Special edition model will celebrate Kris Meeke's IRC win - but it won't be a hot hatch
9 November 2009

Peugeot is planning a special edition 207 to celebrate British driver Kris Meeke’s win in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge.

But anyone hoping for a lightweight hot hatch in the style of the 106 and 306 Rallye models will be disappointed, the Meeke version will be based on a low-powered 207 in the range.

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Meeke's IRC victory would have been the ideal opportunity for Peugeot to produce a new iconic hot hatch, but the firm has instead ruled out any future hot hatches - including GTIs - and will instead focus on sporty coupes.

The most likely model for the Meeke edition to be based on is the 74bhp 1.4-litre 207, in a bid to attract young buyers, although the 1.6 model could also form the basis for the special edition.

A lower powered model has been chosen as it would cost younger drivers less to insure and be more affordable to buy. It will be a long way removed from previous rally special editions from manufactuers, including Subaru and Mitsubishi, to celebrate their drivers' success in rallying.

Subaru released special edition Imprezas to celebrate the title wins of Colin McRae and Richard Burns, while Mitsubishi released a special edition Evo VI in honour of Tommi Makkinen, which is still regarded as the best Evo ever.

A Peugeot source said the Meeke edition would feature rally livery and is expected to have a number of other sporty options included.

Earlier this year, Citroen launched a new special C4 to celebrate Sebastien Loeb's continued success in the World Rally Championship.

Citroen C4 pays homage to Loeb

This model was similar in concept to the proposed Meeke edition, being based on 1.6-litre petrol and diesel C4s.

Ollie Stallwood

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9 November 2009

Hooraay!. Factory Barry!.

(For the unitiated, have a look at http://www.barryboys.co.uk/mx/ )

9 November 2009

Why bother Peugeot, why?

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

9 November 2009

[quote TegTypeR]

Why bother Peugeot, why?

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I completely agree. Why????

Really, PSA shouldn't bother if they can't do it properly. The C4 by Loeb is just embarassing, now this insult. Is this the best they can come up with? Not really the same as the Tommi Makinen Lancer Special Edition, or the Richard Burns Impreza Special.

9 November 2009

Don't see Citroen coming out with a Loeb version,or Yamaha a Rossi version , do you?, exactly, these "editions" are created to make money on the back of person's achievments in a particular discipline,nothing else!

Peter Cavellini.

9 November 2009

At least the C4 has some power 150 and 175HP,but this is just a disgrace to Meeke and the hard work his done in rallying.

9 November 2009

Maybe they should bring out two versions: Meeke and Milde

I wonder how Meeke feels about his efforts being celebrated with such a whimper...

9 November 2009

Odd how relaxed Peugeot seems to be about abandoning its fine GTI heritage. They might regret that.

9 November 2009

Do they mean the meek edition? Sounds like it.

9 November 2009

Didn't Honda announce something similar with the Civic a while ago? Low power, cheaper insurance but a £15k+ purchase price.

Where are these young people that struggle with insurance premiums but can afford £15k to spend on a car?

9 November 2009

Blessed are the Meeke, for thoult shall have stickers...

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