Peugeot will exhibit no fewer than 52 vehicles and three concept cars at the Paris Motor Show. The highlights of the French manufacturer’s massive exhibit will undoubtedly be the low-slung 907 GT coupé and a zooty version of the 1007 urban car.

Peugeot will exhibit no fewer than 52 vehicles and three concept cars at the Paris Motor Show. The highlights of the French manufacturer’s massive exhibit will undoubtedly be the low-slung 907 GT coupé and a zooty version of the 1007 urban car.


Thus far, Peugeot’s major product launches in 2004 included the 407 saloon, which was recently joined by its SW sibling on European markets (and soon in South Africa, we’ve heard). Those models, and the 1007, a spunky little urban car fitted with two remote-controlled electric sliding doors and interchangeable interior trim colours (click here to read more), will take centre stage in Paris.


But the 907, a six-litre V12-powered grand tourer concept, will probably be one of the Paris Show’s biggest show-stoppers. The svelte two-seater (with a kerb weight of around 1 400 kg) has a carbon fibre bodyshell, a double wishbone suspension and its engine, which produces 368 kW, is mounted longitudinally behind the front axle. A six-speed gearbox has been mated with the powerplant and is placed longitudinally ahead of the rear axle.


The car’s dimensions are as follow: 4,37 m long, 1,88 m wide and 1,21 m high. The passenger compartment is situated just ahead of the rear axle to allow for a long bonnet - adorned with a glazed panel revealing twelve intake trumpets.


The roof and front windscreen form a single glazed area in harmony with the rear windscreen. Side vents are situated in the front wings and rear quarter panels, adjacent to the glazed roof, while a retractable rear spoiler is incorporated in the tailgate.


Two exhaust pipes emerge from either side of the car, which is also equipped with 18-inch' wheels and ultra-sporty rims.


Inside, the 907 is finished in brown leather and light grey alcantara trim. The steering wheel rim and the gear lever knob have authentic wood inlays. The instrument panel, although digital, is displayed in analogue style and the touch screen of the central console is connected to a PC (GPS, MP3 player, etc).


Peugeot 1007 RC


In RC livery, the spunky-but-generally-utilitarian 1007 reveals an altogether more sporty character. Note the 18-inch alloy wheels, with a forked design and a chrome shadow finish, and the black lacquered brake callipers emblazoned with white Peugeot logos.


The car’s headlamps and grille are highlighted by chrome trims, the door mirror deflectors have a carbon finish and an RC badge is located in the extension of each door rail, Peugeot says.


The rear is rounded off with a black spoiler and there is a grille with a chrome surround at the bottom of the rear skirt, from which chrome-plated exhaust tips protrude on either side.


The passenger compartment has sumptuous leather finishes – including a leather-lined fascia panel with visible stitching, evident also on the steering wheel and door panels.


The central console has a carbon finish, while the rim of the air vents is brushed aluminium. Three interchangeable Caméléo interior trims have been reserved for the 1007 RC - with seat inserts, door pane inserts and rear armrest covers in perforated grey alcantara with matching fascia panel trims in the same material, the passenger side having a pocket style finish.


A 105 kW 1,6-litre four-cylinder engine with double overhead camshafts and 16 valves will power the RC. The wheels and suspension are from the standard 1007 range, however.