Peugeot's involvement with running diesel-powered race cars the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the past three years (including this year's victory) appears to be paying off on the street. The French automaker has just announced a pair of upgraded diesel engines for its 407 coupe that will be available starting this fall. Anchoring the lineup is a 2.0-liter four cylinder diesel putting out 163 hp and 251 lb-ft of torque. The diesel four gets a combined cycle rating of 43.6 mpg (U.S.) on the EU cycle and CO2 emissions of 140 g/km.
The premium V6 diesel has a displacement of 3.0-liters and, at 241 hp, is apparently the most powerful production vehicle Peugeot has ever built. As expected from a diesel, the torque output is an ample 332 lb-ft at just 1,600 rpm. The new V6 replaces an older 2.7-liter V6 and increases power by 18 percent while cutting fuel consumption by 15 percent to 32.7 mpg (U.S.) on the EU combined cycle.
Power rises for the 407 Coupé
New V6 3.0 litre HDi PEF 177kW (241 bhp) and 2.0 litre HDi PEF 120 kW (163 bhp) engines: The Grand Touring Car Peugeot Style
A stylish design combining driving exhilaration has long been a key attribute of Peugeot vehicles, and with cars like the 407 Coupé, utilises the company's expertise to the full.
Launched in 2005, the 407 Coupé is the latest in a long tradition of prestige Coupés produced by Peugeot, where style plays a key role, combining stature and refinement to create a product capable of long-distance touring
with comfort and high performance developments.
This stature is expressed initially through the coupé's suspension dynamics, with dual wishbones and a drop link at the front and multi-arm rear suspension; the 407 Coupé produces superb road holding, is acknowledged for its grip, progressive control, dynamism and ride comfort.
Stature is also appropriate in terms of the choice of high-performance engines, including a new V6 HDi PEF version at the top of the diesel range that is powerful, flexible and economical.
In keeping with today's demands, the 407 Coupé features a range of engine and transmission choices that ensure that 'driver involvement' is aligned more closely with 'environmental responsibilities'.
- The new V6 HDi PEF 3.0-litre engine, coupled with a 6-speed sequential automatic gearbox, develops a maximum power output of 177 kW (241 bhp) at 3,800 rpm supplemented by maximum torque of 450 Nm from 1,600 rpm - a value which remains unchanged up to 3,600 rpm. With this engine, the 407 Coupé becomes the most powerful production vehicle ever constructed by Peugeot in its 120 years history as a car manufacturer.
The level of performance it produces (80 to 120 kph in 4.7 seconds; 0 to 100kph (62mph) in 7.7 seconds.) is matched by good fuel economy, in comparison to competitors. Compared to the 2.7-litre V6 HDi it replaces,
the 3.0-litre reduces fuel consumption by more than 15% (while power is increased by 18%), and a combined cycle rate of 7.2 litres/100 km (39.2MPG) or 189 g/km of CO2 (instead of the 225 g/km previously).
Equipped with the particle emissions filter (PEF) and compliant to Euro 5 standards, this supreme engine technology demonstrates that drivingpleasure does not have to come at the expense of compromising fuel
consumption and emissions.
The 3.0-litre HDi V6 is distinguished on the outside by two oval exhaust pipes, arranged symmetrically on either side of the rear bumper diffuser.
- The new 2.0-litre HDi PEF 120 kW (163 bhp) at 3,750 rpm is coupled with a 6-speed manual gearbox. With this power and a maximum torque of 340 Nm (constant between 2,000 and 3,000 rpm), this 4 cylinder engine is the
perfect counterpart to the V6 HDi PEF and brings genuine appeal for its combined attributes in terms of purchase price, running costs and a top-of-the-range specification. This new engine, which has 20% more power than the previous 2.0-litre HDi, in the 407 Coupé is particularly environmentally-friendly in its category with a fuel consumption of 5.4 litres/100 km (52.3MPG), with 140 g/km of CO2 in the Combined Cycle (a reduction of 8.5%).
Benefiting from the arrival of these new engines, the elegant and refined style of the 407 Coupé is subtly enhanced by chrome trim spanning the entire upper section of the side windows. Another development is the door mirrors which are now larger to offer better rear vision, conforming to new legislative standards. Finally, the Coupé's WIP Com and WIP Nav telematics (accessible satellite navigation and Bluetooth™ hands-free kit) and the all new WIP Bluetooth (option coupled with WIP Sound radio featuring USB connector and hands-free kit) equipment are now available.
In France, the 407 Coupé is available in two trim levels (Sport and Féline) and a special series (with Navteq). It is priced as follows:
- 33,350 euros for the 2.0-litre HDi PEF 120 kW (163 bhp)
- 47,600 euros for the V6 3.0-litre HDi PEF 177 kW (241 bhp).
The V6 HDi PEF is available from September with an exclusive 'GT' model complete with 19'' wheels as standard.
In France, the 407 Coupé 407 2.0 litre HDi PEF 120 kW (163 bhp) is available in two levels of finish (Sport and Féline) and a special series (with Navteq). It is available from 33,350 euros.
The V6 HDi PEF is available from September with an exclusive 'GT' model, priced at 47,600 euros, and includes 19'' wheels as standard.