Geneva Auto Show Preview: Peugeot SR1 Concept
Press days at Detroit are barely over and the first looks at what we'll be seeing at the Geneva Auto Show in March are already starting to surface. One of the likely stars of this car show will be the Peugeot SR1 Concept, seen here. A 21st-century reinterpretation of the classic grand touring car, the SR 1 Concept embodies a new design language with styling cues that will reportedly be integrated into future Peugeot vehicles -- including a contemporary revamp of the automaker's traditional "lion" logo. Beyond its innovative construction techniques and materials, the SR1 Concept is fitted with a hybrid gas-electric powertrain that's destined for production duty in a 2011 Peugeot sedan.
Based on a rigid tubular chassis and wrapped in a one-piece composite body with a removable hard top, the Peugeot SR1 Concept offers a unique 2+1 seating configuration that incorporates a sliding center console to allow easier access to its diminutive aft quarters. Racing-style double wishbone suspension paired with four-wheel steering and all-wheel drive promise impressive vehicle dynamics while a potent version of the automaker's HYbrid4 technology is tuned to deliver outstanding motivation with a decidedly green flavor. Up front, the Peugeot SR1 Concept has a 218-horsepower/1.6-liter turbocharged-four gasoline engine that drives the front wheels. The rears are linked to a 95-horse electric motor that can operate independently -- making the SR1 a zero-emissions vehicle -- or in tandem with its conventional engine to produce a combined 313 ponies.