The French automaker revealed not long ago the sleek and menacing 308 R concept, and many believed there was no way it could become even better. But it turned out it could.
So, just days ago, the European automaker introduced to the world the 308 R HYbrid concept version, and it has now made its first official “in the metal” appearance in front of the audience at the 2015 Auto Shanghai in China. We really hoped the 308 R concept unveiled back in 2013 would make its way into series production by now, but here’s hope the even newer R Hybrid version would be the final step before series assembly. The hardcore variant of the compact hatch comes with the Quartz concept-inspired styling, compete with a menacing look thanks to the wide fenders, 19-inch wheels, big air intakes and overall aggressiveness.
More importantly, we have a great powertrain sitting under the metal and blue-black paint job – a plug-in hybrid architecture that has three (not the usual two) power sources. More so, each of the power providers is capable on its own to drive the car, without any intervention from the others. We have a four-cylinder 1.6-liter THP petrol engine and not one, but two electric motors. The latter each have an output of 115 PS (85 kW), sitting on either axles and when combined providing an all-wheel drive setup. The overall power rating is of 500 PS (368 kW) and 730 Nm (539 lb-ft) of torque. The “family hatchback which is capable of supercar performance” can jump to 100 km/h in four seconds and then hit an electronically limited maximum speed of 250 km/h (155 mph), with CO2 emissions of just 70 g/km.