Radical Peugeot 308 concept hints at future GTi model

2013 Peugeot 308 R Concept (Frankfurt Motor Show)
Peugeot is set to continue its run of interesting cars with a concept that turns the 308 into a fire-breathing hot hatchback.

Peugeot is set to continue its run of interesting cars with a concept that turns the 308 into a fire-breathing hot hatchback.

The 308 R Concept could sit in a gap in the market between the everyday-friendly Volkswagen Golf GTi and the more focused and unhinged Ford Focus RS.

Details released ahead of the car’s debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show outline an engine and platform largely shared with the RCZ R. A turbocharged 1.6-litre engine produces a claimed 270bhp at 6,000rpm, while CO2 emissions are down at 145g/km.

The firm wanted to maintain the latest 308’s appearance as much as possible and have done so, using features like the regular car’s full-LED headlights to maintain a road-ready look.

However, details like carbon fibre mirrors, larger frontal air intake area and bonnet vents to release the engine’s heat betray the 308 R Concept’s performance potential.

The suspension sits 26mm lower to the road than on the production 308, and the extended body kit the R wears gives an even greater impression of road-hugging presence.

On the interior the main instrument cluster is designed to be viewed over the top of the small steering wheel, in theory combining the dual benefits of more quickly-readable dials and a sportier driving feel.

A 9.7-inch colour touch-screen display is the centrepiece for a dashboard that Peugeot claims is more centred around the driver than ever.

Huge 380mm disc brakes at the front provide more than adequate braking performance, while wide 235-section tyres provide the 19-inch wheels with better proportions.

The car will star at Peugeot’s stand at the Frankfurt show in September, where more details are likely to be released.