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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