RC Z Coupe
litre 4 cylinder
The Peugeot 308 RC Z Coupe was a concept unveiled at the
2007 Frankfurt Motor Show. The 308 RC Z Coupe is a 2+2
sports coupe based on the 308 hatchback. In 2009 Peugeot
revealed the production version of the RC Z Coupe concept,
The brief for the 308 RC Z Coupe was to build a vehicle
with a strong focus on driving pleasure, one which was
light and efficient and also environmentally friendly.
The light overall weight of the RC Z Coupe was achieved
with the extensive use of aluminium components, for example
the two roll over protection bars that separate the passenger
compartment and give shape to the exterior styling, and
the use of a polycarbonate rear windscreen and a large
number of carbon
fibre body parts.
The aggressive styling of the 308 RC Z Coupe concept gives
a great sense of movement and fluidity even when still.
The design of the front end is based around Peugeot's
current 'feline' styling theme seen on many of their current
production cars and concept vehicles. The badge effectively
creates the nose, while the headlights and centre grille
compose the eyes and mouth respectively.
Visually, the fluidity of the RC Z Coupe's design is further
enhanced by the way the large tinted front windscreen,
the carbon fibre roof panel and the polycarbonate tinted
rear window seem to flow seamlessly into one another.
From the side, the concept displays a strong profile with
its prominent front wings, deeply sculpted sides, and
particularly generous rear wings. The doors raise the
visual profile, creating a link between the sloping front
design and the curvaceous rear design. At the rear of
the 308 RC Z Coupe two centrally mounted exhaust pipes
are integrated into the wraparound lower rear panel. To
achieve this, the rear exhaust silencer has been located
in a transverse position where it also serves as an aerodynamic
diffuser, but still allows sufficient space for the storage
of a spare wheel.
The Peugeot 308 RC Z Coupe is powered by a 1.6 litre turbocharged
4 cylinder petrol engine derived from the unit fitted
to the 207 GTi, but with the fitment of new engine management
system power has been increased to 218 horsepower and
221 ft-lbs of torque. The engine is mated to an entirely
new 6 speed manual gearbox allowing the 308 RC Z Coupe
to achieve a 0-60 mph time of just 7 seconds and a 146
mph top speed.
Similar and related vehicles:
Peugeot 407 Silhouette
Peugeot 607 Feline
Peugeot 607 Paladine
Peugeot 207 RCup
Peugeot 908 RC