Peugeot to unveil hot 308 R Concept

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Peugeot to unveil hot 308 R Concept

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 complete the sporty look, the R has been lowered by some 26mm over the standard 308 and the front track widened by 30mm.

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.

Peugeot 308 R Concept

Peugeot 308 R Concept