Peugeot Sport has taken the wraps off the 2008 DKR16 which is now bigger and packs more punch.

Peugeot Sport has taken the wraps off the 2008 DKR16 which is now bigger and packs more punch.

Compared to its predecessor, the revised rally car set to participate at the 2016 Dakar Rally is 200 mm longer and 200 wider while the ride height has been reduced, but they don't say by how much. Despite being elongated, the front and rear overhangs have actually been shortened and according to Peugeot Sport this has improved the car's capabilities of tackling virtually any type of terrain and it also has a more balanced downforce between the front and rear thanks to the revised hood and the roof-mounted air intake.

The changes are skin deep as the suspension has been modified as well and the 2008 DKR16 boasts optimized weight distribution along with new one-piece magnesium wheels shod in lighter tires provided by Michelin.

Moreover, the engineers from Peugeot Sport have also worked on the mid-rear mounted twin-turbodiesel 3.0-liter V6 engine and managed to boost its output from 340 bhp (254 kW) to 350 bhp (261 kW) and a maximum torque of 800 Nm (591 lb-ft). It's still a two-wheel drive vehicle which receives the engine's power through a longitudinally-mounted 6-speed manual sequential transmission.

For full technical specs, check out the press release section.

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