2015 Shanghai Auto Show

This Peugeot Concept is Hot Hatch Hybrid Heaven

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.

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

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