With the recent confirmation that a performance-focused 208 GTi would be released next year, Peugeot will be aiming to further recapture the spirit of its last classic hot hatch, the 205 GTi, with this new company rally car.
The reputation of the iconic Peugeot 205 was significantly bolstered back in the eighties after it found title success in the World Rally Championship. Now Peugeot will look to try to recapture this fame with the new Type R5 rally car.
A rally car version of the Peugeot 208, the Type R2, was revealed back in May earlier this year.
However while the R2 is designed for junior championships for inexperienced rally drivers, the Type R5 is compliant with FIA’s Group A technical regulations, meaning it will be eligible to compete in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC).
The 208 R5 effectively succeeds Peugeot’s previous rally car, the 207 Super 2000, which competed in S2000 category events like the IRC.
As part of its conversion into a R5 Rally car, the 208 receives a 280bhp 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine. This unit is connected to a five-speed sequential manual transmission and makes up a four-wheel drive powertrain.
Privateers will be able to buy the Peugeot 208 R5 rally car when it goes on sale during the second half of 2013. Pricing for this rally car will reportedly peak at around £140,000.
Motorists can buy the standard Peugeot 208 supermini now, or the 208 GTi hot hatch next year at Perrys Peugeot Dealerships found in Aylesbury, Blackburn, Bolton, Milton Keynes, Nelson and Portsmouth. Prices for the standard 208 currently start from £9,995.