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PGO Cevennes
What do you think?
Sub Zero [ 1 ] ** [3.85%]
Pretty damned cold [ 3 ] ** [11.54%]
Uninspired Porsche-clone [ 13 ] ** [50.00%]
MJU [ 9 ] ** [34.62%]
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post Oct 2 2007, 12:18 PM
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Engine: In-line four-cyl, 1997cc, 16v

Max power: 137bhp @ 6000rpm

Max torque: 140lb ft @ 4100rpm

0 - 60mph: 7.0sec (est)

Top Speed: 125mph (est)

Price: £29,995









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Itís no surprise to learn that most of the enquiries about the PGO Cťvennes have come from Mini owners. It is, after all, another modern interpretation of an iconic motor, and a pretty one at that. Like the Mini, itís chunkier than its inspiration, but maintains the essence and charm without looking awkward or overly contrived.

I doubt youíll have heard of PGO (we hadnít), despite the fact that itís been around for some 27 years and has been building the Cťvennes since 2005. Porsche has heard of them, though Ė it attempted to sue the tiny French manufacturer for plundering its heritage. But PGO won on appeal and now Ascot-based Lifestyle Automotive has begun importing the Cťvennes into the UK.

So what is it? Being the product of a French company, all the running gear is PSA-sourced, starting with the engine from the Peugeot 206 GTI. With just 137bhp from 2 litres it was hardly a rip-snorter even when it was new (and to be honest the 206 never really floated the evo boat either) but here itís mounted amidships, driving the rear wheels, and thereís less weight to motivate (980kg plays 1125kg).

Performance is spirited rather than wildly rapid and the motor needs to be spinning at the top end of the rev range to give its best, which in itself isnít a problem. Itís just a shame that itís so quiet: you hope for a rorty rasp but all you get is a boringly muted humdrum thrum. The steering is only so-so, too: like the 206ís itís light, lacks detail and is a little slow-witted Ė a combination thatíd usually have us dismissing the PGO outright.

The Cťvennesí chassis recovers the situation, however. Itís obvious from the moment you pull away that the whole car has been well engineered. The fit and finish are first rate, there are no shakes, shimmies or rattles, and it feels at least as good as a product from a major manufacturer. More to the point, it rides beautifully and yet corners hard and fast with minimal body roll. It hangs on well through the bends, keying into the tarmac and slingshotting out with little fuss or wasted effort. It could certainly handle a lot more fire in its belly. As it stands, exceeding the available grip requires determination and, even when you do, it wonít catch you out Ė the chassis relays the information that the steering lacks and itís surprisingly friendly for a mid-engined car.

Overall, then, a frustratingly missed opportunity. PGO has got all the hard bits right: everything it has designed, engineered and bolted together is on the money, but itís let down by the PSA underpinnings. If youíre looking for something to cruise around the countryside in, this is fine, but weíd like to have the power and steering the chassis deserves.


Source: Evo

I give it a frozen on looks alone.
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post Oct 2 2007, 12:34 PM
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Looks like a Porsche, only ugly.
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post Oct 2 2007, 02:53 PM
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It looks almost like it wants to be a Karman ghia and becuase it isn't and cant be one it is uncool. It's also ugly.
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post Oct 2 2007, 07:31 PM
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It's like Proton got their hands on a classic (the 356) design-wise. Then it got stuffed full of mediocre economy car components. Cool concept, but very poor in terms of execution. Uncool.
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post Oct 4 2007, 10:21 PM
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its a 356 with downs syndrome!
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post Oct 5 2007, 10:54 AM
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Warm as a freshly produced heap of cow dung.
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post Oct 6 2007, 05:32 AM
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What a freakin' weird looking car. I say it's MJU not only because it's trying to be a 365 but because it majorly fails at it.
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post Nov 17 2007, 02:56 PM
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too much moneyz/ not enough power.
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