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Something even hotter from Peugeot


THE WAR in the hot-hatch world between the various manufacturers has us all giddy with excitement. A mere week after Volkswagen revealed the all-new Golf R, Peugeot has entered the fray with the 308 R, albeit in concept form.

If anything, the Peugeot R looks even better than the Golf R. It’s wide and sits low to the ground, making its intentions of hot-hatch domination quite clear. The dual colour scheme probably won’t make it into production and neither will the various body panels made of carbon fibre.

We do hope the engine makes it. It’s a turbocharged 1.6-litre petrol that develops 200kW, fed to the front wheels via a six-speed manual ’box. The resulting specific power is of a record level, with nearly 126kW/litre while offering carbon emissions of 145g/km. No performance figures are quoted, but we’ll eat our hats if it doesn’t reach 100km/h in less than six seconds.

The 308 R Concept relies on massive braking discs fitted on an aluminium hub, equipped with four-piston callipers. This impressive braking power passes to the ground through 235/35 R19 tyres.

Let’s hope Peugeot finds it in its heart to actually build this impressive machine.

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