Peugeot 508 Sport Engineered is Peugeot’s most powerful production car ever

  • Peugeot’s latest flagship is a hybrid sports saloon
  • Features 360hp hybrid powertrain and four-wheel drive
  • Promises strong performance and even stronger fuel economy

Peugeot has shown off its new halo performance model – and the first in a line of cars under the ‘Sport Engineered’ moniker. While past sporty Peugeots were badged as GTI, this new model is a high-tech proposition that promises something of a different character to those beloved models.

The new 508 Sport Engineered is based on the standard 508 Hybrid, and will be available in either fastback (like a saloon, but with a full hatchback tailgate) or SW estate forms.

One engine, two motors, four-wheel drive

The Peugeot 508 Sport Engineered uses the same sort of powertrain as the standard 508 Hybrid, but it’s been upgraded with increased power. That means there’s a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine producing 200hp at the heart of proceedings – that’s 20hp more than you get in the standard model.

2020 Peugeot 508 Sport Engineered - estate and fastback

It’s paired to electric motors on front and rear axles, each one producing over 100hp each – though due to the difference in power deliveries the three units produce a combined total of 360hp. That means the new 508 Sport Engineered is the most powerful road car Peugeot’s ever built.

That power translates to impressive performance numbers – it’ll sprint from 0-62mph in just 5.2 seconds, and go on to a top speed of 155mph.

How efficient is it?

Of course, the hybrid powertrain isn’t just there to add performance – one of the biggest benefits is in efficiency.

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Naturally, the two electric motors allow for the 508 Sport Engineered to act as a fully electric vehicle for up to 26 miles on a full charge – with a top speed of 86mph.

2020 Peugeot 508 Sport Engineered - charging

Run the 508 as a hybrid and according to WLTP tests it’ll return up to 136mpg, with CO2 figures of 46g/km should help keep tax bills low.

What else has been changed?

Peugeot’s fettled the 508 Sport Engineered for greater dynamism on the roads. Most striking is that the car’s track – that is to say, the width between the wheels – has been widened by 24mm at the front and 12mm at the rear, giving it a wider stance and greater stability.

Further to this it’s fitted 20-inch alloy wheels and uprated brakes, while adaptive dampers have three settings for suspension firmness – Comfort, Hybrid and Sport.

The 508 Sport Engineered has five driving modes. Electric prioritises – you guessed it, the battery, and will keep the car running in EV mode for as long as charge is available.

2020 Peugeot 508 Sport Engineered - front three quarter

Comfort mode softens the suspension for maximum long-distance waftiness while Hybrid is the standard mode and shuffles power between engine and battery as needed.

Sport mode firms the suspension and steering as well as sharpens the accelerator response. It’s the only mode where the car’s full 360hp is unlocked, and when engaged the car will aim to keep the battery charged up for maximum response.

Finally, 4WD mode is available for slippery conditions.

Green highlights a Sport Engineered touch

The 508 Sport Engineered is covered all over in bright green highlights – the official colour name is ‘Kryptonite’ which contrast strikingly with either white, grey (pictured) or black paint.

These accents mark the 508 out as a Sport Engineered model and are likely to feature on future Peugeot models released under the Sport Engineered brand.

2020 Peugeot 508 Sport Engineered - interior

You’ll find them in the front splitter and on the brake calipers, as well as three stripes on the C-pillar (hatch) or front wing (estate). Meanwhile, the interior is treated to more highlights plus Kryptonite stitching for the leather and Alcantara upholstery.

What this means for you

Peugeot’s older performance models have a dedicated following, and for good reason – they’re almost all absolutely wonderful. The brand’s focus may have been on comfortable SUVs and stylish hatchbacks for a while now, but this new 508 Sport Engineered could be the model to bring some mojo back.

The 508 Sport Engineered will go on sale early in 2021. Prices haven’t yet been announced, but we’d expect them to start at around £45,000.

Further reading:

>> The best hybrid cars for 2020

>> Peugeot 508 review

>> The best estate cars