407 3.0 ST Executive
dates : 26th September 2004
30th September 2004
the launch of the 407, it seems as if Peugeot is
determined to shed its straight-suit image once and for
new car that set tongues a wagging at the Geneva Auto
Salon earlier this year, is a dramatic leap into the
future from a stylistic point of view. Many people have
commented on its resemblance to classic Ferrari models
from years past.
What makes the metamorphosis even more dramatic is that
the car it replaced, the 406, was typically Peugeot
pin-stripe. The 407 is a family sedan with the profile
of a Gran Turismo exotic, more at home on the Cote dí
Azure than in gloomy Parisian parking garages.
The model Car Torque reviews today is the
top-of-the-line 3.0 ST Executive, available only with an
automatic transmission. Other models in the range
include 2,0-litre and 2,2-litre versions with a choice
of manual and automatic gearboxes.
The three-litre V6 is one of the smoothest on the
market, being an up-rated version of the engine that
powered the 406. It produces 155 kW @ 6 000 rpm and 290
Newton meters of torque at 3 750 rpm. A good, solid
power delivery that doesnít set any records but
perfectly suited to the elegant appeal of the 407.
Itís the new gearbox that is the icing on the cake.
Developed by Porsche, this Tiptronic system is the
epitome of smoothness and also provides real sportiness
when the Sport mode is selected.
Performance figures are not dramatic, with a 0-100 km/h
time of 9,2 seconds claimed and a top speed of 235 km/h.
But itís the effortless manner in which the 407
delivers its performance thatís impressive.
variable hydraulic steering is similarly communicative
and the ride is refined with excellent grip provided by
the 215-55 tyres, riding on 17-inch alloy wheels.
The only slight annoyance is a tendency for the car to
be over-reactive to bumps and ripples at low speeds,
pointing to a slight geometry mismatch at the rear of
the car, giving a jiggly effect until the car is up to
Another low-speed criticism is the possibility of
scraping that long French nose, due to the lengthy
overhang ahead of the front wheels. Care needs to be
taken when exiting steep driveways, and over speed
Safety was high on the 407 design teamís list of
priorities. It gained the top five-star rating in the
European New Car Programme or N-Cap tests. There are
front and side airbags, seat-mounted airbags and curtain
airbags, as well as ISOFIX child seat mounts, and safety
belt pre-tensioners and load limiters.
Comfort and convenience items include air-conditioning
with climate control, rain-sensing wipers, rear parking
sensors, heated front seats, full leather trim, a remote
rear sun blind and high-quality CD shuttle and audio
The R309 990 price includes a five-year-100 000 km
maintenance plan and a three-year warranty.
Peugeot 407 3.0 ST Executive
V6, transverse, 2 946 cc
156 kW @ 6 000 rpm
290 Nm @ 3 750 rpm
6-speed Automatic "Tiptronic",
km/h: 9,2 seconds
speed: 233 km/h
consumption: 9,8 litres/100 km
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