Peugeot 208 R2 Rally Car Debuts This Week in France

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.

Source: Peugeot

We’ve Temporarily Removed Comments

As part of our ongoing efforts to make better, faster, and easier for you to use, we’ve temporarily removed comments as well as the ability to comment. We’re testing and reviewing options to possibly bring comments back. As always, thanks for reading