1 Oct 1997
By CHRIS HARRIS
Breathtakingly beautiful from every angle, the 406 Coupe was built on the D8 406 platform by Pininfarina in Italy.
As an intended rival to the BMW 3 Series coupe, Mercedes CLK and Volvo C70, it was also luxuriously appointed and quite spacious for a four-seater two-door, and boasted more than a hint of Ferrari F550 Maranello that was also penned by Pininfarina.
Only a single model arrived, powered by the SV model’s 144kW/267Nm 3.0-litre V6 combined with a four-speed automatic gearbox.
Dual airbags, ABS brakes, leather upholstery, heated and powered front seats, cruise control, sunroof and a CD player were included.
From August ’99 a slightly re-specified 406 Coupe arrived, with side airbags, while finally Peugeot offered a five-speed manual gearbox option.