On the heels of making its debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show , Peugeot’s fantastic 308 R Concept appears to be set to lose its designation as just a concept, an exciting development that could lead to a production version for the sports hatchback.
Talking to Top Gear UK, Peugeot’s managing director, Maxime Picat, laid out part of the French automaker’s production plans in the future and apparently, that includes what he described as "specific high-line versions" of its vehicle lineup.
Then Picat dropped the tidbit that should ring music to the ears of Peugeot lovers everywhere.
"There is room for a 308 R that uses the same engine as the concept car at Frankfurt."
And "boom!" goes the dynamite.
It’s still a little short of an emphatic confirmation, but it does give a lot of people clamoring for the 308 R Concept’s production future hope that such a scenario would bear fruit sooner than later.
"The potential 308 R will be developed by Peugeot Sport to use sport technologies," Picat added.
Needless to say, we, just like a whole lot of other people, are getting excited about the prospect of seeing a production model for the 308 R Concept. Here’s to hoping that Picat’s endorsement of the car is more than just lip service.
Click past the jump to read about the Peugeot 308 R Concept
Peugeot’s participation at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show next month is becoming clearer and clearer by the day. With a little under a month left before one of the biggest auto shows in the world opens its doors, the French automaker is slowly giving us an idea on what it’s planning to bring to Frankfurt.
One of these models is a concept vehicle based on the 308 . It’s called the 308 R Concept and if you look at it based on the first images that have hit the Internet, you won’t be off base if you thought the model looks more production car than it is a concept one.
There are no gaudy lines or out-of-this-world technologies, only a sharply-dressed red-and-black 308 that comes with a large body kit comprising of new bumpers, side skirts, a rear-mounted spoiler, and a set of massive alloy wheels. The car also appears to be lowered, judging by its close proximity to the ground, and lastly, the dual exhaust system on the rear hints at a powerful engine that you normally won’t associate with the mild-mannered 308 .
As far as the engine is concerned, we’re only speculating on this end, but we think it’s going to be similar to the 1.6-liter THP found under the hood of another new Peugeot that bears the company’s performance "R" badge, the RCZ R . Should that be the case, expect an output of around 270 horsepower and 243 pound-feet of torque, good enough to hit 60 mph in 5.9 seconds with an estimated top speed of 155 mph.
More details are expected to be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month. But we have a feeling that we’ll be seeing more of the 308 R Concept in the near future.
Click past the jump to read about the Peugeot RCZ R
The next- generation Peugeot 308 has been caught testing many times, but the latest spy shots reveal the car during its first winter test. Previous rumors suggested the new generation could drop the current 308 name in favor of a new 301 moniker, but the latest rumors say the new car will keep its 308 name.
The new 308 will be built on the same platform as the Citroen C4 and DS4 , and will be lighter and more agile.
The engine lineup will once again be shared with Citroen models and will include a wide range of petrol and diesel engines, plus an all-new diesel hybrid. Peugeot will also offer the new three-cylinder family in an attempt to reduce fuel consumption as much as possible.
Even if the car is still heavily camouflaged, the new 308 will be a mixture between the 208 and the SR1 Concept car, featuring a more elegant and compact body then the current generation.
Expect the new Peugeot 308 to be unveiled later in 2013.
Yesterday, Volkswagen announced that the seventh generation Golf will be unveiled on September 4th. In response to that announcement, the Golf’s biggest competitor, the Peugeot 308 , has launched itself back onto the testing grounds for another round.
The next 308 was initially rumored to be called 301, but it looks like Peugeot has decided to keep the original name after all. The next 308 will be built on the same platform as the Citroen C4 and DS4 , and has been promised to be both lighter and more agile than the current generation.
The Peugeot 308 will be offered with a wide range of petrol and diesel engines, including some shared with Citroen and some borrowed from the new 208 , as well as a diesel hybrid version offered for the first time. Peugeot’s new three-cylinder family engines will also find their way under the bonnet of the next 308.
As for its design language, expect to see a mixture of the 208 and the SR1 Concept car revealing a more elegant and compact body then the current 308. Its official debut will be made sometime in 2013.
Peugeot is preparing to put to an end their small 308 hatchback and they are already working on the car’s successor. Logic and previous history will tell us that the new model will be called 309, but back in 1993, Peugeot was selling a car in Europe by that name and that turned out to be a "not so successful car." Not to have that negative air to surround their new model, Peugeot has decided to name their new model the "301."
The upcoming 301 will be built on the same platform as the Citroen C4 and DS4 , meaning that, compared to the 308, it will be slightly shorter but also wider. Peugeot will also work on making the car both lighter and more agile. Engines will be shared with the Citroen model as well as some new ones from the 208 , meaning a wide range of both petrol and diesel engines with power ranging from 68 to 110 HP. The new 301 will also offer a diesel hybrid version and some engines from the new three-cylinder family.
As for its exterior appearance, the model will combine design elements from the 208 and the SR1 Concept car revealing a more elegant and compact body then the current 308.
The Peugeot 301 will be revealed in 2013 as a competitor for the Volkswagen Golf .
Updated 01/27/2012: The upcoming Peugeot 301 has been caught testing once again, this time in winter conditions.
Updated 08/29/2012: The next generation Peugeot 308 (previously rumored to be called 301) has been taken out for another testing session. This time the spy shots are revealing the real deal!
Apparently the 2010 Peugeot 308 Millesim Special Edition was just not enough for Peugeot. The automaker has unveiled another special edition 308 as part of their 200th anniversary celebration called the Peugeot 308 GT THP. It will go on sale this month only as a five-door model with prices starting at £21,995.
On the exterior the Peugeot 308 GT THP 200 gets a bright black carbon-style insert under the front bumper lower skirt, a "Sport" lower front panel derived from the 308 CC, and a lower rear bumper panel with Perla Nera black diffuser. The Peugeot will also receive a rear spoiler that offers additional efficiency at high speeds, twin chrome rear exhaust pipes, and "GT" badges on the side and rear of the body.
On the interior the Peugeot 308 GT THP 200 will get sports seats, aluminum pedals, footrest and gear lever knob, leather sports steering wheel with aluminum detailing, and a black lacquer fascia front panel. It will be available in six different exteriors: Bianca White, Nera Black, Aluminium, Shark Grey, Ipanema Blue, and Babylon Red, all with a Payerne black half leather interior trim.
Peugeot is celebrating 200 years since they opened their doors and they are taking full advantage of such a tremendous anniversary by exhibiting a collection of special editions under the Millesim 200 name. As they did with the 207 a few days ago, Peugeot has announced an expansion of their 308 with a Millesim Special Edition. It will be available in four different versions, each based on the five-door S hatchback version.
The 308 Millesim Special Edition can be distinguished by a fully body colored exterior, 16" alloy wheels, sports front grille, sports rear bumper, Peugeot Connect USB & Bluetooth and unique Millesim 200 badging.
It will be available with a choice of four engines: 1.4 VTi 98, 1.6 VTi 120, HDi 90 and HDi 110.
The 308 Millesim will launch this month with a starting price of £16,245.00 for the 1.4 VTi 98 version and ,as with the Peugeot 207 Millesim edition, the 308 will come with a free Nokia 5230 smart phone with inbuilt satellite navigation with free future updates and an in-car mounting kit.
The world has gone hatchback crazy!! Seriously, there are so many hatchbacks out or coming out that we have hatchbacks coming out of our ears. There’s the popular Ford Fiesta , the ever-changing Fiat 500 , the Audi A1 , and the Volkswagen Golf , just to name a few! Now, Peugeot has unveiled the official details on the most powerful 308 ever. The new 308 GTi will be available as a 5 door model only and will go on sale on June 10th, priced at 26,900 €.
The new 308 GTi is powered by the same engine as the RCZ Coupé: an all new 1.6 liter THP 200 bhp engine mated to 6-speed manual gearbox. The car makes the 0 to 60 mph sprint in 7.7 seconds and the 1000 m standing start in 27.8 seconds, but at the same time has a fuel consumption of 6.9 liters/100 km and a CO2 emission of 159 g/km of CO2.
The car’s exterior is distinguished by: a bright black carbon-style insert under the front bumper lower skirt (specificity France), "Sport" lower front panel derived from the 308 CC, lower rear bumper panel with Perla Nera black diffuser, rear spoiler, offering additional efficiency at high speeds, a twin chrome exhaust pipes, "GTi" badges on the side and rear of the body. The interior gets aluminum foot rest and gear knob, leather sport steering wheel with aluminum flattened lower edge and thumb rests.
Peugeot is preparing the official launch of thePeugeot 308 RC-Z for the Frankfurt Motor Show. The car is getting of more and more of "its clothes" showing us the goodies.
This latest spy shots reveal that the production version might get the concept’s "double bubble" roof. The RC Z version will get the same engines as the 308, including the top of the line, a 250 hp one.
The French automaker, Peugeot, will bring their own version of the Audi TT to the Frankfurt Motor Show this September. The production Peugeot 308 RC Z was caught working all the bugs out in testing, before the car’s official debut.
The design of the RCZ strongly reminds us of the concept as well as some of the familiar 308 design cues: like huge, sweptback headlights and the oversized front grille. The concept is powered by a twin-scroll turbocharged 1.6 Liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 218 HP. The production version will receive a naturally aspirated 1.6 Liter gas burning engine that will put out 120 HP; there will also be a 1.6 Liter turbocharged four banger as well as a complete range of turbo diesel power plants.