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Remember the brutal petrol-electric Peugeot 308 R HYbrid concept first shown in April this year, which paired a 201kW petrol engine with two electric motors to yield a total of 373kW/730Nm?

Well, it appears this was anything but pie-in-the-sky thinking, if a few images posted on Twitter by Peugeot CEO Maxime Picat are anything to go by. It might just enter production, though nothing is official. Why else show a disguised car, when we’ve seen the concept already? 

In thoroughly modern and open fashion, Picat today posted two images of a 308 R HYbrid test mule with none other than PSA chairman Carlos Tavares in the frame.

“Looks like #Peugeot308RHYbrid is ready to move! Today our CEO Carlos Tavares enjoyed its radical performance!” Picat said.

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You can read the full story here, but the 308 R Hybrid concept sported a 201kW 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine powering the front wheels (the same engine used in the all-new 308 GTi revealed earlier this month), and an 85kW electric motor allied to a six-speed automated transmission and a 3kW lithium-ion battery. Along the rear axle there was another 85kW electric engine.

This set-up delivered a maximum output of 373kW of power and 730Nm of torque in Hot Lap mode. In Track mode, the 308 R HYbrid concept was throttled back to 298kW/530Nm, generated primarily by the petrol engine and rear electric motor. With the car set to Road mode, output was said to be restrained to 224kW/400Nm.

With everything working together in Hot Lap mode, the 308 R HYbrid concept was said to be able to complete the 0-100km/h dash in a supercar-esque 4.0 seconds. Peugeot also claimed a fuel economy figure of 3.0L/100km.

We don’t know yet whether any potential production 308 R HYbrid would sport this full-fat petrol-electric powertrain. French site Feline seems to suggest one option might be the 201kW engine with one of the 85kW electric motors rather than two.

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It’s also unclear whether the concept version’s beefed-up bodykit could make it to production, given these latest images show a tamer design.

Even at the speculated rate — especially if the potential singular motor powered the rear axle and thereby gave the car all-wheel-drive abilities — it could make a fabulous French foil to a new breed of hyper-hatches such as the Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG, Audi RS3, Ford Focus RS and Volkswagen Golf R400.

What do you think? Could Peugeot just be crazy enough to actually make this?




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