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Peugeot 308 RCZ (2007): first official pictures

Tue, 31 Jul 2007

By Tim Pollard

First Official Pictures

31 July 2007 12:00

Peugeot's TT: the 308 RC Z

If you're designing a mid-sized coupe from scratch, it's hard to ignore the head-swivelling, original Audi TT. Peugeot clearly thinks so - its Frankfurt show star, the new 308 RC Z unveiled today, looks like a Chinese facsimile of the Mk1 TT, especially viewed in profile. Maybe that's why Peugeot introduced a clumsy kink in the waistline (a la Hyundai Matrix), to disrupt the Germanic body language...

Yes, it's just as you'd imagine a mid-sized Peugeot coupe to look: huge, sweptback headlights, inane grinning grille and bulging bonnet lines that characterise modern Pugs. The front end borrows the look of its sister car, the 308 hatchback and the RC Z previews a production coupe that we can expect on sale in 2009. Interestingly, Peugeot intends to fill every nook and cranny of the C-sector with 308 derivatives. We've already seen the five-door hatch, but we'll also have an SW estate, a three-door hatch and a coupe-cabriolet. That's right - Peugeot is following BMW's 3-series lead and having two separate tin-top coupes, one with a folding hard top.

By Tim Pollard