Peugeot uncovers new Dakar challenger

The new Peugeot 3008 DKR

The new Peugeot 3008 DKR

Peugeot has unveiled a fresh fighter to defend its Dakar Rally title

The 3008 DKR is based on the new SUV to be launched by the French manufacturer at the Paris Motor Show next month.

It replaces the 2008 DKR that led Stephane Peterhansel to his 12th Dakar Rally victory in January this year.

Peugeot’s latest weapon features a raft of improvements to reliability, driveability, suspension and air conditioning.

The 3008 DKR’s bi-turbo V6 diesel engine will feature a smaller 38mm turbo restrictor in accordance with the sport’s new regulations.

“The new 3008 symbolises the next step,” said team director Bruno Famin.

“Our goal with this car was to take the weaker points of the existing car and make them stronger, while capitalising on all the existing strengths to improve them still further.

“There are also some new regulations, which we obviously needed to comply with.”

Peugeot has confirmed an unchanged line-up for next year’s Dakar Rally with Peterhansel once again joined by nine-time WRC champion Sebastien Loeb, five-time Dakar (motorcycle) winner Cyril Despres and double WRC champion Carlos Sainz.

Sainz will debut the 3008 DKR in next month’s Morocco Rally.

Peugeot 3008 DKR The new Peugeot 3008 DKR from the Team Peugeot Total during a studio photoshoot at Paris, France on August 7, 2016. Peugeot 3008 DKR

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