Unveiled at EICMA in Milan earlier this week comes the neo-retro Peugeot Django. As seems to be the trend with manufacturers at the minute they’ve raided their back catalogue for some inspiration. Or as the press release puts it: “Peugeot delved into its history to create designs for the future”.
Peugeot introduced its first scooter in the early 1950s. At the time the S55 (pictured below left) was a very comfortable and well-equipped two-seater scooter with genuine practical qualities. As a symbol of freedom and French elegance, Peugeot’s designers took their inspiration from this scooter to create the silhouette of its successor: Django.
Standing solidly on its 12’’ wheels, the new Django has well-rounded rear wings punctuated by triple air intakes, with long flowing bodywork that is reminiscent of the saloon cars of the era. Its heritage is undeniable from the aesthetic perspective, Django is nevertheless a resolutely modern scooter on the technology front, as epitomised by the design of its lighting. Equipped with an all-LED lighting system, the Lion set in the centre of the wide front grille framed by the daytime lighting surround sets Django apart from all the other scooters on the market. The same principle is apparent at the rear with a light cluster comprising high visibility signature strip-lighting that enhances Django’s neo-retro spirit. Customers will be able to choose between four different high-performance and fuel-efficient engines, ranging from a 50cc two-stroke to 125cc and 150cc four-strokes.
From the safety standpoint, the Synchro Braking Control (SBC) integral braking system distributes braking effort simultaneously to the front and rear wheels and is available as standard equipment on 125cc and 150cc models. While the dashboard has distinctly ‘Fifties styling, at its centre is an LCD screen, displaying trip meters, ambient temperature and speed, in addition to the analogue speedometer needle.
The low seat height culminating at 770 mm means that Django is accessible for the majority of riders, with comfortable and padded seating is. With a 1,363 mm wheelbase and an overall length of 1,944 mm, Django is particularly roomy to ride, notably two-up, when both the rider and passenger have enough comfortable space to avoid getting in eachother’s way. As a functional scooter, Django is equipped with a 12V power socket in the glove box located on the back of the leg-shield, a bag hook and extensive under-seat storage space to accommodate a jet helmet. All in all, a scooter with authentic styling that is both high-tech and practical, and perfectly adapted to daily travel in urban environments.
Django will be produced in four styles; Allure, Sport, Evasion & Heritage. Details of availability, options and prices will be published on Peugeot Scooters’ UK website in the near future. Visit http://www.peugeotscooters.co.uk