The eagerly anticipated Peugeot RCZ R will be the most powerful road-going car the brand has ever sold. At its heart is a vast range of mechanical upgrades that will guarantee a thrilling ride for anyone who gets behind the wheel.
Inspired by the Peugeot RCZ Racing Cup track car and riding 10mm lower to the ground, the new range-topping two-seater sports coupé is powered by a 1.6-litre THP turbocharged petrol engine developing 270bhp.
The starting point was the engine. While many rivals rely on 2.0-litre units for performance, Peugeot opted to downsize to 1.6-litre capacity. With 270bhp it is almost identical in output to the Racing Cup car and, with nearly 170bhp per litre, sets a record for specific power in the category,
Also new is a specially strengthened six-speed manual transmission, uprated clutch, larger intercooler and new twin-scroll turbocharger. The exhaust has also been modified; linked to the draw of the engine’s air intake, it features an enhanced ‘sound system’ to amplify the sporting character of the new RCZ R’s engine.
The result is a sports coupé par excellence, a performance car with outstanding acceleration, braking and cornering stability. It will sprint from 0-62mph in just 5.9 seconds and accelerate on to an electronically limited top speed of 155mph. The RCZ R is a Peugeot with the aggression of a lion at its heart, measured at more than two seconds per kilometre quicker than the 200bhp car at the famous Nürburgring test track. The difference was even greater in wet conditions.
Despite the car’s performance credentials, environmental concerns were always at the heart of powerplant development. With CO2 emissions of only 145g/km and fuel economy of 44.8mpg on the Combined Drive Cycle, it leaves class rivals trailing in its wake.
Priced from £31,995, the RCZ R will be available to order from 18th November and deliveries will start in the UK from 2nd January 2014.