2016 Paris Motor Show: Peugeot Showcases 2017 Dakar Rally Machine

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Peugeot has showcased its 2017 Dakar Rally machine at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. The 3008 DKR may look like its road-going sibling but under the skin, its all tweaked to perform in the harshest of conditions.

Compared to the 2008 DKR the 3008 DKR gets benefited from many improvements. It has a mid-mounted engine configuration which delivers the power to rear wheels. Peugeot states that it's not necessary to have four-wheel drive to perform in toughest terrain, as the 2008's win proved this.

The 3008 DKR is powered by 3-litre twin-turbo V6 diesel engine, which pumps out 340bhp and a staggering 800Nm of torque.

The Dakar machine gets a six-speed sequential gearbox, which is not geared for high speeds. But still, it can clock 200km/h.

Peugeot claims that the new 3008 DKR has been improved in four key areas - reliability, suspension, driveability and air conditioning. The reliability is the most important term as the car has to endure the 10,000km rally described as one of toughest on the planet.

The Peugeot 3008 DKR may not share many components with its 3008 SUV, but Peugeot was keen on displaying its Dakar machine in the biggest auto show of its home territory.


Story first published: Friday, September 30, 2016, 14:45 [IST]
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