493bhp Peugeot 308 R-Hybrid readying for production

Peugeot‘s shock entrant to the Shanghai Motor Show, the 308 R HYbrid concept, will almost certainly enter production according to sources at the firm. It comes after Peugeot CEO Maxime Picat tweets two images of PSA boss Carlos Tavarez trying a test mule of the 493bhp mega hatch.

Speaking to us at an event, senior company sources claim the car in those tweeted images was definitely a test mule of the R HYbrid. At a glance it looks like a standard 308 GTI with some light disguise, with little giveaway to the huge performance on offer.

 In a previous conversation with Auto Express at the unveiling of the R HYbrid at the Shanghai Motor Show, Picat said: “We are quite well developed with the car and we’re now in the process of commercialising it.”

Assuming Peugeot can actually make the business case stack up, we could see the car on the road within the next two to three years, when the first plug-in hybrids will appear across the Peugeot, Citroen and DS families. There’s no details yet as to how many of the petrol electric mega-hatch the firm plans to make.