RE: 508 Peugeot Sport Engineered unveiled

RE: 508 Peugeot Sport Engineered unveiled

Thursday 21st February

508 Peugeot Sport Engineered unveiled

Petrol-electric concept hints at future production options for a high-performance 508 variant



We're another day closer to the Geneva show, and therefore another day into the usual parade of concepts which await an official unveiling on the Palexpo floor. Today it's Peugeot's turn, which has released details of a "high-performance, electrified" variant of its mid-size 508 saloon.

Although best known for its hot hatches, the venerable French manufacturer does have some previous when it comes to sporty saloons. Models like the legendary 405 Mi16 and V6-engined 605 SV have proven it doesn't have any trouble applying its successful recipe to larger models.

Of course, its latest concept doesn't do anything quite so last century as deploy a bigger engine in the business of going faster. An evolution of the new 508 Hybrid, the newcomer is dubbed the 508 Peugeot Sport Engineered, and is very much expected to follow its predecessor into production as Peugeot ramps up its efforts to offer electrified models across its entire range by 2023. The car's 1.6-litre PureTech engine is claimed to output 200hp; alongside a pair of 110hp and 200hp electric motors powering the front and rear wheels respectively. This allows the all-wheel drive 508 PSE to his 62mph in 4.3 seconds and a top speed of 155mph.


It also provides it with a 31-mile all-electric range, and WLTP-rated CO2 emissions of 49g/km when the petrol engine is required to kick in. Design-wise it's certainly not as dramatic as last year's e-Legend concept, being much closer to production ready than that car was. Therefore it makes do with a 3D-printed valance upon the new front bumper as well as subframe-mounted flaps and quarter panel winglets, all to improve air flow, and a new rear diffuser to use that air to the car's benefit.

There's a bespoke 'Selenium Grey' paint with highlighter yellow details, carbon fibre on the door mirrors and wheels and anodised badges. Inside, "comfort fit" seats show that despite its prodigious performance the priority is still on cosseting its occupants rather than outright speed, though swathes of Alcantara on the seats, steering wheel, ceiling, A-pillars and quarter panels should give things a sporty enough vibe.

Talking of the intent behind the concept, David Peel, Managing Director of Peugeot UK, said: "The work of everyone at Peugeot involved in developing our electric dream is starting to move faster than we ever thought possible. The 508 Peugeot Sport Engineered 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." We look forward to seeing it in the metal next month.

 

 











 

 

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Nerdherder

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511 posts

36 months

Thursday 21st February
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Pass. Could not live with that interior.

SuperSonicSloth

17 posts

11 months

Thursday 21st February
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I actually quite like the look of this. It's at least distinctive, at a time when most normal cars are a bit of a beige muchness. Are PSA in danger of actually starting to make machines people want once more?

GTEYE

1,274 posts

149 months

Thursday 21st February
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Nerdherder said:
Pass. Could not live with that interior.
+1 The outside looks genuinely attractive but Peugeot please, that interior looks terrible and for many people it just doesn’t work.

I spent 2 days in a rental 308 (decent enough car) but however you move the steering wheel, it just doesn’t really work.

They’ve found a (bad) solution to a problem that didn’t exist.

British Beef

1,156 posts

104 months

Thursday 21st February
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First Peugeot in ages I like the look of inside and out, actually very smart looking in the flesh.

If they could sort out a tastier drive train than what it is currently offered with, could be a nice motor.

Much fresher looking than German equivalent, feels solid, although I suspect people will not buy due to badge and likely heavy depreciation.

loudlashadjuster

3,180 posts

123 months

Thursday 21st February
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Really like that.
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Turbotechnic

495 posts

15 months

Thursday 21st February
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I’m not the biggest fan of modern car looks but I must say that’s quite nice.

Mike335i

2,179 posts

41 months

Thursday 21st February
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Looks decent enough, but I'm surprised that the combined power output isn't getting more attention. 200 hp from a 1.2 is impressive to say the least, but add in another 200hp and another 110hp for electric motors and this should be very quick.

Wonder how much a production version would actually output? A circa 400-500hp Peugeot saloon is an interesting car!

Edit it seems the concept is 400hp real world maximum with the power being used simultaneously.

Dale487

914 posts

62 months

Thursday 21st February
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Mike335i said:
Looks decent enough, but I'm surprised that the combined power output isn't getting more attention. 200 hp from a 1.2 is impressive to say the least, but add in another 200hp and another 110hp for electric motors and this should be very quick.

Wonder how much a production version would actually output? A circa 400-500hp Peugeot saloon is an interesting car!
Evo said it's a 1.6, but that can easily push out more than 200PS - so someone is likely to be wrong - and stated that it has a total system out put of c400PS.

jonpeck

8 posts

16 months

Thursday 21st February
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Really good looking car. Less fussed then all there latest crossovers.

Interior is even nice other then the stapler for a gearknob.

bunyarra

275 posts

151 months

Thursday 21st February
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So very confused. The world's axis has shifted ... that's a Pug I actually rather like.

<shakes head and wanders off>

Dale487

914 posts

62 months

Thursday 21st February
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jonpeck said:
Really good looking car. Less fussed then all there latest crossovers.

Interior is even nice other then the stapler for a gearknob.
It's better than the Porsche 992's Philishave.

humphra

40 posts

31 months

Thursday 21st February
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{YAWN!}

I just don't see anything distinctive to the design. Sorry, but to me it's just another anonymous design, looking like most other cars in its segment.

Ron99

870 posts

20 months

Thursday 21st February
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It's the first Peugeot in a while that's managed to get my attention. It's not perfect but something I'll keep a lookout for in future.

On the downside, it concerns me that after 30 miles (at best) the electric power is spent along with all the acceleration boost its 200+100hp motors provided. After 30 miles it's a two-ton car being dragged along by a three-cylinder, 1.2T, 100PS engine.

Krikkit

14,472 posts

120 months

Thursday 21st February
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SuperSonicSloth said:
I actually quite like the look of this. It's at least distinctive, at a time when most normal cars are a bit of a beige muchness. Are PSA in danger of actually starting to make machines people want once more?
Me too, even the standard car looks pretty good to me.

Hopefully they're getting their act together and making at least three good cars now. (208 and 308 GTIs being the others)

scottygib553

61 posts

34 months

Thursday 21st February
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Estate please

Andy665

2,294 posts

167 months

Thursday 21st February
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Ron99 said:
On the downside, it concerns me that after 30 miles (at best) the electric power is spent along with all the acceleration boost its 200+100hp motors provided. After 30 miles it's a two-ton car being dragged along by a three-cylinder, 1.2T, 100PS engine.
Its not - its a 30 mile all-electric range if the petrol engine does not kick in. If the ICE is running and / or braking is used then the battery pack is being recharged so for the vast majority of the time the batteries will have power to run the car on all-electric (when parameters are met) or to combine with the ICE to boost power

Ron99

870 posts

20 months

Thursday 21st February
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Krikkit said:
Me too, even the standard car looks pretty good to me.

Hopefully they're getting their act together and making at least three good cars now. (208 and 308 GTIs being the others)
I test-drove a 308GTi when they first came out and the turbo lag was dreadful. When rolling up to a roundabout in 1st or 2nd gear hoping to slot into a gap there was dangerous hesitation (two or three seconds) between pressing the accelerator and the engine actually responding.

I also didn't like every dash button or control being removed and accessible only via the various sub-menus of the touch screen.

208GTi was better but the big 'grab handles' on the doors made it feel cramped inside even though it's a fairly wide car, with the side of my thigh pressing on it a lot of the time.

Bumblebee7

444 posts

14 months

Thursday 21st February
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I think this looks fantastic, I do have to add though that I actually think it would look better with higher profile tyres.

Resolutionary

925 posts

110 months

Thursday 21st February
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Looks like Peugeot took design elements from every current VAG product and put them in a blender.

RicksAlfas

9,532 posts

183 months

Thursday 21st February
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I see a 508 most mornings and it looks really good on the road.
It looks much more striking in real life than these "worm's eye" views.