Currently reading: New Peugeot 508 PSE to make production-ready debut
Petrol-electric performance saloon has 31-mile electric range and 155mph top speed
Felix Page Autocar writer
2 mins read
24 February 2020

Peugeot will launch the production-ready version of its 508 PSE performance saloon, which previews a range of electric performance vehicles, later this year.

Shown in concept form at last year's Geneva motor show, the PSE – named in reference to Peugeot's in-house Sport Engineering arm – uses a 197bhp turbocharged 1.6-litre petrol engine and a 110bhp electric motor to drive the front axle, while a separate 200bhp electric motor powers the rear.

The same powertrain features in the PSA Group's new range of mid-sized hybrid SUVs: the DS 7 Crossback E-Tense 4x4Peugeot 3008 Hybrid4 and Vauxhall Grandland X Hybrid4.

Peugeot claims the 508 PSE can hit 62mph in 4.3sec and a mechanically limited top speed of 155mph. 

An 11.8kWh battery allows for a range of 31 miles in electric-only mode. When operating as a hybrid, the 508 PSE emits 49g/km of CO2. 

Visual changes from the regular 508 come in the form of a redesigned front bumper, a rear diffuser and aerodynamic-enhancing winglets mounted on the wings. 

Design elements such as the carbonfibre door mirrors and air-grabbing front valance hint at the model’s performance aspirations, while the anodised Lion emblem pays tribute to the e-Legend concept of 2018.

Inside, grey-and-black Alcantara upholstery surrounds a touch-sensitive shift lever, asymmetrical steering wheel and 10.0in touchscreen. Bright green interior stitching and exterior trim accents break up the dark colour scheme. 

David Peel, managing director of Peugeot UK, said the concept “shows what is possible and gives us a taste of things to come over the next five years as we continue the path towards the electrification of our entire line-up”.


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Peugeot first hinted at its ambitions to produce a range of electric performance vehicles when it pulled out of the World Rallycross Championship in 2018. 

Although production hasn't been confirmed for the 508 PSE, the concept previews the technology and design of future performance EVs from Peugeot that could go on sale as early as this year. 

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21 February 2019

At last...a good, realistic concept with a good appearance. Like it a lot :)

Could be hit and miss with the new electric...not always good on the first production

21 February 2019

The new 508 is gorgeous, but Peugeot really need hybrid and EV versions sooner rather than later if it is to have any chance at all in the modern SUV-led market.

21 February 2019

The 508 looks great for a cheap European car maker. Why on earth can't Vauxhall make something like this too? All their cars are unsporty and unattractive, however reliable.

21 February 2019

So let me guess a 40K hybrid with a 1.2 litre petrol engones? G T F out of my face with that crap.

Atleast they could have used the 1.6 petrol and then the dual pipes would be justified. If they gonna use a 1.2 might aswell just make it all electric.

21 February 2019

The thing that made the 405 MI16 special was they way they handled, and that they always had a great ride too. They were built for the road not the track. They are not that quick, particularly in todays terms, but it was enough to make driving them a joy even on rubbish roads, which we more and more of.

I dont want a 4 wheel drive, heavy, automatic, hybrid, but would love Peugeot to add a little magic to the 508 and produce a true 21st century MI16, one built to please the driver, not the EU bureaucrats. Who needs 60 in just over 4 seconds unless you are on a track, but a responsive engine, manual box, and suspension designed with a little of the Peugeot 80s/90s magic would get me down to the Peugeot dealer

21 February 2019
There are no such great cars nor they will be, but if peugeot makes most of batteries low centre of gravity, and imbues it with classic neutral handling it could beat the germans.

As for actual peugeot cars you should try 308 1.2 with its light engine. Surprisingly good car despite lifeless steering at first.

21 February 2019
Other websites are claiming the 200bhp 1.6 Prince engine being mated to an electric motor up front and another at the back, much like the 308R Concept from a few years back (except this version has an electric mode, and doesn't have the boost function the 308R claimed to have).

Seems Autocar got it wrong.

21 February 2019
[quote=Zazu25]Other websites are claiming the 200bhp 1.6 Prince engine being mated to an electric motor up front and another at the back, much like the 308R Concept from a few years back (except this version has an electric mode, and doesn't have the boost function the 308R claimed to have).

Seems Autocar got it wrong[/quote
Despite it's similarities due to essentially it being the same block Peugeot's new 1.6 is not the prince engine there are significant improvements over the prince engine and is now regarded as also puretech along with the 1.2

4 March 2019

i sell these for a living in the UK. The 508 platform is very ,very bland and cannot handle that power properly. Hell.. even a Peugeot 208 GTI skips like a pebble on water if you drop the clutch. A 1995 BMW will cream a GTI or a 508 in corners and handling. 


The 508 is beautiful but it's not a sports car. I drove the GT, i 100% thought i was in the 150hp version, genuinely thought i was driving a lesser car just because of the insane 5 second lag from when you accelerate.


In any case, buy the car for its looks, design and tech, NOT for the average performance. You will be VERY dissapointed.

4 March 2019

It's a peugot - nothing else needs, nor should be, said


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