Peugeot has debuted an updated version of its 2008 DKR Dakar racer which participated in the notorious desert rally in January of this year. Dubbed the 2008DKR16, the revised front-wheel drive off-roader will make its competition debut in next year’s edition of The Dakar.
In order to make the 2008DKR more competitive, the 2008DKR16 is longer, wider and lower than before. The front overhangs have also been reduced and the suspension is of a different design, enhancing the vehicle’s off-road performance, Peugeot says.
Further adding to the 2008DKR16 improved performance are improved aerodynamics. With a redesigned hood and a roof mounted air intake, there’s now more balance between the front and rear ends and additional airflow to the engine. Speaking of the engine, it’s the same 3.0-liter V6 diesel powerplant as before, except now with more power and better drivability.
The new 2008DKR16 package was tested in prototype form by Stéphane Peterhanse and Cyril Despres on the recent China Silk Road Rally. The pairing took a 1-2 finish in the car, making the Peugeot team confident ahead of next year’s Dakar.
“You can really feel the difference now that the car is longer and wider, with a lower centre of gravity, because it’s a lot more stable so cornering speeds are faster,” said Peterhansel. “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. We’ve almost got a ‘problem’ now of how to manage all that power most effectively.”
The Peugeot 2008 DKR16 will debut when the 2016 Dakar rally kicks off on January 3rd, 2016.