I adjust my perfectly fitting suit, put on a confident expression and enter the showroom. “What can I do for you, sir?” the Peugeot salesman immediately turns to me. “What’s the best thing you have here?” I reply bluntly. “Please, sir, here is the 508, the brand’s flagship.” I look at it for a moment and say, “Something… sportier?” and behind her is…
Peugeot 508 Peugeot Sport Engineered, top version of the top model of the French car company with a proud lion in the emblem. Such an exclusive item that you will hardly meet him on the roads. And if you want to buy it, you won’t even find it in the price list, you have to request it from the seller in person. It is a countertop for the chosen ones who know what they want and can afford it. And they also have the “balls” to tame him.
The turbo-petrol 16-liter is supported by two electric motors (one on the front, the other on the rear axle to drive all four wheels), so you have a herd of 360 horses at your command, which is eager to sprint down the road. Acceleration from standstill to 100 km/h in 5.2 seconds is quite an exciting number for a family station wagon, but even better is the instant pull thanks to the lightning-fast reactions of the electric motors.
A small steering wheel combined with fast steering makes a lot of sense here, because it adds agility to the car, you can lean on the stable chassis in the gyres (it won’t be thrown off even by bumps, even on 20-inch wheels with low-profile skins) and the four-wheel drive will give you the certainty of perfect traction on exits , so transferring all 520 Nm of torque is no problem – this inconspicuous gray station wagon can destroy your favorite district at a very crushing pace!
And you don’t even have to worry about running out of energy in the battery (charged from the socket) and the car limping on one leg (as happens with some other PHEVs), because during fast driving you recover a lot of energy during deceleration and in sports mode the combustion the engine uses part of its power for continuous charging (typically at times when it is not under gas) – so you always have enough energy and you can fight for your life, all while consuming around eight liters. That’s great for a 360hp family fighter, isn’t it?
And when you’re not flying like the wind, the 508 PSE can completely calm down and sail purely on electricity (up to 52 kilometers according to the tables, in reality it’s more like around forty kilometers), or then switch to economical hybrid mode with a consumption of some 6.5 liters. Even in such moments, its sporty nature does not complicate your life, because the sports chassis is exceptionally supple and the anatomical seats are pleasantly hugging. So why not want him…?
If you bite through the interior concept with a small steering wheel in your lap and an instrument panel all the way above it (it works quite well in such a big car, because you can stretch your legs more and have the steering wheel more in front of your chest) and if you can charge at home or at work (thanks to the public network a powerful on-board charger can charge a full battery in about two hours, which is also quite possible), so the only obstacle remains the price tag of around 1.8 million. But for such a fast road bullet with such a wide repertoire of capabilities (it works just as well as a regular family car, plus the option to drive purely on electricity) it’s not even that much of a rucksack. In addition, you will drive a real rarity, you will not find many other 508 PSEs on Czech brands. And the feeling of owning such exclusivity is priceless.
The price of 1.8 million already includes all the necessary, but also the naughty equipment elements, so you can perhaps only pay extra for the panoramic window – and you can do without it, because it can start to creak.
|in-line four-cylinder, turbo, placed across the front + two electric motors
|147 kW (200 hp) at 6,000 rpm.
|300 Nm at 3,000 rpm.
|front: 81 kW (110 hp) and 320 Nm, rear: 83 kW (112 hp) and 166 Nm
|The combined performance of the hybrid system
|265 kW (360 hp) and 520 Nm
|automatic, 8 degrees
|all four wheels
|1 967 kg
|Acceleration 0-100 km/h
|¨1.8 l/100 km
|Fuel tank volume
|AC 7,2 kW
|Wheels and tires
|4 778/1 907/1 420 mm
|2 793 mm
|Volume of the luggage compartment