Peugeot Sport developed the Peugeot 308 R Concept as a radical sports show
car which puts a new and exciting spin on the identity of the new 308 production
Its bodywork bears the hallmarks of sportiness and surprises with a two-tone treatment, combining red and black, with a clean line of separation.
The 308 R Concept is powered by the engine of the new RCZ R, a real powerhouse of energy. Developing 270 hp, this 4-cylinder 1.6-liter engine has a record specific power of nearly 170 hp/liter.
The 308 R Concept has a low posture, wide track and toned bodywork which indicate its sports vocation. The special bodywork components that distinguish the 308 R Concept from the new Peugeot 308 is not separate but fully integrated. Made of carbon-fiber, the doors, front wings, the body sides and sills, bonnet and bumpers are secured to the metal structure which retains only the roof and tailgate of the original.
The front face has an aggressive stance with three air intakes in the lower section. They stretch across the entire lower front panel, which covers a track widened by 30mm. The central intake consists of thin horizontal bars framed with a bluish Dark Chrome bead, while the side intakes are covered with a carbon mesh. The frontal appearance looks purposeful, with ample capability to cool the 270 horsepower engine.
The Full LED headlamps, taken from the new 308, characterize a feline appearance and are positioned within the lower front panel via its 3D 'teeth'.
Fixed in the overhead position, the exterior mirrors are finely shaped in carbon-fiber. In spite of their extreme aerodynamic style, they incorporate the direction indicator with LEDs of a lean, distinctive design.
In profile, the concept's posture is lowered by 26mm, emphasized by the body sills which have a matt black trim finish.
At the rear, the 308 R Concept appears ready to pounce. The Peugeot pyramid' shape of the rear, with its prominent haunches, places the vehicle firmly on the road. The new 308 rear lights, with the three claws outlined by LEDs, emerge from the quarter lines interrupted cleanly by the widening of the wings. In addition, this leaves visible the pronounced stance of the rear, a promise of stability in this world of performance.
For the driver, the controls are clear and simple as the steering is communicative. The compact dimensions of the steering wheel are a result of the overall weight-saving and enhance vehicle agility and increase the driving sensation. The instrument panel is positioned to be viewed over the steering wheel, not through, and is directed more in line with forward vision. Finally, the large 9.7" touch screen also brings the vehicle environment controls together.