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Peugeot SR1 Concept  (Source: Autoblog)

Peugeot 3008 HYBrid4  (Source: Autoblog Green)
313 hp and nearly 60 mpg is enough to make anyone take notice

Earlier today we talked about Mercedes' move to create a diesel-electric hybrid version of its popular E-Class sedan. The E300 Hybrid is expected to achieve 56 mpg on the European cycle.

While the Mercedes E300 Hybrid will be a production model, Peugeot is showing off a sleek new concept that also uses a gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain according to World Car Fans. The Peugeot SR1 concept uses a 1.6-liter, four-cylinder, 218 hp gasoline engine powering the front wheels and a 95 hp electric motor that drives the rear wheels.

Peugeot says the the gasoline engine combined with the electric motor is enough to provide a total of 313 hp and a jaw dropping 57.7 mpg on the European cycle.

The styling of the Peugeot SR1 is a nice change of pace from the rather "stylistically challenged” Peugeot 308 Hybrid HDI that DailyTech has previously discussed. While the ultra-modern, low-slung design of the roadster is quite fetching, it's unlikely that a vehicle sharing this bodywork will ever make it to production. However, it's likely that the SR1 is being used a showcase for future Peugeot vehicle design themes.

Even so, while a production version of the SR1 may never see the light of day, it's all-wheel-drive hybrid system will still find its way into the upcoming 3008 HYBrid4 crossover next year.

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By Gul Westfale on 1/8/2010 10:01:46 PM , Rating: 5
it doesn't look like a peugeot! that should be bigger news than the drive train. they have finally hired a real designer! sacre bleu!

RE: wow
By Omega215D on 1/8/2010 10:32:01 PM , Rating: 2
I thought their past cars looked rather decent. The 306 and 206 are good looking rally cars.

RE: wow
By BZDTemp on 1/9/2010 9:15:20 AM , Rating: 1
I'm glad to see Peugeot go away from their current design.

As you say the n06 cars look fine, especially in Rally form, but the n07 cars are just too much. Look at the front over hang of the 407, the giant openings in the front and so on. It is like a someone made a exaggerated design for fun and it somehow made it on the road. Some may like it but it was certainly a direction they needed to move away from.

RE: wow
By Omega215D on 1/11/2010 10:27:37 PM , Rating: 2
considering those are large family sedans I tend to ignore those types and the designs... rightfully so... the 407 looks kinda hideous.

RE: wow
By AssBall on 1/9/2010 9:18:10 AM , Rating: 2
And don't forget this little deisel powered jem!

RE: wow
By PorreKaj on 1/9/2010 6:57:12 AM , Rating: 2
I still Wouldn't wan't to drive a car from the french PSA though.. really don't like them, expensive cars that have just as many problems than any other car.

RE: wow
By KIRBY1986 on 1/9/10, Rating: -1
RE: wow
By quiksilvr on 1/10/2010 3:34:49 PM , Rating: 2
Hey, at least it doesn't look like the BMW 300.

RE: wow
By juuvan on 1/12/2010 4:06:18 AM , Rating: 3
no but it looks like something from Aston Martin.

By Chemical Chris on 1/8/2010 10:34:01 PM , Rating: 2
With 95hp driving the rear wheels (electric) and 218hp driving the front wheels (ICE), this car will have some weird at-the-limit handling. Typically, you want worst-case 50-50 for performance, often 60-40 or 70-30 (back-front), so it should perform more like a front drive car.
Not the end of the world, but a real concern for a sports car.


RE: Handling
By blowfish on 1/8/2010 10:54:21 PM , Rating: 5
although the very different torque characteristics of the electric motor might affect the balance when at the limit of traction.

RE: Handling
By sxr7171 on 1/9/2010 12:58:36 AM , Rating: 2
Well said.

RE: Handling
By Samus on 1/9/2010 2:51:20 AM , Rating: 2
Exactly. Driving the rear with electric and the front with diesel makes the most sense. After all, both technologies produce more torque that horsepowers.

"Almost 60mpg" equals about 38mpg
By Hoser McMoose on 1/10/2010 8:49:47 PM , Rating: 2
Keep in mind that you can't compare European and American fuel economy numbers directly.

First off the Europeans use Imperial gallons that are 20% larger than American Gallons (err, actually the Europeans mostly use litres like any sensible nation in the world, it's only the stuborn-as-hell Brits that still sometimes talk about 'gallons'... but I digress).

Secondly though the American EPA test results actually give reasonably accurate fuel consumption numbers while the European test gives HIGHLY inflated numbers. It's not quite as bad as the totally useless Canadian test for fuel consumption, but pretty useless.

Combine these two and EPA fuel economy, for an identical car, will be only about 65% of what European fuel economy is. So 57.7 miles to the imperial gallon on the European test is roughly equal to 37 or 38 miles to the American gallon on the American test.

By Spivonious on 1/11/2010 10:36:26 AM , Rating: 2
Still though, 38mpg and 313hp is quite impressive.

By juuvan on 1/12/2010 4:04:25 AM , Rating: 3
European economy numbers correspond the road and traffic conditions in Europe in general. My car goes within 0,5l/100km margin to it's rated consumption on everyday use.

So while you point is good, the way you present it reflects arrogance over the old continent, which is not very polite. It's not our fault that the traffic in US is making cars consume more.

Wrong Specs
By justathome on 1/9/2010 5:34:36 AM , Rating: 3
This is a petrol, not a diesel. A 1.6 litre THP petrol engine.
Same as what fitted to the mini. But on steroids.
Might want to update the article.

RE: Wrong Specs
By Brandon Hill on 1/9/2010 10:55:50 AM , Rating: 2
You are correct. The source article is wrong. I will update the article.

By friedrice19 on 1/8/2010 11:38:58 PM , Rating: 2
Typo in the subtitle. "313 hp and nearly 60 mpg is enough to make anyONE take notice"

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