The title of most powerful hot hatch is now awarded to Peugeot 308 R Hybrid. Yes, the Audi RS3 of 337hp is dethroned with its 2.5-litre engine to the second spot. French with their 308 R made use of a 1.6-litre THP petrol engine of 270hp and two electric motors of 115hp mounted on each of the axles.
Torque it produces rates at 730NM. The overall figures conclude the car to stand in line with the powerful sedans of the category, like Mercedes C63 AMG.
Though, traction is provided via a four-wheel drive layout which allows it to hit the 0-100km/h in 4.0 seconds straight with the electronically restricted top-speed of 250km/h. Above all, despite guzzling such power just at the dab of an acceleration, it leaves behind an acute amount of carbon footprint – 70g/km.
This hot hatch 308 R of Peugeot uses four modes of driving to offer the thrill. Hot Lap unleashes the full 500PS. The Track Mode gets drivetrain shrunk to 400hp and 530NM stressing mainly on the petrol engine. In fact, the Road Mode will get the output up to 300hp and 400NM. For most of the cases, it is the rear motor pressurized, and when needed only the front unit spring into action depending upon the amount of acceleration sent.
On the cosmetic front, it got narrow spoiler and air scoops for keeping the temperature of battery at the lowest, wide fenders, 19-inch alloy wheels and blue-black paint scheme.
Thus, the car now received the attention that Mercedes, BMW and Audi received. Those Germans must roll up their sleeves to answer this call. Or else, see some more of the examples come out with the beastlier answer than this.