Launched at the 1996 Paris Motorshow the Pininfarina styled Peugeot 406 Coupe is considered by many as one of the best looking cars money can buy. Pininfarina, who are also responsible for all the recent Ferrari road cars, used many of the styling cues also used for the Ferraris. If there is something as a 'poor man's Ferrari', this should be it.
Not only consumers found the 406 Coupe very attractive but the 'experts' were impressed by the design as well as it received many awards in 1997 and 1998. Most notably 'The most beautiful Coupe of the world 1997' (Milan Triennale), 'Car design award' (Turin) and 'The most beautiful car of the year 1998' (Festival of Chamonix).
At its introduction in 1997 two powerplants were available for the 406 Coupe, a 2 litre straight four engine and a 3 litre V6 engine. From 2001 the 406 Coupe is also available with the 2.2 litre HDi Diesel engine, the much praised direct injection 'common rail' Turbo diesel engine also found in the large Citroen and Peugeot saloons.The V6 engine was also revised to give 10 additional horses.
One of the few nice looking Peugeots not to mention nice looking French cars. Front wheel drive diesel sports cars do not exactly fill one with exitement though. Like most French cars the preocupation with being different does not always make a better result. Imagine this with a V6 rear wheel drive set up. Youll have to I guess.
Looks nice. Although I'd rather keep my Peugeot 505 Turbo from 1986 rather then buy this. I still think it's worth the money that anyone spends on it. Once again Peugeot shows it's pride in a coupe!
with the recent addition of the 2.2HDi diesel engine, the 406 Coupe now combines one of the best engines in the world with an already flawless bodywork. Hopefully the RC diamond version with has the same engine, but slightly tweaked, will make it to the production line as well. May the Americans finally put aside their prejudice against diesel powered cars, because these cars produce exactly the amount of torque they are used to and reduce fuel consumption by 50% or more.