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When many of us think of a limousine, the first thing that comes to mind is a stretched-out swanky version of a black Cadillac with the requisite tinted windows and wet bar. Sure, plenty of elongated sedans still motor around Hollywood every day. But the cars have evolved, and limos are more compact and sporty while still offering passengers a comfortable ride. Several large sedans on the market today including the Maybach 72, the Lincoln Town Car and, to a lesser extent, the BMW 760Li serve as limousines. The 908 RC takes these luxury cars to a different level.
When you look at the 908 RC head on, you can't help but notice the low stance and huge windshield. More impressive is the design of the front fascia and huge openings in the grill. The grill ducts not only look aggressive, they help to cool the engine's two radiators while aiding aerodynamic performance and fuel efficiency. For even more grip of the pavement at high speeds, an adjustable rear spoiler is tucked away on the boot lid, or rear area of the car. By simply touching a switch, the driver can extend or retract the spoiler, adjusting the amount of downward force on the rear to improve high-speed stability. Much like the 908 HDi FAP, the RC has an air diffuser on its underside to further aid in handling.
All that aerodynamic technology wouldn't make a difference if the car's structure couldn't handle the stress. To make the RC more rigid, Peugeot used carbon composite and honeycomb aluminum when constructing the frame. The result is a tubular skeleton that the engine and suspension are mounted to for added strength.
The angular headlights house LEDs (light-emitting diodes) and add to the low-slung style. One of the most impressive features is the windshield, which sweeps rearward, over the driver's head, until it reaches the area where the door closes, also known as the B pillar. The low design allows the 908 RC to slice through the air and stick to the road.
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The interior of the 908 RC boasts supple leather and what looks like adequate head and legroom for four passengers to ride comfortably at high speeds. Cab-forward positioning delivers plenty of interior room. In fact, the wheels are positioned in front and in back of the passenger compartment. All passengers can access the car's many features with the user touch screen LCDs. The Man/Machine Interface (MMI) controls everything from the radio and navigation system to the air conditioning. Speaking of which, all four passengers have their own air conditioning controls. Plenty of oak and polished aluminum is scattered throughout the cabin to deliver aesthetic appeal.
The sleek exterior design and the interior refinements of the 908 RC give the car plenty of character without sacrificing functionality. As you'll learn in the next section, Peugeot didn't sacrifice speed either. Read on to see how the 908 RC measures in performance.