Tuesday, March 25, 2008

New Peugeot coupe 308 RC Z

Peugeot is finally cooking a stylish coupe. Few final touches for the sleek two-door Audi TT rival, 308 RC Z and it will be ready for production, hopefully sticking to the concept car’s design revealed in Frankfurt last year. Everybody was anticipating Peugeot’s designers to get busy with a new coupe since the release of the lovely looking but outdated 406 coupe.

The French manufacturer’s aim is to keep costs down and 308 underpinnings and interior fixtures and fittings are set to do just that. Peugeot managed to create a genuinely sporty looking interior completing the very stylish exterior - possibly the best looking Peugeot for many years and much more modern that the 406 coupe.

Peugeot likes to withhold advanced releases of technical details and refuses to treat hungry reporters and motorists with early designs of models to be produced. Nevertheless, in Frankfurt’s show quite a few RC Z characteristics were generously shared. Apparently one version will be powered by the 1.6 turbocharged four-cylinder used in the 207 GTI and Mini.

Feeble as it may sounds, bare in mind that if the announced 215bhp engine makes it to production a 0-62mph seven seconds speculation and a top speed of 146mph is very safe to be made. 308 RC Z will also follow the recent trend of eco friendliness thanks to its engine's small capacity, so emissions and fuel consumption are expected to beat typical coupes – Peugeot claims CO2 emissions of 160g/km.

So, the 308 RC Z is cheap to run, it is stylish and quick and if Peugeot sticks to the plan and manages to keep the price down, undercutting premium models like the Audi TT, BMW 1-Series coupe the new two-door French baby could be a real success.


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