The latest Peugeot 308 RC Z, which will begin selling in the by May 2010, will be equipped with a Mini Cooper JCW 1.6 turbo unit that could generate about 218bhp. The latest model looks similar to the concept which was shown first at the Frankfurt show back in 2007.
The slight differences include toned down headlights, a less exaggerated curve along the bottom of the side windows and the shedding of the centrally located exhaust exit.
The proportions are almost equal. The production version will keep the typical Zagato-style roof protuberances and multi-spoke wheel design seen in the concept model. The 308 RC Z will be a front-wheel drive vehicle and will come with a price tag much lesser than the Audi TT.
The flagship model will receive the engine of the Mini JCW, while the base model will receive the 150bhp 1.6 Turbo High Pressure (THP) 16 valve powerplant which is currently utilized int eh 207 160 GT.
Also going to be offered is the new 2.0-liter HDI in either 150bhp or 163bhp, both of which will be joined to a six-speed manual or automatic transmission, with a six-cylinder unit not to be considered.
The production car, which will be introduced at this year's Frankfurt event, has still no name as of the moment.
What started as a concept has turned into reality. The Peugeot RCZ makes its mark in the Peugeot’s history of “lifestyle vehicles”. It is a perfect mix of beauty and functionality, with its lavish interior and ground-breaking style as well as its efficient and environmentally-friendly engines that give a pleasurable driving experience.
This only shows that the future can only get better and more exciting. Inspired by the passion and expertise of Peugeot’s engineers and designers, the company continues to instill its values in all the vehicles they manufacture.
Fueled by creativity, Peugeot goes beyond its limitations and takes a bold step to present truly amazing “lifestyle” vehicles. This earns the admiration of motoring fanatics and lets their makers take pride in their creations.