The raison dâ€™etre of any concept car is to explore new ideas and to test those ideas in an attempt to create the ultimate solution. Know-how and passion, combined with imagination then become the motive force that turns dreams into reality. The Peugeot 908 RC evokes passion and imagination to allow us to dream but it will also have a serious side.
The 908 RC owes its name to its engine: the Peugeot V12 HDi DPFS, which will power the racing version of the 908 in 2007. The abbreviation “RC”, used to designate sports models in the Peugeot range in mainland Europe, also refers to the RC and RC concept cars which made their appearance in 2002 and whose architecture served as an inspiration during the design of this innovative project.
The original idea was to create a limousine with an imposing style that offered its four occupants a new driving sensation. The final design, however, is an uncompromising car that combines dynamic performance, comfort, luxury and environmental protection. In short, it is an exclusive four-door vehicle that will capture the imagination of both occupants and onlookers.
The 908 RC is powered by Peugeotâ€™s V12 HDi DPFS (diesel particulate filter system) diesel engine designed to take part in the “Le Mans Race Series” program in 2007. The engine has a capacity of 5.5-liters and offers a level of performance unprecedented for a diesel engine, with a maximum power output greater than 700 bhp and, above all, an exceptional torque in excess of 885 lb-ft. With a 100Â° V angle architecture, the engineâ€™s center of gravity is as low as possible.
The design of the 908 RC creates a particularly low-lying exterior body with a stylish tapered design at the front of the vehicle. Its proportions create an elegant and dynamic statement. Sitting on large diameter 20 spoke alloy wheels (20â€™â€™ at the front, 21â€™â€™ at the rear); the overall effect is that of a big cat, from the nose at the front, to the tip of the rear lights.Â More than ever, the Marqueâ€™s emblem has played a part in fashioning the power of expression of the 908 RC.
At the front, the lionâ€™s character seems to emanate from each detail, starting with the design of the headlights. Lighting is provided by light-emitting diodes (LEDs), with their dazzling appearance the result of a special finish given to the internal components. The exterior appearance of the lights looks like a crystal, cut like a precious stone, creating a faint outline like the pupil of an eye.
Aligned with the curves of the carâ€™s pronounced “hindquarters”, the rear lights, equipped with LEDs, incorporate a polished aluminum insert evoking the shape of a powerful claw. The dynamic rear profile is characterized by the shape of the rear air diffuser, accentuated by chrome detailing and supported visually on each side by twin exhaust pipes.Â The metallic black body color with its bluish reflections further enhances the impression of status, dynamism and purity portrayed by this car.
The light and flowing style of the interior, combined with the latest technology ensures purity of the design and a comfortable interior. For example, all vehicle functions (radio, MP3 player, satellite navigation, four-zone air conditioning, etc) can be easily controlled by means of a large touch screen – the Man/Machine Interface (MMI). The MMI is also accessible to the rear passengers, thanks to a multimedia screen positioned on the centre console separating the two rear seats.
The high-quality materials and interior finish of the 908 RC create an atmosphere that is both luxurious and timeless. The passenger compartment features dark oak surrounds, integral amethyst-grey leather trim, polished aluminum inserts, touches of chrome, and a Bell&Ross clock: everything stimulates the senses of touch, sight and smell. Practical aspects have not been overlooked either. Numerous storage spaces, in addition to the large air conditioned glove box, are located in the door panels and also in the front and rear consoles.
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