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Geneva debut for potent Peugeot 508 hybrid

Plug-in model uses two electric motors for 400hp.

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Peugeot will unveil the second and most potent hybrid version of its 508 saloon at the Geneva motor show next month.

The 508 Peugeot Sport Engineered concept is more powerful than any production car currently in the brand’s line-up. It uses a 200hp petrol engine mated to twin electric motors – 110hp on the front axle and 200hp on the rear – for a combined power output of 400hp plus 500Nm of torque.

The all-wheel-drive car boasts a 0-62mph time of just over four seconds, with its top speed electronically limited to 155mph.

A plug-in hybrid making use of an 11.8kWh battery pack, the 508 Peugeot Sport Engineered is capable of up to 31 miles on battery power alone and returns CO2 emissions of just 49g/km (under the new WLTP measuring regime).

Enhanced aerodynamics include a 3D-printed front valance designed to direct air towards the radiator and rear diffuser. Winglets on the quarter panels help smooth the air over the car, aiding efficiency and range.

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According to Peugeot, the Geneva concept will be finished in Selenium Grey with accents of “Kryptonite Green”. The interior boasts Alcantara in abundance across the dash, steering wheel and headlining, and more Kryptonite on the stitching and panels on the dash.

According to Peugeot chief executive, Jean-Philippe Imparato, electrification provides a marvellous opportunity to develop new driving sensations. “We are creating a ‘neo-performance’… new features, new territories, new challenges – sheer pleasure for only 49g/km of CO2.”

Peugeot’s plans for electrification include offering a pure EV or hybrid model of every model the brand sells by 2023. The 508 concept will be displayed at the Geneva show alongside the previously-announced 508 and 3008 plug-in hybrids.

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is the News and Road Test Editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.

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