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I've been told many a time about how beauty comes from within. Not by looking at the front or the back - of a car that is. But can this French Coupe Cabriolet be a beauty on both the inside and out?

01 Sep 2010

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There's just something about driving a topless car at night, with the wind caressing your hair. Heads will naturally turn to your direction, making you feel like a star. And as you floor that accelerator, you can literally feel them staring in awe. Let us seize the fantasy to another level. Take a pit stop at the beach, with that someone special, and spend a peaceful night staring at the stars above you. Very French indeed. I reckon the stylish masters at Peugeot must have had this fantasy while they were engineering the car. But with one additional reflection in mind - practicality.

The Peugeot 207CC is the replacement for the massively popular 206CC, but not a hard act to follow. As the first affordable car with a folding hard top, the 206 was innovative but flawed. The 207CC addresses those issues and more with a well-rounded package that will surely win over an even greater number of drivers. Like its ancestor, the new car is revolutionary - aesthetically, not technologically.

Exterior

The 207CC looked great from the side. It's compact and sleek. With its sharp contours and sculpted bodylines, this progressive marque has certainly aimed to please. This boldly styled car is a compact design to elicit the 'oohs' and the 'aahs', and the French have certainly succeeded, going by the heads it turned during the test drive. But personally, the appeal somehow starts to drift when you move to the front of the car. There's just too much going on

around the facelifted front end, like the designers drifted back to work from the pub when they should have gone straight home to bed. However, the efforts of making the rear simple and straight to the point worked for me. In fact, I reckon it was the rear and the top that complimented the frontal end of the coupe cabriolet.

Speaking of the top, the thought of the unquestionably awesome Megatron transforming in front of Shia LaBeouf from the movie 'Transformers' comes to mind. The 207CC is a stylish one that uses a fully automatic metal folding roof with no levers or catches to release. All it takes is the push of a button and it's a convertible 25 seconds later. However, the roof only operates when the car is standing still or going below 10km/h, which is a little unfortunate as going below 10km/h is near impossible. Go over 10km/h and a little warning light tells you the roof operation has failed. Its predecessor, the 206CC, was plagued with roof problems on early models and lacked refinement. Thankfully, these shortcomings have been addressed and it feels well made.

Car Information

This model is no longer being sold by local distributors
Peugeot 207CC 1.6 (A)
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Price

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Engine Type

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4-cylinders in-line 16-valves DOHC

Engine Cap

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1598cc

Horsepower

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89kW (120 bhp) / 6000 rpm

Torque

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160 Nm / 4250 rpm

Transmission

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4-speed (A)

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

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12.6sec

Top Speed

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195km/h

Fuel consumption

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13.8 km/L

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