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Peugeot's 500bhp 907 GT for Frankfurt

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August 27, 2005

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August 28, 2005 Peugeot always saves its best for it's home motor show and at last year's Paris Motor Show it unveiled several radical new designs, and without doubt one of the most beautiful motor vehicles ever seen - the magnificent 12 cylinder Peugeot 907 GT coupe. The 907 GT has been so popular and such an icon for the brand over the last twelve months that it will again be seen at the Frankfurt Motor Show this year. See our extensive photographic coverage of this archetypal touring car

This is the archetypal touring car, discreet, but processing a sculpted and elegant shape, luxurious on account of the choice of materials it incorporates, and also extremely sporty as a result of its styling and its unrivalled engineering credentials.

The 907 is a two-seater coupe, modern but also classic. As in the time of the great coachbuilders, this coupe embodies one of the finest engineering dreams of combining a large capacity engine within a classical shape, achieving a genuine synergy of advanced technology and motoring tradition.

The 6.0 litre V12 engine (368 kW or 500 bhp) is positioned longitudinally behind the front axle; connected by a small propshaft, it transmits its power to a six-speed gearbox placed longitudinally in front of the rear axle.

The wheelbase of this GT coupe is 2.50 m, its length 4.37 m, its width 1.88 m, while its height culminates at 1.21 m and its passenger compartment, designed to accommodate two people comfortably, is situated just ahead of the rear axle to allow for a long bonnet. The kerb weight is around 1400 kg.

The structure consists principally of a carbon fibre shell, to which the mechanical components, such as the four double wishbone suspension units, are attached.

Set into the bonnet, a glazed panel reveals twelve intake trumpets reminiscent of a fairground organ.

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 equipped with 18'' wheels and Michelin tyres, 275/40 at the front and 345/35 at the rear. The body is painted "Molybdenum Grey."

Brown leather and light grey alcantara trim is used to cover both the interior and the seats. 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). August 27, 2005 Peugeot always saves its best for it's home motor show and at last year's Paris Motor Show it unveiled several radical new designs, and without doubt one of the most beautiful motor vehicles ever seen - the magnificent 12 cylinder Peugeot 907 GT coupe. The 907 GT has been so popular and such an icon for the brand over the last twelve months that it will again be seen at the Frankfurt Motor Show this year. See our extensive photographic coverage of this archetypal touring car

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Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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