Peugeot has just unveiled its most powerful production car ever: the 2021 Peugeot 508 PSE. Available in both a 5-door liftback and a station wagon, the Peugeot 508 PSE utilizes a powerful yet supremely-efficient plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrain which Peugeot claims has a fuel economy figure of just 2 liters per 100 kilometers (50 km/l). Oh, and PSE does not stand for Philippine Stock Exchange. It means Peugeot Sport Engineered, which is the French automaker’s new high-performance division.
Design-wise, the Peugeot 508 PSE sets itself apart from other 508 variants with its sporty enhancements. This includes a more aggressive front bumper with integrated winglets, side skirts, and a sportier rear bumper with a rear diffuser. Bright green highlights also adorn the exterior to showcase PSE’s high-performance electrified powertrains. 20-inch alloy wheels also come as standard on the 508 PSE.
Moving inside, and the design remains largely the same, though Peugeot has added a number of green stitching details to showcase the official colors of Peugeot’s new high-performance division. Mistral Nappa Leather and Alcantara adorn the interior, while the seats feature more aggressive bolstering to keep drivers in place under hard cornering.
As mentioned, the main highlight of the new Peugeot 508 PSE is its plug-in hybrid powertrain. With 355 hp and 520 Nm of torque, Peugeot’s midsize passenger car accelerates from zero to 100 kph in just 5.2 seconds. Peugeot even claims that the 508 PSE can accelerate from 80 to 119 kph in just 3 seconds. This should make overtaking slower cars or tricycles on provincial roads as easy as flicking a switch. Top speed is electronically limited to 250 kph, while CO2 emissions are at just 46 g/km with a fuel economy figure of merely 2 l/100 km (50 km/l), both achieved under the WLTP cycle.
These impressive environmental and performance figures are thanks to a 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-4 gasoline engine and two electric motors–one at the front and one at the rear. Power is sent through an electronically-controlled all-wheel drive (AWD) system via an 8-speed automatic.
Peugeot is particularly proud of the 508 PSE’s 11.5 kWh battery pack. Interior and trunk space is still the same as the standard 508’s thanks to its platform being developed with future electrification in mind. Pure electric range for the Peugeot 508 PSE is at 42 kilometers, while charging can be done in 7 hours via a standard household socket or just 2 hours when using a 7 kW public charger.
The launch of the Peugeot Sport Engineered division also signals the French automaker’s intent to return at Le Mans for the 2022 season. They’ll be competing in the new Le Mans Hypercar (LMH) class where Toyota Gazoo Racing will also be competing in with their new Toyota GR Super Sport hypercar.