Peugeot Sport has released more details about the menacing 2008 DKR developed for next year’s Dakar Rally.

Peugeot Sport has released more details about the menacing 2008 DKR developed for next year's Dakar Rally.

Peugeot introduced the 2008 DKR back in April but they didn't go into too many details, until know. Its beating heart is a V6 twin-turbodiesel engine generating no less than 340 bhp (254 kW). Described as a "muscular feline", the 2008 DKR is a two-wheel drive car according to Peugeot so it most likely has a rear-wheel drive layout.

If they win, Peugeot will be the first to triumph at the Dakar Rally with a car boasting a 2WD + diesel engine configuration. The vehicle features a longer 460mm suspension travel (instead of 250mm) and thanks to the two-wheel drive layout Peugeot was allowed to make the car lighter and they also installed bigger tires (37-inch / 94cm Michelin) which provide some advantages on certain terrains and permitted engineers to shorten the front overhang.

The Peugeot 2008 DKR will be driven by Carlos Sainz, Cyril Despres and Stéphane Peterhansel in the 2015 Dakar Rally for Team Peugeot Total.

More details are available in the attached press release.

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