Peugeot’s small street automobiles have skilled quite a lot of americaand downs over time, however one thread has sure each technology because the 205 in combination: rallying.
The newest Peugeot 208 R2 continues that chain. In keeping with the most recent 208 supermini first observed on the Geneva motor display previous within the yr, the 208 R2 competes within the eponymous R2 rallying class (technically R2C), comprising two-wheel-drive automobiles of at least 1080kg, powered by way of both 1.6- or 2-litre naturally aspirated engines, or 1067-1333cc turbocharged gadgets.
As such, Peugeot has selected to run its 1.2-litre, three-cylinder turbocharged PureTech engine in the most recent 208 R2. 3 cylinders would possibly appear to be an extraordinary selection, however with Ford additionally working a three-cylinder in its R2 Fiesta it illustrates the shut parity with manufacturing fashions.
The 208 R2 has been in building since closing summer season and has now begun trying out forward of deliveries in a position for the 2020 season. Peugeot hasn’t showed specification main points of the auto, however with a brand new turbocharger, a motorsport engine control device and a brand new gearbox, it’s prone to be an important step up over the manufacturing automotive’s 127bhp. For reference, Ford’s 200cc-smaller EcoBoost unit makes a Fiesta ST-matching 197bhp in R2 trim.
Utilising the brand new 208’s CMP platform the bottom automotive must even be lighter than the former 208 R2, a automotive Peugeot bought 450 examples of over its rallying profession. Whilst the R2 elegance minimal weight restrict will limit the advantages of a light-weight platform, it must give Peugeot Game engineers extra choices at the technical aspect and when positioning ballast.
Bruno Famin, director at Peugeot Game, mentioned the next of the brand new automotive. ‘With the brand new Peugeot 208 R2, we wish to be offering our shoppers a aggressive and dependable automotive that’s numerous a laugh to power but with minimum working prices: there’s no explanation why to modify the successful system in R2.’
Famin added that the auto will now start trying out on quite a lot of surfaces and in differing prerequisites; crucial issue when R2 automobiles compete in the similar rallies as the principle WRC circus.
Above all, it’s the primary true efficiency style we’ve observed from the brand new 208 vary. Whilst the following 208 GTi could be moderately other from the outgoing style and the R2 automotive – most likely packing some more or less hybrid generation – Peugeot Game’s shut hyperlinks between motorsport actions and street automobiles must allow classes realized at the R2 automotive to make their manner into long run GTis.