908 RC - the concept car that could've redeemed Peugeot
Today, we take a look at another concept car that time forgot, and also one that could have saved its maker's reputation.
By 2006, Peugeot was swimming in an ocean of gold they got by selling cheaply-made and terrible cars such as the 407, 607 and 3008. It seemed as if the company descended into utter debauchery in the same way that Katie Hopkins descended further into insanity and racism in the mid-2010s.
However, at the 2006 Paris Motor Show, the company seemed keen to redeem itself by presenting the 908 RC - a combination of luxury four-door limousine classiness and supercar savagery.
What was so special about this then? Well, besides having a stylish and simply beautiful interior that had an iPad-like LCD touchscreen, as well as a gorgeous exterior, the 908 RC had a 5.5L V12 HDi diesel engine (positioned at the rear of the passenger cabin) from Peugeot's 908 sportscar that won at the 2009 24h at Le Mans, which meant that this luxury saloon produced 700 bhp and had a claimed top speed of 186mph. It would not be advisable to push the car to the fullest, because its windscreen is so thin that it could get chipped if the car went above 30mph.
So then why wasn't this beast in a fancy suit put into production? The answer is a mystery really, but it's possible that the stalling global economy combined with the fact that French cars do not sell as well internationally as domestically forced Peugeot to scrap the 908 RC programme. Pity; it could've been amazing to drive.