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2010-01-11 08:42
Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Peugeot
Model SR1
Engine Hybrid
Power 230kW
Peugeot might have killed off its GTI moniker late last year, yet the French manufacturer is preparing to wow Geneva showgoers in March with the SR1 concept.

A strikingly executed concept car, the SR1 combines a myriad of styling concepts within its fluid shape and neat proportions.

The sculptured door surfaces, LED embedded light clusters and peculiarly modest (for a contemporary Peugeot) grille all combine to render a particularly attractive car.

Beyond its arresting presence the SR1 boasts credible performance potential to back-up the dynamic promise initiated by its exterior design – and it's quite environmentally friendly too.

SR1 concept cabin features nearly rectangular steering wheel and '2+1' seating configuration - with access to the single rear seat facilitated by a sliding centre-console. We're not sure how it works either...

Four-wheel steering

Employing a hybrid drivetrain, the SR1’s front front wheels are driven by a 1.6 turbocharged petrol engine (160kW) whilst an electric motor (70kW) powers the rear axle.

Sporting a combined power output of 230kW and returning 4.9l/100km if driven sedately the SR1 is very much a performance car for the 21st century.

Ride and handling dynamics also promise to deliver a high degree of driver satisfaction with the SR1 featuring independent wishbone suspension at each wheel corner and four-wheel steering. Torsional rigidity is outstanding too thanks to the one-piece bodywork construction and tubular chassis.

Exactly what the production possibilities are for the SR1 remain unclear at this time, although as a styling reference point it bodes well for future Peugeot’s.

It certainly is one of the best looking Pug’s since the 406 Coupe went out of production…


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