As well as releasing further details about the new Peugeot 308, the company also unveiled a new concept – the Peugeot 308 R.

The 308 R is powered by a 1.6-litre THP engine developing 270hp at 6,000rpm and 330Nm of torque from 1,900-5,500rpm.

It drives the front wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox with Torsen differential.

Despite the huge power on offer, Peugeot say the 308 R still emits just 145g/km of CO2.

Braking is by 380mm x 32mm Alcon front discs, 330mm x 22mm at the rear, with four-piston calipers.

The suspension has been lowered by 26mm, and the front track widened by 30mm.

Externally, the 308 R uses carbon fibre panels for the doors, front wings, body sides, sills, bonnet and bumpers, and these are secured to a structure that retains only the original roof panel and tailgate.