Outsider view: Affordable fun

Pete Mait

It doesn't always have to be the horrendously expensive, high-powered supercars that create a stir. Besides, who can afford such a car? But now, Peugeot have launched the RCZ, a stylish model that takes your breath away and combines sports car and sanity in one vehicle. That applies not just to the fuel economy figures but to the purchase price as well: 26,450 euros, around £24,000, will buy a thrifty 156bhp petrol engine in an exciting package. This is fun that you can afford. They're a daring lot, the French. What about the opposition? Only Audi's TT can compete with it. Better keep quiet about the price, though.