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By James Foxall
07 February 2008 14:16
The 308 is a car with capable if not especially inspiring handling so the basis is sound. To improve on this Peugeot has widened the track for the RC Z by 59mm which makes it feel more planted on the road. And it’s given the electric power steering a more dynamic set up, although this doesn’t deliver an appreciably more direct feel. The result is a car that due to its lighter weight feels more nimble than the hatch despite its identical length. Nineteen-inch wheels have been added, the first time they’ve been available on the 308, although they don’t do the already harsh ride any favours. And an over enthusiastic application of power exiting corners has the front wheels scrabbling for grip.
It’s important to emphasise that this car has had no real development. So although it doesn’t feel as sharp as its looks suggest it might, that’s probably to be expected this early in its life. However, we can judge its appearance. Peugeot has said it won’t be launching a version with diluted looks so the 308 RC Z will look identical to this model. And that will divide opinion. There are angles that this car looks awkward from. The front three quarter view from low down isn’t great as it makes the tail look lumpy. And from the side its 2608mm wheelbase appears deceptively long. But the double bubble roof is great and if you like Peugeot’s over-sized grilles, it’s safe to say you’ll love it in this application. Whatever your views, £19,000 should buy a distinctive car that’ll offer almost everything an Audi TT does for a lot less money.
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RE: Peugeot RC Z concept CAR review
That engine looks pretty impressive as an overall package. Shame it's sending the power to the wrong wheels. That would explain the mediocre 0-60 times. For a 1200Kg car with 218bhp, 7 seconds is a very odd looking stat. There's a reason most worthwhile cars (granted with a few notable exceptions) are rear or 4 wheel drive. Peugeot don't seem to grasp that.
22 June 2009 20:37
Not that anyone is actually monitoring this but any updates on when or if this thing is being made? I really like the concept.
15 January 2009 10:48
Even the door mirrors look like oversized golf clubs.
15 February 2008 15:51
Peugeot RC Z concept
I totally agree with Mistral in that it has a definite look of a Karmann Ghia from the back - which in my view is no bad thing.
If it goes into production at the right money then its got to be a winner - good to see the French starting to get back to some of their bravado in terms of design.
12 February 2008 19:26
Crunk and smarmy
I believe it's meant to fill your rear view mirror with the sentiment, "Je suis derrière vous et je vais mordre le cul de votre voiture si vous n'avez pas sortir de mon chemin." And the grill's a reflection of the hip-hop crunk teeth (grillz) look. It's gone full-circle!
I'd imagine with that motor pushing those numbers you'll do better than 7.0 seconds. My MINI's got the same mill (different tune) with the same weight and 7.0 seconds isn't even in it's vernacular.
11 February 2008 15:03
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