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Peugeot 308 R HYbrid Enters Testing, Production Future Firming Up? Photo:
 
 
Tony O'Kane | Jul, 01 2015 | 0 Comments

Peugeot's wild 308 R HYbrid hot hatch concept looks destined for the production line, with the French automaker's CEO Maxime Picat posting two photos of a camouflaged prototype to Twitter with the caption:

"Looks like #Peugeot308RHYbrid is ready to move! Today our CEO Carlos Tavares enjoyed its radical performance!"

Carlos Tavares, CEO of Peugeot's parent company PSA, is known for taking a keen interest in performance cars.

In his previous job as vice-president of Nissan he oversaw the development of the GT-R, and even drove a camouflaged prototype at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Seeing Tavares about to slip behind the wheel of a 308 R HYbrid prototype is a good sign for Peugeot fans, then, as is the presence of camouflage on the lower half of the car.

After all, were this simply a running version of the show car Peugeot would have nothing to hide. Instead, this prototype appears to differ markedly from the concept revealed in April (below) - though those wide body fender flares are clearly in evidence.

But while the concept made 368kW and 730Nm from a combination of the RCZ R's 199kW 1.6 litre turbo petrol engine and two 85kW electric motors (one at the front and one driving the rear wheels), it remains to be seen what will power the production version.

Some speculate that the motor count will be dropped to one with power reduced to "just" 294kW.

Even in that scenario, the 308 R HYbrid would be a more powerful machine than the Mercedes-AMG A 45 - as well as pretty much every other production hot hatch in history.

MORE: Peugeot | Hot Hatches | Enthusiast

 
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