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2007-07-31 08:22
Peugeot takes on the hugely popular TT with this striking 308 derivative. The 308 RC Z concept car will be shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Styling is typical of the current Peugeot design language with a strong front end showing prominent badging, a large mouth-like grille and elliptical light clusters with cylindrical lights showing through the clear headlamp lenses.

The 2+2 coupe's strong side profile shows off muscular haunches with striking 19-inch wheels filling the arches.

Two centrally mounted tailpipes and LED taillight clusters complete the look from behind.

Inside the cabin, the facia has been lifted directly from the hatchback - which also debuts at the Frankfurt show and will be available locally shortly thereafter - and is trimmed in leather, chrome and aluminium, and piano black finishes.

Front bucket seats have aluminum eyelets on the seat backs while the rear foldable "occasional seats" are also trimmed in leather.

The concept is powered by the BMW-developed 1.6-litre engine used in the 207 RC and the Mini Cooper S.

However, new engine management software sees this unit's power output surge from 128 kW to 160 kW. The engine is mated with a new six-speed manual gearbox.

With this unit, the concept accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 7 seconds and has a top speed of 235 km/h.

According to Peugeot, much work has gone into making the car as light as possible. Aluminium components are used throughout, along with a large number of carbon fibre body parts and a polycarbonate rear windscreen to keep the weight down.

The linked front suspension is constructed mainly using aluminium, while the rear torsion beam arrangement is derived from the hatchback. It has however been modified to accommodate the tracks, which are wider by 59 mm.

Several safety features, including lane departure warning and bi-xenon headlamps, have also been borrowed from the hatchback.


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