Peugeot 308 R HYbrid test mule

Carlos Tavares drives the Peugeot 308 R HYbrid test mule

July 1, 2015

Showing-off test mules officially has become a common publicity exercise for automakers these days.

Taking that a step ahead, Peugeot CEO Maxime Picat has tweeted pictures of PSA Peugeot Citroen CEO Carlos Tavares driving a Peugeot 308 R HYbrid prototype.

The super-hatch looks identical to the Peugeot 308 GTi from the outside, with not one noteworthy change except the half-body-coloured ORVMs. Inside, the hybrid version gets sport seats similar to those seen on the RCZ-R.

Peugeot 308 R HYbrid prototype

What greatly differentiates the hybrid variant is its performance. A 1.6-litre THP 270 S&S petrol engine and an electric motor power the front axle, while another electric motor powers the rear. Each electric motor produces 85 kW (115 hp); the unit at the front is coupled to a 6-speed manual gearbox.

The hybrid system, combined, produces 500 hp and 730 Nm of torque. The manual gearbox sends power to all four wheels enabling the hatchback to finish the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) speed run in 4 seconds flat, and reach a top speed that is electronically limited to 155 mph (250 km/h).

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