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More power for French executive MPVs
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Shortly after announcing their new Berlingo and Partner Tepee rivals, Citroen and Peugeot are once again going head to head with the announcement of more power for their larger, executive MPVs - the Citroen C8 and Peugeot 807.

Both are set to add a new 2.2-litre HDi diesel to their top-spec trim levels early this year, and while Peugeot claims to be the first to fit sequential twin parallel turbochargers to a four-cylinder diesel unit, it's the Citroen which has more power - producing 173bhp and 295lb.ft of torque compared to the 807's 170bhp and 273lb.ft of twist. Fitted with a new six-speed automatic gearbox though, the Peugeot's torque figure pushes into the 300lb.ft mark.

Citroen has additionally updated the C8's front grille to bring it closer to the current family-look, whilst the interior now features more soft-touch materials and chrome inserts.

Peugeot is set to release the new 807 in the UK in February at £26,895 with a manual transmission or £27,695 with the auto 'box, whilst the 2.2-litre HDi engine will only be available in 'Executive' trim level. Citroen's effort will be competitively priced alongside the Peugeot, but the new diesel unit will be offered in both 'SX' and 'Exclusive' trim levels.

Kyle Molyneux - 7 Jan 2008

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