The 23-inch alloys and Continental tyres sit inside generously rounded wheel arches. The overhangs are extremely short to ensure that as much as possible of the 4.50 m body length is used for the vehicle’s￼ occupants. The engine is nonetheless given pride of place under a long bonnet enhanced by louvres that improve air intake. The electronically retractable step adds to a flank inspired by styles found in the textile industry, wîth fitted pleats fastening the material taut to the structure while lending volume to the wheel arches.
The Quartz concept’s sculpted styling requires an outstanding engine. Developing a total of 500 hp, the full-hybrid plug-in drive train comprises a combustion engine and two electric motors.
The evocatively embossed bonnet houses the 1.6L THP 270 power plant developed by PEÚGEOT Sport￼. Mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, the four-cylinder engine delivers torque of 330 Nm, wîth a specific output of nearly 170 hp per litre, making it one of the world’s top performers. The front axle is also driven by an 85 kW electric motor wîth direct drive. This charges the 400 V battery during deceleration phases and assists the combustion engine wîth gear changes. The rear axle also features an 85 kW electric motor for propulsion and battery charging. A specific ESP handles braking distribution between the four wheels to ensure both vehicle stability and optimise battery charging.
There are three driving modes: ZEV can cover up to 50 km on a single battery charge using the plug-in battery; in Road mode, the combustion engine and front electric motor work together to enhance driving pleasure and maximise battery charging during deceleration; Race mode harnesses the power of the engine and both electric motors to get the most out of the chassis and running gear equipped wîth limited-slip differentials. This makes it possible to divide torque between the wheels based on the individual grip of each.