New four-door coupe concept for Paris show
20 August 2008

This is the Peugeot RC concept, which will be unveiled at the Paris motor show this October. The four-door, four-seat coupe introduces a new design face for the range, likely to be seen first in production on the new 607 and 407, due around 2010/11.Compared to the Peugeot 908 RC concept shown in Paris 2006, the new design looks much better resolved and proportioned.

In place of that concept’s fussy front-end with its prominent lion badge and multiple chromed vanes, the large ‘lion’ badge is framed by a tightly-proportioned shield grille, underpinned by a wide lower grille.It’s a big improvement over today’s over-sized production grille, which dominates the face of all Peugeot models. The shield grille of the new concept is the focal point of the front superstructure and gives rise to strong design lines that run up the bonnet, over the roof and onto the boot-deck lid to give the RC a strong visual presence.The RC also showcases new green technology in the form of a hybrid drivetrain that is claimed to have a potential maximum power output of 313bhp and emissions of just 109g/km.Peugeot has released no further details of the RC concept’s powertrain, but expect a full hybrid system that offers pure electric mode as well as combined petrol-electric propulsion.

Julian Rendell

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20 August 2008

Fabulous! I take back all the things I have said about the current Peugeot design team!!

I do believe you meant the new 608 amd 408, though.

If the 608 stays faithful to this concept, I think it would place Peugeot near the top of the Coupe-Sedan genre now dominated by the Merc CLS, Passat CC and the Jaguar XF.

It's great to see the Lion may indeed have an interesting future with some excitement dialled in as well.

20 August 2008

At last! Hopefully we will see the end of the ugly fronted peugeot.

Is it just me or is everyone else starting to get a little pi*sed off with every concept coming out with a hybrid?

20 August 2008

I've always liked Peugeots, because they're so recognisable as being a Peugeot. And I love this one. However, Autocar has failed to mention that the name for this new Concept is actually "RC..." - because the full name will be revealed at the Paris Motor Show. Anyway, it looks good, and I hope that engine, and technology similar to it, makes it into a few more cars - and preferably soon, and preferably in production models!!!!!!!

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