500 HP Peugeot 308 R Does Acceleration Tests at Paul Ricard Circuit

The last weekend of the GT Tour multi-class endurance championship was the perfect opportunity for Peugeot Sport to showcase its pre-production hyper hatch prototype. We are, of course, talking about the famous 308 R HYbrid, shown as a concept earlier this year and soon to become a scary sportscar killer.
500 HP Peugeot 308 R Does Acceleration Tests at Paul Ricard Circuit 1 photo
Peugeot test engineers showed off not one but two models, the first being a roadable version of the concept and the other a prototype wearing full camouflage. In the video below, you can see how they are performing straight line acceleration tests, indirectly revealing the huge tires when making turning maneuvers.

The 308 R needs a lot of rubber to deal with the highest output of any hatchback ever. Peugeot officials are still talking about an output equivalent to half a Bugatti Veyron - 500 horsepower.

The 308 R HYbrid made its debut at the Shanghai Motor Show, and we initially thought it was just a study. However, in June, Peugeot brand boss Maxime Picat confirmed it received the green light for production via Twitter, along with the Director of PSA Peugeot Citroën, Carlos Tavares.

The voice of a four-cylinder turbocharged engine can be easily identified in the video below. It belongs to the 1.6-liter THP unit that's been plucked out of the 308 GTi, together with the 270 PS output. Nobody can ever say the car lost something by not using a large 2-liter engine! The rest of the power comes from two identical 115 PS electric motors.

As you may have noticed, nobody has tried to stuff 230 electric horsepower into a compact hatchback. In fact, even the biggest plug-in hybrid SUVs come with about half that. Also, the Peugeot 308 R HYbrid claims to have over a quarter more power than a Mercedes-AMG A45.

So you'll excuse us for seeming a little too excited about a hybrid car made by a French company.

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