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.