A more powerful, Porsche 911-like 'Targa' version of the RCZ may be in the offering in the future.

Peugeot is aiming high with the RCZ.

The French volume car maker is reported to be considering a faster version of the RCZ, one that makes it more competitive vis-a-vis the Audi TT, as well as a hybrid and cabriolet variants to round out the range.

The RCZ could come with a 'Targa'-type model, along the lines of the Porsche 911, says the RCZ's production chief Marjorie Lhullier. "If we could do a targa similar to the Porsche 911 with the RCZ double-bubble roof it would be fantastic," she is quoted in the Autocar story.

But that RCZ will have to have a more powerful engine than the current range-topping 1.6 liter turbo with 200 bhp in order for the model to be considered within 'Targa' territory. The RCZ, as it is now, though, is a light car at 1275 kg, making that 1.6 liter take the car from 0 to 60 mph (100 km/h) in a decent 7.6 seconds.

Also in the cards, according to Lhullier, may be a diesel-hybrid with power in the range of 200 bhp too.

Peugeot will be going after a different consumer demographic with the RCZ model, expecting a customer-base that is 80 percent male, as opposed to its other cabriolet/coupe models. Both the 207CC and the 308CC are heavily aimed at female drivers.

Starting price for the RCZ in the U.K. market is expected to be below £20,000 (22,855 euros). The model is slated to go on sale in the spring of 2010.


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