New RCZ R is the most powerful road-going Peugeot ever produced
Darren Moss
13 November 2013

Peugeot has priced the most powerful road-going model in its history, the Peugeot RCZ R, at £31,995. Order books open next week, ahead of the first deliveries in January.

The sports coupe, which was first seen at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in July, uses a 1.6-litre petrol engine which delivers 270bhp and 243 lb ft of torque. The RCZ R can get from 0-62mph in 5.9sec and has a limited top speed of 155mph. 

The RCZ R saves 17kg over the 200bhp RCZ THP on which it is based, meaning it weighs 1280kg. Peugeot says this has been achieved by using lightweight components and by utilising a smaller, lighter engine.

The manufacturer claims that achieving 270bhp from a 1.6-litre engine is a class first. At the same time the downsized engine has also allowed the RCZ R to cap its CO2 emissions at 145g/km and return 44.8mpg on a combined cycle.

Externally, the RCZ R is lowered by 10mm over the standard model. A new fixed rear spoiler gives the car a more aggressive stance, as do the 19-inch alloy wheels, while plenty of Peugeot Sport and 'R' badges adorn the exterior. 

Braking force is supplied via large 380mm brake discs mounted on an aluminium hub. Peugeot says the RCZ R can brake from 80-0mph in less than 61 metres.

Cornering stability and traction have also been addressed on the new model, which uses a Torsen differential to more controllably put its power down. The exhaust is teamed with a sound system to amplify the noise of the engine.

Inside, the RCZ R is very driver focussed, with bucket seats, and a smaller steering wheel and shorted gear lever, which Peugeot hopes will prove more engaging. The demonstration car we've seen had prominent R badging on the seats, but Peugeot says these will be changed for stitched logos for the production version.

The car will have a limited production run, says RCZ UK Project Manager Vince Clisham. "It’ll be limited in terms of the amount we produce, but remember it’s a small segment of the market. The sales volumes will be small, but the sector gets a lot of attention.

"It’s a significant tick in the box in the RCZ range – it’s something we’ve been looking to do, to give the RCZ a top-end option. We’ll get a big chunk of the volumes because the current RCZ sells well here."

In fact, the UK is the biggest market for the RCZ, closely followed by Germany, France and Switzerland. Peugeot says that while the car has been developed to meet the needs of both road and track users, there hasn't been any compromising to get the best of both worlds.

The RCZ R will be available in four colours - red, black, grey and white.

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10 July 2013

That's one sexy side-profile, I just wish it was RWD. 

10 July 2013

The RCZ is a rare car in the recent Peugeot canon: Good looking, with a traditional dashboard ...

10 July 2013

Looks great, has a decent amount of power pouring through the front wheels. Hope they can make it handle as well as it looks. 

10 July 2013

The facelift ruined the front of the RCZ in my opinion, but this R version looks better than standard models. It sounds as though it should be bloody quick too! That engine really will be the stand-out feature of the car. I wonder if it will make its way into any other PSA products...

Any idea of the price? I'm guessing around the £30k region, maybe a little more.

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10 July 2013

GearboxDiscussion wrote:

The facelift ruined the front of the RCZ in my opinion, but this R version looks better than standard models. 

I agree on the facelift (I own the previous faceed RCZ) and sucks that the RCZ R has this more bland front, but my other concern on the RCZ R is the suspension considering the current RCZ struggles at low speeds and sharp bumps.

Hate to know what the RCZ R is like suspension wise considering its lower and stiffer.

10 July 2013

tomy90 wrote:

my other concern on the RCZ R is the suspension considering the current RCZ struggles at low speeds and sharp bumps.

The RCZ R appears to be very track-focused, so it will probably ride very harshly. That might not bother the majority of potential buyers, but it's quite uncharacteristic for a French car! If they can make it drive really well, then the ride shouldn't be too much of an issue. But FWD and 270bhp could be a recipe for disaster. Let's hope Peugeot can pull it off...

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10 July 2013

Almost worth the ticket price of the marketing event alone!

Andy Pasti

10 July 2013

I hope this new model finally drives as well as it always should of.

Cyborg

15 July 2013

I really like the RCZ, in blue with a silver roof they look particularly good, and this looks like a real step forward.  However, in relation to other cars out there the performance isn't particularly special, and they are being a bit amitious if they try to sell this car for "over £30,000". 

Good luck to anyone who buys one at anywhere near the asking price - you may as well just flush your money down the toilet.

25 July 2013

I really want one of these RCZR's BUT what will stop me having one is no Semi Auto twin clutch transmission. Thats a crime leaving that of the option list.

I know all you petrol head jurno's like to push a stick back and forward but in the real world thats just not what customers want! if the semi auto is good for F1 and for other road cars and i have have had a good few now why not for this amazing car? Sadly it looks like because i have a disability i will not be able to enjoy driving and owning one of these style icons. Come on Guys put a Semi Auto twin clutch Transmission in this wonderful car! PLEASE!

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