The launch of the Peugeot RCZ will mark
the start of a dynamic new chapter in the history of Peugeot. This
stunning coupé has been designed to be a special vehicle within the
Peugeot range, aimed directly at customers who see their cars as a
source of driving enjoyment as well as daily transport.
The name, RCZ, symbolises this special
positioning as it will be the first Peugeot passenger car not to use the
traditional numbering system with a central ‘zero’ or ‘double zero’.
Designed to enhance the sheer enjoyment of driving, the RCZ is both
dynamic (the top of the range model features an all new 1.6 litre THP
200 bhp engine) and responsible, offering an
innovative blend of
performance and environmental-friendliness. With its reduced
weight, fine-tuned aerodynamics and modern engine technology, the entry
level model has CO2 emissions of only 139 g/km.
The RCZ is a compact 2+ 2 Coupé with a
number of key styling features. The “double bubble” of
the roof, which was a major talking point of the original concept car,
is retained in the production car.
The aluminium “roof arches”, another
feature of the concept car, are also retained and help highlight the
front windscreen, black roof panel and dark-tinted rear windscreen. At
the front the RCZ retains the marque’s characteristic feline look.
The vehicle stands 1.36 m high and,
with the optimised airflow due to the double bubble roof, has
superb aerodynamics. At the rear, an
active rear boot
spoiler also contributes to the car’s aerodynamic efficiency;
it can be deployed in two positions according to the speed of the
vehicle to ensure an ideal balance between road holding and fuel
The passenger compartment of the RCZ
instantly immerses the driver in a subtly elitist ambience echoing the
world of motor sport.
“Getting into” the vehicle, the driver
discovers an ergonomic driving position,
for enjoying the RCZ’s high levels of road-holding. The wrap-around
seats with their integral head restraints fit like a glove around the
front occupants, and all the controls are easily within the reach of the
The use of high quality materials
throughout the interior combines with the elegant design to enhance the
overall premium feeling of the interior.
The instrument panel dials are
contained in metal cases, with photo-etched, back-lit markings, a
feature which is also continued in the stylish centrally mounted clock.
The fascia panel is covered entirely
with an innovative soft feel material, hi-tech in appearance and very
elegant in style. Customers will also be able to choose from several
different colours. Nappa integral leather trim, a luxurious thick
leather with a particularly fine, smooth grain is also available.
The overall ambience of the interior
can also be enhanced by a range of hi-tech in-car-entertainment systems
- Peugeot Connect 3D multimedia system, JBL™ Hi-fi system, Peugeot
Connect USB box ….
The interior is also very
versatile, allowing users to adapt to many situations. For
example, for a long weekend, the boot offers a capacity of 384 litres
(321 dm3 according to the VDA standard) added to which are
storage spaces under the boot floor. There is also the potential to
increase this capacity further by folding the rear seat backs
Finally, it offers
occasional seats, fully sculpted and perfectly usable,
especially since the design of the roof with its double bubble offers
extra headroom to these occasional rear passengers.
In the RCZ, good looks combine with
At launch in 2010,
engines will find their place under the
bonnet of the RCZ. All high-performance
engines in every sense of the word with high torque and power outputs,
low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions and all meeting the
Euro 5 emission standard. The reduction of the
impact of the vehicle was one of the project’s key priorities.
1.6 litre THP 200 bhp six
speed manual gearbox – This all new engine allows the
car’s chassis to fulfil its true potential. With its maximum torque of
188 lb ft at 1700rpm (or 203 lb ft with overboost) and a maximum power
of 200bhp at 5800rpm, it enables the RCZ to accelerate from 50 to 75mph
in 6.5 seconds in fifth gear and 0 to 62mph in 7.6 seconds. Fuel
consumption in the combined cycle is 39.8mpg with CO2
emission of less than 165g/km.
The 4-cylinder engine has a capacity of
1598 cm3 combined with a range of innovative technologies like the
twin-scroll turbocharger for performance and instant response at very
low engine speeds, direct petrol injection, and variable valve lift
coupled with variable valve timing on the intake and exhaust camshafts (VTi
technology), for reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
The “sound of the engine” during
acceleration has also been optimised through the use of Sound System
technology. A different sound is created according to the engine speed,
just like a musical instrument.
1.6 litre THP 156 bhp six
speed manual gearbox or six speed automatic gearbox – This
turbocharged direct-injection petrol engine achieves a remarkable
balance between performance (177 lb ft at 1400 rpm and 156 bhp at 5800
rpm) and fuel consumption (40.9 mpg and 159 g/km of CO2 with
a manual gearbox). It will also be available from the summer of 2010,
with an all new 6-speed sequential automatic gearbox.
2.0 litre HDi FAP 163 bhp
six speed manual gearbox – With a capacity of 1997 cm3,
this engine develops a maximum power of 163 bhp at 3750 rpm and a
generous maximum torque of 251 lb ft at 2000 rpm. To obtain this level
of performance it has a new generation ECCS (Extreme Conventional
Combustion System) combustion chamber design, a variable-geometry
low-inertia turbocharger, a high-pressure diesel injection pump with a
maximum pressure of 2000 bars and electronic solenoid injectors with
This engine optimises the RCZ’s
potential in terms of road holding while limiting its fuel consumption
to only 52.3 mpg in the combined cycle, with CO2 emissions of
The RCZ goes on sale in Spring 2010.
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