The new Peugeot 308 R 0

peugeot-308-r-conceptThe new Peugeot 308 R

The new Peugeot 308 series has undergone a huge makeover with their new R model. Artificial images have been revealed in the press but we’ll all get to see it in the flesh at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

Under the bonnet comes a 1.6 litre engine, a very high performance one which comes with four cylinders. Being just a 1.6, it may surprise some that the car can indeed achieve a brilliant 270 BHP. Peugeot fans would recognize the engine from the RCZ R. The car has a very respectable C02 figure of 145g/km. That will be considered quite a surprise considering the power nature of the car. The 308 R’s gearbox is a six speed manual, which comes with a Torsen differential.

The brakes are quite powerful and advanced as you would expect. These come with four piston callipers and Alcon Discs. The discs are alone quite intimidating, measuring 380mm in diameter along with being 32mm thick at the front. The rear discs measure 22mm in thickness and are 330mm in diameter.

The car’s style has changed so much that there will now be carbon fibre panels underneath the car’s typical frame. Brand new panels are used for the car’s doors, bodysides, sills, front wings, bonnet and bumpers. Parts recycled from the original 308 are the roof panel and the tailgate. The car now sits lower by 30mm to accommodate the brand new body kit. The car’s dimensions have been widened in order to give the vehicle a more intimidating look.

The Peugeot 308 R’s style has a wonderful black accent running through the car. It spreads right down the wheels, which measure at a cool 19 inches.

Thomas Rohm, the vehicle’s concept design manager has been quoted to say “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.”

With the addition of the Peugeot 308 R, the Frankfurt Motor Show has just been made a bit more interesting. The show will open on September the 10th, with many fans and the automotive counting down the days.

Are Peugeot taking to make a statement with the new 308 R concept? Will Volkswagen take notice? Can the 308 overtake the Golf one day?