Peugeot 508 PSE named the brand’s most powerful road car ever

Peugeot 508 PSE named the brand’s most powerful road car ever. After tweaking the 3008 and 5008 crossovers, the French marque is unveiling today something far more exciting – its most powerful production car to date.

The 355-horsepower sedan and wagon duo arrives in production guise. With Peugeot determined to return to the United States as early as 2023, we’ve been keeping a close eye on the new cars carrying the lion badge.

Previewed in February 2019 by the Concept 508 Peugeot Sport Engineered, the road-going version is here as an electrified sedan and wagon duo. The performance plug-in hybrid models combine a turbocharged 1.6-liter gasoline four-cylinder unit with two electric motors. The combustion engine is good for 197 horsepower (147 kilowatts) and 221 pound-feet (300 Newton-meters) of torque).


The front-mounted electric motor is rated at 109 hp (81.2 kW) and 236 lb-ft (320 Nm) while the rear motor produces 111 hp (83 kW) and 122 lb-ft (166 Nm).

This hybrid arrangement enables the Peugeot Sport Engineered version of the stylish 508 to develop a combined 355 hp (265 kW) and 384 lb-ft (520 Nm) sent to the wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. Consequently, you’re looking at the most powerful Peugeot road car ever, eclipsing the likes of the stunning RCZ R and 3008 GT Hybrid4 300. The 308 R Hybrid concept from 2015 with close to 500 hp never made it as a production model, so it doesn’t count.peugeot-508-sw-pse-2020

Power aside, the all-wheel-drive 508 PSE is seriously quick, needing only 5.2 seconds to hit 62 mph (100 km/h) regardless of the body style. Both are electronically capped at 155 mph (250 km/h) and will top out at 84 mph (135 km/h) when running solely on electric juice. Speaking of which, the 11.5-kWh battery pack has enough energy for an electric range of 26 miles (42 kilometers) per WLTP. Once you’re out of juice, a full recharge takes less than two hours from a 32-amp wallbox.

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Some of you might be wondering about the car’s weight after adding all the hybrid-related hardware. The sedan tips the scales at 1,850 kilograms (4,078 pounds) while the wagon is unsurprisingly a tad heavier, at 1,875 kg (4,134 lbs). Despite their heft, the cars need just three seconds to complete the 50-75 mph (80–120 km/h) task.

The Peugeot 508 PSE will arrive at dealers in the first half of next year. It’s expected to pave the way for a next-gen 308 PSE due likely in 2022 to take on the Volkswagen Golf R with more than 300 hp.

Source: Peugeot