Ahead of 2018 Paris Auto Show, Peugeot unveiled pictures of Retro inspired e-Legend Concept, a fully electric supercar. Inspired from the classic 504 Coupe styled by Pininfarina in the 1960s. Preserving the original styling ideas from the 540 like double headlights, square front fascia and also showcasing Peugeot’s future design language.
Peugeot’s concept car design boss Matthias Houssan, said: “This was the most difficult concept car I’ve had to design, and it took time to find the right balance between our heritage and the 504 feeling, and more futuristic ingredients, without going too much into retro design. ”
Powering the e-Legend Concept is a 100-kWh battery pack with twin motors on each axle. Providing a range of 600 kilometers in the WLTP cycle. It delivers a range of 311 miles after a charge of 25 minutes. E-Legend channels it’s 456 horsepower and 800Nm of torque to all four wheels and dash from 0-62 mph in under four seconds. Top speed is 220kph.
On the inside, The seats use blue interwoven velvet. The rectangular steering wheel carries a bit futuristic styling along with various screens. On the doorways, there’s Paldao wood, reminiscent of the furniture of the ’60s. The e-Legend has a total of 16 displays. A main 49-inch dashboard display and 29-inch displays in the door.
The infotainment unit is unique too. It features “mapping” and “zoning,” placing each passenger in their own “sound bubble.” So while using navigation directions could be sent only to the driver while passengers listen to music.
The e-Legend comes with four driving modes. Two of the manual driving modes are called Legend and Boost. Legend enables a retro dashboard inspired from the 504 Coupe with dials and virtual wood displayed on screens, while Boost provides “dynamic driving” a 180-degree single driver immersion screen with a projection of the road on a single large screen.
Two modes are autonomous. In “Soft” mode will increase passenger comfort by retracting the steering wheel and reducing the number of activated screens. While “Sharp” will keep the screens on for passenger to get through their work. The individual driving modes can be chosen manually with the protruding driver controller or via simple voice command.
The e-Legend will most likely never come into production. But ideas and various components from the car will come into use in production cars and it can serve other projects.
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