Peugeot introduces 308 Racing Cup – sports 308 PS under the hood image

The French automaker, Europe’s second largest, has decided to unveil ahead of the official worldwide public debut during the 2015 IAA Frankfurt motor show the 308 Racing Cup.

The 308 Racing Cup looks like the racetrack ready variant of the 308 GTi by Peugeot Sport and has a width of 1, 910 mm thanks to the wide and aggressive body kit that also has 18-inch alloys. The WTCC series has also inspired the addition of a spectacular rear spoiler. The 308 GTi hot hatch that was showcased during the Goodwood Festival of Speed came with an aggressive styling – glossy black rear diffuser and dual exhaust tips, big vents, extended side skirts and a glossy black front grille. Power was delivered from under the bonnet via the well known 1.6-liter, 4-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine that could either sport 250 PS (184 kW) or 270 PS (200 kW) and a maximum torque of 330 Nm (244 lb-ft) that reached the front axle via a six-speed manual gearbox.

The 308 Racing Cup takes all that and blows them up – from the visual styling to the power. Under the hood sits the same 1.6-liter turbo petrol engine but the tuning has squashed the mill for even more power: 308 PS (227 kW), which is 38 PS (28 kW) more than the top version of the 308 GTi. This time the transmission is a 6-speed automatic gearbox with steering wheel paddle shifters for quick manual feedback. The model succeeds the RCZ Racing Cup and comes with a weight of just 1,050 kg, with customers able to get it late next year. After the publci debut at Frankfurt, the model will appear on the asphalt on October 24-25 at the Paul Ricard racing circuit in France.