EUROBRANDS Distributor Inc. (EDI) put in added flavor to the first day of the Manila International Auto Show (Mias) as it unveiled a race-inspired model of the famous Peugeot 208 T16 R2, the racing version of Peugeot’s 208 GTi.
EDI is the importer of Peugeot in the Philippines.
A video clip at the brand’s booth showed the original 208 T16 R2 being used in the European Rally Car Championship and the Nurburgring 20-Hour race, illustrating to event attendees what the carefully crafted, small French Lion could do.
Peugeot’s involvement in motor sport has been one of the broadest over the decades as the brand claimed titles in World Rally Championship and Sportscar World Championship. Its ventures into the Dakar, Pikes Peak, Le Mans and Indianapolis have also been with successful.
Last year a 208 T16 piloted by nine-time World Rally champion Sebastien Loeb shattered the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb course record in its debut at the legendary race by setting a time of 8:13.878, besting the previous record in the Unlimited Class of 9:46.164 seconds.
The car will further make a statement at the 2014 FIA World Rallycross Championship as Team Peugeot-Hansen, supported by Total, will campaign a 208 T16 silhouette version of the 208. The program will cover all 12 rounds of the championship that starts in May. Hansen Motorsport is led by Kenneth Hansen, which EDI said boasts one of the most successful records in rallycross history, both as a driver and as manager of his own operation.
The 208 GTi, the performance version of the B-segment 208 hatchback (and on which the 208 T16 is based), is powered by 1.6-liter engine that has twin overhead camshafts, 16 valves, direct injection and an intercooled turbocharger. The engine delivers 200hp and 275Nm of torque, allowing the car a top speed of 232kph.
Peugeot said its goal in creating the 208 GTi is to have a sporty car that puts a premium on driving pleasure.
At the show, EDI Marketing and Communications Director Ricardo Magsajo said Filipino drivers are anticipating the local release of the 208 GTi.
“What was seen in Mias was just a preview of the 208 GTi, to keep our followers excited,” he said. “Soon, this wonder of modern engineering will be adorning Peugeot showrooms all over the country.”
The marketing director added the car will be available in a “few months’ time,” and will have an “indicative price” of below P2 million.
Besides the race-inspired 208 GTi, EDI at Mias also displayed Peugeot’s lineup in the Philippines, which includes the 3008 crossover, 508 executive sedan, 5008 MPV and the RCZ sports car.