The Peugeot 308 R Concept Is Targeting The New Golf GTI
|   Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Peugeot is trying to revive the glory of sport compacts that have made ​​history at the end of the last century, and attacks Golf GTI at its home. To be launched at the IAA in Frankfurt (September 10 to 22), the 308 R Concept will be a prototype announcing the upcoming version of a new high performance 308.
As the name suggests, it is a performance version of the compact designed to beat the Renault Megane RS.

"For us, it was clear that the 308 R Concept retained the identifiable features of the new PEUGEOT 308.
They share elegance and sophistication. The 308 R Concept is a production car pushed to the extreme" said Thomas Rohm, Concept Design Manager for the new PEUGEOT 308 and 308 R.

The people at Volkswagen have the Golf GTI model, while the people at Renault have Megane RS model, and those from Opel have new Astra OPC. It was somewhat normal that Peugeot should focus on the compact sport segment.

Compared to the production model, the 308 R Concept is 30 mm wider and has a ground clearance reduced by 26 mm. The differences do not stop there. In addition to bi-color exterior, painted in contrasting shades of red and gray, most elements of the body, including doors, side panels, bumpers and hood are made of carbon fiber. The roof and tailgate are the only shared details with the normal 308.

The headlights adhere to the latest trends in lighting and offer full LED technology, while the front vents are now bigger and have satin chrome inserts. The 308 R Concept is equipped with 19-inch alloy wheels and special brakes, developed by Alcon with four-piston calipers, measuring 380 mm at the front discs and 330 mm for the rear discs.

Under the hood lies the same 1.6-liter THP turbo, present in the Peugeot RCZ R, which translates into a maximum power of 270 hp delivered at 6000 rpm and an excellent hp / liter index of 170 hp while having emissions of just 145 g / km. Maximum torque of 330 Nm is reached at 1,900 rpm and the official average consumption is estimated at 6.3 l / 100 km. Power is transmitted to the front wheels exclusively through a six-speed manual gearbox. This high output needs special components for durability. Many parts are specially reinforced, like the engine block undertaking heat treatment prior to machining.

Although many customers will lament the absence of all-wheel drive, Peugeot has found the ideal solution to counteract the phenomenon of toque-steering, and provide a level of adherence, worthy of performance offered by the motor: a Torsen limited-slip front differential.

At the rear, the 308 R Concept looks like it is ready to pounce on something as many have pointed out. The usual 'PEUGEOT pyramid' shape, with its prominent haunches, keeps the car firmly on the road.

"The new PEUGEOT 308, with its pure and sleek style, is a hatchback which carries the Marque's upmarket ambitions. The 308 R Concept radicalises this boldness and enriches the expertise of PEUGEOT Sport to obtain extreme sensations" stated Maxime Picat.
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