Does Peugeot’s new 508 ‘Peugeot Sport Engineered’ look familiar? It ought to—the French carmaker brought a prototype to last year’s Geneva International Motor Show and promised us it would make production in a year’s time.
So, welcome to the production-ready Peugeot 508 PSE—an all-wheel-drive plug-in hybrid with 355hp and 520Nm from its 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and twin e-motors, and the first car to wear the new ‘Peugeot Sport Engineered’ badge that identifies hot, electrified Pugs.
Not quite as powerful as the 400hp prototype—then Peugeot Sport boss Bruno Famin warned us that would be the case—but still enough for 0-100kph in a swift 5.2sec, and 250kph top speed. The “performance target” was apparently the Audi S4.
Looks basically identical, though, with lurid ‘Kryptonite’ green details, 20-inch wheels, and bespoke bumpers and side skirts. Meanwhile, we’re promised that Peugeot Sport’s engineers have had a proper go at the chassis so the 508 PSE delivers the “enhanced performance and agility” its bodywork promises. It’s got a wider track than the normal 508, bigger 380mm brakes, sticky Michelin tires, three-mode shock absorbers, and specially tuned steering, among other things.
Drive modes include Electric, which gives around 42km of EV running with a fully charged battery (takes seven hours on a normal plug, less than two on a 7kW wallbox). You’ll live in Hybrid and Comfort—they juggle gasikube and electric power all by themselves, the latter doing so with softer suspension for “high comfort.”
Sport unlocks the full 355hp, with the engine keeping the batteries primed for max attack, while 4WD keeps the rear axle in play for when the going gets properly slippery.
Happily, the PSE is also available as a wagon, or ‘SW’ as Peugeot calls it. It’s the one we’d have. Both versions are said to be just as practical as normal 508s—the positioning of the battery and e-motors doesn’t eat into passenger or luggage space.
Peugeot hasn’t confirmed how much the PSE will cost—but prices for the ordinary 508 PHEV start at £35,000 (P2.16 million) and rise to just over £40,000 (P2.47 million).
We think it looks cool. You a fan?
NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.