Straight out of Poozhoe Province comes this tidy-looking 505, this time in the flavor of the top of the line V6 STX. So what makes these special? How about a 2.8 liter V6 with 170bhp on tap? Okay, okay, so those don’t sound like spectacular figures now, but lest we forget, back in the day our own domestic V8s barely managed to achieve even those figures. The Douvrin-built PRV (Pug-Renault-Volvo) engine was shared by those three automakers, perhaps gaining the most recognition stateside in the Volvo 760 sedans and wagons, though it also made a guest appearance in the Peugeot 604. And I say guest appearance because 604 wasn’t exactly a hot seller in the states. Or anywhere else for that matter.
The 505 sedans were always admired not only for being plush highway cruisers, but also for being quick on their feet and offering wonderful chassis feedback, the sort that could only be found on the larger German cars of the time. So it’s perhaps surprising just how few of them have survived on our roads into the present day.
Here’s a bit of trivia: the V6 was originally designed as a V8, but somewhere in the development process it was dialed back a couple cylinders, remaining pretty much unchanged in other places. As a result, this egine came out somewhat overengineered, not that anyone is complaining. Sadly, the V6 powerplant never made it into the 505 wagons, which is perhaps why we have fewer 505s on our roads right now than we would have had.
Out of the three automakers that used the 2.8L V6, only Volvo was brave enough to put it into a wagon, giving us the 760 Turbo Intercooler. That’s right, the one with “TURBO INTERCOOLER” proudly spelled out on the rear gate in all caps. VOLVO, WHY ARE WE YELLING? I know why we’re yelling. That’s right, the interior plastics in the 700-series wagons were insanely creaky, which is why I’m not too fond of those cars, indestructible though they may be.
Eagle-eyed viewers will note that the wheels on this Pug are mismatched, giving it a slight air of one of those design studio concept studies that feature different styling on the two sides of the car. For the record, it is the front wheels that are correct for this trim level, though I have to admit that the 8-spoke Turbo wheels on the back look much better.
On our shores, the 505 sedan’s most direct competitor was arguably the Volvo 740, which actually came out a few years after the 505 hit the US market. While the 505 complemented the Peugeot 504 sales for a few years, the 740 expanded the Volvo range from what was basically a huge variety of 200 series cars. And some 25 years later, it is mostly the Volvos that we see on our roads today, owing to a huge number of factors.
So when was the last time you saw a V6 Peugeot?