Saturday, 23 February 2008

Peugeot Spider 207 in Malaysia now

The Peugeot Spider 207, developed from the Peugeot 20Cup concept-car is an all out race car. Inspired by the Sport Prototype cars of the seventies, with its short front cowling and no spoiler, the Spider 207 has a very particular style.

Equipped with a six-speed Sadev sequential gearbox, with selection controlled by shift paddles, a 1.6L engine, and double wishbone and spring-damper units front and rear, the car has been built to Peugeot’s traditional racing specifications and looks like a safe bet on the track. The Spider 207’s 1.6L 16v/EP6 DTS engine, designed in collaboration with BMW, is the same as that in the 207 RC. The use of specially modified and configured intake and exhaust systems will bring the Spider 207’s maximum power to 175bhp. The Spider 207 enjoys a considerable benefit due to the imposing rear cowling. Its unusual design not only improves the car’s aerodynamic properties but also makes a vulnerable rear spoiler unnecessary.

A single make series, the Peugeot Spider 207 Cup was developed for the Spider 207 in Europe. This "Intense Sport" cup was a curtain raiser at each of the 5 European meetings of the 2007 Le Mans Series where the 207 Spiders will run 2 qualifying practices and 2 races. Also launched at the last Paris Motor Show, it is no surprise to see the 207 Spider joining the Le Mans Series together with its big sister the Peugeot 908 whose debut within the Series "LM"P1 category was as promising as was expected.

The two official Peugeot Sport development drivers, Eric Hélary & Julien Briché, have tested the car to improve it. Directly developed from the 3 wheel 20Cup concept-car, but featuring conventional 4-wheel architecture, the 207 Spider is powered by a reliable production engine which offers a high level of torque. Thus, this car is ideal for a single class race championship. Furthermore, an attempt has been made to standardise as many pieces as possible to facilitate their interchanging. The 1,6L engine is totally production configured; only the intake & exhaust were modified. The engine and gearbox, the latter being controlled by "paddles" on the steering wheel, are located in a rear central transverse position. The tyres are from Michelin.

This spectacular car is now on display at the new Peugeot Blue Box in Glenmarie for a limited time. Nasim Sdn Bhd (NSB) would like to have this car participating in the local races. They welcome enquiries as to the running of the Peugeot Spider 207 Cup in Malaysia or use of the car in other local races.

Peugeot and racing fans are encouraged to visit the new Blue Box located at Lot B, No 2 & 4, Jalan Pengaturcara, U1/51, Seksyen U1, Temasya Industrial Park, 40150 Shah Alam to see the fabulous new Spider 207 and also the 207CC which will also be on display for a limited time only.
Also displayed at the centre is the new 2008 edition of the Naza 206 Bestari. A popular seller, the 206 Bestari had been freshened up with enhancements to the exterior and also interior. All these add up to a refreshing new look for the popular B segment hatchback. The best news is that there is no price increase for the enhancements.

For more information on the 2008 edition Naza 206 Bestari, Peugeot owners are advised to contact the Peugeot Careline at 03-2617 7777. Those interested in Peugeot may also visit

At the same time, NSB also announced that they will start collecting bookings for the new 407 from March 15. According to NSB, the new CKD 407 will retail at a very attractive price. NSB will progressively bring in other CKD and CBU Peugeot models to cater to the different segments of the Malaysian market.

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