Peugeot gets more serious about their hot hatches by getting more nutty.
After years of getting kicked around by their compatriot rivals at Renault, it looks like Peugeot is in the process of retooling for a hot hatch resurgence. The pointy end of their strategy will likely be made up of cars like this, the 308 R.
Though it’s officially just a concept, the 308 R is a refreshing departure from the ultimately pointless concepts, such as the Onyx, that Peugeot has brought to recent motor shows. With its lowered stance, 19 inch wheels and two-tone matte black and gloss red paint job, the 308 R has loads of personality.
It’s powered by the same 1.6 liter turbocharged four cylinder found across the Peugeot and Mini lineups, but here it puts down 270 horsepower and 243 pound-feet of torque. Even with the assistance of turbos, that’s an extremely high specific output per liter!
Power is sent to the front wheels through a six speed manual gearbox (hooray!) and a Torsen limited-slip differential. The 308 R will make its official debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, at which point we should get a better idea of if and when we can expect to see something like this on the road.