The latest in the line of a long racing heritage, Peugeot will debut the rally-spec 208 R2 this week at the Tour de Corse race in France. The R2 is the first of three motorsport-spec versions of the car that will debut by the end of 2012. Peugeot will also show an FIA R5-compliant version due to replace the 207 Super 2000, which will debut in September.
By race-car standards, the 208 R2 isn’t a total bank-breaker, at only $49,245 for the race kit, or $75,509 for a full turn-key package. That amount gets you a race-spec 1.6-liter 185 hp four-cylinder engine, a five-speed sequential manual gearbox with column-mounted shifter.
Overall, the 208’s body shell is 88 pounds lighter than its 207 predecessor, and has a suspension and brake system designed to work on both tarmac and gravel. The suspension consists of three-way adjustable Öhlins dampers with hydraulic bumpstops and wishbone-shaped control arms. The front brakes are a simple single-caliper disc brake setup with 12.2-inch discs for asphalt racing and 11.2 for gravel racing. Thanks to a modular design, the only change necessary other than changing out the disc rotors are a change of the caliper mounts.
The Peugeot 208 R2 will be available for delivery starting in November.