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Peugeot’s RC Z coupe is happening.
Definitely. Ever since it unveiled the 308-based
concept last
year, Peugeot has been dropping strong hints that it would actually build the
thing. Hints along the lines of ‘yes, we’re definitely going to build it’.

And today, those hints have become, erm,
not-hints, as Peugeot has announced that the RC Z will be on sale within two years.

A two-door Audi TT rival based on the
308’s underpinnings but with a whole load more curviness, the RC Z will
effectively fill the role of 308 GTi: Peugeot chiefs told us last week that
there are no plans to build a 308 GTi hatch.

Although Peugeot hasn’t released any RC Z
specs yet, it says ‘the specification of the production model will be based on
the key features of the production car’, so expect a tuned-up version of the
1.6-litre turbo engine out the 308 GT (and the Mini Cooper S) putting out around
220bhp. That should be good for a 0-60 time of around seven seconds and a top
speed of 150mph.

Peugeot describes the RC Z’s styling as
‘highly original’ and, if it ends up looking anything like the concept - which
we expect it will - we can’t argue with that. There’s a touch of Karmann Ghia
about the back end, we reckon, and for novelty value alone we hope that the
buttock-inspired roof makes it to production.

We’ll see the
production RC Z at next year’s Frankfurt Motor Show before it goes on sale in
early 2010.

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