After joining forces in the city car or utility vehicle segment, could Toyota and Peugeot join forces to revive a lion brand sports car? That’s what YouTube channel Theottle imagined by turning a GR86 into a 308 coupe called the 3086.
Since the RCZ’s disappearance in 2015, many hobby designers have envisioned what the return of a coupe to Peugeot could bring. YouTube channel Theottle, specializing in photomontage, has just been added to this long list. But for her work she chose a rather original basis: that of the Toyota GR86. With many carefully executed mouse clicks, the Japanese athlete becomes unrecognizable. It inherits the sharp headlights, fang-shaped daytime running lights and large grille of the last Peugeot 308, which don’t look out of place on this 2+2 coupe. The RCZ had chosen to share most of its face with the first generation of this compact lion, at least until his mid-career redesign. The rear of the Japanese coupe was also modified in the same spirit, with the arrival of thin taillights linked by a black headband and the famous three-claw light signature.
A not-so-fantastic collaboration
This Peugeot 3086, as Theottle called it, adorns the green that was chosen as the launch color for the 308 sedan. It also picks up on the idea of putting the new lion logo on the front fenders. On the other hand, its silhouette, its mirrors, side windows or even its duck-tail spoiler remind us that this virtual creation comes from a GR86. A choice that conforms to a certain logic. Until recently, Toyota and Peugeot actually had a partnership for the production of their small A-segment city cars. the 108 and Aygo. Today, only the Japanese brand has decided to remain in this category with its latest Aygo X, but it continues to source its commercial vehicles from the Stellantis Group. A collaboration in the world of coupés would therefore not be ruled out. Especially since the GR86 has already emerged from a cooperation with Subaru, while its big sister GR Supra was developed together with the third version of the BMW Z4 Roadster.
A 100% virtual Peugeot drive coupe
With its rear-wheel drive and naturally aspirated engine, the Toyota GR86 is one of the newest “old school” sports cars.
The GR86 will be offered in Europe until 2024. After that date, it will actually no longer be able to meet the standards.
The RCZ, which disappeared in 2015, is Peugeot’s latest coupe. It descends from the first generation of the 308.
To find traces of a Peugeot drive coupe, one has to go back to the 504, which was sold from 1969 to 1983.
The Argus had fun transferring the face of the 508 to an RCZ to show you what a second generation could have looked like.
One might also add that Toyota boss Akio Toyoda and his Stellantis counterpart Carlos Tavares are among the rare captains of industry who regularly engage in motorsports. But while the former helped launch a whole range of road-going sports cars from the Japanese manufacturer, such as the GR Yaris, the latter was far more reserved on the subject. He favored a much more pragmatic approach, initially focusing on the most profitable models. It is therefore useless to dream too much: this 3086 has no chance of becoming a reality. It would certainly have allowed Peugeot to simultaneously reconnect with propulsion and a long coupé tradition, but the current context is clearly not favorable for such a sports car. Especially since the basis of the GR86 is not designed to accommodate anything other than a combustion engine and cannot be adapted to the new GSR II regulations, which will make certain safety equipment mandatory for all new cars from July 2024. The European career of the Japanese athlete will therefore be stopped in less than two years.
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