This, boys and girls, is Peugeot’s new 208 rally automotive. It’s now not a go back to the International Rally Championship, alas – Citroen nonetheless will get dibs on that undertaking within the PSA crew – slightly the considerably extra reasonably priced 208 R2.

R2 rally vehicles value someplace within the area of £40,000 and make allowance mere mortals (albeit nonetheless with a tidy pot of money) to move rallying. Correct rallying, too; head to any WRC tournament and if you happen to wait to your bobble hat till all of the giant boys have blasted previous, you’ll see a host of exuberantly pushed R2 vehicles bouncing off their limiters and really graphically demonstrating what lift-off oversteer seems like. They’re a minimum of as a lot a laugh to observe because the WRC vehicles, albeit considerably slower.

“This can be a essential tournament for Peugeot Recreation,” says Bruno Famin, “as buyer pageant is greater than ever the important thing center of attention of our job.” That’s a reiteration of what he instructed Best Tools on the Geneva motor display in March.

New R2 rules imply the newest automotive will have to weigh 50kg extra, however Famin guarantees us that will probably be triumph over by means of a “really extensive building up in efficiency” from its new 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbo engine. Which given the previous automotive produced round 185bhp and 140lb toes from a bigger 1.6-litre four-cylinder, we will take it as learn the Ford Fiesta R2 published closing yr will face a tricky combat at the phases.

Now not least as a result of Peugeot Recreation has shape in transferring R2 vehicles; the outgoing 208 R2 is probably the most a hit automotive in its magnificence financially, with over 450 being offered.

Additional spec main points of the brand new 208 RS are conspicuous by means of their absence, with the automobile nonetheless underneath building forward of its 2020 debut. We do know its additional energy comes from a bigger turbo, on the other hand, whilst it’ll virtually for sure use a sequential gearbox and probably the most fancy hydraulic bump stop-equipped suspension of its predecessor. Based totally absolutely on the newest 208 street automotive, the R2 now switches to a five-door structure, too. Now not that there’ll be any seats at the back of the ones again doorways, thoughts.

Extra information as we get it. For now, do you just like the glance of the 208’s motorsport transformation?

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