Peugeot 208 R2: Little lion for rally beginners

Peugeot 208 R2
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M it is the group B monster Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 that the French have created a legend in the 80s. The new Peugeot 208 R2 will now build on this legacy. However, the customer athlete no longer has much in common with his famous predecessor. As an entry-level model, the R2 is aimed primarily at rally novices.

Peugeot 208 R2 as an entry-level model

The R2 version is the first motorsport variant of the 208 series. It will make its official debut as the lead vehicle in the Corsica Rally, which starts on May 10th. By the end of 2012 there should be a customer sport model for the circuit and a variant according to the new FIA R5 regulations that will replace the current 207 Super 2000 rally car.

The Peugeot 208 R2 has to assert itself in the highly competitive entry-level model, especially against the competition from Citroen, Renault and Ford. According to the manufacturer, the body of the 208 is another 40 kilograms lighter than that of its predecessor 207. Short overhangs and a lower center of gravity should provide better driving characteristics in racing.

Rallye-208 with 1.6 liter four-cylinder

The small car is powered by a 1,600 cc engine based on the 1.6 VTi four-cylinder from the series. When tuning the 185 hp unit, the engineers placed particular emphasis on drivability. Shifting takes place via a manual, sequential five-speed gearbox, the lever of which is mounted directly on the steering wheel.

The three-way adjustable dampers are designed for the tough everyday rally and should cushion shocks even better with the new wishbones. Special brake pads can be converted from asphalt to gravel use in a few simple steps. The roll bar built into the Peugeot 208 R2 has been reinforced and is supposed to offer more security than the competition.

First Peugeot 208 R2 from November

Anyone who already has a Peugeot 208 as a base can use the conversion kit with the R2 engine for 37,500 euros. The fully assembled car costs 57,500 euros in both the asphalt and gravel versions. The first models should be delivered in November 2012.


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