke for the 308 R to contend with the current crop of rival hot hatchbacks.
Despite the performance on offer, Peugeot is claiming CO2 emissions of just 145g/km, which put it two road-tax bands lower than the similarly powerful Ford Focus ST.
Power is sent to the front wheels, with a six-speed manual gearbox being offered as standard. A Torsen front differential is also fitted to help manage all that power during hard driving.
As is to be expected, the 308 R sports beefier bodywork than its lesser siblings. Despite a relatively subtle visual makeover, only the roof and rear hatch remain unaltered, with the car benefitting from new doors, wings, bumpers and a restyled bonnet.
To cope with the additional performance, the brakes have been suitably uprated, and sit behind unique 19-inch alloy wheels.
The car will be shown at Frankfurt in a striking two-tone paint job inspired by the company's flamboyant Onyx Supercar Concept. Currently there is no word on when a customer version will reach UK showrooms.