2012 Peugeot 208 R5 in Paris review and pictures

Posted on Tuesday, 2 October 2012 , 07:10:59 byEmil

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Peugeot  208 R5 in Paris

It is only logic to create a racing version of the new Peugeot 208, a model that replaces the current 207 European line-up, you know, to succeed the very successful Peugeot 207 S2000 International Rally Championship car. This year at the Paris Motor Show, the French carmaker introduced for the first time the Peugeot 208 R5. FIA introduced new rules like reducing costs, which will come in effect starting 2013, and this is why, the new model is very different from the model it replaces, as you can see in the photo gallery below. The specialists will have to build at least 25.000 units as the new R5 is part of Group A cars.

Under the new regulations, racing cars keep a lot of parts of the S2000 class. In this category we have a 5-speed sequential transmission, widened tracks, the all-wheel drive system with no center differential, a minimum weight of 1.200 kg and different aerodynamic aids. Under the hood, the model now has a 1.6-liter forced-induction engine and not the naturally aspirated 2.0-liter one. Actually, this new engine was already tested in competition in the RCZ Racing Cup. According to the carmaker the turbocharged engine found in the RCZ endurance racing version was capable of producing 260 PS, but that now, it will have a 280 PS output in the 208. Despite the power boost, its reliability and durability will not be compromised, but in fact, they hope to reduce the operating costs.

Another one of the FIA regulations refers to the price of the new Peugeot 208 R5. Apparently it must not exceed EUR 180.000. The model will be assembled in Velizy at Peugeot Sport facilities and the testing period will begin sometime before the end of 2012. The ones interested in owning one of these bad boys should know the carmaker will offer it for sale in the spring of next year.