In recent years Peugeot have enjoyed great success on the international rallying stage thanks to their hugely impressive 207 S2000, a car which accumulated six Intercontinental Rally titles and served to propel several young drivers such as Thierry Neuville and Kris Meeke to WRC fame. The French powerhouse is now looking to continue its proud rallying tradition with the introduction of the new 208 Type R5, to be unveiled on 27th September at the 2012 Paris Motor Show.
As a rally derived vehicle, the 208 Type R5 will have to fall in line with FIA category specifications. This means that it will feature 4WD, a five-speed gearbox, widened tracks, a spoiler and 18″ wheels. Ditching the 2.0-litre naturally aspirated engine of its predecessor, the 208 Type R5 will be powered by a 280bhp 1.6-litre turbo, already debuted in the RCZ Racing Cup.
Altogether, Peugeot have conjured up a lighter, more powerful and more agile beast which will complete a full test program by the end of 2012. It will make its competition debut in 2013, tasked with replicating the feats of the 207 S2000 on Intercontinental, European and National rally championships.
However, this 208 variant won’t just be confined to the rough and tumble of rallying. From late 2013, the Type R5 will be hitting UK showrooms ready for general sale. No details on pricing as yet, but be warned: you may find yourself shelling out some extra cash on a few acres of muddy field in Wales in order to get the best out of your new acquisition!