The Peugeot 2008 DKR has undergone a number of modifications for the 2016 Dakar Rally all in an effort to make the car even faster and more capable when the going gets tough off road.
Beneath the skin, the 2016 Peugeot 2008 DKR delivers a total of 350 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. By comparison, the 2008 DKR fielded in this year’s gruelling Dakar Rally pumped out 340 hp. Alongside the small horsepower gain, the French company says that the engine’s overall drivability has been improved.
Elsewhere, the 2016 2008 DKR is slightly larger than the outgoing car with it being 200 mm longer and 200 mm wider. While it’s bigger than ever before, the front and rear overhangs have been reduced to ensure it can tackle the hardest terrain imaginable.
Some of the other key mechanical changes of the new car include the redesigned suspension system, improved weight distribution as well as one-piece magnesium wheels being installed. The carbon fibre bodywork has also been modified and now incorporates re-engineered bonnet and roof air intakes.
Discussing the new car, Stephane Peterhansel said “You can really feel the difference now that the car is longer and wider, with a lower center of gravity, because it’s a lot more stable so cornering speeds are faster. You can feel the difference in the engine as well: not only is it more powerful but also you can use all the power even at low revs.”