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Mike Stevens | May, 05 2014 | 0 Comments

Peugeot is reportedly planning a production version of its 308 R concept, along with a hotted-up version of the 2008 compact SUV and a special new 208 variant.

According to Britain’s Autocar magazine, Peugeot Sport boss Bruno Famin has confirmed the performance branch is developing a number of sharpened models for the carmaker’s push to “establish a more premium image”.

“It is clear there are more and more opportunities for projects that add halo cars to ranges, including the addition of fast cars in the range,” Famin told the magazine.

The report claims that overseas success for the powered-up RCZ R and the new 208 GTi has motivated the company to green-light the development of new ‘hot’ models.

The 308 R concept, revealed in Frankfurt last year, is powered by a 199kW version of Peugeot's 1.6 turbo engine, creating a potential new contender in the hot-hatch market.

Peugeot hasn’t offered performance figures for the concept, although a 0-100km/h time of around six seconds would be a reasonable expectation.

If the concept is pushed to production, it would take on the likes of Ford's 184kW Focus ST, while sitting between the 162kW Golf GTI and 221kW Golf R (206kW in Australia).

The company has yet to confirm plans for a ‘regular’ 308 GTi model, although spy photos obtained last year suggest that a debut might not be far away.

A powered-up version of Peugeot’s compact 2008 SUV is also understood to be in the works, inspired by the mechanically unrelated 2008 DKR rally car revealed in March.

Lastly, the report claims that a special new version of the 208 T16 Pikes Peak car is also in development, with the goal of setting an outright lap record at the Nurburgring.

The company is already known to be planning an attack on the hill at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, aiming to beat the existing 41.6 second record set by Nick Heidfeld in a McLaren F1 car back in 1999.

MORE: 2015 Peugeot 308 GTI Spied Testing

 
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