As much as we may love hot hatches like the Volkswagen Golf GTI and Ford Focus ST, there are a number on offer in Europe that we'll just never get here. And soon we'll be able to add one more.

Peugeot 308 R ConceptSpeaking with Automotive News Europe, Peugeot CEO Maxime Picat revealed that a new 208 R is on its way. The model will slot in above the existing 208 GTI (pictured above) – another hot hatch which, like the rest of the Peugeot lineup, isn't sold here – and likely take some cues from the 308 R concept (pictured at right). The 208 GTI packs a 1.6-liter turbo four with 197 horsepower, while the production RCZ R and 308 R concept employ the same engine to 270 hp. Expect the 208 R to fall somewhere in between.

The goodwill generated by the 208 T16 with which Sebastien Loeb recently conquered Pikes Peak seems likely to have paved the way for the 208 R, but that won't be the end of it. Picat further indicated that Peugeot would like to apply the same treatment to the 308, effectively putting the aforementioned 308 R concept into production.


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      dss10
      • 1 Year Ago
      We need cars like this in the states...... Yes, I know that some neck beard will make some silly comment about French reliability and some Diesel Ram driving resident of Texas will say that no American will very fit in one or driving on the highway with other Diesel Rams will cause certain death and some guy behind the parts counter will say that cars like this will never sell but we need more fun driving options here.
      rbnhd1144
      • 1 Year Ago
      Only 3 posts and mine makes four, what is this forum coming to? The 208 GTI is a car I would love to own, Small cars are fun, this would be on the top of my list Again America loses out, and most people here havent a clue this Fab car exsists.
      juniorswa
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nice! I really wish Peugeots were on sale again in the US.
      bK
      • 1 Year Ago
      Love these euro hatches, too bad we will never get it.
      Zee Frunch Canadiun
      • 1 Year Ago
      Le yes please. Merci!
      audisp0rta4
      • 1 Year Ago
      I've noticed that French cars are usually really nice looking from most angles, and then really ugly from at least one angle. I can't say that about the 308R concept. That's a genuinely good looking car. I see that Peugeot tried to ruin it by giving it that wacked paint job, but it didn't work. I would consider the 308R as a daily, were it imported to the US.
      Beardinals
      • 1 Year Ago
      I know nothing about these cars, but looks pretty good.