We’ve just added another vehicle to our list of cars we want, but can’t have, because the manufacturer chose not to sell it in South Africa.
The object of our affections is a special version of Peugeot’s 508 RXH. The RXH is slightly raised, crossover version of the French manufacturer’s luxury sedan. It comes as standard with a 2,0-litre HDi hybrid powertrain with 147kw and 450Nm on tap. Peugeot claims a combined fuel consumption of 4.2 l/100km, which would be extremely helpful considering our current fuel prices.
But that’s not the reason why we want a RXH. We’re lusting after a special once-off RXH built by Italian coachbuilder, Carrozzeria Castagna.
The exterior features a two-tone matte paintjob and black chrome finishing on most of the accessories. To complete the look, Carrozzeria Castagna borrowed a set of 19-inch alloys from the sporty RCZ.
The tweed interior is admittedly old-school, but it works well with the brown leather inserts on the front seats and the wood inserts in the luggage compartment.
Below is a video showing the design and development of the once-off RXH.