Peugeot RCZ R: Same Iconic Design, Completely Different Beast

The eagerly anticipated Peugeot RCZ R is the most powerful road-going car the brand has ever sold.

At its heart is a vast range of mechanical upgrades that guarantees 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 with 270bhp.

Since its launch in 2010, the flagship of the range has developed 200bhp. The RCZ R represents a considerable boost in power, so to harness this and create a dynamic experience to rival the best-in-class, engineers at Peugeot Sport in Paris have reworked almost every component behind the car’s iconic lines.

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 Peugeot RCZ R rides on unique two-tone 19-inch alloys which accommodate new larger four-piston brakes. They feature red callipers at the front bearing the Peugeot Sport name. Discs with a diameter of 380mm and thickness of 32mm are mounted on an aluminium hub, contributing to increased weight-saving and cooling.

In more than 120 years of manufacturing cars, the RCZ R is a Peugeot like no other. Its exceptional performance and agility are the result of countless hours of bespoke development and attention to detail, followed by validation on and off the track with Peugeot Sport’s experienced test drivers in control.

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.

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