• Oct 3, 2008
Click above for high-res gallery of the Peugeot RC HYmotion4 Concept

The RC HYmotion4 concept is one of several hybrid concepts using a new through-the-road hybrid system being shown in Paris by Peugeot and Citroen. Unlike the hybrid systems used by current production vehicles, this one has no direct mechanical connection between the electric and internal combustion drive systems. The Peugeot RC has a turbocharged 1.6L four-cylinder in the back driving the rear wheels with 218 hp and 206 lb-ft of torque, while additional propulsion comes from a 70 kW electric motor situated between the front wheels. This way, the RC can operate in either rear-, front- or all-wheel-drive modes. That means it can also operate using internal combustion, electric only or blended modes, respectively. The 3,141-lb four-door coupe accelerates from 0-62 mph in just four seconds when both gasoline and electricity are flowing. The electrons are stored in a lithium-ion battery pack of indeterminate size, but having the electric motor at the front instead of the rear axle means that more kinetic energy can be recaptured through regenerative braking. According to Peugeot, the RC can get 52.3 mpg and output CO2 emissions of just 109 g/km. It's a trick system for sure, but there's no word on whether it's ever going to be produced.


[Source: Peugeot]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      So this is what a 4 door Audi R8 would like. Cool.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I thought the same thing, but honestly, if Audi were to make a 4 door R8 and it looked like this (obviously with a longer wheelbase or shorter front overhang), it would be a far better proposition than either Panamera or Estoque.

        I don't love the front overhang is about a foot and a half too long, however, I wouldn't be ashamed to put this in my garage at all.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Longer wheelbase and shorter front overhang? Check pic 5 and tell me how it would look like...
      • 6 Years Ago
      The french have been saving up for this show. The Citroën GT and now this. Marvellous beauty.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I agree -- this what the Panamera should have looked like.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow, I would drive it at 20 MPG. Beautiful.
      • 6 Years Ago
      love it. Best looking......what do we call this kinda car? well it smokes the panamera & the lambo, and the Aston.....
      awesome design.
      • 6 Years Ago
      lustworthy
      • 6 Years Ago
      This thing is absolutely gorgeous.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Want it!

      That's despite the high probability that it has almost no cargo capacity. With an engine in back and electric motor and battery pack up front, I can't imagine there is enough space for much more than hand luggage.
        • 6 Years Ago
        why god why... forget cargo. i think having no cargo room should be a badge of honor for a sports car.. it means the designers were focused on the most important aspect of the car.. performance.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Except the fact that a four door, four seat car is not a sports car. Sports cars have two doors, and only two seats, and are built for driving above all else.

        It isn't a coupe, either.

        It is a sleek sedan, and chances are, four people are going to want to bring at least something small along. Possibly groceries, or other purchased items.
      • 6 Years Ago
      52mpg, goes like stink, and doesn't look like ass? Why can't all hybrids be like this?
      • 6 Years Ago
      52.3MPG and 4 seconds to 60?

      If that's real it's revolutionary. I want one, even though it's French.
        • 6 Years Ago
        +a combination of FWD/RWD/AWD and gas/electric/both? Sounds like a winner to me.
        Don't chicken out on this, PSA Peugeot-Citroën. DO IT!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Agreed. Corvette acceleration with Prius mileage in a 4 door sedan. WOW. Digging the sleek styling and matte metallic paint job, too!
      • 6 Years Ago
      the French have always had amazing concepts.. only problem is that they never get to the production stage..
      • 6 Years Ago
      that is just sexy
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