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PostHeaderIcon Peugeot Takes a Play Put of Mercedes’ Playbook by launching the 2019 Peugeot 508 SW First Edition at the Paris Motor Show

This is some kind of a trend that the French Automaker is following. Earlier this year, the Peugeot 508 Liftback was displayed as a First Edition model, and now even the 508 SW is set to be offered as one as well. Customers will be spoiled with creature comforts that are on offer, including a pair of high-end headphones. It can be ordered starting October 2, but the prices are yet to be announced.

PostHeaderIcon 13 Crossover Wagons You Could Buy Instead of an SUV

High-riding vehicles, like crossovers and SUVs are at the height of popularity right now, but they’re not the only way to go if you want practicality and some off-road capability. Crossover style raised wagons are a great alternative and while they can still drive you over a rough field or rutted road with ease, they’re better to drive on road and actually pretty stylish.

They are essentially the wagon versions of different cars which have gained extra ride height and plastic cladding on the outside to protect them from scratches in their most vulnerable points. These vehicles usually have standard all-wheel drive and are usually a higher trim level, so they are not cheap (compared to the vehicle they’re based on) but they also come with a lot of equipment.

Here’s a list of the 13 coolest crossover-style wagons you can buy today.

PostHeaderIcon Peugeot Launches a New Plug-In Hybrid Engine Range for the 3008 and 508

French automaker Peugeot just unveiled a few brand-new hybrid drivertrains for three of its vehicles. Called Hybrid and Hybrid4, these new powertrains will be available for the 508 sedan, 508 SW wagon, and the 3008 crossover by Autumn of 2019.

PostHeaderIcon Peugeot Unveils New Plug-In Hybrid Range

Following the unavoidable path of hybridizing their products, Peugeot announced new versions of the 3008 and the 508. To be launched in autumn 2019, the plug-in hybrid 3008 SUV, the 508 and 508 SW benefit from HYBRID and HYBRID4 systems. 

The key features of Peugeot’s plug-in hybrid systems include ZEV 100% electric mode, 4-wheel drive mode with the HYBRID4, Sport mode, Comfort mode or Hybrid mode. They boast a Lithium-ion (300V) battery with a capacity between 11.8 KWh and 13.2KWh. This battery enables a range of up to 30 miles on a single electric charge. As for energy preservation features, they have  i-Booster, a braking system which conserves power as the car brakes or decelerates, and e-SAVE which has to do with route planning.

Given the small size of the battery in Peugeot’s plug-in hybrid powertrain, a full charge can be achieved in two hours using a Wallbox (6.6 kW 32A). The hybrid models get a special version of the iCockpit which gives priority to relevant information such as driving mode, electric gauge level and available electrical distance, as well as electricity consumption and fuel consumption. In terms of power, the 508 and 508 SW HYBRID get 225hp/165kW  (180hp/132kW engine + 110hp/80kW electric), while the 3008 HYBRID4 packs more than 300hp/220kW (200hp/147kW + 110hp/80kW).








Laurent Blanchet, PEUGEOT Product Director, said “The PEUGEOT Plug-in Hybrid engines are a unique opportunity for the brand to complement the powerful ranges of the PEUGEOT 3008 SUV and the all-new PEUGEOT 508 and 508 SW. They give our customers the opportunity to buy a powerful 3008 SUV AWD or a 508 (Fastback or SW) that is efficient and provides improved sensations. “

The post Peugeot Unveils New Plug-In Hybrid Range appeared first on Motorward.

PostHeaderIcon PSA To Electrify All Its New Models Launched From 2019

French Auto Group PSA has announced that it will be electrifying all the models launched from 2019 onward. All cars will either be fully-electric or hybrid. This applies to all the brands under the PSA Group, including Peugeot, Citroën, DS, Vauxhall, and Opel. PSA is one of the first automakers to announce the electrification process across its entire group range. The first one to do it was Volvo.

PostHeaderIcon Peugeot e-Legend Concept

Peugeot is merging past and future with its stunning e-Legend Concept, set to be revealed to the public at the 2018 Paris motor show in early October. The all-electric design study is a retro-futuristic ode to the late 1960s 504 coupe, and it does a great job of reimagining it with modern cues.

The e-Legend isn’t just a pretty face, showcasing autonomous driving tech, a strong electric powertrain, and a gigantic 49-inch infotainment screen. Peugeot says that one-charge range is 372 miles, according to the new measurement protocol and it offers four driving modes, of which only two grant the driver control.

Technological manifesto is how Peugeot refers to the e-Legend and it previews a near future when you will let your sporty retro-inspired electric car do most of the driving on the boring bits of motorway and in stop-start traffic, as you sit comfortably reclined in your seat, then take control as you near your destination if it’s at the last leg of the journey is a twisty driving road.

PostHeaderIcon Peugeot e-LEGEND Concept Is Autonomous, Electric, Connected

Don’t be fooled by the retro looks. The Peugeot e-LEGEND Concept is by far and away the most advanced thing the French company has ever built. It is a vision of the future, according to Peugeot – a vision that remains loyal to the brand’s traditions, at least in terms of styling. 

And that styling is one of the coolest things about Peugeot e-LEGEND Concept. It has a strong vintage flavor, bringing to mind Peugeot 504 and 304 from the 70s and 80s. But as we said, the misty-eyed glance at the brand’s heritage end here. The rest of this concept is not just up to date, but actually ahead of its time.

Peugeot e-LEGEND Concept has two autonomous modes and two manual modes. It even comes with fold-away controls and dials like a proper robocar. The autonomous modes have nothing with the actual drive. It has do to with comfort and connectivity, with the Soft mode reducing the info delivered to you to the minimum. The Sharp setting makes you fully engaged with the connectivity features. Same for the manual mode, only here the difference is between either a classic or a sport dash. The concept also features a voice-activated AI personal assistant by SOUNDHOUND.

Powering the e-LEGEND is a fully electric system with 800 Nm torque and 340 Kw power. It is backed by 100 kWh batteries which provide up to 600 km of range. The fast charger is capable of topping up the batteries for 500 km of range in just 25 minutes. And as for performance, 0 to 100 km/h is dealt with in under 4 seconds, while the top speed is limited to 220 km/h.









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PostHeaderIcon Peugeot 508 SW GT

Months after the reveal of the striking new generation Peugeot 508 sedan, the French company released the first tidbits about the new wagon called the Peugeot 508 SW. It comes in many different guises including one with the small, 1.5-liter diesel engine, but its beefier and most advanced versions come with the 508 SW GT plaque. It is still the 508 SW but with added goodies that provoke the sense of upscale styling, high-end tech, and engaging driving characteristics.

PostHeaderIcon PSA Has Picked 15 States for it’s U.S.-Market Comeback Attack

After exiting the U.S. market in 1991, PSA Group is eyeing a strong comeback. Larry Dominique, CEO of PSA Group North America, revealed that the company is seriously looking to re-establish itself in the U.S. again. In fact, the company has already started setting up their corporate office in Georgia, Atlanta. Are they a tad bit late, given how the trade war is picking up heat?

PostHeaderIcon 2019 Peugeot 508 SW Wagon Is Even Nicer Than the Sedan

You definitely remember a few months ago Peugeot took the automotive world by storm when they revealed the new 508 Sedan. That superb looking car has now spawned a wagon version with the 2019 Peugeot 508 SW, and this thing is an even more enticing proposition than the saloon model. 

Going on sale in January next year, the 2019 Peugeot 508 SW is a blend of style, technology and practicality. It looks dynamic, hunkered down, and very sexy indeed, what with its swooping lines, sloping roof, frameless doors and cool LED lights. This is the kind of car you walk up to every morning with a smile. It makes the most mundane tasks, such as the school run, an enjoyable occasion.

As good as that exterior is though, the best part of 2019 Peugeot 508 SW is its interior. Some may find Peugeot’s iCockpit with its massive screen, oddly placed instruments, and small steering wheel a bit overwhelming. But we’ve been living with ordinary, frankly boring cabins for years and welcome the oddity of an avant-garde design like this. The fancy design does not mean the 508 SW lacks practicality, though. The car offers excellent comfort and up to 1,780 liters of luggage room, plus tech features such as a FOCAL audio system, Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go function, Lane Keeping Assist and a Night Vision system with infra-red camera.

Engine-wise, the 508 SW launches with two new petrol options, a 180 S&S EAT8 and 225 S&S EAT8, and four diesels, including 130 S&S BVM6, 130 S&S EAT8, 160 S&S EAT8 and 180 S&S EAT8. They all benefit from the new EAT8 automatic transmission which has a freewheeling ECO mode. Later in 2019 there will also be a plug-in hybrid option with 50 km of electric range.









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PostHeaderIcon The Three-Door Peugeot 208 has Been Tried, Convicted, and Executed

As the rage and rising demand for crossovers and SUVs continues, other car segments have become unwitting bystanders. Sedans are losing their appeal, and the same goes for three-door hatchbacks. The latest to fall victim to this is the three-door version of the Peugeot 208. Word out of the Dutch version of Auto Week indicates that the French automaker is no longer taking orders for the three-door hatch in the Netherlands and that the model is no longer being produced.

PostHeaderIcon The Three-Door Peugeot 208 has Been Tried, Convicted, and Executed

As the rage and rising demand for crossovers and SUVs continues, other car segments have become unwitting bystanders. Sedans are losing their appeal, and the same goes for three-door hatchbacks. The latest to fall victim to this is the three-door version of the Peugeot 208. Word out of the Dutch version of Auto Week indicates that the French automaker is no longer taking orders for the three-door hatch in the Netherlands and that the model is no longer being produced.

PostHeaderIcon Peugeot Doesn’t Need a Dedicated Electric Car so Don’t Expect One Anytime Soon

How often have you seen a CEO announce that they don’t need a dedicated electric car in their line-up?
And that too at a time when every manufacturer, from Nissan to Ferrari, is developing at least one car to keep up with the ’trend’? Perhaps never; until now. Jean-Phillipe Imparato, CEO Peugeot, spoke with Autocar recently and revealed Peugeot’s near-future plans which do not include a dedicated EV. Read on to know more.

PostHeaderIcon 2019 Peugeot 508 First Edition Now Available to Order

Peugeot took the automotive world by storm when they revealed their new 508 sedan with its unique looks and cool cabin. Now, as the car gets ready for its world premiere at Geneva Motor Show, online reservations open for the 2019 Peugeot 508 First Edition, the exclusive launch version. 

Equipped with all the good options and available in two exclusive colors of Dark Blue and Ultimate Red, the Peugeot 508 First Edition is further distinguished from normal models by shiny black-shell front end and 19″ Augusta alloy wheels in grey. Inside the cabin you get black leather upholstery, alcantara accents, and zebrano-type wood decor. Other highlights include perforated full-grain leather steering wheel and satin chrome decor, a black roof liner, Full LED concealed lighting, aluminium pedals and door sills marked First Edition.

2019 Peugeot 508 First Edition comes with a choice of PureTech 225 horsepower petrol or Diesel Blue HDi engine with 180 horsepower, both with an 8-speed automatic transmission. Being a range-topping model, the car is fully equipped with iCockpit, 10 inch display incorporating connected 3D navigation with voice recognition plus TomTom services, FOCAL high-fidelity sound system and exclusive wireless headphones, signed by the Peugeot Design Lab, which allow you to listen to music even outside the car.

If you fancy a new 508 you’d better hurry up and visit Peugeot’s official website in your region. The First Edition goes on sale only in a few European countries, each getting only a limited number of car to maintain exclusivity.









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PostHeaderIcon 2019 Peugeot 508 Revealed with Refreshingly Radical Looks

Peugeot have finally realized they’ve been wasting everybody’s time with the bland and boring design of their sedans this past few decades. So inspired by their daring predecessors, the top brass made a radical move and released the 2019 Peugeot 508 with the looks of a concept

This is definitely laudable, but whether the market will like it or not remains to be seen. We like what we are seeing in the pictures, but we have to see Peugeot’s CLS in the flesh to make a proper judgment of it. All the cool features are here: sloping roof, aggressive lights and grille design, frameless doors, large wheelarch-feeling wheels. The four-door coupe is also hugely practical, with five seats and a rear hatch giving access to 487 liters of cargo space.

But as cool as the exterior design of 2019 Peugeot 508 is, we are more fond of the interior which is a total class act. This is the most luxurious expression of the i-Cockpit to date, featuring full grain leather trimmed steering wheel, a large 10-inch capacitive touchscreen angled towards the driver and a 12.3-inch head-up digital instrument panel. There is also ambiances to choose, including “Boost” and “Relax”. The cabin looks to us like a blend of BMW and Cadillac, with a touch of Audi.










Available from Summer, the 2019 Peugeot 508 will be available with six different engine/transmission combinations, including petrol and diesel choices, with power outputs ranging from 130 to 225 horsepower. There is also high-end, high-tech assistance features such as a new night vision system with infrared cameras.

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PostHeaderIcon 2019 Peugeot 508 Revealed with Refreshingly Radical Looks

Peugeot have finally realized they’ve been wasting everybody’s time with the bland and boring design of their sedans this past few decades. So inspired by their daring predecessors, the top brass made a radical move and released the 2019 Peugeot 508 with the looks of a concept

This is definitely laudable, but whether the market will like it or not remains to be seen. We like what we are seeing in the pictures, but we have to see Peugeot’s CLS in the flesh to make a proper judgment of it. All the cool features are here: sloping roof, aggressive lights and grille design, frameless doors, large wheelarch-feeling wheels. The four-door coupe is also hugely practical, with five seats and a rear hatch giving access to 487 liters of cargo space.

But as cool as the exterior design of 2019 Peugeot 508 is, we are more fond of the interior which is a total class act. This is the most luxurious expression of the i-Cockpit to date, featuring full grain leather trimmed steering wheel, a large 10-inch capacitive touchscreen angled towards the driver and a 12.3-inch head-up digital instrument panel. There is also ambiances to choose, including “Boost” and “Relax”. The cabin looks to us like a blend of BMW and Cadillac, with a touch of Audi.










Available from Summer, the 2019 Peugeot 508 will be available with six different engine/transmission combinations, including petrol and diesel choices, with power outputs ranging from 130 to 225 horsepower. There is also high-end, high-tech assistance features such as a new night vision system with infrared cameras.

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PostHeaderIcon Peugeot 3008 DKR Maxi

Mid-mounted twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 diesel

This coming January, lovers of dirt-flavored racing will once again turn their attention to the Southern Hemisphere as the infamous Dakar Rally hits South America for the tenth year running. 2018 marks the 40th anniversary of the event, once again promising a grueling 10,000 km (6,214 miles) of racing over some of the most difficult terrain Mother Nature can produce. The outlined route will lead teams through Peru, Bolivia, and Argentina, challenging competitors with steep sand dunes, craggy boulder fields, twisting tarmac, and impossibly high mountain passes. This is one of the ultimate tests of man and machine, but Peugeot looks ready for anything. The French automaker took top honors in the Dakar earlier last year, giving it back-to-back victories between 2016 and 2017. Now, the French automaker is looking for a three-peat with this – the updated 3008 DKR Maxi. The “brand-new racing lion” might carry the same name as the road-going Peugeot 3008, but it’s far removed from what you get in dealers, bringing the heat thanks to a host of impressive motorsport cues courtesy of Peugeot Sport, all aimed at ultimate victory over terra firma.

The Peugeot 3008 DKR Maxi has undergone extensive testing in Morocco, Portugal, and France to prepare for the 2018 Dakar event, logging more than 18,000 test km (11,185 miles) over the past year. What’s more, Team Peugeot Total has once again assembled a dream team of talent for the driver’s roster, including names like Peterhansel, Loeb, Sainz, and Despres. Still – the Dakar is unpredictable at best. Will the new 3008 DKR once again have what it takes to snag another win?

Continue reading to learn more about the Peugeot 3008 DKR.

Exterior

  • Bespoke performance design
  • Massive underbody protection
  • Carbon composite exterior panels
  • Magnesium single-piece wheels
  • Plenty of vents and cooling pieces

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No doubt about it, the Peugeot 3008 DKR Maxi is a beastly machine. Really the only similarities we see between this pure-bred off-road monster and the compact crossover that gave it its name is the headlight design. The rest of it is unadulterated performance.

Up front, we find a fascia that’s slim and wide, stretched from corner to corner to accommodate an extremely wide track and cut high to allow the vehicle to smash up and down steep inclines without a moment’s hesitation. The underbody protection is massive, with thick metal plates installed to ward off any persistent chunks of nature and keep vital mechanical bits intact. Prominent vents in the nose aid in airflow, while the sizable fender flares are done in bare carbon fiber.


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“The majority of the 3008 DKR's exterior is made from carbon and composites, keeping it as lightweight as possible despite the burly protective metal plating, huge suspension, and meaty tire and wheel package.”

Indeed, the majority of the 3008 DKR’s exterior is made from carbon and composites, keeping it as lightweight as possible despite the burly protective metal plating, huge suspension, and meaty tire and wheel package. Speaking of the rollers, the knobby rubber you see in the corners is attached to wheels carved from a single piece of magnesium, with the final sizing measured at 8.5 inches for the width and 17 inches for the diameter. When viewed in profile, we see the 3008 DKR’s Red Bull livery in its full glory, complemented by a highly raked windshield, a slim intake on the roof, and large intakes just above and ahead of the rear fenders. The overall body shape appears squat and flat, with broad body panels encompassing a plumped-up rear end. The stance is tall, very tall in fact, but the impressive track width keeps it looking stable, even when flying sideways at maximum attack. The cabin and engine compartment are also centrally placed, helping to give this racer its optimum weight distribution.

In back, the Peugeot 3008 DKR is all fins, with row upon row of louvers in place to help dispel hot air from the mid-mounted powerplant. This view also gives us a decent look at the rear diff and suspension components, which are laid bare under thin strips of carbon body components. From this angle, the 3008 DKR’s shell-like exterior is plain to see.

Peugeot 3008 DKR Maxi Exterior Dimensions

Height 1,799 mm (70.8 inches)
Length 4,312 mm (169.8 inches)
Width 2,400 mm (94.5 inches)
Front Overhang 623 mm (24.5 inches)
Rear Overhang 689 mm (27.1 inches)
Wheelbase 3,000 mm (118.1 inches)

Interior

  • Carbon cockpit
  • Digital readouts everywhere
  • Tons of buttons, knobs, and switches
  • Fixed-back carbon seats for driver and co-driver
  • Netting on the door panels for quick storage
  • Alcantara for the steering wheel
  • Spare parts and tools to keep it in the running

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“Step inside the Peugeot 3008 DKR, and you'll find yourself stuffed into carbon cockpit laden with switches, knobs, buttons, and digital readouts”

Step inside the Peugeot 3008 DKR, and you’ll find yourself stuffed into carbon cockpit laden with switches, knobs, buttons, and digital readouts. As you can probably imagine, this thing is stripped down to the absolute bare-bones essentials, but when it comes to a race as demanding as the Dakar, that actually includes quite a lot. For example, a few spare tires and a decent toolset are included to keep the machine running should something break while traversing the wilds.

Drivers sit in the left-hand position, gripping an Alcantara-clad steering wheel with a quick-release hub and yellow top-center mark. Behind the wheel is a small screen to display the current selected gear and basics like road speed. Complementary screens are located the the left of the wheel and to the right in the center console. Bare carbon is used for just about everything here, including the seats, which are fixed-back buckets mounted low in the cabin. Netting was added to the inside of the doors to give the driver and co-driver a quick and easy storage spot, while two tall levers for the gear shift and handbrake are within easy reach from the driver’s seat.


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“The control scheme is complicated, looking more like what you get in a jet aircraft than a car.”

The control scheme is complicated, looking more like what you get in a jet aircraft than a car. All of it’s necessary though, because when you’re charging through the stages (some of which are several hundreds of miles in length, by the way), you’ll need quick access to any and all systems to tweak and tune for top performance potential.

Drivetrain

  • RWD rather than AWD
  • Mid-mounted twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 diesel
  • 340 horsepower
  • 590 pound-feet of torque
  • 124- mph top speed
  • Six-speed sequential gearbox
  • Almost 106 gallons of fuel on board

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“In the middle of the machine, the 3008 DKR gets a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 diesel engine for motivation.”

Considering this is a bad ass off-roader we’re talking about, it may come as a surprise that the Peugeot 3008 DKR isn’t 4WD, but rather RWD. Yep, just two driven wheels here, which actually comes with its own advantages in the Dakar rulebook, including a smaller number for the all-important minimum weight requirements (two-wheel drive cars can be lighter due to their reduced traction capabilities).

In the middle of the machine, the 3008 DKR gets a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 diesel engine for motivation. The cylinders are set at a 60-degree angle, while the engine is mounted longitudinally. Standout features include four valves per cylinder, dual overhead cams, and direct fuel injection, as well as a tiny 38 mm (1.5-inch) restrictor plate to keep power levels in check.


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“Peak output is rated at 340 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque.”

Put it all together, and peak output is rated at 340 horsepower and 800 Nm (590 pound-feet) of torque, calculating out to roughly 114 horsepower per liter. Redline is set at 5,000 rpm. All that go is sent to the rear axle by way of a six-speed sequential gearbox.

Top speed for the Peugeot 3008 DKR is rated at 200 kph, or 124 mph, which might not seem all that fast. Still, that’s 200 kph over just about any kind of terrain imaginable, so yeah – it’s quick.

In preparation for the 2018 event, the 3008 DKR comes with new front and rear track rods, as well as new driveshafts, both of which help to accommodate the new vehicle’s wider track.

Finally, there’s a mammoth 400-liter (105.7-gallon) fuel tank to supply the oil burner with go juice.

Peugeot 3008 DKR Maxi Engine, Drivetrain, And Performance Specs

Engine twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 diesel
Drivetrain Layout mid-mounted, RWD
Horsepower 340 hp
Torque 590 pound-feet
Transmission Six-speed sequential
Redline 5,000 rpm
Top Speed 124 mph

Chassis And Handling

  • Custom tubular space frame chassis
  • 20 mm wider track for straight-line stability
  • Wishbone suspension front and back
  • Over 18 inches of suspension travel
  • 14-inch brake discs

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“With the wider track, the 3008 DKR's suspension was enhanced to help make the most of the more planted stance. It also offers an incredible 18.1 inches of suspension travel.”

Underneath all those burly-looking composite body panels, the Peugeot 3008 DKR uses a custom tubular space frame chassis made from steel for superlative strength. As previously mentioned, the racer’s track was widened this year, with an extra 10 cm added to both the left and right for an extra 20 mm total. The end result is more confidence when traveling at high speeds, although the tradeoff can be felt with muddier low-speed maneuvers. Team driver Sebastien Loeb had this to say –

“I think the car is much more stable now that it is wider, and so it feels a bit different to drive. In the very narrow and technical parts that does mean it’s more cumbersome of course, but in terms of stability and driving it’s definitely a step forward. The car has less of a tendency to roll its suspension now, so that gives you more confidence to attack and get it sideways. I’d say the strongest point of the Peugeot 3008 DKR Maxi is the off-road ability it has. With its wide track and wheels, it can go more or less anywhere. It’s maybe not so agile on stage-type roads: that’s more the territory of four-wheel drive cars. But the advantage of our car is the fact that it can tackle anything, especially in the dunes.”


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With the wider track, the 3008 DKR’s suspension was enhanced to help make the most of the more planted stance. That includes new upper and lower wishbones both front and back. Both ends also
come with coil springs, twin dampers, and anti-roll bars. What’s more, the 3008 DKR offers an incredible 460 mm (18.1 inches) of suspension travel.

A hydraulic power steering system helps it all turn, while the brakes are ventilated discs with a 355 mm
(14-inch) diameter at both ends, plus sizable four-piston calipers. Finally, the tires are measured at a substantial 37 inches by 12.5 inches and come courtesy of by BF Goodrich.

Competition

Mini John Cooper Works Rally And Buggy


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Prior to Peugeot’s success between 2016 and 2017, Mini was on a roll at the Dakar, collecting a series back-to-back wins between 2012 and 2015. Now, Mini is once again in the hunt for victory, and it’s bringing an updated iteration of its championship-winning AWD Mini John Cooper Works Rally to the fight. In addition, Mini is looking to beat Peugeot at its own game with the new RWD Mini JCW Buggy. Indeed, the British brand isn’t messing around, committing a full seven vehicles to the 2018 effort. But will it be enough to halt the momentum of the 3008 DKR?

Read our full review on the 2018 Mini John Cooper Works Rally And Buggy.

Conclusion


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“All told, Peugeot has a lot going for it, but still – the Dakar is no ordinary race.”

Peugeot has already announced that 2018 will be the final year it participates in the Dakar Rally, citing a dispute over recent rule changes as motivation for the exit. However, it’s more than obvious the automaker wants to go out on a high note, as a third back-to-back win would help cement its position as one of the Dakar’s most dominant brands.

To help it secure that coveted top podium spot, the team roster in 2018 goes unchanged, including last year’s winner Stephane Peterhansel with co-driver Jean Paul Cottret. Nine-time WRC champion Sebastien Loeb will also rejoin the effort alongside co-driver Daniel Elena, as will two-time WRC champion and previous Dakar winner Carlos Sainz with co-driver Lucas Cruz. Rounding it out will be five-time Dakar Motorbike champion Cyril Despres and co-driver David Castera.

With a lineup like that, the Peugeot crews boast 19 individual Dakar victories and 148 stage wins (when taking into account both four- and two-wheeled entries). As a brand, Peugeot has six Dakar Rally titles to its name, the first of which it snagged in 1987 thanks to the 205 T16 Grand Raid, and a win in 2018 would do well to pad its motorsport resume even further.

All told, Peugeot has a lot going for it, but still – the Dakar is no ordinary race.

“The modifications we have made resulting in the 3008 DKR Maxi have proved to be effective up to now, but the Dakar remains a question mark, thanks to the sheer variety of terrain and challenges to overcome, while the recent Rallye du Maroc reminded us once again that our rivals are extremely strong,” said Peugeot Sport Director Bruno Famin.

Indeed – weather, variable terrain, even an errant rock chip could spell DNF for any one of Peugeot’s entries. That said, the brand is giving its team every possible advantage, and we’ll just have to wait and see if it pays off.

The 40th Dakar Rally will take place between January 6th and 20th. Stay tuned to TopSpeed for more.

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    • * Strong competition from every side, especially from Mini
    • * Unpredictable racing conditions
    • * One of the toughest events in the world
    • * RWD might prove a hindrance on certain stages

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Peugeot 308 TCR Race Car Unveiled

The fans of Peugeot 308 GTi will be happy to know that their hot hatch now has some serious motorsport cred. Well, yes, there was the 308 Racing Cup before, but the new 2018 Peugeot 308 TCR is in a much cooler proposition. 

Available to order from today, the Peugeot 308 TCR is built for TCR and international touring car competitions. It can be used in VLN (in Germany), CER (in Spain) CITE (in Italy), BGDC (in Belgium) and other endurance racing championships like the 24H Series. So it’s a very versatile race car and makes possible the prospect of affordable professional racing. The car is priced at 109,000 EUR before taxes and options.

The racing machine is close to the production 308 GTi, boasting a four-cylinder turbocharged engine tuned to make 350 horsepower 420 Nm of torque. This engine lasts for 5,000 kilometer, which id double what is necessary for a TCR season. Transmission-wise, it gets a 6-speed sequential unit controlled by steering wheel-mounted paddles. Racing suspension with adjustable anti-roll bars at the front and back as well numerous as ride height, track, and camber settings, powerful brakes, and massive aero kit along with 18 inch wheels are among the other racing highlights of the 2018 Peugeot 308 TCR.








“The PEUGEOT 308 RACING CUP was already eligible for the TCR, but the rapid development of championships based on TCR regulations inspired us to go further in looking for performance to accompany the ambitions of our customers, all the way up to the very top level – which from 2018 will be represented by the FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR). So, the arrival of the new PEUGEOT 308TCR comes at just the right time, illustrating the deep engagement that PEUGEOT SPORT enjoys with its customers. In order to meet their justified demands, we’ve used our experience and expertise to come up with a car that is competitive, reliable and always increasingly enjoyable to drive.” Mayeul Tyl, PEUGEOT Citroën Racing Shop Director

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PostHeaderIcon Peugeot and Beneteau have a Boat Concept and we Want It!

Automakers have a history of venturing into the open seas on occasion. Aston Martin is known for this. Over the years, we’ve even seen the likes of Bentley, Abarth, and a host of others dip their toes in the boat industry. Now it looks like Peugeot is trying to get a slice of that pie with a new creation called the Sea Drive Concept. Yes, it’s a boat. Sadly, it’s a concept.


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“The two companies have shown that their respective systems can work together to serve as the backbone of a new-age boat design.”

Look, I’m not foolish enough to think that Peugeot is really trying to break into the boat industry. There’s a lot more to it than building a boat concept. I understand that the Sea Drive Concept is really a showcase of the French automaker’s i-Cockpit system, which we’ve already seen applied on some of its models. It says a lot about the technology of the system that it can also be applied to a boat design with the help of famous boat manufacturer Beneteau and its own connected Ship Control technology. The two companies have shown that their respective systems can work together to serve as the backbone of a new-age boat design.

Peugeot says that the Sea Drive Concept is also fully functional. I have no qualms about that. But its functionality doesn’t cover the practicality of producing this boat for production. Costs come into the picture. Development becomes more complicated. It’s easy to see the Sea Drive Concept now for what it could become. But to actually go there is far more difficult than it looks.


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“Peugeot says that the Sea Drive Concept is also fully functional”

I am bummed that this beautiful creation is unlikely to hit production. But if Peugeot and Beneteau developed the Sea Drive Concept with the intention of giving us a glimpse of the potential of their respective systems, then this concept accomplished that and a whole lot more.

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PostHeaderIcon Peugeot L750 R HYbrid Vision Gran Turismo

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In 2013, Mercedes-Benz launched the AMG Vision Gran Turismo, a retro-inspired supercar developed for the launch of the Gran Turismo 6 video game. It was the first Vision GT car ever made and started a big thing that saw all major automakers bring their own concepts into the game. In all, no fewer than 21 Vision cars were unveiled for the Gran Turismo 6 until 2016. These came from 16 different carmakers, including BMW, Volkswagen, Aston Martin, Chevrolet, Mazda, Lexus, and SRT. Come 2017, and we’ve already seen five concepts unleashed for the new Gran Turismo Sport game, the latest of which is the Peugeot L750 R Hybrid.

The second Vision Gran Turismo concept coming from Peugeot, the L750 R HYbrid is actually an evolution of the L500 R HYbrid that saw the light of the Gran Turismo day in 2016. The new concept car has a more aggressive exterior with upgraded aerodynamics, as well as a more powerful hybrid drivetrain. The L750 R HYbrid is available for all 17 locations and many tracks in the Gran Turismo Sport video game and can be customized in any color. You can also enter the car in a 24-hour race on Twitter if you’re into getting retweets for each lap driven.

Continue reading to learn more about the Peugeot L750 R HYbrid Vision Gran Turismo.

Exterior


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“Setting the new car apart from the old one is the redesigned splitter”

Essentially a more aggressive version of the L500 R HYbrid, the L750 concept is identical to its virtual predecessor save for the redesigned aerodynamic package and the new livery. The front fascia is just as aggressive, featuring a V-shaped nose and boomerang-shaped headlamps that flank the lion badge. Setting the new car apart from the old one is the redesigned splitter, which is slightly larger, and the wings placed on each side of the bumper.

Onto the sides, there are two major upgrades to talk about. First, the new concept has a roof scoop, which in real life would enhance engine cooling. Second, the game car rides on forged magnesium wheel, which shave a few pounds of the previous concept.


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“The L750 sports a huge wing for enhanced downforce, a feature you won't see on the L500”

The similarities between the old and the new concept cars continue around back, where both vehicles employ the same V-shaped decklid and diffuser with the center mounted brake lights at the center. This design reminds me of boat-tail style cars from the 1930s, although I have a feeling this wasn’t Peugeot’s aim.

Anyway, the L750 gets a huge wing for enhanced downforce, a feature you won’t see on the L500. The livery is also new, combining various shades of gray and silver with red and blue stripes. Like most race cars recently introduced by Peugeot, the L750 features “Red Bull” and “Total” logos. On the front hood, a checkered pattern rounds off the spectacular livery.

Interior


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Note: Peugeot L500 R HYbrid Concept pictured here.

“The layout is as extreme as they get and looks as if inspired by a spaceship”

There are no photos or information about the interior, but this isn’t surprising given this concept car was created for a video game. However, Peugeot did launch interior renderings of the previous concept car and we can have a look at that to find out more about the L750.

The layout is as extreme as they get and looks as if inspired by a spaceship. There’s only one seat at the center and everything looks to be made of carbon-fiber, including the red painted seat. The steering wheel too is made from lightweight materials and looks more like a controller rather than a conventional wheel. But this is far from surprising given that this concept was designed with racing in mind.


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Note: Peugeot L500 R HYbrid Concept pictured here.

“Arguably the most interesting features are the holographic projectors located at the front of the cockpit”

Arguably the most interesting features are the holographic projectors located at the front of the cockpit. According to Peugeot, they display vital information about the car’s performance and the track ahead, as well as a detailed map. A HUD from the future if you will.

Given that the French carmaker had nothing to say about the L750’s cockpit, it’s safe to assume that no changes were made to the L500 design. Which is actually pretty cool since the previous concept was already as futuristic as they get.

Drivetrain


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“Output has been increased from 500 to 750 horsepower in the new Vision Gran Turismo car”

It’s a bit weird to talk about a drivetrain in a car that only exists in a video game, but Peugeot insists that the L750 features a high-performance hybrid under the shell. This was also the case with the L500, but output has been increased for the new Vision Gran Turismo car. Specifically, while the L500’s gasoline engine was rated at 270 (virtual) horsepower, the L750 hits Gran Turismo Sport tracks with 580 horses at its disposal. In addition, it has an electric motor that cranks out 170 horsepower with the help of a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery. The L500 had a similar layout, but with two motors, each rated at 115 horses.

Total output in the L750 is estimated at 750 horsepower, a 250-horsepower increase over the L500. In addition to being more powerful, the L750 is also 385.8 pounds lighter, tipping the scales at 1,818.8 pounds. Now that’s quite a impressive power-to-weight ratio, too bad this car doesn’t exist in real life…


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“The L750 will be able to hit 62 mph from a standing start in 2.4 seconds”

Peugeot says that the L750 will be able to hit 62 mph from a standing start in 2.4 seconds. In the Gran Turismo Sport video game, obviously. That’s a tenth-second quicker than the L500, which is a bit disappointing given the significantly lighter car and the 50-percent power bump.

Other specs listed by the French maker include a seven-speed, dual-clutch gearbox, an engine and transmission assembly mounted on the rear axle, a dual-circuit hydraulic braking system with four ventilated carbon disc brakes, and independent suspension all around.

Conclusion


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While I’m not a big fan of Gran Turismo and virtual vehicles don’t really turn me on, it’s actually great that automakers go through all the trouble to create these Vision Gran Turismo concepts. Most of them may not exist in real life and their drivetrain specs are usually of the “here’s a nice dream we had last night” variety, but the video game industry is now big enough to make these efforts worthwhile. Hopefully some of the technology inside Vision cars will make it into production models at some point.

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    • You can only drive it in Gran Turismo

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