Peugeot 508 Sport Engineered: Powerful 4wd Hybrid
Peugeot 508 Sport Engineered: Powerful 4wd Hybrid | There are those who think that the electric car is all boredom and politically correct. Peugeot wanted to try to enhance its technologies with a concept born on a model culturally comfortable, enhanced and in full version “hybridized”.
Leone’s house is now used to consider it among the pioneers of motorsport, car racing, innovations applied to aerodynamic technology. Now he has tried to underline his beliefs, to raise the standards with a concept that wants to summarize innovation.
In reality, at first glance, it would not seem anything revolutionary. Examples on this trail are not lacking. To appreciate the project, it is necessary to enter its meanders. The hybrid concept is mixed with high performance, with refinements in aerodynamics and transmission.
To tighten close friendship with the well-known PureTech 200 petrol thermal engine there are two electric motors, one on the front axle of 110 Hp and another on the rear one with a good 200 Hp.
In total, therefore, are well 400 the ” horsepower ” released by the French Sedan, promising performance scream. As the acceleration would say 0-100 Km / h in 4.3 seconds, the torque from 500 Nm and the km from the stopped path in 23.2 seconds. All emitting only 49.2 g / km of CO2 according to the WLTP cycle (the 508 can travel up to 50 km in totally electric mode).
Not only powerful accelerations but also braking brakes, with ventilated front discs of 380 mm, equipped with two 38 and 41mm pistons, to modulate braking both on the road and on the track.
A specific role is played by the specific adjustments of the chassis, the lowered structure, the shock absorbers from the calibrations sought and the widened carriageways. They are also the ones who have to pay particular attention to the drivability qualities marked PSE ( Peugeot Sport Engineered ), including a steering system dedicated to the search for precision.
But remember that in high-performance cars, tires always make the difference. So the friends of PSA of Michelin have developed their Pilot Sports 4S in a specific way, size 245/35 R20, in order to exploit the potential of the car.
Bruno Famin, director of Peugeot Sport, was quite eloquent about the project’s developments. “We will develop the sportiest line ever made by Peugeot! We dreamed of having it. Electrification allows us to do it now. ”
The characterizations dedicated to the body of Peugeot 508 Sport Engineered have been numerous. At the front end, for example, with a sharper grille equipped with flaps and the bumper fascia full of baffles: aim to cool the engine and the mechanics. Or at the rear, refined in details, in luminous expressions, or in the creation of a powerful aerodynamic tractor.
Another new feature is the design of the new 20 “lightweight aluminum rims, stylized for the stylistic taste as well as to cool the brakes well. For the color of the car, the selenium gray was selected, with details, like the mirrors, made of carbon fiber.
Obviously also inside there are some evolutions. Plank paneling in velvety touch materials. aluminum and, again, a lot of carbon fiber on tunnels, consoles and side panels. The protagonist, in the auspices of the French brand, wants to be a Peugeot i-Cockpit more evolved for the steering wheel, controls, dashboard etc. With touch screens up to 12.3 “, assisted by apps and multimedia systems capable of making the guide truly immersive.
Let’s say that the Leone brand is an interesting program. Above all, if it is true that from here a new chapter opens for the more performance models by Peugeot. Recall that the progressive developments of the 308 sports served to give precise signals on the Peugeot train. Here, with the Peugeot 508 Sport Engineered you level up to make the “comfortable” more fun.
Gilles Vidal, director of the Peugeot style, said his own. “The Peugeot 508 Sport Engineered maximizes the dynamic characteristics of the Peugeot 508, also proposing innovative aerodynamic choices. This concept car reflects our vision of a new sportiness in which efficiency becomes the new elegance”.