Peugeot Sport has confirmed the launched of a new supercar hatchback in the form of the 308 R HYbrid.

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The car is capable of a combined 500hp and offers 0 to 62 mph in four seconds, but with CO2 emissions of 70g/km.

Styling of the new vehicle is based on the 308, which was awarded Car of the Year in 2014, but offers a thrilling and practical ride.

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Fitted with four-wheel drive and a six-speed gear box, the car has bonnet louvres and a slick bumper design, as well as 235/35 R19 tyres.

The engine reflects the real innovation, with three sources of power, each capable of moving the vehicle independently.  They are a four-cylinder 1.6-litre THP 270 S&S petrol engines, plus two electric motors – each offering power of 85kW/115hp.

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All of this makes the car capable of a top speed (electronically limited) to 155mpg, but without the environmental worry of excessive emissions.

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“If we were able to reach this kind of performance on a C-segment, it is all down to our passion for a challenge and our desire for excellence. Peugeot 308 R HYbrid is part of a very select club of cars reaching 0 to 62 mph in four seconds” explained Jean-Philippe Delaire, Peugeot Sport’s head of development of the 308 R HYbrid powertrain.

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Inside the car is also based on the 308 design, but upgraded to feature fawn patinated leather and slate grey roof linings. There is also a special leather steering wheel and a heads-up display unit to allow drivers to look at information without being distracted from the road ahead.

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