Sure, the Peugeot 208 GTI will be entitled to descendants. But it will opt for the electrification of its entrails. What do we already know about it?
We feared for several months, with the revelation of the new generation of Peugeot 208: the tightening of anti-pollution standards on a European scale pushes the Lion to definitively abandon the GTI label. François Wales, director of Peugeot Sport, confirmed to our colleagues at Argus that in the future “Peugeot will no longer market any 100% thermal model.
Future Peugeot Sport Engineered versions will necessarily be electrified. So what can we expect from the future high-performance version of the Peugeot 208?
If Peugeot refuses to develop new 100% thermal sports models, many signals suggest optimism. The tremendous commercial momentum from which the Sochaux firm benefits at the moment encourages it to return to the race, first in the high-end.
While the three previous generations of family sedans (Peugeot 406, 407, and 508) were deprived of high-performance versions, the second opus of Peugeot 508 is about to offer an heir to the late 405 Mi16 and T16, disappeared from the catalog in the middle from the 90s.
In March 2019, at the Geneva Motor Show, the Lion proudly exhibited the 508 Peugeot Sport Engineered concept, a 400 hp plug-in hybrid sedan promised for production in the fall of 2020. A year later, it officially returns, through a teaser campaign, before its final disclosure. More modest in its approach, it still promises us 360 hp, in 4WD.
This electric revolution allows generalist manufacturers to envisage more calmly the return of sports models, without having to develop expensive thermal blocks. Peugeot hopes to worry about German competition at a lower cost. The Audi S4 is among the rivals in the viewfinder of the 508 PSE. This 180 ° turn will soon be tackled by the Peugeot 208, through a 100% electric variant, marked Peugeot Sport Engineered.
In the absence of horsepower, the future Peugeot e-208 Peugeot Sport Engineered will hum with watts, thanks to the contribution of a second electric motor, capable of increasing the power of the current block by 100 kW (around 136 hp), equipping the e-208. An intervention that could transform this sporty 4-wheel drive, if this block were to take place on the rear axle, at the risk of encumbering the capacity of the trunk.
In any case, French Wales reassures future customers in terms of performance. To our colleagues at the Argus, he said: “We will achieve a higher level of performance than that of the latest 208 GTi thermal. This will require a more powerful engine and batteries than the current e-208 which is our working base.
Potentially launched in 2021, this Peugeot e-208 Peugeot Sport Engineered could grapple with the trifle of 200 hp, to compete with the future Renault Clio RS which, for its part, will probably bet on hybridization. An explosive duel in perspective, even in terms of prices, which will prove logically prohibitive. The price of this Peugeot e-208 Peugeot Sport Engineered could be around 50,000 €.