The recent Peugeot 308 had us smirking at its Pinocchio-esque styling. Okay, we were laughing so much it hurt but then the melancholy set in as we contemplated another famous manufacturer who had lost the styling plotâ€¦like Subaru.
So it was refreshing to see the Peugeot 308 RC Z Concept Car press release overnight. Our faith is restored in the fact that at least a handful of people at Peugeot still know how to design a car that is well proportioned and attractive as opposed to just plain odd.
The debut public outing for the 308 RC Z will be at this years Frankfurt Motor Show. The 308 RC Z is powered by Peugeots 1.6-litre THP engine whose design is a result of the collaboration between Peugeot, Citroen and BMW. In standard tune the engine is good for 128Kw but Peugeot have made a few tweaks and the little four-pot now manages a more than respectable 160Kw. Drive is transferred to the wheels via a completely new six-speed gearbox. Fuel consumption is very reasonable with 6.7 litres/100 km in the combined cycle and just 160 g/km of CO2 emissions.
We hope that the 308 RC Z 2+2 doesnâ€™t die at the concept stage. It would be great to see an attractive Peugeot 308 variant make it through to production. It just goes to show that you can take a sows ear and turn it into a silk purse.