September 24, 2020 By C! Magazine Staff

Peugeot celebrates its 210th birthday and gives us the ultra-potent 508 PSE

Today, Peugeot celebrates 210 years of providing sporty everyday and even rally-bred vehicles. Aside from the fanfare and going down memory lane with some of the coolest cars, the French brand also unveiled the 508 Peugeot Sport Engineered sedan and wagon.

Two of the most notable points about the 508 PSE are that it is a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle and that it is the most powerful Peugeot to date. All this comes courtesy of a 1.6-liter gasoline engine and two electric motors, one for each axle.

The 1.6-liter turbo gasoline mill is good for 197bhp and 221lb-ft of torque. The front axle electric motor puts out 109bhp and 236lb-ft while the rear electric motor produces 111bhp and 122lb-ft of torque. All these conspire to come up with 355bhp and 384lb-ft of twist.

As mentioned above, this all-wheel drive sedan and wagon duo are the most powerful Peugeots to date. Needing just 5.2 seconds to get from 0-100km/h, these cars will top out at 250km/h while driving in pure EV mode will see a 135km/h top speed. Speaking of which, charging will only need around 2 hours to top up the 11.5kWh battery that can go 42kms before needing to switch to the gasoline powerplant.

First seen as the Concept 508 Peugeot Sport Engineered last Febraury 2019, the new Peugeot 508 PSE will be available in the first half of 2021.

 

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