The French car manufacturer Peugeot has unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show the new 308 R Concept. As you already know, the prototype is previewing an upcoming production model set to compete against the Renault Megane RS, Volkswagen Golf GTI and Opel Astra OPC.
Solidly planted on the ground, the Peugeot 308 R Concept is powered by the engine of the new RCZ R, a real powerhouse of energy. Developing 270bhp, this 4-cylinder 1.6-litre engine has a record specific power of nearly 170hp/liter, and CO2 emissions of just 145g/km.
The front face has an aggressive stance with three air intakes in the lower section. They stretch across the entire lower front panel, which covers a track widened by 30mm. The central intake consists of thin horizontal bars framed with a bluish Dark Chrome bead, while the side intakes are covered with a carbon mesh.
The frontal appearance looks purposeful, with the ample capability to cool the 270 horsepower engine. This air flow radiates from the bonnet through two vents which take their form in the style lines in continuation of the body style lines that emanate from the radiator. The special bodywork components that distinguish the Peugeot 308 R Concept from the new Peugeot 308 are not separate but fully integrated. Made of carbon fibre, the doors, front wings, the body sides and sills, bonnet and bumpers are secured to the metal structure which retains only the roof and tailgate of the original.
It is finished with a bluish Dark Chrome bead surround with an innovative treatment for its mesh design in a matt black chequred effect. Seen straight on, the perspective effect creates a strong and purposeful effect with the changed proportions emphasizing the width of the car either side of the emblematic shaped grille.
The Peugeot 308 R Concept can count on a braking system equal to the performance achieved. The Alcon discs are of impressive dimensions: 380mm in diameter and 32mm thick at the front, 330mm and 22mm at the rear. Fitted on an aluminum hub, they are equipped with four-piston calipers and this remarkable braking power passes to the ground through 235/35 R19 tires.Source: Peugeot