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TMR Team | Sep, 20 2013 | 1 Comment

Peugeot's extra-spicy 308 R concept could be moving closer to a production debut, if reports out of the UK are to be believed.

Revealed in Frankfurt this month, the 308 R packs the now-familiar 199kW version of Peugeot's 1.6 turbo engine into the new 308 hatch, creating a potential new contender at the top end of the hot-hatch market.

Now, according to the UK's Top Gear magazine, Peugeot boss Maxime Picat has hinted at a showroom future for the R hatch.

"We will create specific high-line versions of our cars. For example the 208 GTi and RCZ R. There is room for a 308 R that uses the same engine as the concept car at Frankfurt."

If Picat's team follows through and delivers a production version of the 308 R, it would go up against the likes of Ford's 184kW Focus ST, while sitting between the 162kW Golf GTI and 221kW Golf R.

In concept form, the 308 R also packs a six-speed manual, the RCZ R's Torsen limited slip differential and a 30mm wider front track.

Peugeot hasn't said, but we reckon the 308 R would also match the RCZ R's 5.9 second 0-100km/h time.

In the meantime, we should soon see a new 308 GTI, with recent spy photos revealing that development is now well underway.

MORE: 2015 Peugeot 308 GTI Spied Testing

 
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