SINGAPORE - Peugeots are fairly uncommon here, with fewer than 3,500 on the road at the end of last year - about half the population of Porsches.
Of the lot, the RCZ coupe is perhaps the most rare, with sales making up less than 3 per cent of total Peugeot numbers here.
Its styling caught the eye of Mrs Joanna Wong. The 61-year-old artist and writer was looking to replace her Mini Cooper S, which was approaching 10 years old in 2012.
"Someone parked a new Peugeot RCZ right across my home," she recalls. "It was love at first sight. I test-drove one the next day and the rest is history."
Mrs Wong gave up a job in banking in 1998 to pursue her life-long passion for writing and art. In the last 15 years, she has published 16 books, including a children's series centred around a magical squirrel. She is also an accomplished artist and runs a gallery in Tiong Bahru.
"Through my art, I hope to impart to others my love for nature and heritage," she adds.
Her taste in cars is dictated by size and uniqueness. It was only in 1999 - 18 years after she passed her driving test - that she and her husband went shopping for her first car, which turned out to be a Suzuki Jimny in metallic blue and silver.
"I did not drive regularly until there came a need to ferry my two sons," she says. Her sons, Brandon and Bryan, are now 31 and 27.
"As I drove more frequently, I began to enjoy driving," she adds.
Driving enjoyment then became an important criterion when it was time to replace the Jimny.
In 2002, she picked a Mini Cooper with a white top and yellow body - the same colour scheme as her husband's first car, a Mini 1000, more than 40 years ago.
Her husband Wong Ban Suan, 63, is a retired bank executive.
As deft as the Mini was, Mrs Wong says the RCZ is more satisfying. With its turbocharged performance, slick handling and stylish looks, the 156hp six-speed automatic was quite a sizzler back when she bought it.
"It is not only super fun to drive, but also a piece of art in motion," she coos.
The two-door coupe has been reliable too. It is approaching its 10th year, but has not given Mrs Wong any major problems. She has had to replace only some common wear-and-tear parts.
She has not decided on whether to renew the (certificate of entitlement) COE or to get a new ride.
"My husband has just renewed the COE on his Maserati Gran Turismo, so perhaps we might get a new car," she says, adding that the R8 - Audi's only supercar - would be on their shopping list if they decide to replace the RCZ.
What's in the boot?
A first-aid kit
Copies of Mrs Wong's published books
A sketch book
A folding stool
A bag containing slippers, water bottles and towels