In an interview with Automotive News Europe, Peugeot CEO Maxime Picat said the firm would “soon have an even sportier 208 R”, which would sit above the 208 GTI.
A source said there were no immediate plans for the introduction of a 208 R, but customer feedback has revealed a market for a model with more power and less weight. The current 208 GTI offers the potential for a significant hike in power and weight reduction.
The 208 GTI shares its BMW/PSA co-developed engine with the recently announced RCZ R and 308 R concept. In those applications, the engine has been tuned to develop 270bhp and 243lb ft. In the RCZ R, Peugeot claims a 0-62mph time of 5.9sec and a limited top speed of 155mph.
Peugeot reduced the weight of the RCZ R by 17kg over the 200bhp RCZ THP on which it is based.
However, it seems unlikely that a production 208 R would need to match the outputs of those models, given the 208 GTI weighs around 300kg less than the RCZ.