The CEO of Peugeot, Maxime Picat has confirmed to Autonews that the French car maker will make an even hotter version of the 208 hatchback . It will be called the 208 R and Peugeot will place it a notch above the 208 GTi.
Now, the 208 GTi isn’t just a throwaway grocery getter, so to speak, it is as mental as the GTi badge on its hatch indicates.The Peugeot 208 is among the smallest and lightest of the micro-hatchbacks, and the GTi takes it one step further by giving it some poke.
The 208 R would pack even more punch than the GTi, enough to spin its front wheels on demand. Having said that, we don’t expect Peugeot to give it monumental levels of power, or it would just understeer wildly and ruin the fun.
To put it in perspective, the 208 GTi makes use of a 200-horsepower, 1.6 -liter engine, and its top speed is pegged at 143 mph with a dash from 0 to 60 mph taking 6.8 seconds. We expect the 208 R could use the same powerplant as the GTi albeit with a tweaked ECU to push out an extra 20 to 30 horsepower.
Click past the jump for more speculative details on the 208 R
*Image Note: The above image is of the 208 GTi, not the future 208 R.
Last weekend, the Peugeot changed continents and smashed a different record at a completely different race: the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed. In England, the 208 T16, with Peugeot Sport test-driver Grégory Guilvert brhind the wheel, the powerful racer managed to run the Goodwood hill climb in just 45.86 seconds, making it the fastest car of the weekend.
This time is as a coincidence the same time posted by Nick Heidfeld in the Group C prototype Lola B12/60 racecar .
Loeb’s scintillating run up Pikes Peak on board the Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak Racecar only took 8:13.878, a staggering time that crushed the previous Pikes Peak record of 9:46 that was set by Rhys Millen just last year.
Wrap your heads around that and it’s easy to point out that Loeb’s record-breaking run up the mountain beat the existing top lap time by more than 90 seconds!
If there ever was a fitting way to describe "destruction" this would be it.
What makes Loeb’s time even more incredible is that Millen, the incumbent record-holder before Loeb put him in his place, likewise posted a blistering lap time on board his fully modified Hyundai Genesis , clocking in 9:02.192, almost 45 seconds faster than the record time he set last year, yet was still 45 seconds slower than Loeb’s time.
Ladies and gentlemen, if you ever want to put your stamp on a world record, this is how you do it.
Just complete and total annihilation.
Click past the jump to read about the Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak Racecar
Rally legend, Sebastian Loeb, is considered one of the greatest drivers in the world, having taken home nine WRC titles in his illustrious car. For a man that’s no stranger to winning, Loeb is poised to take on his next challenge: taking down Pikes Peak.
And for that, Peugeot announced that it had “borrowed” Loeb from Citroen to drive the company’s new 208 -derived T16 Pikes Peak race car.
The car itself is expected to compete in the Unlimited Class of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Performance details have yet to be announced, but expect this racecar to pack in tremendous amounts of power, possibly even reaching 1,000 horsepower.
The race car looks like it’s been given copious amounts of carbon fiber to go with extended side skirts and a side-exiting exhaust. A massive rear wing also part of the design, as is an interior that’s been stripped down to accommodate nothing more than racing equipment.
A carbon-fiber racing seat can clearly be seen inside a roll cage. There’s also a digital instrument cluster, alloy pedals, and an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters.
UPDATE 05/29/13: Peugeot unveiled a new video presenting the 208 T16 Pikes Peak race car during a testing session at Mont Ventoux. Enjoy!
Click past the jump to read about Peugeot’s return to Pikes Peak and the 208 that this racer is based on.
For French automaker Peugeot , 1988 and 1989 were special years, as it scored back to back triumphs with Ari Vatanen and Robby Unser. The two drivers won Pikes Peak while driving a Peugeot 405 T16 Grand Raid, a car that gained notoriety for having a wheel steering system on top of its prevalent use of carbon Kevlar variant on its body to go with a new chassis made of sheet steel and tubular steel.
In tribute of those two successful runs at Pikes Peak, Peugeot released a special tribute video directed by Jean Louis Mourney called “Climb Dance”. Well, for those that haven’t seen the video, Peugeot has digitally-remastered the film, which not only means you can watch the whole thing over again, but you’re watching a version that’s more appropriate to the high-definition times of today.
Click past the jump to check out Peugeot’s new ride for the 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb
We’ve already seen three racing versions of the Peugeot 208, with the latest one being the Peugeot 208 R2 Rally Car . Well, now the French automaker is prepared to release the fourth racing variant in the form of the 208 GTi Peugeot Sport.
On the outside, you get the typical Peugeot racing livery, which includes: blue, yellow, black and red striping, a monstrous rear wing, and various sponsor stickers. You also get a set of black rims sized 18 inches wrapped up in racing tires. The entire car comes in at a svelte 990 kg (2,182 pounds).
Under the hood, the 208 GTi features a 1,600 cc turbocharged engine, which it borrows from its road-going variant . Depending on the racing regulations, Peugeot Sport will tune this powerplant to between 200 and 300 horsepower. The engine hooks up to a six-speed gearbox with paddle shifters. Keeping the 208 GTi fed with plenty of fuel is a 100-liter (26.4-gallon) gas tank, which allows this racer to stay on the track longer between fill-ups.
The GTi Peugeot Sport will make its racing debut at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring in May. Unfortunately, Peugeot has not revealed any pricing details.
French automaker Peugeot has been a staple in the rally scene for as long as we can remember. So when word leaks out that they’re planning to reveal their next generation rally car, people tend to take notice.
At the 2012 Paris Motor Show later this month, Peugeot is bringing the all-new 208 Type R5, the car that’s slated to become their new prized steed at the Intercontinental Rally Challenge.
Needless to say, the 208 Type R5 has some pretty big shoes to fill in large part because its successor, the 207 Super 2000 , rang up championships - three IRC drivers and manufacturers titles - during its time at the IRC.
The racer will have to adhere to regulations set by S2000 category. What that means is that the 208 Type R5 has been fitted with a number of racing components, including widened tracks, a spoiler, an increase in the wheel arches to accommodate a new set of 18" wheels. All these were done while keeping attention on the series’ minimum weight set of 1,200kg for the gravel and asphalt versions.
"Based on an optimisation of costs", explains Bertrand Vallat, the Type R5’s project leader, "the regulations impose, among other things, a maximum price for certain parts and technical limitations such as a minimum weight of components of the chassis and engine. In addition, a certain number of components of the vehicle must be similar. The hub carrier is a perfect example. All four must be identical. This makes operation considerably easier and limits costs and stocking."
The 208 Type R5 is powered by a 1.6-liter turbo engine that produces 280 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 295 lb/ft of torque at 2,500 rpm. The four-wheel drive system sends power to all four wheels thanks to a 5-speed sequential gearbox and two self-locking differentials.
As far as expectations are concerned, Peugeot is shooting for the stars, Vallat said: “The regulations impose, among other things, a maximum price for certain parts and technical limitations such as a minimum weight of components of the chassis and engine.”
“We are aiming for performance which is slightly higher than S2000,” he adds.
UPDATE 1/25/2013: The 208 Type R5 has just completed its second round of testing and it is all set to be delivered. According the Peugeot, it will open its order book in March 2013, so race teams mark your calenders!
UPDATE 05/01/13: The 208 Type R5 has been re-christened as the 208 T16 and Peugeot has released a new video of the rally car in action. Check it out by clicking on the photo above.
Fans of rally racing, especially those that know the history of the sport, know who Ari Vatanen is. His political career as a Member of the European Parliament notwithstanding, Vatanen is also famous for winning the World Rally Championship drivers’ title in 1981 and the Paris Dakar Rally four times.
One of the teams Vatanen raced for was Peugeot , where he won three of his four aforementioned Dakar Rally titles. So it’s not all that surprising that when Peugeot decided to tease its new 208 Type R5 Rally Car, it tapped Vatanen to be the one to get first dibs on it.
The teaser video shows Vatanen wearing his traditional coat and tie that has come to be known as a trademark of sorts since he entered the world of politics. But upon laying eyes on the still-covered 208 Type R5 rally car, Vatanen decided to strip down to something a little more comfortable: a fire-resistant racing suit.
Our question is: how is this car different from the 208 Type R5 that made its debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show?
Hopefully, Peugeot has answers for us in the coming weeks.
After at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show Peugeot has unveiled the 208 GTi concept car , this September’s Paris Auto Show will bring the unveiling of the 208 GTi production version. The new model will arrive on the market in the spring of 2013.
When compared to the standard 208, the GTi version is lower and wider (10 mm front and 20 mm rear) and of course it is much more powerful. Under the hood Peugeot has placed a 1.6-liter turbo gasoline engine that delivers a total of 197 HP and a peak torque of 203 lb-ft. Mated to a 6-speed, close-ratio manual transmission, the new 208 GTi will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in less than seven seconds and will go up to a top speed of 140 mph.
"With the 208 GTi, our objective was to produce an engaging sporty performance driving pleasure, an experience that speaks immediately to all enthusiasts: performance, power, reactivity, and an aura of respect and desire. While the 205 GTi was naturally our inspiration, the 208 GTi is its modern interpretation.” Gaëtan Demoulin, Peugeot Customer Synthesis Manager.
Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Peugeot 208 GTi.