Peugeot unleashes its hottest hot hatch in history

  • AFP
  • Updated: Apr 16, 2015 17:06 IST

The 308 R HYbrid offers all of the benefits of a supercar yet none of the drawbacks. Based on the popular mid-sized, C-segment family hatchback, this ultimate edition of the 308 uses a combination of a gas and electric power to deliver 500hp and a 0-100km/h time of 4 seconds.

However, because it's a hybrid, its CO2 emissions are just 70g/km. And, to ensure that the car isn't as twitchy, savage or oversensitive as some other very fast sports cars, Peugeot has given the car all-wheel drive -- a dedicated electric motor is mounted on each axel to drive two wheels, providing extra grip and stability and, when working in conjunction with the traditional 1.6-liter gas engine, greater acceleration.

"If we were able to reach this kind of performance on a C-segment, it is all down to our passion for a challenge and our desire for excellence. PEUGEOT 308 R HYbrid is part of a very select club of cars reaching 0-62mph in four seconds," says Jean-Philippe Delaire, PEUGEOT Sport Head of Development, 308 R HYbrid powertrain.

Peugeot will showcase the 308 R HYbrid at the upcoming Auto Shanghai, April 22-29.

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