As you’ve just read, a small diesel engine is necessary for the 208 to succeed, but according to Top Gear logic, so is a rally car. And thankfully, last week at the Paris motor show, Peugeot used its home advantage to unveil one of the surprise hits of the show: the 208 R5 rally car.
Set to supersede the 207 S2000, the R5 has the classic rallying mods that make us happy: big wings, wide arches and a loud exhaust. But instead of having the 2.0 litre engine that the S2000 has, the new rally-spec 208 is fitted with a 280bhp, 400nm 1.6 litre turbocharged engine.
The car is set to go on sale during the second half of 2013, and with prices being capped at €180,000 excluding taxes, you know exactly how much to save up for if you want to take one on a stage for yourself.
With the 208 claiming to be the successor to the 205, could this be the underpowered successor to the 205 T16 dot commers?