Sebastien Loeb is a nine-time consecutive WRC world champion, and yet he was still amazed by Peugeot’s latest offering – the Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak. Upon arriving at a high-security track at La Ferté-Vidame in France, Loeb believed he was just doing a routine test session. But after a few laps with the Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak, he felt he was in for a new kind of thrill.
After the session, Loeb compared the 208 T16 Pikes Peak to a rocket, saying it is “so powerful!” He said that each gear change “practically stuns you.” He added that shifts are “brutal,” saying that and it takes a little time “to anticipate the sudden jarring.” But what really amazed Loeb is the 208 T16 Pikes Peak’s acceleration. “I’ve never driven anything that accelerates so fast!” Loeb said.
He remarked that in the lower gears, a Formula 1 car doesn’t deliver maximum power, but the 208 T16 Pikes Peak’s pull-away performance is phenomenal. He said that a driver of the vehicle could find himself in sixth gear at “240kph in no time at all.”
Powered by an engine that provides up to 875 hp, the 208 T16 Pikes Peak could accelerate from zero to 100 kph in just 1.8 seconds, good enough to leave any F1 car behind.
Loeb was also impressed by the 208 T16 Pikes Peak’s aerodynamic downforce, wide tires and braking. More specifically, he said that the car has the downforce of an F1 car, the wide tires of an endurance racing prototype and a differential of a WRC car.
Big words were conjured in planning the design for the Peugeot Marque. “Agile and athletic,” a car so strong that it runs powerfully yet gracefully. “Concentrated energy”, a Marque that gallops like a thoroughbred. “Sensuous and intuitive”, with a design that appeals and resonates with the market. “Generation jump”, a product of engineering and style revolution that aims to set new standards in the automotive world.
All these were put together as one coherent body of work in the Peugeot Marque. Modern and sophisticated, the Marque possesses in between bonnet and windscreen pillar some fluid lines, a compact silhouette, and reduced overhangs that highlight its seemingly feline expression. Great care was put into the foglamp surrounds and LEDs and a light guide was put in place for emphasis on the expressions of the headlamp unit.
The lively front side of the Marque is softened by its signature Peugeot look which is a result of the brand’s technological expertise and cheerful disposition. This is also seen in the floating structure-like set-up of the grille which seemingly detaches itself from the bodywork, creating an illusion that it levitates.
Inside the Marque are chrome bars which further the modernity and richness of the line, a true full technologically fluid engagement. On top of all these, the Peugeot Marque is capable of optimising fuel consumption, given the size of its air intake. Truly, the designers of the Peugeot Marque have translated into action the big words they have sought to achieve.