The GTI is dead, long live the PSE. Yes – that’s the way of things. Peugeot is saying goodbye to its traditional label that graced such legendary models and is now focusing on sporty but environmentally conscious plug-in hybrids. The 508 GT with its plug-in engine concept, refined by the engineers at Peugeot Sport, will initially be launched. This also explains PSE: Peugeot Sport Engineered. And the gentlemen have properly doped the station wagon. The most important element is an additional electric motor on the rear axle, which has an output of up to 83 kW (112 hp) and an additional push with 166 Nm. The electric motor at the front remains at 81 kW, which is joined by 200 gasoline HP.
The technical effort is enormous
PSE also took care of the chassis. Larger front brakes, a wider track, additional stabilizers, recalibrated driving modes and specially adapted Michelin Pilot Sport 4S should ensure a suitably sporty driving behavior. Before we start, take a quick look at the shell of the 508. Because from the outside, the PSE is a real riot maker: All sorts of flaps, a grim front, special PSE labels in the color kryptonite, thick tailpipes – which already is The eye-catching, but so far stylish 508 SW mutates as a PSE into an aggressive station wagon that attracts a lot of attention.
But let’s go. And since we already know the 508 as a classic plug-in hybrid with all its talented driving modes, let’s activate the sport mode right away. The 1.6 liter combustion engine (200 hp) at the front has to do just as well as the two electric motors. Maximum total power: 360 hp. Combined torque: 520 Nm. Is there anything going? We roll surprisingly quietly from the parking lot, quickly out into the country and then fully on the pedal. And yes, gentlemen, then it really goes off. Maximum traction, no scraping and the almost two-ton station wagon pushes tremendously. He doesn’t need much more than five seconds to 100 and then it goes evenly powerful and faster to 250 km / h. First on the autobahn, of course. You can hardly feel that the electric motor disengages at 190 km / h. But it is likely that the station wagon still offers enough residual comfort even with the chassis tightened and does not shake its occupants too violently.
He tackles brisk curves neutrally
Then back off the train. We had discovered some curves on the navigation map and we are curious to see how jagged the station wagon turns around the corner. Here, too, everything is good, but not overly sporty. The steering is direct and not too toxic, and the heavy station wagon is full and deep on the road. So he follows the line cleanly and understeers late. Only fast changing curves, too hectic gas foot and cold tires bring the PHEV into unrest, whereby a slightly loose rear does not harm a sporty station wagon.
Sported enough. We use e-mode to relax. The 508 drives up to 140 km / h or around 40 kilometers (of course not at this speed) with the power of its two electric motors. With the chassis softened, we cruise accordingly calmly and look forward to the well-shaped and chic leather-Alcantara seats, which should offer enough comfort even for long journeys. Incidentally, decorative seams in Kryptonite appear again and again here. We’ll have to get used to this bright color. The GTI red was also nice.
If you want to drive fast, you have to pay properly
Peugeot demands 67,940 euros for its PSE. A proud price for a station wagon that would be available from 34,700 euros. But it is also lavishly equipped for this. The more powerful on-board charger, type 2 charging cable, panorama roof and two other paints are available as options. Everything else is already on board.
Competitors? There are not many; but they would be tough and similarly expensive opponents. An A6 55 TFSi e Quattro with 367 hp and 500 Nm torque, for example. Or a Mercedes E 300 e as a T-model (320 PS, 700 Nm). In any case, we look forward to the first comparison test.
Peugeot Sport or not – the station wagon is not a rousing athlete in the sense of the old GIT label. Probably a fast, large and comfortable plug-in hybrid station wagon with an exciting engine combination in a gorgeous but spacious dress.