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Peugeot to launch new rally 208

Peugeot to launch new rally 208

To mark the launch of its new production car - the hotly anticipated 208 - Peugeot has also announced the launch of three competition version of the car.

According to the French carmaker, the new models build on the achievements made by the famed 205, 206 and 207 cars.

The firm said all of its expertise has been put into the new models as it looks to enhance the strength of the 208 as a brand.

With all the best features of the 205,206 and 207 combined, the 208 R2 will be used as a 'zero car' in the forthcoming Tour de Corse event.

Peugeot driver Stephane Sarrazin and co-driver Benjamin Veillas will get behind the wheel of the tuned-up motor for the fourth round of the 2012 Intercontinental Rallye Challenge.

Two more motorsport versions of the 208 will be unveiled before the end of 2012, but the R2 will offer potential 208 drivers a glimpse of the car's capabilities in the meantime.

Speaking at the model's launch, Peugeot's range director Laurent Blanchet said: "With the 208, Peugeot has given itself the means to create a new motoring icon."

Xavier Peugeot, the brand's product director, added: "The 208 carries over the successful spirit of the 205 and the 206, plus the functionality of the 207 in a thoroughly modern package."

The hot-hatch has been given a special livery, which will be used in the Tour de Corse event from May 10th to 12th.

According to the firm, the livery and the design of the new 208 are a perfect match and demonstrate the model's "emotional appeal and resolutely modern lines".

There is also good news for those excited by the launch of the 208 R2, as the gravel and asphalt versions of the car will both be available to buy in kit form with prices starting at around £30,500.

Posted by Sebastian Turkenburg
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