Peugeot 508 PSE became the most powerful road car of the brandSeptember 24, 2020
The duo, consisting of a 355 horsepower Peugeot 508 PSE sedan and station wagon, has gone into series production.
Peugeot is determined to return to the United States in 2023. After refining the 3008 and 5008 crossovers, the French brand presents something much more exciting – its most powerful production car to date. The road version, announced in February 2019 with the Peugeot Sport Engineered 508 Concept, is presented as an electrified sedan and station wagon duo.
The plug-in hybrid models combine a 1.6-liter turbocharged petrol four-cylinder unit with two electric motors. The internal combustion engine is rated at 197 horsepower and 300 Newton meters of torque. The front electric motor has 109 hp. and 320 Nm, and the rear engine – 111 hp. and 166 Nm.
This hybrid layout allows the PSE 508 to develop a total of 355 hp. power and 520 Nm of torque transmitted to the wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission. Consequently, this is Peugeot’s most powerful road car, eclipsing models such as the stunning RCZ R and the 3008 GT Hybrid4 300. The 2015 308 R Hybrid 500hp concept never went into series production, so it doesn’t count.
The all-wheel drive Peugeot 508 PSE is very fast: it only takes 5.2 seconds to accelerate to 100 km / h, regardless of body type. Both variants are electronically limited to 250 km / h and are capable of reaching a maximum of 135 km / h when operating exclusively on electric traction. The 11.5 kWh battery pack has enough power for an electric range of 42 km (WLTP), with a full charge in less than 2 hours from a 32A wall box.
Some may wonder about the weight of the car after adding all the hybrid equipment. The sedan weighs 1,850 kg, while the estate is, unsurprisingly, slightly heavier at 1,875 kg. Despite their weight, it only takes cars 3 seconds to accelerate from 80 to 120 km / h.
The Peugeot 508 PSE will go to dealerships in the first half of next year. This is expected to set the stage for the next-generation 308 PSE, which is likely to arrive in 2022 to compete with the 300-horsepower Volkswagen Golf R.
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