This latest evolution of the car is longer, wider, lower and more powerful than its predecessor. The front and rear overhangs have been reduced, which is vital when it comes to tackling the varied obstacles such as sand dunes, river beds, and huge rocks that characterize the Dakar.
The Peugeot 2008 DKR16 also benefits from improved aerodynamics: the bonnet and roof-mounted air-intake have been heavily revised, in order to provide more balanced downforce between front and rear. The new air scoop also ensures better airflow. The suspension has been redesigned to deal more effectively with the different and rough terrains. It also benefits from better weight distribution, as well as magnesium one-piece wheels, matched to lighter tyres from Michelin.
There are some surprises under the bonnet as well. Despite the air restrictor, the 3.0-litre V6 twin-turbo diesel engine now has more power. The driveability of the engine is increased too, which will be particularly useful during twisty stages.
Dakar winners Stephane Peterhansel and Carlos Sainz have driven the new car through the different phases of its development, and found it to be a useful step forward from its predecessor, providing greater driveability, power and traction.