270bhp Peugeot 308 R revealed alongside the standard Peugeot 308 hatchback in Frankfurt
10 September 2013

The Peugeot 308 R, a dramatic re-imagining of the new 308, has been revealed at the Frankfurt motor show.

The 308 R Concept R is powered by the same high-performance 1.6-litre four-cylinder, 270bhp engine that was recently seen in the RCZ R. The extreme re-styling uses carbon-fibre panels that are bolted directly the car’s understructure.

New panels are used for the doors, front wings, bodysides, sills, bonnet and bumpers, with only the roof panel and the tailgate remaining from the production 308. The 308 R sits 26mm lower than the standard car and the front track has been widened by a significant 30mm. 

The extended matte black sills flow into the extended wheel arches, which host bespoke 19-inch alloy wheels with 235/35 tyres. Braking is provided by four-piston calipers and Alcon discs, which are 380mm in diameter and 32mm thick at the front and 330mm and 22mm thick at the rear.

Thomas Rohm, new Peugeot 308 and 308 R concept design manager said, “For us, it was clear that the 308 R Concept retained the identifiable features of the new Peugeot 308. They share elegance and sophistication. The 308 R Concept is a production car pushed to the extreme.” 

The 1.6-litre THP engine, which develops 170bhp per litre and a significant 243lb ft of torque, spreads power from just 1900rpm to as high as 5500rpm. The engine drives the front wheels through a six-speed manual ‘box and a Torsen differential. Despite the very high specific output, Peugeot says the engine has an official Co2 figure of just 145g/km.

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26 August 2013

Darren Moss wrote:

 

Thomas Rohm, new Peugeot 308 and 308 R concept design manager said, “For us, it was clear that the 308 R Concept retained the identifiable features of the new Peugeot 308. They share elegance and sophistication. The 308 R Concept is a production car pushed to the extreme.” 

 

Looks more like a very dull looking car they have to tried to tart-up to appeal to boy-racers. Also, why have they used such a small engine? Surely a 2 litre engine, with similar outputs, would deliver a better drive.

 

 

I'm a disillusioned former Citroëniste.

26 August 2013

Peugeot had one all along,i'm glad, because the top of the range was a bit limp wristed.

Peter Cavellini.

26 August 2013

 

This won’t appeal to everyone but for the market it is aimed at I can see it being popular.

26 August 2013

Another dull, directionless Peugeot, which will fail. I hope the French taxpayer enjoys this thing as it has cost them dearly.

Whilst I am glad the UK Exchequer no longer funds Rover, I feel Rover would have been a worthier recipient of subsidy. At least their cars had a little bit of character and gave us some entertainment.

26 August 2013

Norma Smellons wrote:

Another dull, directionless Peugeot, which will fail. I hope the French taxpayer enjoys this thing as it has cost them dearly.

Whilst I am glad the UK Exchequer no longer funds Rover, I feel Rover would have been a worthier recipient of subsidy. At least their cars had a little bit of character and gave us some entertainment.

 

Eh no. Rovers towards the end were utter buckets (bar the 75). To call it character is a nice way to dress up the word flaw. I am sure the French feel the same about their home brands. I live in mainland Europe and see the odd 308 GTI about. Everytime I see one I think 'Why?'

26 August 2013

True, sadly. Buckets they were. But they had a touch of comedy about them. The wood, the chrome moustache, the snobbishness, etc. Only the hardest of hearts could not warm to the silliness of a Rover 111i. Tragedy is nothing without comedy and the French aren't even trying.

26 August 2013

Has Peugeot had a Spainish fling? At first glance this 308R looks like a Seat Leon.

26 August 2013

Looks OK. If Pegeuot had stuck with the 306 shape and evolved it, as volkswagen did with the golf, this is what you would get. I too am doubtful the engine will be suitable for this car, no power below 2500rpm and then bang. Not the best way to get down the road.

Being a concept though its not relevent.   

26 August 2013

They are toying with silly concepts while Honda is testing the coming Civic Type R in the Ring day and night....

ofir

26 August 2013

This is obviously the same engine Renault uses in the Clio RS which means they can offer the same tune in that car. That would be interesting.

However more important is a proper manual gearbox. Dual clutch should've been offered as an option not as standard. We're not Americans and nor are these supercars.

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