As the thermometer rises, British motorists will be demonstrating their love of open top motoring, by folding back the hood and taking to the highways and by-ways, cruising around town or heading for the coast to soak up the sun.
Scheduled for launch in late summer, will be the 307 CC, which as well as stunning good looks, also promises generous front and rear seat room to accommodate four adults in complete comfort. This new addition to Peugeot’s open top heritage will be available with two engine options, the 138 bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine followed by the eagerly awaited 180 bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine which will also power the forthcoming 206 GTi 180 launching in July.
The new 307 CC also takes a commanding lead in technology by offering a number of outstanding safety features.
- Pyrotechnically operated rear roll-over safety hoops
- Fully multiplexed airbag system
- Seatbelt pre-tensioners
- Door safety brackets to prevent doors opening in the event of a high speed impact
- Anti-lock brakes
- Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBFD)
- Electronic Stability Programme (ESP)
- Traction Control (ASR)
- Front and side airbags
- Automatic rain sensing windscreen wipers
- Automatic light sensing headlights
- Reversing sensors
- Thatcham category 1 alarm
- Electric windows
Those unable to wait a few more weeks can also consider the stylish Peugeot 206 Coupé Cabriolet (CC) – one of Britain’s favourite open top cars and the top seller in 2002. Like the forthcoming 307 CC, owners only have only to press the button, and the all metal, electrically operated roof folds automatically into the boot. There are two models to choose from, the 1.6 litre 16 valve S model from £14,700 on the road (£15,600 for the auto option), or the 2.0 litre 16 valve SE at £16,200.
Many assume that the electrically operated metal roof was pioneered in recent years by another manufacturer, but in fact, Peugeot pioneered the concept in 1934 with its 401. Peugeot also has a long tradition of building some superb convertible cars – most recently the 204, 304, 403, 404 and 504, 205 and 306 cabriolets. Now with both the 206 CC and 307 CC, motorists get the added benefit of two cars in one, changing from wind-in-the-hair open top to secure hard top coupé and back, in just a matter of seconds.Published 28 June 2003