Few leaked photos made Peugeot unveil its 308 R Concept ahead of the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA). As we said yesterday, the new concept car is powered by the same 4-cylinder 1.6-liter engine found on the RCZ R and capable to pump out 270 bhp and 330 Nm of torque from 1900 to 5500 rpm. Power is sent to the front wheels via the six-speed manual transmission and Torsen differential.
Due to these numbers, Peugeot installed a high performance braking system featuring 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 hidden behind the 19-inch bespoke wheels wrapped in 235/35 R19 tyres.
In terms of design, we find a new carbon fiber bodykit featuring a restyled front bumper with large air intakes, a front bonnet with two air vents, side skirts, exterior mirrors shaped in carbon fiber as well, a new rear roof spoiler and a rear bumper with integrated air diffuser and two tailpipes.
The Full LED headlamps, taken from the new 308, characterise a feline appearance and are positioned within the lower front panel via its 3D ‘teeth’. Moreover, the 308 R Concept features an oblique cut line is inspired by the Onyx Supercar Concept.
Unfortunately, Peugeot didn’t release any photos with the interior which means that we will have to wait the official debut from the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.
Mainly due to the light weight plus the compact dimensions and the fact that the overhangs have been reduced, the Peugeot 308 R Concept is able to offer sharp handling. Peugeot Sport revealed that since the goal was to create a concept car that would excite occupants, it needed to develop a drive train and matching suspension. As such, one can see under the bonnet a petrol engine that is not only compact but also highly efficient.
This is the same engine that was fitted inside the Peugeot RCZ R Sports Coupé. One difference is that despite a 1,598-cubic meter capacity, engineers were able to make it deliver 270 bhp with actual power at almost 170 bhp per liter. Even with record level output, the fuel economy is 6.31/100 km with CO2 emissions being lowered to 145 g/km. Given the exceptional output, it means that there is a need for components that are durable. Various parts therefore have been specifically reinforced. This includes for example the piston jets being doubled up.
The brand also used an aluminum grade for the forged pistons, the same ones typically utilized for high-level races. Then there is the engine block which underwent a certain heat treatment prior to machining. There are also the big end shells. These are just some of the changes Peugeot did for the new model. As mentioned earlier, the 308 R Concept is able to display remarkable handling. In order to take full advantage, the brand fitted in the new Peugeot i-Cockpit to give the best driving position.
The new cockpit is not just about pure design but it also comes full of character increasing the expectation of getting a new kind of feel. It is also helpful for the driver as the steering is truly communicative with the controls being both simple and clear. Since one of the goals was to make the model lights, this resulted in the steering wheels having compact dimensions. In addition, it not only increases the driving feel but also improves the agility.
An instrument panel has been positioned to allow to be viewed over rather than through it. Further, it is directed to follow the forward vision. The way that it has been precisely designed allows any information to be read immediately and easier. It also removes the need for drivers to take their eyes off the road. There is also a 9.7-inch screen with touch capability bringing together the environment controls of the vehicle to have intuitive and simple ergonomics.