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Wednesday, October 7, 2020

One of the coolest Peugeot cars of the 1980s

In the 1980s Peugeot was going through difficult times and was considered to have lost its charisma. As if to answer these allegations as well as proof, Peugeot revealed something fractal, starting with the launch of a convertible sports concept car that should really impress us for a future car called the Peugeot Quasar in 1985. 
1988 Peugeot Oxia Concept. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3iqqneI)
This French automotive manufacturer's journey continued when in 1988 it launched an attractive concept car named Peugeot Oxia. Implicitly this concept car is inspired by the Peugeot Quasar concept car. And at that time Peugeot had to spend around ₣8 million or around £2 million to build two units of the Oxia concept car.
This concept car bears an unusual name because reportedly the name was taken from an area on our neighbor red planet, Mars called Oxia Palus. As reported from Automobile magazine, Peugeot's head of interior styling at the time, Paul Bracq, seems eager to compare this 1980s Peugeot Oxia concept car to the exoticism of some legendary 1930s cars, by calling it "my idea of a Delage, Delahaye, or Talbot for the 1990s."
1988 Peugeot Oxia Concept. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3iu6kMr)
1988 Peugeot Oxia Concept. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3iu6kMr)
The French car company further describes the creation of the Peugeot Oxia concept car at that time as "the dreamer essence hidden deep in the hearts of modern humans." It was a car that "everyone would like to have but no one else could." In general, this concept car is built using the same platform as the Peugeot's sports car for the Le Mans championship which is equipped with a V6, 286cc, twin-turbo engine so that it can produce about 670 hp at 8,200 rpm and a maximum torque of 535 lb.ft at 4,500 rpm.
1988 Peugeot Oxia Concept. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/3iu6kMr)
The Peugeot Oxia weighs of 1,377kg is equipped with an intricate transmission system featuring an epicyclic center differential that provides a torque separation of 25% at the front, 75% at the rear, and incorporates a thick Ferguson clutch, plus electronically controlled limited-slip differentials at the front and rear and steering is responsible for a lot of it. The suspension is also double wishbone, not to mention that each gas-filled damper is surrounded by a pair of concentric coil springs.

Underneath its sleek appearance, the Oxia concept is a mix between Group B rally cars and Group C sports racings. There is an enormous side intake duct adorning its body, while the driver and occupants sit in a large glass canopy accompanied by Clarion's entertainment devices. This car is also equipped with a computer system that is ready to map travel routes, perform standard safety checks, and warn of road and traffic conditions ahead. While at the rear, there are twin megaphone exhaust pipes that can roar loudly when used on the streets.
1988 Peugeot Oxia Concept. (Picture from: https://bit.ly/34kA3lY)
At that time, to show their sincerity that Oxia was more than just a show car, Peugeot invited many journalists to go around testing it. With a test driver from tire manufacturer Michelin behind the wheel, the Peugeot super-coupe was able to reach a top speed of 217 mph (348 kph), and reportedly that's a figure far beyond what the French company previously claimed.
Although we will never see it running for real on the road, or even slated to appear in Peugeot's line of racing models and possibly in production cars. However, this can be said to be a historic milestone for Peugeot to re-establish itself as one of the world's automotive top-marques. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | JALOPNIK | DRIVETRIBE]
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