top of page

405 is over!

Designed by Pininfarina (it is also one of the last Peugeots designed by this style office), the 405 made its debut in July 1987 as a notchback sedan with straight and solid lines. It replaced the 305 in the catalog with the objective of presenting a more luxurious and efficient car in order to move it upmarket. Designer Gérard Welter and his Lion development team succeeded in their bet and the 405 was voted Car of the Year in 1988, which promised it a bright future.

A project that dates back to 1982 under the name Project D60, Peugeot's new family sedan entered production in April 1987 exclusively in Sochaux in France.

Elegant and modern in design, it will be available in all forms, from the station wagon, in the sporty Mi16 and T16 version, and in numerous turbodiesel variants.

However, it is the competition versions of the 405 that will write history in gold. The 405 T16 called “grand raid” will make its debut at the 1988 Paris-Dakar, it succeeds the 205 Turbo 16 entered in competition by Peugeot-Talbot Sport  (then managed by Jean Todt).

The name T16 refers to the engine. A supercharged four-cylinder XU 9T with 4 valves per cylinder. Its displacement is 1905 cc and, powered by a Garett Turbo, it develops a maximum power of around 400 hp. The 405 Turbo 16, driven by Finnish Ari Vatanen, notably won the Paris-Dakar Rally in 1989 and 1990.

A derivative version of this model won the Pikes Peak hill climb in 1988 and 1989.

The 405 is a global car and is one of the rare models to be marketed in North America (405 USA)

The 405 was a real success, alongside the 205, and allowed Peugeot to escape from the economic slump in which the French manufacturer found itself at the beginning of the 1980s.

In 1996, after almost 2,500,000 units, with 85% sedans (2,114,955) and 15% station wagons (373,986), its production in France stopped in 1996, to make way for the new and more modern 406. .

Une seconde carrière à l’étranger