This is the ‘Concept 508 Peugeot Sport Engineered’, a new performance hybrid concept from Peugeot Sport.
It’s touted as the introduction to the French brand’s electrification onslaught, with a dedicated model line for hybrid and electric performance vehicles on the way.
Peugeot Sport says it took the learnings from previous electric concepts like the 368kW 308 R Hybrid, and used them to develop this hybrid 508 to be a proper performance car, which it will unveil in mid-March at the Geneva Motor Show.
The headline point for the Concept 508 is its 294kW-equivalent drivetrain, comprised of a PureTech (Peugeot’s three-cylinder engine family) combustion engine assisted by an 91kW electric motor driving the front wheels, and a 147kW electric motor driving the rears.
Those three motors allow the Concept 508 to achieve a 0-100km/h sprint in 4.3 seconds, Peugeot claims, with 80-120km/h possible in 2.5 seconds. Top speed is a claimed 250km/h.
A lower, wider 508 body is stuck to the ground via Pilot Sport 4S, wrapped around 20-inch wheels, over 380mm ventilated discs at the front.
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Aerodynamics were also a target for the designers and engineers, with Peugeot Sport adding a sharper front bar and blades to direct airflow to the radiator, as well as winglets on the quarter panel and a lack of rear spoiler.
Peugeot CEO Jean-Philippe Imparato says the march of electrification is something that needs o be embraced by the performance car world, and it’s something that Peugeot is prepared for.
"Electrification provides a marvellous opportunity to develop new driving sensations. We are creating a "neo-performance", new energy sources, new features, new territories, new challenges.”
While no production announcement has been made for the Concept 508, the list of details released by Peugeot is longer than would be normal for a concept without production intentions. Stay tuned…