And it looks stunning.
French automaker Peugeot builds comfortable and pretty mainstream cars not offered here in the United States. More recently, Peugeot joined forces with FCA to form Stellantis and pondered a return to the US market. Though the company ultimately decided against a US market revival, Peugeot just revealed a new car that is bound to generate global buzz. Nearly two years after announcing it would build a hypercar to rival the Aston Martin Valkyrie, Peugeot just revealed its all-new 9X8.
The 9X8 acts as a direct successor to the 905 (which won the Le Mans 24 hours in 1992 and 1993) and the 908 (which won the race in 2009). The number nine pays homage to the company's motorsport heritage, while the number eight is a common stable across Peugeot's lineup (208, 2008, 308, 3008, 5008, and 508). Peugeot will use the letter X to distinguish the 9X8's all-wheel-drive hybrid drivetrain.
At the back, the 9X8 employs a 2.6-liter twin-turbo 90-degree V6 engine producing 680 horsepower on its own. Power from the engine goes out trhough a seven-speed sequential transmission. At the front, a 200-kW (268-hp) electric motor-generator unit sends additional propulsion to the front wheels. This drivetrain was a joint effort between Peugeot Sport and Saft, a subsidiary of TotalEnergies. The powertrain has been undergoing development miles since April to ensure its durability for the 24-hour race.
"There's more to Peugeot's involvement in endurance racing than the sporting aspect. Endurance racing is a form of motorsport that provides us with an extreme laboratory, which explains why our association with Le Mans is so strong," says Peugeot Chief Executive Officer Linda Jackson. "More significant perhaps than the results we obtain on the racetrack are the opportunities it provides to prove our technology and the fruit of our research work in a race that throws extreme conditions at you for 24 hours."
The design looks intoxicating with unique headlights and taillights shaped to resemble three claw-like strokes. Peugeot's new lion's head logo adds a modern touch, as does the Selenium Grey paint with contrasting Kryptonite acid green/yellow accents. This is the same color scheme used on 508 and 508 SW Peugeot Sport Engineered Line and in the 9X8's cockpit. The lack of a rear spoiler is the most interesting detail. Peugeot says it achieved such impressive aerodynamic efficiency, it no longer required a large wing.
The Peugeot 9X8 will race in the Le Mans Hypercar class, competing with cars like the Aston Martin Valkyrie and Toyota GR010 Hybrid. Ferrari will reportedly have a car in this class as well, giving Peugeot some stiff rivals.