Peugeot 508 Sport Engineered concept hits Geneva with 400bhp

A high performance petrol-hybrid version of the Peugeot 508 has been revealed in Geneva, previewing the firm's plans for a production model

This is the Peugeot 508 Sport Engineered concept. The powerful plug-in hybrid show car has gone on display at the Geneva Motor Show and previews a performance-based 508 PHEV that will go into production by the end of next year.

Peugeot’s latest concept is powered by a 197bhp 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbocharged PureTech petrol engine that is supported by two electric motors – a 107bhp unit powering the front axle and an additional 201bhp motor for the rear axle.

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The total combined power output is over 500bhp but because the system’s power sources can’t deliver their peak outputs simultaneously, a real-world maximum of around 400bhp is nearer the mark. As such, Peugeot claims a 0-62mph time of 4.3 seconds and a top speed of 155mph.

Peugeot has told AutoExpress that the hot 508 plug-in hybrid will make production, and while the final levels of performance, design and even its name are yet to be confirmed, we understand that the concept is roughly 85 percent of the finished article.

It will arrive in showrooms by the end of 2020 and will keep the concept’s four-wheel drive powertrain, but power output will be toned down “to a combined figure of around 350bhp,” according to Peugeot’s head of brand strategy and concept cars, Philippe-Emmanuel Jean.

In essence, the 508 Sport Engineered concept is an evolution of the firm’s existing 508 hybrid, albeit it with a handful of styling updates. Its exterior features a redesigned front bumper, carbon-fibre wing mirrors, quarter panel-mounted canards, larger side skirts, enormous alloy wheels and badging borrowed from the firm’s e-Legend concept.

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Inside, the Peugeot 508 concept receives a set of bucket seats, a new dashboard, fresh door cards and an updated headliner all of which are trimmed in leather and Alcantara.

Other features include a touch-sensitive gear selector, a carbon-fibre sports steering wheel, a 10-inch infotainment system and a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster.

The 508 Sport Engineered concept’s electric motors are powered by an 11.8kWh battery, which provides a claimed zero-emission range of 31 miles. Supposedly, when running in hybrid mode, the system will also return emissions figures of 49g/km of CO2 under the WLTP regime.

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