The midsize Peugeot 308 is one of the most flexible vehicles in the French automaker’s lineup, spawning numerous variants such as the regular three and five-door hatchbacks, SW wagon, as well as the stylish CC convertible. However, there is at least one more 308 variant in the works and it’s destined to be the most exciting of them all.
The car, revealed in these official teasers, is the production version of 2007’s 308 RC Z concept
, a sporty coupe with similar proportions to the original Audi TT and a punchy turbocharged four-banger. Peugeot has confirmed the 308 RC Z was headed for production
and that the car would be revealed at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show.
The nearly undisguised photos show that the production version, simply dubbed RCZ, will bear a fair resemblance in proportion to the Audi TT, though no observer is likely to confuse the two. Heavily flared fenders, a longer rear deck line and Peugeot's chunky front-end design - still slightly obscured here - will make the RCZ stand out from the crowd.
Peugeot has now revealed that the RCZ will go on sale in Europe next spring.
Mechanically, not much is yet known, though the concept car sourced a 218hp (162kW) 1.6L turbo four from the Peugeot 207, and talk of an up-rated 250hp (186kW) variant is also circulating. With figures like that, the car will definitely have to focus on nimble handling to meet its performance targets. The standard range of engines available in the 308 is also likely to be available.
Peugeot 308 RC Z Concept
Peugeot 308 RC Z coupe spy shots
2011 Peugeot RCZ official teasers