Peugeot previews hotter coupé with tuned 1.6 turbo engine, a limited-slip diff and revised suspension
12 September 2012

Peugeot is plotting a motorsport-inspired performance variant of the RCZ that will be its most powerful production model yet. The uprated version of the sports coupé — named Peugeot RCZ R – will go on sale next year and is previewed by this concept, which has appeared at the Paris motor show.

The RCZ R has been developed in collaboration with Peugeot Sport, the French manufacturer’s motorsport division. It is powered by the 1.6-litre petrol engine that is also installed in performance Minis and Citroëns. However, Peugeot Sport has tuned the unit to produce 260bhp, which gives the car a specific power output of 160bhp per litre. 
CO2 emissions are estimated to be 155g/km.

To offer more sporting driving characteristics, the suspension has been tweaked and a Torsen limited-slip differential fitted. The 
RCZ R also gets different wheels compared with the standard version, in addition to bespoke exterior and interior styling.

A facelifted version of the standard RCZ will also be displayed at the Paris motor show. It features a revised front end with a new grille, revised LED lights, reworked headlamps and new chrome bars on the central air intake, which has been lowered and extended.

New body colours and wheel choices and enhanced levels of interior equipment are also part of the car’s mid-life revamp. The engine line-up remains unchanged: a 1.6-litre petrol unit in 154bhp and 197bhp states of tune and a 161bhp 2.0-litre diesel. An automatic gearbox will be optional with the lower-powered petrol engine.

The revised RCZ will go on sale during the first quarter of next year, with the hot R version following at the end of the year.

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12 September 2012

Hm,a desirable Peugeot? Bloody hell.

Always wondered why they didn't give the RCZ a newer face. Much better.

Is there a touch of Aston in the front lights?

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12 September 2012

The RCZ is a seriously good looking car in he flesh but it always needed decent engine for a bit of go. This could give it the performance to go with the fine looks.

12 September 2012

The new look is a big improvement to me. And the higher powered version appeals too, especially as it gets an lsd. 

It would be nice to get this engine, box and LSD in the 508. It would make a proper sports saloon

12 September 2012

The revised front looks like a union of the 107 and 208, which is no real bad thing, and looks a LOT better than the "wide-mouthed frog" grille on the current model ...

Myk

12 September 2012

I've been waiting for the RCZ to get the new Peugeot toned-down front, and it doesn't disappoint.  The lower grille looks a bit odd but overall it's a huge improvement.  It finally makes it a good-looking car from front to back. 

Wasn't a convertible mooted at one point?

12 September 2012

I am currently an RCZ owner and too be honest I am not impressed with what they done. They have just destroyed the residuals on a car I got last year for £26,000 with a nose that looks worse. The RCZ forums are mixed on this some can't stand it, disappointment and others like it. What I don't get is this is their halo car and in 2 years they have radically changed the front rather than minor changes rivals like Audi, VW, BMW etc do in this sector

Myk

12 September 2012

tomy90 wrote:

I am currently an RCZ owner and too be honest I am not impressed with what they done. They have just destroyed the residuals on a car I got last year for £26,000 with a nose that looks worse. The RCZ forums are mixed on this some can't stand it, disappointment and others like it. What I don't get is this is their halo car and in 2 years they have radically changed the front rather than minor changes rivals like Audi, VW, BMW etc do in this sector

Coupes are a fashion-conscious market, and someone like Peugeot has had to refresh to give themselves something new to flog.  The German marques have a huge following and don't need to continually mix things up; people buy them regardless of what they look like. How else can you explain the sucess of the BMW X1 and the Porsche Panamera?

I really can't see how anyone could not think that this is a big improvement on the bottom-feeding gaping maw of the current model.  And as for residuals - no-one buys a Peugeot cause they hold their money.  If you love your car just enjoy it and forget about the money you're losing.

12 September 2012

tomy90 wrote:

What I don't get is this is their halo car and in 2 years they have radically changed the front rather than minor changes rivals like Audi, VW, BMW etc do in this sector

Let me explain:  Product lifecycles are now laughably short and cars are no different.  Everything is about bling, glitz and on-paper spec and decreasingly about how genuinely good the product is.

Ask yourself honestly - really genuinely - did you think your £26k was safe in a re-bodied 207?

Peugeot just want you to go and buy another one.  (And who can balme them - as Dr Piech suspects, more car companies ware going to go the wall unless they sell many more units... )

12 September 2012

I like the new update, I think it is an improvement, although I didn't mind the previous look that much.

However, like Tomy90, I think it's a bad move. Future potential halo car buyers might not buy into Peugeot for fear that there car will be out of date in a year's time. All at a time when Peugeot are really loosing it. I can see the need to incorporate it into their new look, but Audi didn't slap on a new massive grill to the original TT when they went down that road.

12 September 2012

superstevie wrote:

Audi didn't slap on a new massive grill to the original TT when they went down that road.

Yeah - they launched an entirely new, vastly superior model instead.  Surely that's way worse on residuals?

Or would the original poster have preferred Peugeot to have released a totally new car, so instead of the grill looking a bit dated the whole car would?

Can someone please explain to me how any car can avoid ever being 'out of date in a year's time'?

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