IT IS TIME TO REMEMBER THIS FRENCH V12 HEAVYWEIGHT
I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, French cars will always remain the coolest in the world.
I won’t go through the long list of reasons why again, but I will dive back into the mad and wonderful world of the French concept cars. If we take Bugatti out of the equation, the brands we are left with aren’t exactly the first you think of when it comes to performance. However, just to give two fingers to the rest of the world, French manufacturers Peugeot, Renault and Citroën love to produce one off concepts that blow the competition away.
The Peugeot Onyx was gorgeous and the Citroën GT (pictured below) was insane, but they weren’t realistic road cars, so everyone took them with a pinch of salt.
Anyone can make renders or ridiculously designed cars that you can’t see out of for a motor show, but Peugeot changed their thinking and made something that actually looked drivable.
Enter the Peugeot 907. Go on. Drink it in. I’ll give you a minute.
It isn’t just spectacular on the outside either, it has a bloody V12 nestled underneath that achingly beautiful body. The V12 produces 800bhp. Yes, that is not a typo, 800bhp. Well that is what wikipedia said, apparently it is more like 500bhp, but I don’t care…. Just look at it.
The power was produced by two 3.0-litre V6s spliced together.
The car was created by styling chief Gérard Welter and designer Jean-Christophe Bolle-Reddat to celebrate the closure of the firm’s 40-year-old design centre at La Garenne, and the opening of a new one at Vélizy.
You think it looks like a Peugeot 407? Sod off. Well, maybe a little, but that’s not such a bad thing is it? Can you really argue against a car that has an exhaust out of the side? No, checkmate.
I just hope that French car manufacturers continue to produce such wonderful and bizarre concepts, but keep their sensible hats on and make them just slightly road-legal and plausible