Peugeot 508 Peugeot Sport Engineered concept previews high-performance hybrid

Plug-in concept making almost 400bhp debuts at Geneva; toned-down production version to follow

Peugeot unveiled a high-performance, plug-in hybrid version of its 508 at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. The Peugeot 508 Peugeot Sport Engineered is just a concept for now, but a 'toned-down' production version is expected to go on sale by the end of 2020.

The concept has a total power output of nearly 400bhp, but the production version is expected to put out in the region of 350bhp. Taking the forthcoming standard plug-in hybrid version of the 508 as its starting point, Peugeot Sport boosted both performance and efficiency and gave the exterior a sporty makeover.

Peugeot 508 Peugeot Sport Engineered concept performance

The 508 Peugeot Sport Engineered is powered by a Puretech 200 197bhp petrol engine plus a 108bhp electric motor driving the front wheels, as well as a separate 197bhp electric motor powering the rear wheels, giving it four-wheel drive.

The total power output of all the drivetrain elements combined is 496bhp, but the car's actual peak power is around 400bhp, as the electric and petrol engines can't deliver their peak power simultaneously. An 11.8kWh battery stores enough energy for a zero-emissions range of 31 miles. CO2 emissions are 49g/km, calculated using the WLTP test method.

On the outside, the 508 concept sports a redesigned front bumper with a 3D-printed valance under it, as well as a new rear diffuser for added downforce. Flaps and winglets have sprouted from the quarter panels, while the car is finished in a special paint shade, Selenium Grey.

It also has carbon-fibre door mirrors and an anodised finish on its lion badge – something first seen on 2018's Peugeot e-Legend concept car.

Interior

Inside, there are 'comfort fit' sports seats upholstered in Alcantara, as well as a touch-sensitive gearlever and a compact sports steering wheel. Further Alcantara trim can be found on the roof, quarter panels and A-pillars. Peugeot's familiar 'i-Cockpit' virtual dials make an appearance, along with a 10-inch HD touchscreen and 12.3-inch head up display panel.

David Peel, Peugeot UK's managing director, said: “The work of everyone at Peugeot involved in developing our electric dream is starting to move faster than we ever thought possible. The 508 Peugeot Sport Engineered concept shows what's possible and gives us a taste of things to come over the next five years as we continue the path towards the electrification of our entire line-up.”