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PSA is putting its very attractive 308 RC-Z into series production, and will make a formal announcement at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. When we saw this curvaceous coupe in in Frankfurt last year, German flooded our imagination. As has been previously pointed out, there's a lot of Audi TT in the roofline, and the side elevation evokes the Karmann Ghia. We can give Peugeot a pass on that, since the car's designer is German, and there are worse fates than aping two very stylish coupes.

The design hides easter eggs for alert viewers, too. The roof and backlight are formed from polycarbonate and use a double bubble shape to increase headroom for occupants, while at the same time evoking racers by Zagato. The upkick in the doors where they meet the rear quarter windows also offers visual amusement, too. Underhood is a direct-injected, 218-horsepower 1.6L four-cylinder that's shared with the MINI. With less than 2,700 pounds to haul around and Peugeot's storied suspension prowess, the grin might never leave your face.

The 308 RC-Z would be a great vehicle to lead Peugeot's return to the North American market. Many may remember unreliable chariots of woe when they think of Peugeot, but we can't shake our affection for the 405 Mi16. With small cars and coupes showing signs of life, now could be the time, and we think this car would sell better than useless crap on eBay. Thanks for the tip, vlatko!

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      • 7 Years Ago
      If the Green Goblin drove a car...
      • 7 Years Ago
      i think this will be cheeper audi tt, you know audi tt for masses :D
      but its not that nice, rear end is allmost long as front end, but as i saw on pics whole MTB bike can fin in there...

      • 7 Years Ago
      When did Peugeot become a Chinese company? This design is a total ripoff of the new TT and the Eclipse.
      • 7 Years Ago
      While this does share some common design themes with the TT, the TT itself is derivative of many past designs, Karmann-Ghia included. While I would prefer a more original design or typically Peugeot-inspired design, I do think the car is attractive. Were Peugeot to decide to sell this in the U.S., I would certainly be giving it a serious look. I currently drive a 405 wagon and had a 505 2.8 in years past. Both saw use as daily drivers and were reliable enough for that sort of duty.

      • 7 Years Ago
      It wasn't that they were unreliable per se, it's that they were unreliable and had no support network and piss-poor warranty handling. Contemporary GM, Ford and Chrysler (especially Chrysler!) products sucked, too, but at least you didn't have to tow them a hundred miles and wait two months for a part to show up.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The design of the Karmann Ghia was Italian, by the way.

        • 7 Years Ago
        Yes, I'm aware the Karmann Ghia was an Italian design - but Volkswagen, a German company, sold the car.

        In fact, that Ghia design may be Italian by way of Studebaker.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Peugeot has a long history of using Italian designs, so I suppose there is some historical reference for them to borrow from a car like the K-G. That said, I don't know that any past Peugeots were Ghia designs. I'm only aware of their long cooperation with Pininfarina.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Sorry, just pointing out that if you're saying the car has you thinking German, then commenting that the design 'evokes' the KG, it bears mentioning that the design in question is Italian.
      • 7 Years Ago
      it looks like new Audi TT
        • 7 Years Ago
        "As has been previously pointed out, there's a lot of Audi TT in the roofline"

        From the text of the post - thanks for adding to the discussion
      • 7 Years Ago
      more interesting...

      with 217hp and fun to drive suspension brake setup (Autozeitung made a test drove with the prototype) the 308 RC Z gets 35mpg(US) in mixed city highway in average 7.0s 0-62mph topspeed of 148mph ... thats all most likely for under 23,000Euro... means under $23,000 if sold in the USA
        • 7 Years Ago

        Not sure where you're getting your info from, but $23,000 EUR is about $34,000 USD
          • 7 Years Ago
          @ Joel

          easy rule currently all cars sold in Euroland cost the same or 10% less in the USA with Euro price sticker replaced by $ sticker

          simple Euro price are including tax in Germany for example 19% VAT the US prices are without... next to that the harder fight on the US market force Euro producer to sell cars much cheaper in the USA as in Europe.


          BMW 335i
          Germany 41,300Euro incl. VAT
          USA $ 38,900

          41,300 - 10% = 37,170

          replace Euro with $ and you are pretty close to the real price...

          So if a car is sold in Germany for 23,000Euro it cost most likely between $20,000 to $23,000 in the USA

          • 7 Years Ago
          They don't do a simple euros to dollars conversion, like when you are buying something over there on a European trip. Other factors being at work, sometimes a European car sells for less money here than it does there.
        • 7 Years Ago
        It's not a bad rule of thumb where car prices are concerned, actually. Each Euro is worth much more than $1 these days, but cars sell for a higher overall price per unit in Europe, so it's not useless as a rough estimate to just swap the euro symbol for $ and think that might be in the ballpark.
      • 7 Years Ago
      A hard top version of a 1998 Plymouth Pronto Spyder?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I like this a lot even more than the Nissan Z
      • 7 Years Ago
      The front of thsi car - the way Pugeot have handled the European "how to best hit a pedestrian" thing is horrific ...at best...

        • 7 Years Ago
        The newest "feline" design language makes me thing the car will hit any pedestrian that may cross its path.

        ...if not actually chase them down!
        • 7 Years Ago
        lol@ "how best to hit a pedestrian.

        The newest "feline" design language makes me thing the car will hit any pedestrian that may cross its path.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Really ugly.
      Since a few years, all (smaller) Peugeuots look the same. Some are more pompous than other, but they're all the same.
      The last beautiful french cars were the Citroen DS & 2CV..
        • 7 Years Ago
        calling this ugly and a 2CV beautiful throws a confusing light on your taste...
        • 7 Years Ago
        2CV is beautiful? First time I've heard those words together.
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