Not intending to let German rival Audi have all the fun with the Audi TT, this is Peugeot’s latest body variant of the Peugeot 308 called the 308 RC Z Concept Car, which like it’s namesake, is still a concept at the moment.
On the exterior, it is 4276mm long – which is about the same as the hatchback, 1840mm wide – 25mm more than the hatchback, and 1320mm tall. The exterior design is typical trademark feline as expected from Peugeot. On the inside, the fascia panel has been taken directly from the Peugeot 308 hatchback and is trimmed in leather, with stylish usage of chrome, aluminium and black lacquer detailing helping create a sporty, upmarket impression. In the middle of the fascia panel is a Bell&RossÂ® clock. Such great care has been taken to ensure an upmarket feel – even the bucket seats have polished aluminium eyelet detailing.
Powering the Peugoet 308 RC Z is a 1.6 litre turbocharged inline-4 petrol engine similiar to the one found under the hood of the Peugeot 207 GTi and the MINI Cooper S, but in this stage of tune it puts out 218 horsepower, and torque output has been upped to 280Nm with a 300Nm temporarily overboost function. The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. A very decent powertrain for a car that weighs 1,200kg (kerb weight with full tank). For stopping power, there are 4-piston 360mm ventilated discs at the front, hiding behind 19″ split rim alloy wheels wrapped with Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 245/40 R19 tyres.
This relatively low weight is achieved with aluminium components used throughout the car including the front suspension. The rear suspension is a torsion beam setup with an integral anti-roll bar. This has been developed from the hathback but has been modified to take account of the wider vehicle track (59mm wider) and tyres.
More photos after the jump.