My childhood was definitely filled with Peugeot, those 504 and 505 which I never did like because of the thought that Peugeot couldn’t make any sleeker car. Down the street, by the corner, it was just inevitable to look across without seeing a Peugeot. Today marks an entirely new different story for the Peugeot brand.
Peugeot 9×8 is nothing like you’ve ever seen. Due to the replacement of LMP1 (Le Mans Prototype 1) race cars with Le Mans hypercars, Peugeot is ready for a new test at Le Mans race track, circuit de la Sarthe. For Peugeot, Le Mans is a test ground for testing out the performance of the powerful hybrid. Peugeot 9×8 is equipped with a 2.6L twin-turbocharged V6 mid-engine dissipating 680hp and electric motor in the front wheel producing 268hp mated with 7- speed sequential gearbox. The all-wheel drive is a different class of its own, outrageous and audacious with radical behavior that uses neo-performance and powered by 900V high voltage.
With Peugeot 9×8, Peugeot is ready to win it’s fourth 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 2022, as did Peugeot 905 win in 1992 and 1993 and Peugeot 908 in 2009. Peugeot 9×8 is distinguished as 9 represents Peugeot extreme cars like 908 and 908 that won the gruesome 24 hours race at Circuit de Le Sarthe in 1992,1993 and 2009; X representing the combination of Peugeot all-wheel drive and it’s hybrid power technology; and 8 representing all Peugeot models: 208,2008,308,3008,5008,508 in which some designers and engineers have their touch in the new hypercar.
Its front view is constituted by a revolutionary new Lion head logo with three claw strokes LED lights. The rear with three claw lighting with a rear diffuser. No rear wing because of rules for best aerodynamics for hypercar class in Le Mans. The rear diffuser aids maximum downforce. The Peugeot 9×8 is an extreme hypercar on another dimension that was experimented to take Peugeot to the next level that makes it a completely new breed with extreme aerodynamics despite without it rear wings like Koenigsegg Jesko. Peugeot has clad the cabin in ‘Krptonyte’ acid green fabric, in a nod to the manufacturer’s use of the colour for road cars like the 508 PSE.