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No, it's not a new Audi TT — this is Peugeot's 308 RC Z concept car. The 2+2 coupé, which makes extensive use of aluminium and carbon fibre to keep its weight down, is set to debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Despite its similarities to that car from Ingolstadt, the concept is undoubtedly a Peugeot. The brand's “Lion” badge is mounted to the ’nose of the bonnet’. From here, the style lines flow upwards back over the bonnet and into the two polished aluminium roll-over protections bars.

Visually, the fluidity of the design is further enhanced by the way the large tinted front windscreen, the carbon fibre roof panel and the polycarbonate tinted rear window are combined together.

The traditional Peugeot “feline-like” front headlights extend along the line of the bonnet. They contain four cylindrical lights each which are clearly visible due to the clear-glass headlamp lenses.

The lower front panel differs from that of the 308 hatchback. It has a sharper and sportier shape with a single air intake and integral front fog lamps, while the front grille features chrome detailing.

From the side, the vehicle displays prominent front wings, deeply sculpted sides, and generous rear wings. The doors raise the visual profile, creating a link between the sloping front design and the curvaceous rear design.

At the back, the specific shape of the rear window required the use of polycarbonate instead of glass and it can be said that the two curved sections emerging from the roof give the car an original appearance, if nothing else.

The rear lights are mounted flush with the car’s wide rear wings. Fitted with light emitting diodes (LEDs), they have a ruby red finish combined with a stylised translucent section which contains the direction indicator.

Two centrally-mounted exhaust pipes are integrated into the wraparound lower rear panel. To achieve this, the rear exhaust silencer has been located in a transverse position where it also serves as an aerodynamic diffuser, but still allows enough space for the storage of a spare wheel.

Inside the fascia panel has been taken directly from the hatchback. It allows a clear view of the outside thanks to its sloping design which complements the vehicle’s large front windscreen (more interior brightness, visibility and sense of space).

The entire fascia panel is trimmed in leather, while the use of chrome, aluminium and black lacquered fittings creates a sporty impression. With this in mind, a Bell&Ross clock has been placed in the centre of the fascia panel, between two air vents, its typography matching the background of the instrument panel located in the driver’s line of sight.

The bucket type front seats feature polished aluminium eyelets, the style of which is also reflected in the design of the inner door panels. At the rear there are two occasional seats trimmed in leather, both of which can be folded.

The 308 RC Z concept car is powered by a 1.6 litre THP engine developed from the EP6DTS engine designed and developed via the collaboration between PSA Peugeot Citroën and the BMW Group, where it is fitted to the 207 RC, with a power output of 128kW.

However, the 1.6 litre THP engine, as a result of new engine management software specially developed for the concept car, now produces a maximum power of 160kW. Maximum torque is 280Nm but goes up to 300Nm in overboost. Its Twin-Scroll turbocharger pairs the exhaust gases flowing from two cylinders to ensure maximum flow onto the turbine, while its high-pressure direct petrol injection system improves combustion and overall engine efficiency.

The engine is coupled with an entirely new six-speed manual gearbox and takes the car to a top speed of 235km/h. Seven seconds flat is the 0 to 100km/h sprint time while it takes 7.5 seconds in fifth gear to get from 80 to 120km/h. Fuel consumption is 6.7litres/100km in the combined cycle.

In the tradition of Peugeot concept cars there is a linked front suspension, made up largely of aluminium to reduce the vehicle’s overall weight. This setup improves road holding, steering accuracy and feedback. The rear suspension, derived from the hatchback, consists of a torsion-beam, two rear suspension arms and an integral anti-roll bar. It has been specially modified to take account of the wider vehicle tracks: the front and rear tracks have been increased by 59mm compared to the hatchback. Together with the fitment of wider tyres, this ensures maximum body rigidity, precision and vehicle stability.

Braking relies on 360mm-diameter ventilated discs at the front with four piston callipers.

Polished split rim 19’’ alloy wheels are fitted with Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 245/40 R19 tyres.

Safety equipment is borrowed from the 308 hatchback with the addition of Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) and the directional bi-Xenon headlamps.

Similarly, in terms of secondary safety, the 308 RC Z uses the same impact protection structures, in particular the three impact absorption structures at the front, designed to provide a rigid structure which can deform in a controlled manner, maximising the absorption of impact forces.

Finally, tertiary safety is assured by the ’Peugeot Emergency’ service linked to the vehicle’s RT4 telematics system. This pinpoints the vehicle’s location and triggers the dispatch of appropriate assistance as required.
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