Peugeots New 208 R2 Rally Car
To build on the phenomenal achievements of the exemplary 205, 206 and 207 models, Peugeot has revealed a competition version – the 208 R2 rally car. The 208 R2 rally car is a motor sport derivative of the R2 that gives a glimpse of Peugeot’s potential to remain relevant and competitive on track.
The 208 R2 is the first of three competition cars due to come from Peugeot Sport, based on the 208. It’ll get its first run out at this month’s Tour de Corse in France. With the 208 model, Peugeot has found the platform to build a completely new motoring icon in-line with UK market competition. It is powered by a 1.6-litre engine and 140 pound-feet running through a five-speed sequential gearbox. The 208 R2 will be available in the UK auto-market making it the first ‘zero’ emissions car of its kind and is perfectly poised to become the best-selling vehicle in the UK.
Improvements over the 207 R2 include a bodyshell that’s 40 kilos lighter; a new gearbox with reduced weight, quicker shifts and the shifter mounted on the steering column; better gas mileage; a revised Öhlins suspension with three-way adjustable dampers; and more shared parts to enable faster changes between tarmac and gravel setups.
With an affordable price tag too, the R2 model stands out as the ultimate choice for individuals wishing to have a taste of its rallying potential. The 208 R2 is expected to replace the RC rally, courtesy of its improved performance, efficiency and economy on fuel and with the regenerated styling, the 208 R2 is trendy and impressive both inside and out.
The rally performance version of the Peugeot 208 packs in the best of rally motorsport technology and comes with a specially modified suspension and brakes along with Michelin performance tyres. With the 208, Peugeot has given itself the means to create a new motoring icon and The Peugeot 208 R2 rally car.It improves on its 207-based predecessor in every way, as you’d expect. It’s 40kg lighter, but has a longer wheelbase and lower centre of gravity for better stability.It features a brand new 1.6-litre naturally aspirated engine, based on the 1.6-litre VTi engine that will come in the road car, but with 185bhp here. It’s linked to an all-new five-speed manual sequential gearbox, with a column shift.The steering is hydraulic and the dampers are adjustable three ways, while the tyres were developed specifically for the car by Michelin.If you want one, expect it to arrive in September, be it in bits or fully built.
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