Peugeot has unveiled a new hybrid concept car that claims to be quick enough to mix with the big kids of supercar world.
It’s the Peugeot 308 R Hybrid concept unveiled at the Shanghai Motor Show.
At first glance the supercar-slayer looks like a regular 308 with some extra body kit. But under the skin is where the magic happens.
The 308 R Hybrid has 500 horsepower, thanks to three engines: one petrol engine and electric motors on the front and rear axles.
There are four electronic driving modes, and the fastest, the appropriately named Hot Lap mode, has a whopping 730 Nm of torque and get the car to 100 km/h in four seconds.
That claim is sounding pretty good.
Two other driving modes are hardly what you’d call slow. Track mode has 400 horsepower and 530 Nm, using the petrol engine and the rear electric motor with the front electric motor giving additional boost under acceleration.
Road mode is for everyday road use with power of 300 hp and torque of 400 Nm, using the petrol engine with occasional help from the rear electric motor.
The final mode is the all-electric mode – in ZEV the car runs purely on electricity.
The Peugeot 308 R Hybrid cleverly uses the hybrid system to help with braking – using engine braking to provide additional power for the batteries while slowing the car down.
308 R Hybrid has an all-wheel drive system and runs on 235/35 R19 tyres, braking through 380mm ventilated discs at the front, gripped by four pistons, and 290mm discs to the rear.