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The Peugeot 208 Type R5 – which made its debut in Paris – has undergone its first field test programme. The replacement of the 207 Super 2000 was put through its paces on a gravel stage in the southeast of France, where it completed a four-day programme in the hands of Bryan Bouffier/Xavier Panseri.

The next phase of development will involve putting as many kilometres on the car’s clock as possible in order to validate its reliability. Between now and the car’s release for sale, its schedule includes more than 10,000 km of testing on gravel and asphalt, in testing and on events.

At a later stage, Peugeot is set to focus on the suspension and the 280 hp and 400 Nm 1.6 litre EP6 CDT four-cylinder turbo, which are the two chief factors of the global performance package. The development work in both these areas will be carried out directly by Peugeot Sport.