Audi get to look so alike?
The Peugeot 308 RC-Z looks kind of familiar, writes NEIL McDONALD
THE French are taking flattery to new levels, the Peugeot 308 RC-Z bearing a striking resemblance to the previousgeneration Audi TT. And the French carmaker is pressing on with plans to introduce the sexy 2+2 next year.
Our spy pictures of this black prototype caught by Carparazzi in southern Europe reveal an almost production-ready sports car.
Peugeot lifted the wraps on the 308 RC-Z Concept to an enthusiastic audience at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show.
The production RC-Z is almost identical to the concept, with the sloping roof and kink in the shoulder line behind the doors.
From the front, the car borrows heavily from the existing 308 hatch, its wide-opening grille and feline-like headlights reaching back along the car’s flanks.
At the back the RC-Z gets a rear diffuser and centrally-mounted exhaust.
When it does go on sale, the smart coupe is tipped to line up against rivals as diverse as the Mercedes-Benz SLK, Audi TT, Mini Cooper S and Alfa Romeo GT coupe.
However, it is expected to cost significantly less than these cars.
The RC-Z is expected to reach showrooms with the same engines as higher-level 308 models. A range-topping turbo 186kW fourcylinder from the same stable that builds the John Cooper Works Minis is also likely.
Peugeot’s 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre turbodiesels will also be part of the model mix.
Inside, the RC-Z’s cabin will mimic the 308CC, with a high-quality leather interior, sports seats and 2+2 seating.
The PSA Group — Peugeot and Citroen — is realigning itself as Citroen goes upmarket and Peugeot chases performance kudos.
The 308 RC-Z is tipped for the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.