Concept Flashback – 2008 Peugeot RC HYbrid4 Finally Turned Design Tide



rc hybrid4After highlighting two of Peugeot's less-impressive achievements from 2006 in the 907 and 908 RC, we are eager to show how the brand turned its style page -- to a far better step in the right direction.

The 2008 RC HYbrid4 takes some of the initial sketches from the 908 RC to fruition, but is not burdened by a giant mid-engine package in its proportions. In addition to showing a promising and crisp new style, the HYbrid4 was a showcase for Peugeot's then-new hybrid AWD powertrain. Running a unique electric motor and battery on the back axle but a normal transverse engine in front -- the RC HYbrid4 was both far more do-able, and far more attractive, than the previous years heavy-handed concept designs.

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PEUGEOT SHOWCASES NEW HYBRID CONCEPT CAR AT THE PARIS MOTOR SHOW

The ‘RC…’ whose full name will be revealed at the Paris Motor Show, is a hybrid concept car created from the passion and expertise of Peugeot’s stylists and engineers.

It is a ‘GT’ coupé which provides the missing link between the RC ª and ¨ concept cars revealed in 2002 and the 908 RC, one of the stars of the 2006 Paris Motor Show. It’s a working laboratory of many future ideas and brings together numerous stylistic, engineering and technological ideas all in a single vehicle.

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The ‘RC…’ is also an accessible and versatile car, with four doors, four seats and highly innovative hybrid architecture.

 

Its aim: a very high level of efficiency both in terms of performance (with its potential maximum power output of 313 bhp) and minimal impact on the environment (CO2 emissions of 109 g/km in the combined cycle or ZERO in electric mode).

 

It is an exciting, eco-efficient vehicle which has all the characteristics that also ensure great driving enjoyment; a synthesis of ideas which demonstrates that respect for the environment and driving pleasure can be compatible.rc hybrid4

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