The French car manufacturing giant Peugeot are set to reveal their Peugeot RCZ R at the imminent Goodwood Festival of Speed. The RCZ R is a super-performance version of Peugeot’s well loved sports coupe. The most powerful model in Peugeots production history, it looks to marry the comfort and convenience of the RCZ with track worthy capabilities. Just how sporty is Peugeot’s super-performance re-imagining though? Continue reading for the full run down of the car’s features.
Let us start with the cars heart, the engine. The Peugeot RCZ R has a particularly strong one. A 1.6 litre THP EP6CDTR engine produces sits under the bonnet and produces 270 bhp. This provides an electronically limited max speed of 155 mph. 0 – 62 sits at an impressive 5.9 seconds. To achieve this the engine has been designed with a unique steel exhaust architecture to be able to take higher temperatures than the previous RCZ. Further to this, new pistons forged from F1 grade aluminium, were developed and implemented.
The Peugeot RCZ R, A Class Leader
Despite this focus on speed and race performance the car is still surprisingly economical. On its combined cycle the Peugeot RCZ R delivers 44.8 mpg. It also produces CO2 at a rather low 145g/km, a perfect marrying of performance and efficiency which meets Euro 6 emission standards. In fact, Peugeots attempts to make the RCZ R as environmentally friendly as possible has led to the creation of a class leader in CO2 emissions for performance sports coupes.
Weight reduction of 17kg has been obtained in comparison to the standard RCZ THP 200bhp model. With a mass of 1280kg, the Peugeot RCZ R has a power-to-weight ratio of 210.94 bhp / 1000kg. All this comes together along with a low centre of gravity, aerodynamic performance, sport suspension and Goodyear tyres to create a car that has fantastic grip. The suspension itself has new dampers and a higher stiffness of springs and anti-roll bar which also contribute to the cars handling.
This is further enhanced by the Torsen differential which allows the car to be pushed whilst still maintaining cornering ability and fantastic braking. Brake discs with 380mm diameter and thickness of 32mm are also a new addition specifically for the RCZ R and are mounted on an aluminium hub. This contributes to Peugeot’s weight saving campaign and also assists with break cooling. Breaking distance when going from 80 – 0 mph is an impressive 61 metres.
However, Peugeot claims that the vehicles practical usability has not been ignored in favour of racing credentials. Although the suspension carries a higher rigidity for improved handling on the track it also provides comfort levels similar to those found in the previous RCZ model.
Is The Peugeot RCZ R A Looker?
The fixed rear spoiler makes a further statement of the Peugeot RCZ R’s sport intentions and also serves to create further downforce. A reworked exhaust system ends in symmetrical chrome tail pipes that sit in a newly designed rear diffuser. We cannot help but feel that, from the rear, the RCZ R looks decidedly like an Audi TT. The car will be available in 4 different colours: Opal White, Nera Black, Moroccan Red and Mercury Grey. There will also be customisation for carbon roof treatments, decal designs and black wing mirrors.Black roof arches are the first of many striking visual differences between the Peugeot RCZ R and its RCZ sibling. A lowered suspension, by no less than 10mm, further highlights its sportier credentials. 19 inch, two-tone diamond black matte alloys are also thrown into the mix. Not only do they make a statement but Peugeot claims they also serve to cool the larger breaks which sport a bright red calliper.
The interior further reinforces the cars sports presence. Leather is used liberally throughout from the steering wheel to the door panels. The cars seats have been particularly designed with a sports finish in mind. Constructed from Nappa leather and black Alcantara they provide you with a supported but comfy ride. Red stitching can be found throughout the cabin from the seats to the dashboard, it nicely complements the use of the red ‘R’ on the seats and centre console.
So how much will all this sportiness set you back and when will you be able to spend that cash? The Peugeot RCZ R will be on sale early 2014 with an expected price of around £33 – 34, 000. If you cannot wait until next year to get your hands on a Peugeot sports-coupe check out our fantastic Peugeot RCZ lease deals.
Written by Ryan Hill