Peugeot RCZ Coupé gets green light

peugeot308_rcz1_500The Peugeot RCZ first appeared at the 2007 Frankfurt motor show as the 308 RCZ concept – and it stole the show.

Peugeot has not yet revealed a complete picture of the finished car, but we fully expect it to look every bit as dramatic as the original design.

Peugeot describes the RCZ as ‘an exclusive vehicle, full of emotion, aimed at enthusiasts who are particularly discerning with regards to driving enjoyment’.

As a 2+2 coupé, it is expected to rival the Audi TT and Volkswagen Scirocco – though we’ll know more for sure once pricing has been announced.

The transition from concept to reality has taken just two years – an unusually short period of time for the motor industry.

Build quality and driving dynamics have been prioritised, making the timeline even more of a challenge.

Engines and equipment levels are subject to confirmation, but we understand the RCZ will be powered by a highly tuned variant of the 1.6-litre petrol turbo that appears in many existing Peugeot models, as well as in the Mini Cooper S.

This means that buyers should be able to expect in excess of 200bhp, 0-62mph in around seven seconds, and competitive environmental figures.

Powerful diesel engines may be offered as well, perhaps even the new V6 that has just joined the 407 Coupé line-up.

The Peugeot RCZ will go on sale in Spring 2010. It becomes the first Peugeot to deviate from the usual zero and double-zero naming convention.

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