Peugeot unveils shock new 493bhp hybrid concept

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Peugeot 308 R Hybrid

Peugeot has revealed a powerful new hybrid concept car ahead of its official debut at the Shanghai motor show next week.

The Peugeot 308 R Hybrid is powered by the same 276bhp 1.6-litre petrol engine found in the Peugeot RCZ R Coupe, but mated to two electric motors for a combined output of 493bhp. The French marque claims a 0-62mph time of 4.0 seconds, allied to CO2 emissions of a mere 70g/km.

A product of Peugeot's racing division, the 308 R Hybrid is based on the original 308 R Concept, which was unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show in 2013, though with power bolstered significantly by the new electric motors. To cope with the newfound grunt, the car's front and rear tracks have been widened, and the 308 has been fitted with larger wheels and wider rubber, plus bigger brake discs front and rear.

Unlike most 308s, the R Hybrid sends power to all four wheels for greater traction. Drivers will be able to select from four driving modes: Hot Lap, Track, Road and ZEV, with each altering the level of power available. As you'd expect, Hot Lap gives the full 493bhp to maximise performance. Track mode knocks power down to 395bhp, Road mode to 296bhp, while ZEV mode bypasses the petrol engine entirely for near-silent, emissions-free driving.

Peugeot 308 R HYbrid

Peugeot 308 R HYbrid


Peugeot is yet to confirm how far the R Hybrid can travel on electric power alone, but claims the car can be fully recharged using a fast charger in as little as 45 minutes.

Like the original 308 R Concept, the Hybrid R wears an unusual two-tone paint scheme. It also has a smattering of more conventional performance-car trinkets, including air scoops in the bonnet and a roof-spoiler at the rear.

Inside, the cabin is largely carried over from the standard 308 hatchback, though it gets four individual sports seats and a range of unique trim fabrics.

Peugeot has not yet confirmed whether the 308 Hybrid R will make it into production as either a road or race car.