Will we ever see another Peugeot RCZ? The sports coupe was discontinued in 2015 and the last unit was sold in 2017, and since then the brand has been suspiciously silent to focus on other segments. But this unique model is still very present in the popular imagination, to the point that there are already several graphic artists who have imagined what it would be like if it were now back on our roads.
The latest to do so was Czyzewski Piotr, a Polish designer who runs a prototype and industrial design studio. Piotr has imagined a hypothetical second generation of the RCZ that, if it existed, would surely drink from the same lines that we see in the latest models of the brand. The similarities with the Peugeot 508 are evident, especially in the grille and the arrangement of the lights.
The RCZ was introduced in 2009 and production began in 2010, and it quickly gained the sympathy of many drivers for its uniqueness within the offering of a generalist brand such as Peugeot. It was an inexpensive alternative to the Audi TT. The 200-horsepower GT Line version cost 33,900 euros, but in 2014 it received a 270-horsepower engine that gave rise to the RCZ R, which stood at 42,900 euros.
The 2020 Peugeot RCZ Concept is a creative exercise by Czyzewski Piotr, who wanted to show “the iconic Peugeot RCZ in a new environment with the current Peugeot style”. “The project shows a new approach to Peugeot’s current styling while preserving the most important stylistic aspects of the model.” The result is certainly spectacular.
The imaginary RCZ is still a two-seater sports coupe, but it adopts the Peugeot 508’s grille and the same philosophy for the headlights and taillights, with the vertical led feature that gives the saloon its prominent presence. The bonnet gains double volume and the rear brakes a cooling intake, and the diffuser is a sporty interpretation of the 508.
The chrome pillars are the same as in the first generation. The artist has specified that the dimensions are also the same, so that it measures 4,287 millimeters in length, 1,845 millimeters in width, and 1,359 millimeters in height, with the same wheelbase of 2,612 millimeters. Its weight would be unknown, although if it switched to electrification it would easily exceed 1,394 kilos of the original gasoline.
What of course we do not know is which engine would equip this RCZ, although it would be the perfect opportunity to exceed the 225 horsepower offered by the sportier version of the 508 today. The entry-level Audi TT now has 197 hp, but in its RS configuration, it stands at 400. Dreaming is free.