Peugeot builds a hot hatch rival to the Golf GTI and Focus ST, but can’t decide what color it should be…
This is the Peugeot 308 R hot hatch concept. It has a 1.6liter turbocharged engine producing 270hp and 243lb ft of torque, many vents to feed said engine, a specially tuned chassis, and most of its body is red but some is black as well, which is a bit weird. Maybe the Peugeot people had an argument over whether the 308 R should be red or black then decided to settle on both options.
Much of the technology that’s gone into producing this hot Pug has been pinched from the gorgeous RCZ R so the front track has been widened by 30mm and a proper limited slip differential has been fitted as well. Peugeot won’t say how fast the 308 R is but the RCZ with added ‘R’ hits 62mph in 5.9 seconds and this speedy 308 should sit in the same territory.
We’re not entirely sure about the Need For Speed spec color scheme, but the overall shape looks handsome enough and the mechanical hardware seems promising. Peugeot insist on calling the 308 R a ‘concept’, but the only details here that aren’t production ready are essentially the silly paint and perhaps the chunky-but rear bumper. We’ll have more details once they become available, stay tuned!
By Aiden Taylor (@AidenT_RD)