The French are rather talented at turning out a hot hatchback. You surely already know that. Equally, you must be familiar with the very best examples – 205 GTI, Clio Cup, 306 Rallye – and how they trade off pure simplicity. Small cars with an oversized engine, and naff-all weight for it to haul.
This Peugeot 308 R Hybrid would appear cut from the same cloth, making just shy of 500bhp and topping 62mph in four seconds. GT3 RS power in a sensible hatchback ought to be the dictionary definition of ‘overengined’.
Photography: Lee Brimble
This feature was originally published in the January 2016 issue of Top Gear magazine.