The lion brand has already released the details of the 508 Peugeot Sport Engineered, the first representative of sportiness of the present and future in the sedan segment. In this new stage, electrification will be the basis for achieving greater dynamism, so that combustion engines will be, if anything, “co-stars” from now on, Well, in addition to hybrids, the green future is in electric models.
Peugeot’s experience in sports saloons is not new at all, as in the 90s of the last century surprised everyone with the Peugeot 405 T16, a model of 4.4 meters in length, 1.7 wide and 1.4 high which, in a larger format, recovered the sporting vocation of the powerful Peugeot 205 Turbo 16.
Although it had aesthetic details that revealed that it was a different version, like the red “T16” logo on the rear, the spoiler on the boot and the 16-inch light-alloy wheels, the rest maintained the elegance of the design that Pininfarina had proposed for the 405.
He engine was a 2-liter 16-valve supercharged by turbocharger that developed up to 220 horsepower, a surprising figure for a car of its characteristics. With this propeller the benefits were equally impressive, reaching a Top speed of 235 km / h and accelerated from 0 to 100 km / h in less than 7 seconds. Power was transmitted to the ground by balancing all-wheel drive system with center differential, which made it more effective and dynamically secure.
As happened with the 205 T16, because it actually replaced it, there were competition variants that were very successful, like the one on the Dakar with which the Finn Ari Vatanen won in 1989 and 1990 or the one he won in the prestigious and spectacular Ascent to Pikes Peak in Colorado, USA.
Peugeot 405 T16 only 1,046 units were manufactured, making it a highly coveted piece among classic car collectors.