A production 1.6-liter BlueHDi 100 S&S Peugeot 208 set a new long-distance fuel consumption record. The record was set under the eye of the Union Technique de l’Automobile du motocycle et du Cycle (UTAC), a French approval authority. The test took the Peugeot 208 around a track for 1,337.19 miles using 9.45 gallons of diesel fuel. Average fuel economy was a phenomenal 117.6 mpg U.S.
The test took place at the Peugeot test circuit in Belchamp, France. The standard production Peugeot 208 used the 1.6-liter BlueHDi 100 S&S engine and a five-speed manual gearbox. Over 38 hours, with drivers taking 3-4 hour shifts, the car drove around the track at a required speed set by UTAC. The specific model was the VLFC (very low fuel consumption) model, which includes a modified rear spoiler and Michelin Energy Saver+ tires.
The official fuel economy scores for the 208 VLFC model is 78 mpg (U.S.).
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