Peugeot 308 R set to rival the Volkswagen Golf GTi
The 308 R will soon be put into production, set to crown the Peugeot 308 range. The concept version of this Volkswagen Golf GTi rival was first seen at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2013, but it won’t be long before we see in on the road.
Pierre Budar, Manager for Sporty and Individual Models at Peugeot Sport, commented “There’s no official sign-off on the 308 R, however, you can expect it to proceed and discussions are quite advanced.”
Getting the green light isn’t likely to take long after the concept shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
Peugeot Sport boss, Bruno Famin,added, “We use our motorsport skills and bring them to a production car. So we’re a small team but with lots of experience of working quickly.”
Using the same 266bhp 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine as the RCZ R, means it will be half-a-second quicker than the Performance Pack version on the Golf GTi. The RCZ R deliver 5.9-second 0-62mph time.
The Peugeot RCZ R took less than 18 months to develop after being given the green light, despite requiring a completely reengineered powertrain and chassis.
Seen as this engine will be carried over to the 308 R, this should cut development time considerably, although much of the work that has gone into the RCZ R was in honing the car’s setup on tracks near Peugeot Sport’s base on the outskirts of Paris.
A Peugeot spokesman added it’s unlikely that the GTi badge will be used for the finished 308 flagship, to help distance it from its most obvious rival, the VW Golf GTI.
However, while the 208 GTi is one of the more civilised models in its class, if the 308 R follows the RCZ R’s motorsport-inspired direction, it’s likely to be closer to the Renault Megane RS 265 in ethos.
The 308 R will include a Torsen limited slip diff, 30mm wider tracks, 26mm lower suspension and 19-inch alloys wrapped with specially developed tyres. Upgraded brakes sourced from Alcon will also feature.