Peugeot Sport is reportedly engaged on a brand new plug-in hybrid R efficiency mannequin, and the fortunate recipients are the 508 and 508 SW. Apparently, each R fashions will function a extra refined PHEV system with all-wheel drive, as reported by Australian web site motoring.
A senior govt from Peugeot advised the publication that improvement of the R fashions is at the moment underway, and the uprated PHEV system is predicted produce a minimum of 350 hp (260 kW). “Sooner or later, we gained’t have a robust engine with out electrical help,” he added. That in fact refers to Group PSA’s electrification push, which can see all fashions get electrified from 2019.
The insider didn’t explicitly reveal the 508 R’s output, however will probably be excess of the 300-hp (224 kW) AWD system within the 3008 GT Hybrid4. Count on the R to get the identical 1.6 litre four-cylinder PureTech petrol engine and extra highly effective electrical motors rather than the present 80-kW items. That interprets to a zero to 100 km/h time of round four.5 seconds and a high velocity of 250 km/h.
Whereas the usual 508 Hybrid is strictly front-wheel drive, the Peugeot exec stated there’s no motive why the twin-motor model (all-wheel drive) can’t be fitted to the 508. A bigger and extra energy-dense lithium-ion battery is also fitted, up from the present 13.2 kWh battery pack (positioned beneath the ground of the rear passenger seat).
The 508 R will probably be primarily based on the identical EMP2 platform and is prone to get an unbiased multi-link rear suspension. Different options embody an aluminium bonnet and entrance fenders, composite boot lid and 20-inch gentle alloy wheels. At launch, it should tackle German rivals just like the Audi S4 and Mercedes-AMG C 43.
“We may have sportier variations of the 508, the hybrid 3008 may have 300 hp (224 kW) and sooner or later in all probability much more, so we’ll have a efficiency model. Not solely does a PHEV decrease emissions and gasoline consumption, it provides you additional energy and should you regulate all of this correctly you may get a correct efficiency automotive,” Peugeot design boss Gilles Vidal stated.
“Your final automotive by way of efficiency turns into the bottom by way of CO2,” he defined, including that he’s trying ahead to the problem of styling the 508 R. “I don’t assume it might take a lot [for the 508] to change into a sizzling sedan. You don’t must go loopy”.
Each Vidal and the unnamed exec have stated that the efficiency 508 is not going to seemingly be a GTI. “You couldn’t identify this a GTI. It pertains to small automobiles just like the 208 and 308. It sounds humorous to place a badge like this on a giant automotive,” Vidal stated.
The put up Peugeot 508 R PHEV with 350 hp within the works – report Auto Reviews & New Cars on Paul Tan’s Automotive Information.