Peugeot’s 2017 Dakar Rally Weapon Unleashed

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Peugeot Sport has revealed its 2017 Dakar Rally car, the Peugeot 3008 DKR which is based on 3008 road going SUV. The new car will replace the successful 2008 DKR which triumphed to victory in this year's Dakar Rally, piloted by French driver Stephane Peterhansel.

The 3008 DKR will show its true colours next month in Morocco, behind the wheel will be Spanish rally legend Carlos Sainz. The new machine has been improved in terms of reliability, suspension, driveability and air conditioning.

The Peugeot 3008 DKR is powered by twin-turbo, V6 diesel engine. The turbo air restrictor is reduced to 38mm as per the new regulations. Peugeot claims that the new car will pump more torque in lower rev range, compensating the loss of around 20bhp due to smaller turbo air restrictor.

The 3008 DKR will stick to two-wheel-drive as the older DKR's. French designer Sebastien Criquet is behind the exterior design of both the 3008 DKR and its road going sibling. Carlos Sainz, Stephane Peterhansel, Sebastien Loeb and Cyril Despres will be piloting the 3008 DKR in next year's Dakar Rally, which will be run on a new route through Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay.

Story first published: Wednesday, September 14, 2016, 15:57 [IST]
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