What’s French, built in Italy and designed by Italians – Pininfarina – and that in a certain light, could pass for a Ferrari? I’ve you’ve answered the 1997 Peugeot 406 Coupe, go to the head of the class! This stunning coupe, with its tapered nose and boot, and incredible flowing roof is as good a design as any to come out of the famed Pininfarina design studio. The interior, however, was lifted almost wholesale from the sedan. It featured adequate room for four adults, and the dashboard, despite being relatively lackluster for a car with that kind of look, was functional and well-designed.
The basic engine for the 406 Coupe was not exactly exciting; it was an under-powered four-cylinder affair; the real fun happened when the V6 was ordered: 3-liters, 24-valves, double overhead camshafts and 194 smooth horsepower made for a very pleasant car to drive, all the way to its 146 miles per hour top speed. It also boasted an impressive, if not record-breaking 7.5 seconds 0-60 time.
With the V6 under hood, the 1997 Peugeot 406 Coupe had the power to back up the claims that its incredible style suggested so strongly.