- 2021 Peugeot 508 Sport Engineered

Peugeot launches new performance era with 508 Sport Engineered

Peugeot has launched its new electric vehicle focused high-performance brand, to be known as Peugeot Sport Engineered.

With a plan to establish a new type of performance vehicle range, focused on building machines with electric power, the new moniker will find its way onto high-performance versions of the Peugeot 508 sedan and sports wagon.

Developed under the guise of what will be known as responsible performance, or as the French car maker calls it, Neo-Performance, the signature of this new line of vehicles will be three Kryptonite claws, visible in various locations on the vehicles.

They're mirrored in the light signatures of the production models, and it draws its inspiration from the original 504 Coupé.

The power train in the new 508 Peugeot Sport Engineered models will be capable of generating 268kW of power and 520Nm of torque by astutely combining thermal and electrical energy.

This combination makes it possible to achieve almost instantaneous levels of responsiveness, including a 0-100km/h sprint time of 5.2 seconds. A three mode shock absorption (Comfort/Hybrid/Sport) has also been added.

Inside the 2021 Peugeot 508 Sport Engineered (overseas model shown)

Inside the 2021 Peugeot 508 Sport Engineered (overseas model shown)

The seat plate has been lowered, tracks have been widened by 24mm at the front and 12mm at the rear, and 380mm diameter front brake discs and fixed four-piston calipers addded, alont with 20-inch diameter rims fitted with Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres.

The hybrid power plant combines the power of its combustion engine with two electric motors, front and rear. The 4-wheel drive transmission ensures optimum traction in all weather conditions. Fuel economy is an impressive 2.03-litres/100km.

Five driving modes are available directly via the mode selector on the centre console, including Electric (with a pure EV range of 42km), Comfort (hybrid mode with soft suspension), and Hybrid (which automatically chooses the best power options).

Sport provides maximum power, and also affects steering, shock absorption, accelerator pedal mapping and digital engine colouring. The combustion engine ensures that the battery is charged for maximum power at all times.

The final mode is 4WD, designed to deliver maximum traction for slippery grip situations. The hybrid platform has been developed with the same expertise utilised to launch the 3008 hybrid and standard 508 hybrid recently.

2021 Peugeot 508 Sport Engineered

2021 Peugeot 508 Sport Engineered

Recharging modes are flexible and adapted to each daily situation, including less than 7 hours on a standard domestic socket, fully charged in four hours on a 16-amp reinforced plug, and in less than two hours on a 32-amp Wall Box.

Thanks to a smart layout for the electric motors and battery, the 508 Peugeot Sport Engineered edition has the same interior and boot volumes (above the floor) as the internal combustion versions.

The adjustments to its chassis have been fine-tuned by the team at Peugeot Sport, with precise cornering the result of an ultimate steering tune. In addition to its 4-wheel drive operation, it comes with a full range of safety technology and driving aids.

These include night vision, adaptive cruise control with stop/go, departure warning system, and automatic emergency braking. The PEUGEOT i-Cockpit compact steering wheel featuring three Kryptonite claws as well.

It's a distinctive element of the Peugeot Sport Engineered brand. Other features include a digital head-up display, a digital instrument cluster, and 10-inch HD infotainment screen.

2021 Peugeot 508 Sport Engineered

2021 Peugeot 508 Sport Engineered

The upholstery of the 'comfort-fit' seats also has a distinctive look with a mix of leather, 3D mesh and Alcantara. The passenger compartment is decorated with double Tramontane grey and Kryptonite stitching. The FOCAL Hi-Fi audio system is supplied as standard.

The aerodynamic design of the bodywork is emphasised by a host of distinctive features, including a sharp grille, front bumper, scoops and Kryptonite monogram at the front.

On the side of the vehicle, there are three foils with specific decorative elements, and the three claws again on the quarter wheel trim on the saloon and on the front wing on the sports wagon.

At the rear, electrolytically treated black exhaust outlets, a black gloss central diffuser and Peugeot Sport Kryptonite front brake calipers, feature.

The 2021 508 Peugeot Sport Engineered will be available in three colours, Selenium grey, Perla Nera black, Pearl white. All monograms are black to highlight the naturally sporty nature of Peugeot 508.

Inside the 2021 Peugeot 508 Sport Engineered

Inside the 2021 Peugeot 508 Sport Engineered

On a side note, the launch of the new brand coincides with confirmation Peugeot will return to the World Endurance Championship (WEC) in the LMH (Le Mans Hypercar) category from 2022.

Local availability is yet to be confirmed.

This story first published as "Peugeot launches new performance era with 508 Sport Engineered" on Exhaust Notes Australia.

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Comments (8)

  • Absolutely stunning car. We've been waiting for this to come out for years.

      7 months ago
  • The 508 is a stunning car. I've had a very close look at one with a view to having the standard hybrid in GT line trim for my next car.


    That little steering wheel and high placed instrument binnacle, for me, was a pain in the arse. Either the wheel was on my knees and uncomfortable. Or it was comfortable and then I couldn't see the instruments clearly.

    Secondly, a BMW 330e is similar money for broadly similar mpg, co2 and performance. It will depreciate less. And it Is better equipped.

      7 months ago
    • It's definitely a stunning car. Bit of a fan of the sports wagon actually. I did manage to find the sweet spot in the steering wheel placement after some messing around.

      I spent a week each with the GT in both forms, except maybe for head room...

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        7 months ago
  • Interesting article and car. I hope Peugeot will keep manufacturing 508 2 litre petrol/6-speed manual and iron out all the electronic bugs. Couple of years ago my wife and I leased, while staying in Europe, 508 2 litre petrol/6-speed manual Station Wagon. It was fun to drive and park, even on Saturday night in Paris. I even took it and drove it around Nürburgring. I didn't race it, of course. I just wanted to see what it like to drive around the greatest circuit of them all, but I took M3 Ring Taxi afterwards. As I said, a great car to drive but electronics, however, gave us a bit of grief. Things like warning of collision while reversing when we we on Autobahn or Warning of critical engine failure when we could not find E85 fuel and used premium 98 Octane. Dealer in Germany, Belgium and even in France had no idea what is going on. So, I hope Peugeot ironed out those bugs and keep manufacturing 508 2 litre petrol/6-speed manual.

      7 months ago
  • It looks fab. I’d love for Peugeot to do well again.

      7 months ago
  • I love the look of the 508. Even in standard trim it looks great, especially next to its sister car, Vauxhall Insignia. I do hope PSA will lend this treatment to Vauxhall and produce an exciting Insignia again.

      7 months ago