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(from Peugeot Press
Release) More than just a concept car which has become a
reality, the RCZ marks a new chapter in the history of Peugeot
“lifestyle vehicles”. Its expressive and innovative styling, its
luxurious interior, its effi cient and environmentally-friendly
engines and the driving enjoyment they create will project the
Marque into a future which promises to be more exciting than ever.
Drawing inspiration from the passion and know-how of its designers
and engineers, Peugeot instills its brand values in every vehicle it
manufactures. Sometimes however, freed from constraints and fi red
by creativity, Peugeot takes a bold new step and introduces
“lifestyle” vehicles that are truly exceptional. The latter always
arouses emotion, inspiring admiration among motoring enthusiasts and
immense pride on the part of their makers.
Certain concept cars
exhibited at international motor shows also follow this example.
Sometimes their power of attraction is so great that the desire to
see them take to the road becomes unstoppable.
As a result in September
2007, at the Frankfurt Motor Show, Peugeot unveiled an exercise in
style that left no observer unmoved: the 308 RCZ concept car. The
idea of marketing the car on a commercial basis quickly became a
However, the transformation from concept car to production vehicle
required real determination, boldness and inventiveness… qualities
for which the manufacturer is renowned.
Stylists and engineers
worked together to ensure that all of the vehicle’s specifi cation
lived up to the promise of its exterior styling.
Indeed while the main
aim was to conserve the stylistic blueprint of the concept, despite
the considerable constraints imposed by its production and
commercialization, the challenge went much further. Highly ambitious
targets were fixed in terms of driveability and production quality,
to give the car its own strong and unmistakable identity.
This compact 2+2 coupé
was, therefore, designed to become an exclusive vehicle, “something
special”, a melting pot of emotions, aimed at modern and
particularly demanding customers with expert opinions on what
constitutes driving pleasure.
Its name, RCZ,
symbolises this distinctive and singular positioning in relation to
the Peugeot range, since it is the first passenger vehicle not to
use the numbering system with a central “zero” or “double zero”.
The RCZ therefore
illustrates the sum of Peugeot values, which are constantly
realigned with the times. Designed to enhance the sheer
enjoyment of driving, the RCZ is also dynamic (the top of the range
model features an all new 1.6 litre THP 147 kW/200 bhp engine), and
responsible, offering an innovative blend of performance and
environmental-friendliness. With its reduced weight, fine-tuned
aerodynamics and modern engine technology, the entry level model has
CO2 emissions of only 139 g/km.
An extension of this
thinking is the RCZ equipped with HYbrid4 technology which will be
unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show. This RCZ is based on the same
power train as the 3008 HYbrid4 which will be available in Spring
2011: a 2.0 litre HDi FAP 120 kW (163bhp) in front and a 27 kW
(37bhp) electric motor at the rear. This concept has emissions of
only 95 g/km of CO2 whilst benefiting from a potential of 147kW
(200bhp) and four wheel drive.
This reflects Peugeot’s
wish to offer this type of technology on different vehicles in its
range; vehicles which can be very different (crossover, coupé…)
which may be based on different platforms but with a common theme:
to offer renewed driving enjoyment.
Another challenge the
project faced was to successfully develop this new vehicle within a
particularly short time span. With this in mind, it was decided the
vehicle would be assembled at a production centre that specialises
in exclusive vehicles built in small production runs, inside the
Magna Steyr plant in Graz, Austria.
As a result, just two
years after being exhibited as a concept car, the RCZ will be
unveiled for the first time in public, in its definitive form, at
the 63rd Frankfurt Motor Show.
The RCZ will go on sale
in the Spring of 2010.