2015 Shanghai Auto Show

This Peugeot Concept is Hot Hatch Hybrid Heaven

French automaker has 493HP AWD beauty headed to Shanghai.

It's been almost a year since Peugeot pulled the covers off of the magnificent looking 308 R, a hot hatch concept that hasn't yet made into production even in Europe. But now, the company is about to unveil yet another version of the car, this time the 308 R Hybrid, which will be debuted at the upcoming Shanghai Auto Show. This concept should be a powerful contender in the Euro hot hatch race, with enough power to make just as much fun as we like.

The 308 R Hybrid combines a 4-cylinder 1.6-liter gasoline engine that produces 266 horsepower with an 85kW electric motor rated at 114 horsepower. Equipped with a six-speed gearbox, the two motors will send power to all four wheels. Peugeot promises 0-62 mph times of 4 seconds flat, as well as electronically limited top speeds of 155 mph. The concept differentiates itself from run-of-the-mill 308s with larger tires and wheels, an aggressive modified front end, bumper and grille, and a tailgate spoiler. It's been a year since Peugeot's CEO stated that the company is interested in reentering the American market at some point in the future.

With cars like these, we think we'd love to have them back:

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