This Peugeot Concept is Hot Hatch Hybrid Heaven

2015 Shanghai Auto Show

French automaker has 493HP AWD beauty headed to Shanghai.

It'sbeen almost a year since Peugeot pulled the covers off of the magnificent looking308 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, thistime the 308 R Hybrid, which will be debuted at the upcoming Shanghai AutoShow. 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 thatproduces 266 horsepower with an 85kW electric motor rated at 114 horsepower. Equippedwith a six-speed gearbox, the two motors will send power to all four wheels. Peugeotpromises 0-62 mph times of 4 seconds flat, as well as electronically limited topspeeds of 155 mph. The concept differentiates itself from run-of-the-mill 308swith larger tires and wheels, an aggressive modified front end, bumper andgrille, and a tailgate spoiler. It's been a year since Peugeot's CEOstated that the company is interested in reentering the American market at somepoint in the future.

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