Piping hot Peugeots on the horizon


Peugeot's recent onslaught of high-powered concepts, rugged Dakar Rally vehicles and sport saloons indicates the imminent arrival of a brace of new high-performance cars, according to Autocar.co.uk.

Bruno Famin, head of Peugeot Sport, revealed to the weekly automotive title: "I cannot reveal what cars we have planned, but it is clear that we can play a role on projects that need turning around relatively quickly or that are small-volume specialist projects."

The Exalt concept, which was recently unveiled at the Beijing motor show sporting a 1.6-litre THP engine that develops 270bhp, will likely influence future styling and it just so happens to produce exactly the same performance figure as the upcoming Peugeot RCZ-R.

Peugeot 308 R Concept

Peugeot 308 R Concept

That very engine will also feature in a hot version of the 308 – dubbed the 308 R - which will challenge the recently released Seat Leon Cupra in terms of performance and price.

Autocar also suggests that the 208 T16, which dominated the Pikes Peak challenge and set a new record on the challenging course last year, will feature heavily at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the summer. Peugeot has already said it will try to beat the hill record of 41.6sec, set by Nick Heidfeld in a McLaren F1 car in 1999.

Peugeot Exalt Concept

Peugeot Exalt Concept

The extremely aggressive T16 car - with its massive rear wing and heavily flared wheel arches - will continue to crop up at a various motorsport events this year, serving as a publicity tool to drum up interest in imminent sporty road cars.

Seat recently nabbed the record for fastest front-wheel-drive road car around the infamous Nurburgring with its latest Leon Cupra model, but Peugeot is likely to join in the battle for a sub eight-minute lap time, taking on the likes of Renault and VW.

Let the hot hatch battle commence.