Peugeot had to present its 308 R Concept before was launched at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) because some of its photos had leaked. Powering the new concept car is the same 4-cylinder 1.6-liter engine used on the RCZ R. This gives the car the ability to deliver 270 bhp and 330 Nm of torque from 1900 to 5500 rpm.
The front wheels get the power through the six-speed manual transmission and Torsen differential. Because of these figures, Peugeot put in a top-performing braking system that came with Alcon discs (380 mm in diameter and 32 mm thick on the front and 330 mm and 2 mm at the rear). The braking system is concealed at the back of a set of 19-inch bespoke wheels covered in 235/35 R19 tyres.
When it comes to design, Peugeot is offering a new carbon fiber bodykit that has a restyled front bumper with large air intakes, a front bonnet with two air vents, side skirts, exterior mirrors built using carbon fiber too, a new rear roof spoiler and a rear bumper with integrated air diffuser and two tailpipes.
The Full LED headlamps, derived from the new 308, give the vehicle a feline look and are placed within the lower front panel via its 3D ‘teeth’. In addition, the 308 R Concept gets an oblique cut line inspired by the Onyx Supercar Concept.
The lower front section of the new Peugeot 308 R Concept features three air intakes that run across the entire lower front panel, which covers a track that is now around 30 mm wider. The central air intake comes in the form of thin horizontal bars as bordered by a bluish Dark Chrome bead. The side intakes, meanwhile, are elegantly covered by a carbon mesh.
These intakes lend the new 308 R Concept a more purposeful appearance in the front while channeling enough for cooling down the 308 R Concept’s powerful engine. Air exits from the hood via outtakes taking form in the style lines, seemingly linked with lines coming from the radiator.
Meanwhile, the emblematic shaped grille of the new 308 R Concept features a mesh design in a matt black checkered effect, as surrounded by a bluish Dark Chrome bead. This frontal element results to a strong and purposeful front impression, with the tweaked proportions helping underscore the 308 R’s width.
Further defining the front end of the new 308 R Concept are its feline-like full-LED headlamps that were derived from the new 308. In addition, the headlights of the 308 R are located with the lower front panel through its so-called 3D “teeth,” which is basically six groups of LED units that initiate the muscular motion of the front wings as well as the shoulder line linking them to the rear lamps. This shoulder line works to extend the bonnet and body waist line to give the 308 R Concept a more fluid yet dynamic stance.
Meanwhile, the 308 R Concept features carbon fiber-shaped exterior mirrors that are fixed to the body. Interestingly, these mirrors are given an aerodynamic shape, but still feature integrated LED direction indicators. With the upper section housing the shell and the glass, these exterior mirrors are proof that design purity and radicalism could be combined.