Okay! Not lingering on this eyesore for long.
But after cropping and prepping these photos, we are 100-percent sure that the 907 is a total, shameless fake. Intended to be a GT supercar competitor in the vane of the McLaren Mercedes SLR, the 907 is nothing more that a over-body of anothr manufacturer’s rear-drive chassis.
Of course, a major OEM using another chassis as the basis of a concept is bad enough. But just adding plastic skin atop existing sheetmetal is a real low point in all of automobile-dom.
The clues are everywhere: the giant overhang in front that is twice as long as the one in back, the old-fashioned door handles, the A-pillars that do not match the glass size or height, and most tellingly: big fails on the front and rear fenders.
In front, you can see clearly where the Peugeot hood design overlaps and awkwardly meets the original sheetmetal of, we think, a 1998 Jaguar XK donor car.
This original sheetmetal continues into the door and cowl, before ending abruptly where the door meets the rear shoulder. From this point, we see that the design is clearly a slap-dash reskin — exposed because the fender shape and style is completely unique from the door.
Shameful stuff. As a halo luxury model, this 907 reinforced how fake and downmarket Peugeot was versus actual supercars. Or self-respecting major manufacturers, for that matter.
The production cars with this awful nose are even worse.
PEUGEOT 907 V12 TO THRILL AT GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED
Stunning Peugeot 907 GT supercar concept to feature in the Goodwood Festival of Speed Supercar Run
6.0 litre, V12 engine produces 500 bhp
Carbon fibre construction
The Peugeot 907 – a V12 GT coupé concept – is making its UK debut at the prestigious Goodwood Festival of Speed over the first weekend in July. Powered by a 6.0-litre 500bhp V12 engine, the one-off carbon fibre concept is being demonstrated in the Supercar Run at approximately 1.20pm on Saturday and Sunday, 8 and 9 July*.
907 as a concept was created as the archetypal grand touring car – a two-seater coupé – and is thoroughly modern but with a classic twist. With a nod to the era of the great coachbuilders, this stunning coupé embodies one of the great engineering dreams of combining a large capacity engine within a classical shape, achieving a genuine synergy of advanced technology and motoring tradition. It also provided the first clue to the frontal style identity of the new 207 which has just gone on sale in the UK.
The carbon fibre bodyshell features an integral glass roof and front windscreen harmonised with the rear windscreen. Side vents are situated in the front wings and rear quarter panels, while a retractable rear spoiler is incorporated in the tailgate.
Tantalisingly, a glazed panel set into the bonnet reveals 12 intake trumpets that hint at the power that exists beneath. Two exhaust pipes emerge from either side of the car, which is equipped with 18″ wheels and Michelin tyres, 275/40 at the front and 345/35 at the rear. The wheelbase of this GT coupé is 2500mm, with an overall length of 4370mm and a width of 1880mm. The 907 has a kerb weight of just 1400kg, generating a power-to-weight ratio of 347bhp/tonne.
The interior is designed to provide comfort for two occupants and is trimmed in brown leather and light grey Alcantara trim. The steering wheel rim and the gear lever knob have authentic wood inlays.
* The 907 will also be running on Friday around 10am and 2.20pm before free practice.
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