The first concept of the Peugeot 308 RCZ was showcased at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2007. Today the French automaker has announced that the car, which will be based on the 308 will be officially unveiled at this September’s Frankfurt Motor Show.
Peugeot says the design is kept as close to the original concept as possible and make the driving dynamics. A compact coupe, the car has the similarity proportions of the Audi TT with heavily flared fenders, a longer rear deck and Peugeot’s chunky front-end design is noticeable.
The RCZ will be powered by a 220hp 1.6-litre turbo from the Mini JCW through a new six-speed gearbox. But rumours that the official version will have up to 250bhp (184kW). Peugeot also claims that it will be the first car that does not use the zero or double zero numbering system in its name.
The final form of RCZ will be displayed for the first time to the public at the 63rd Frankfurt Motor Show in September.
In September 2007, at the Frankfurt Motor Show, Peugeot unveiled a concept car which left no observer unmoved: the 308 RCZ. The desire to turn it into a commercial reality soon became overwhelming. However, to achieve the transformation from dream to reality required real determination, daring, and a lot of inventiveness.
The stylists and engineers worked together to ensure that the whole vehicle was in keeping with the expectations created by the exterior styling. If the first wish was to keep the purity of the original styling, in spite of the challenges imposed by its production and commercialisation, the stakes went even further.
In fact, some very ambitious objectives were set in terms of driving dynamics and build quality in order to give the car its own, extremely strong identity. The objective behind this compact 2+2 Coupé is for it to become an exclusive vehicle, full of emotion, aimed at enthusiasts who are particularly discerning with regards to driving enjoyment. Its name, RCZ, symbolises this special and unique position within the Peugeot range, as it is the first car which does not use the usual zero or double zero numbering system. The RCZ, therefore, acts as an illustration of all of Peugeot’s key values; values which move with the times but are still pure and always in keeping with today.
Another challenge faced by the project team was to complete the development of this new vehicle in a particularly short period of time. This was achieved as, just two years after the concept car was first shown, the RCZ will be revealed for the first time to the public, in its final form at the 63rd Frankfurt Motor Show.
A real challenge in the current economic climate, the RCZ will go on sale in Spring 2010.