Peugeot 2008 DKR
Peugeot 2008 DKR

The muscular, thoroughbred yet beastlike form of the Peugeot 2008 DKR provided a vivid indication of the car’s serious desire for success.
A success that was proven with its win in the 2016 Dakar rally.


Peugeot 2008 DKR at Dakar
Peugeot 2008 DKR on sand dune

The Peugeot 2008 DKR16 shared an unmistakable family resemblance with Peugeot’s former road-going 2008 Crossover, albeit with more muscular forms and more imposing overall proportions that were honed to meet the challenges that lay ahead in a number of races during 2016. The spectacular lines of the Peugeot 2008 DKR were the fruit of close cooperation between the experts at Peugeot’s Style Centre and their colleagues at Peugeot Sport’s Design Department.

The final evolution of the car, which won both the Dakar rally and the China Silk Way Rally in 2016  was longer, wider, lower and more powerful than its predecessor: and presented a more aggressive stance, with a raft of improvements under the skin as well.

The front and rear overhangs were reduced, enhancing the car’s go-anywhere ability. The Peugeot 2008 DKR also benefitted from improved aerodynamics: the bonnet and roof-mounted air-intake were heavily revised in order to provide more balanced downforce between front and rear. The new air scoop also ensured better airflow.

Other evolutions lay under its carbon skin. The suspension was redesigned to deal more effectively with the different and rough terrains. It also benefitted from better weight distribution, as well as magnesium one-piece wheels for the first time, matched to lighter tyres from Michelin. These replaced the aluminium two-piece wheels with the combination resulting in a significant weight saving.

DAKAR 2016

Peugeot winning team of the 2016 Dakar

The 38th Dakar Rally got underway in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Saturday 2nd January 2016, before concluding in Rosario on Saturday 16th  January. Peugeot Total’s crews of Stéphane Peterhansel/Jean-Paul Cottret, Carlos Sainz/Lucas Cruz and Cyril Despres/David Castera and Sébastien Loeb/Daniel Elena faced nearly 10,000 kilometres of intense competition, during which they travelled practically the entire width of South America, through some of the toughest terrains possible.

All the crews gave it their best shot at the wheel of the Peugeot 2008 DKR. The car kept faith with its two-wheel drive configuration against the traditional 4x4s, and was instantly at ease on every type of surface, underlining the effectiveness of the technical choices that were originally made.

The Team Peugeot Total crews claimed the lead of the rally right from the first proper special stage. During the first week the Peugeot 2008 DKRs consistently occupied the top three places, thanks to six one-twos and two one-two-threes on the six stages run, inspiring the whole team.

The second week of the rally offered further adventures with a more varied route, taking in an increased amount of off-piste action and an itinerary through the dunes. Through this hazard-strewn terrain, both Sébastien Loeb and Carlos Sainz bid farewell to their hopes of victory. Cyril Despres had already been delayed on stage five with a turbo problem, so it was Stéphane Peterhansel who emerged as Team Peugeot Total’s main contender for victory.
The Frenchman won a crucial stage through the famous Fiambala dunes, and then seized the advantage on the 10th of 13 stages, with a cushion of one hour at the head of the field. He then just had to manage that advantage all the way to the finish, which he managed comfortably to win the 2016 Dakar.