Peugeot 508 concept to get potent hybrid drivetrain
Peugeot has just revealed a hot new car – the 508 Peugeot Sport Engineered Concept. It’ll be on display at the Geneva Motor Show with a potent production version of this petrol-electric hybrid potentially in showrooms by 2020.
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A 197bhp 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine is helped along up front by a 107bhp electric motor coupled to the front axle. There’s an additional 200bhp electric motor powering the rear motor.
This means a 0-62mph time of 4.3 seconds and a limited top speed of 155mph. While combined output is close to 500bhp, the different motors won’t all be in use at the same time and, according to Peugeot sources, production variants will put out between 350bhp and 400bhp.
The blistering performance is underpinned by an 11.8kWh battery, which gives the concept a zero-emission range of up to 31 miles when switched to 100% electric mode and CO2 emissions of 49g/km – on the WLTP test protocols – when in Hybrid mode.
Externally, there’s a number of styling updates that help it stand out from the standard car – there’s a larger front bumper, carbon-fibre trim, a wider bodykit, yellow brake calipers and large 20in alloy wheels.
A series of splitters have been added to the front and rear bumpers too, while tiny aerofoils are visible behind the rear windows. Inside the cabin is trimmed out in leather and Alcantara, while a sportier carbon-fibre dashboard design and some bucket seats are also noticeable.
We’ll learn more about the concept at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, but it’s the first in a line of hybrids that Peugeot is planning to launch by 2023.