Paris Show: Peugeot 207 Spider Gives 20Cup Concept Some Legs
PARIS — At the Paris auto show, Peugeot is displaying the 207 Spider, a racecar with its own one-make series about to be launched by Peugeot Sport. The car is the offshoot of a pair of concept cars, called the 20Cup, introduced last year at the Frankfurt auto show.

Since Peugeot has suspended its rallying efforts, the company was looking for another place besides Le Mans to show the company's racing side. The new 207 Spider will fulfill this role.

Unlike the 20Cup, which was a three-wheeler, the new Spider has a more traditional four-wheel setup, with a rear-mounted turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine capable of 175 horsepower. The powertrain is standard, with the exception of the intake and exhaust systems. Several parts, including the steering and brakes, have been lifted from other Peugeot models. The car is built around a tubular chassis and complies with international sports-car regulations.

The 207 series will act as a "curtain raiser" to the five-round Le Mans Series, the company says.

What this means to you: It's always a good marketing idea to participate in a racing series that contains an inherent guarantee that your car will win.

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