Here’s a new reason to wish the French sold cars in the U.S. Peugeot showed up to the Frankfurt Motor Show two years ago with the 308 RC-Z , a concept coupe based on it’s 308 series of small cars. Now it’s coming back to Frankfurt this year with the production version.
Unlike many production cars, much of the concept’s lines are rumored to be unchanged. This includes elements like the dual cowl top, large rear glass area, and sweeping roofline.
The top end 308 RC-Z should come with the same 218 hp 1.6-liter engine from the concept. Pricing should start at around £20,000 (about $29K at direct current rates.) That’s not too bad considering a base Audi TT coupe with 197 hp starts at about £25,000.
Although Eibach is a German tuner and it supposed to present a German car, the tuning company unveiled its latest customization programme for the French vehicle Peugeot 308 SW. The tuner fitted the vehicle with a new set of alloy wheels but also with a new suspension system which lowers it with up to 30 mm, improving in this way the ride quality but also the looks. Of course all the parts have TUV approval.
After the first official images that surfaced the internet this morning, Peugeot revealed the official details and images of the 2009 308 CC, the 307 CC replacement.
The 308 CC has a prominent shape and spectacular LED rear lights that use “red light curtain” technology to create a unique signature for the car by day and by night.
The door panels also have an exclusive design, incorporating an elegant yet dynamic and robust metallic inner door handle. The sporty steering wheel, the special finish of the instrument panel and the “black lacquer” centre console complete this theme.
Two dynamic and flexible engines power the 308 CC through a six speed manual gearbox, unless an automatic gearbox is preferred. The two engines are the 1.6 litre THP 110 kW (150 bhp) turbocharged direct injection petrol engine and the 2.0 litre HDi FAP Euro 5 103 kW (140 bhp) diesel engine, the latter being also particularly environmentally-friendly.
Peugeot revealed the first official images of the 308 CC that will go on sale in the spring of 2009. As you can see from the images, the design is clearly inspired by the 308 RC Z Concept that debuted last year.
With almost same dimensions as the 3 and 5-doors hatchback versions, the 308 CC will also keep the same engine line-up with a diesel hybrid version to also be offered.
The intrepid husband and wife team drove a completely standard Peugeot 308 HDi 110 hatchback on a 25 day, 9,000 mile journey around the coast of Australia. During the record breaking journey they broke two world records by recording an unprecedented 1192 miles on just 60 litres of diesel fuel and an average fuel consumption of 90.75 mpg.
The Peugeot 308 HDi 110 hatchback now holds the World Record for both the highest average fuel consumption on a journey, a record previously held by a Peugeot 307 hatchback, and the record for the furthest distance travelled on a full tank of fuel.
John Taylor, one half of the economical driving duo explained the unusual journey: “We were very aware of the strong environmental credentials of the 308 before we set out on this journey; but we had no idea, however, that it would be such a record breaker. For us, the Peugeot 308 is the perfect family car; it can comfortably seat five adults and during our 25 day trip, the boot space proved itself too, swallowing up all of our necessary luggage.”
Jean-Philippe Collin, Peugeot’s director announced at the Lisbon auto show that the 308 RC Z concept will go into production. Even if he gave no name for the model, he announced we will see the production version in 2009 at the Frankfurt Motor Show and sales will begin in 2010.
The production version will be one of the first models that will feature the CAP 2010 strategy. With an distinctive style created by "Style Peugeo" center, the model will keep the same distinct details of the 308 RC Z concept.
Based on the 308, the Peugeot 308 RC Z concept was unveiled in 2007 at the Frakfurt Auto Show, being a model with an sporty design, impressive performances, but in the same time very economical.
Citroen announced that it will use BMW engines on its new models. Naturally aspirated and turbocharged engines will be employed which displace 1.4 to 1.6 liters.
Sister company Peugeot is already employing BMW engines to power its 207 and 308 models. Although the Citroen models which will use the engines are unknown, WhatCar? claims that the Citroen C5 will be the first car to roll out with the new engine before 2010.
Citroen will benefit from BMW’s EfficientDynamics engine stop-start technology which increases fuel efficiency and engine life. The manufacturer plans to equip all its cars with this technology in the near future.
Peugeot will unveil at the Geneva Motor Show the 308 SW, first shown as a concept version in 2007 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The 307 SW is a unique and original concept which combines a number of strengths such as driving enjoyment, onboard comfort and convenience, comprehensive equipment levels and good load carrying abilities.
The 308 SW is available with a wide choice of modern, high performance, economical and environmentally-friendly power trains.
Eleven are on offer in total, to meet the requirements of the widest possible customer base. Five petrol engines, from 70 to
95 to 175 bhp including a “BioFlex” option and three HDi diesel engines, including two which are fitted as standard with a Diesel Particle Filter System (FAP). They are available with either a five speed manual gearbox, four speed automatic or an all new 6 speed manual gearbox.
The 308 SW range, which will differ between individual countries, will consist of five trim levels between now and the summer of 2008. The entry level will, however, take the place of the “Estate” version of the 307 range. It will be fitted with a traditional steel roof and a folding rear bench seat, and will be aimed at customers mainly in search of an accessible vehicle with lots of space.
Finally, available in ten exterior colours, several different interior trims combined with either cloth or leather based interiors, the 308 SW range will have a version to appeal to the most demanding customers.
Peugeot will unveil at the Geneva Motor Show the 308 GT THP, a model powered by a 1.6 liter turbo-charged THP 175 bhp petrol engine, previously found in the 207 GTi THP 175. The engine will be mated by a new 6-speed manual gearbox.
Designed in co-operation with the BMW Group, the 1.6 liter turbo-charged petrol engine develops a maximum power of 175 bhp at 6000 rpm but is characterised mainly by its generous torque output. With a maximum torque output of 180 lb ft (or 195 lb ft with overboost) at only 1600 rpm, the engine provides excellent in-gear acceleration and levels of driveability normally associated with a larger capacity engine.