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Team Peugeot Total, finally unveils his new race, 2008 DKR. It is on two wheels that bomb defy 4 × 4 on the next Dakar.

2008 Peugeot DKR

2008 Peugeot DKR

To meet this challenge, the Peugeot Total team has relied on a technical choice very daring, “like what we did in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in choosing a closed car, we decided to go on an innovative concept summarizes Bruno Famin, Peugeot Sport Director. In the case of rally-raids, the big question is whether to use four-wheel drive or just two. After analysis, we chose to optimize the concept of two-wheel drive which has very interesting advantages. ”

2008 Peugeot DKR

2008 Peugeot DKR

To balance the chances of each settlement compensates the effect of natural predispositions 4 × 4 by providing some valuable benefits to both drive wheels. Jean-Christophe Landing, technical manager of the Dakar project, summarizes these advantages: “motorsport, weight is the enemy of performance. Gold, rally, a car with two wheels is permitted to carry a significantly lower weight to a 4 × 4. She is also entitled to larger wheels, which gives it an advantage to play many obstacles on the ground. This feature allows premium limit the front overhang. And that’s not all: adopting more generous clearances suspensions – 460 mm instead of 250 mm – it has a much better ability to climb and absorption barriers. This is a crucial advantage in the Dakar! “. Another advantage: the TV-inflation that lets you change the tire pressure from the passenger when approaching a dune … What gain precious minutes compared to crews from 4 × 4!

2008 Peugeot DKR

2008 Peugeot DKR

This new bomb is powered by a twin-turbo V6 Diesel Rear mid-position. “Stay all the essential organs in such a small space was a real headache! Admits Jean-Christophe Landing. A small car tend to be more comfortable in the special winding typed WRC, this format allows to restore the potential for a “two-wheel drive” where the 4 × 4 usually have the advantage. “

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Peugeot has introduced its new 508, replacing the 508 presented at the Motor Show in 2010 the level design, the grille is new. it is more vertical and integrates the Peugeot logo in its center. All lights (AV projectors, daytime running lights, direction indicators, fog) are 100% LED. There is also the light signature of the 508 RXH . The cover is more horizontal.

The new 508 is equipped with a 7 inch touch screen, access and hands-free starting, automatic electric parking brake, assistance beam, offers badged JBL Stereo, Quad automatic climate zones surveillance dead angle, the camera, and of course …

Peugeot 508 2014

Peugeot 508 2014

The power plant, a new petrol engine is available: Euro 6 engine, the 1.6-liter THP 165 S & S. This replaces the 1.6 THP 156 Euro5. The emissions from 129 g / km. As diesel engines are equipped with BlueHDi technology. HYbrid4 technology is kept on the sedan and the RXH.