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|Created by||Gérard Welter and designer Jean-Christophe Bolle-Reddat|
The Peugeot 907 was a concept car built by Peugeot.
First revealed at the Paris Motor Show in 2004, the car was created by styling chief Gérard Welter and designer Jean-Christophe Bolle-Reddat to celebrate the closure of the firm’s 40- year-old design centre at La Garenne, and the opening of a new one at Vélizy.
The Peugeot 907 wasn’t designed to go into production, instead it was intended to be a prototype featuring Peugeot’s new design techniques.
The engine is mounted just behind the front wheels and side exhausts exit behind each of the front wheels. Unlike many concepts, the 907 is capable of being driven like a production car.
Under the bonnet, two 3.0-litre V6 engines are joined together to form a 500bhp V12. The monocoque body is made of carbon fiber, and the car uses a double-wishbone suspension all round, while a sequential-shift transmission distributes power to the rear wheels. The arcing windscreen continues upwards to form the roof, while the bonnet has a see-through perspex insert that reveals the engine’s 12 intake trumpets.
Not to be outdone at its domestic motor show, Peugeot has invested heavily in 2004, promising no less than 52 vehicles and 3 concept cars on some 4000 square metres of exhibition floor space at the Paris Motor Show.
The intriguing 1007 super mini has already been unveiled, as have a number of other eye-catching models, including the brand new 407.
But in 2004, the big news for French car maker Peugeot will be the release of its stunning new Peugeot 907 concept.
We’re looking at a 2-seater supercar with lots of carbon fibre, a retractable rear spoiler and the piece de resistance – an almighty 6.0-litre V12 donk.
Yep, Peugeot’s joining the supercar game, and if the numbers are to be believed, it will be a hellishly fast and incredibly desirable sports car.
With the 907 concept, Peugeot will gauge the public’s reaction to such a vehicle, and if found to be favourable, the chances of the vehicle being built will increase – but this by no means guarantees its production.
So what’s the 907 all about then? Here’s the official line from Peugeot: “It is a GT coupé, created with reference to the past, the present and the future. The 907 is a two-seater coupé, modern but also classic.”
These ‘classic’ elements of the car stem from the styling, with its sculpted and elegant shape, and pushed-back cockpit.
This ‘swept’ cockpit leaves an expansive bonnet that is home to a glazed panel revealing twelve intake ‘trumpets’ set into the bonnet, adding a little eye-candy to proceedings.
The roof and front windscreen form a single glazed area, while retro-themed side vents are situated in the front wings and rear quarter panels, and a retractable rear spoiler is incorporated in the tailgate, as is a chunky air diffuser.
All told, the Peugeot 907 concept measures 1.88 metres wide and 4.37 metres long, while a 1.21 metre height ensures that it cuts through the wind at high speed.
And talk about speed – this Peugeot is no mild-mannered gentleman.
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With a Lamborghini Murcielago-rivalling 6.0-litre V12 providing 368kW of power (500hp), the 1400kg 907 will be able to surpass the 300km/h mark, and though no official figures have been supplied, expect the 0-100km/h sprint to take place in roughly 4.0 seconds flat.
The thumping 500 horsepower V12 is positioned longitudinally behind the front axle for an optimum front:rear weight distribution, and is connected via a small propshaft to a six-speed gearbox located in front of the rear axle.
The Peugeot 907‘s structure consists principally of a carbon fibre shell, to which the mechanical components, for example, the four double wishbone suspension units, are attached.
Two exhaust pipes emerge from either side of the car (side-pipes), which sits on 18-inch wheels and Michelin tyres, measuring 275/40 at the front and an ultra-wide 345/35 at the rear.
Not content with only the performance and appearance of a supercar, Peugeot also put plenty of effort into the ludicrously fast vehicle’s interior, which beckons drivers to plonk themselves into the brown leather and light grey alcantara trimmed sports seats.
The Peugeot 907´s steering wheel rim and the gear lever knob have authentic wood inlays and the instrument panel, although digital, is displayed in analogue style and the touch screen in the central console is connected to a PC to integrate the GPS, MP3 player and other in-car features.