After 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.
2008 Peugeot RC HYbrid4
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.
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.
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