From Chris Biewer [ 19/09/2003 ].
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Peugeot was one of the makes that had a lot of more or less unusual attractions on their Frankfurt Motorshow stand. Although not as strongly as last year, Peugeot still had one of the most characterful stands that clearly distanced them from the norm in a pleasant way. The stand was full with ponds, water fountains and flower beds, that gave you the impression you were in a paradise garden, although with cars very much the theme. The show marked the sales start of two exciting new Peugeot road cars: The 206 RC, that is basically a 206 S16 with sporty bucket seats and the 2.0 engine pushed to 177BHP & the 307 CC, the coupé cabriolet that is as well the base to Peugeot’s new WRCar.
When talking of this being the sales start of 206 RC and 307 CC, Peugeot as well gave a look out to their future. In summer 2004 we should see the launch of the Peugeot 406 replacement. There has been discussion, that this car is possibly called 507, to open the 4-series numbers to the big hatchbacks a la 307, while the 406 replacement is to turn bigger than the current 406. However this concept car was called 407:
The concept car on the photo above was a design experiment and public reception test around the theme of a coupé estate mixture. For the moment, there are no plans on a 407 coupé estate. However the front of this 407 concept car is apparently very close indeed to what the 406 replacement will look like:
If the 407 is a look into the short term future, the 4002 is the long term future. Now, this being long term, it is unlikely we will ever see this in production. This 4002 is more than anything else the result of a Peugeot design contest. It seems to be quite an exciting layout with mid-engine, note the huge grill in front of the rear wheels. However note further the front grill layout with the old style Peugeot Lion symbol. Not visible on this photo, there are two round headlights behind the front grill. This is a specific and famous design feature of Peugeot’s 02 generation. And indeed, on closer inspection, you can find several design elements the 4002 shares with the Peugeot 402 of the 1930s:
And yet another exciting, futurisic concept car is the Peugeot Hoggar, some kind of a buggy off roader:
The Hoggar has two 2.2 HDI engines and such preduces 363BHP! Other interesting features include the open sides under the “door panels”, the exciting exhaust construction, and look at the damper layout inside the front wheel arch:
And if you wonder what this machine with the two snails is meant to be, here is your recipe: You take a 3.0 V6 engine as found in the 406 or 607 road cars. Then you add two nice Garrett turbos to it. Now you have already the 408BHP powerplant that can be found in the French sports car named Venturi or in the limited edition Peugeot 607 Pescarolo. But the version on display here has experienced some tender, love and care from our well known friends at Peugeot Sport, the bore is increased to make this a 3.2 V6 and other fine tuning has the power at 585BHP. This is the engine as used in Henry Pescarolo’s Le Mans car.
Let’s finish off, just to calm down, with some photos of Peugeot’s WRCars in Frankfurt: