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Peugeot releases more details for new RCZ sports coupe

 

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The car will be unveiled for the first time at September’s Frankfurt Motor Show

The car will be unveiled for the first time at September’s Frankfurt Motor Show

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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.

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  1. On of the crappiest concepts I'ved seen.
     
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  2. It's a French TT!
     
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  3. whoever designed that is a poohead
     
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  4. its a mix between an old audi tt and a lexus sc430 which isnt good
     
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  5. I completely agree! What is Peugeot thinking?
    Honestly, it's just as well I live in the US, where in the same price/size category I have much more exciting choices like the Hyundai Whatever and the Toyota Boring. Thank goodness the Mi.To isn't coming over here...
     
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  6. OK guys, give it a break. At least it doesn't look like an Acura TL. One thing is for sure, this is no Audi TT.

    Ah... Roy... Alfas must be some of the most beautiful cars ever made and if the MiTO is not your cup of tea it's worth it if they bring the rest of their line up over here. I truly never understood why the dinasaurs in Detroit don't hire more Italian designers.
     
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  7. well it's nice looking car..
    i know, Audi TT looks much better than this Peugeot, but compared with BMW Z4 this PEUGEOT is 1000% better.
    This is the most beautiful Peugeot since 407 coupe. Nice work Peugeot.
     
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