200bhp RCZ starts from under £20K
15 September 2009

This is the Peugeot RCZ, the company's statement of intent to return to its glory days of performance cars like the 205 GTI.

Peugeot’s new Audi TT challenger, which will cost from under £20k when it goes on sale next spring, looks almost indistinguishable from the concept unveiled at the 2007 Frankfurt motor show. It was launched in production form at the Frankfurt motor show today.

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The sleek lines and bulging wheel arches recall the classic Volkswagen Karmann Ghia. The Zagato-style double-bubble roof stays and is available in carbonfibre as an option, lowering the centre of gravity and saving weight.

The front bodywork is unusual, with a short clamshell bonnet and an extra-large, wrap-around bumper/grille. At the back, a pop-up spoiler lifts into two different positions, depending on speed.

As part of a personalisation programme, the roof arches can be specified in either black, chrome or ‘satin’; 18in or 19in alloy wheels are available, too.

There are four powertrain options. The flagship model
will use a 200bhp version of the 1.6-litre turbocharged engine
from the Mini Cooper S. It can manage 0-62mph in 7.6sec and
50-75mph in fifth gear in 6.5sec, and go on to more than 140mph.

The motor’s maximum torque is 188lb ft at 1700rpm, but this rises to 203lb ft with overboost.Expect to pay around £25k (the same as a base 197bhp TT) for this top model, which gets a front anti-roll bar to tighten responses and improve agility.

“We want to re-establish our sporting credentials,” a Peugeot source told Autocar. “This is the return to a penchant for dynamic enjoyment.”

The RCZ’s basic structure is shared with ‘Platform 2’ cars such as the 308, but it gets a 20mm ride height reduction, a 40mm lower centre of gravity and wider front and rear tracks to deliver a sharper drive.

A 163bhp 2.0-litre HDi diesel will also be available, delivering 52.3mpg and 139g/km of CO2. All versions get a six-speed manual gearbox; a six-speed auto is offered, but only on the basic 156bhp 1.6-litre petrol model.

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17 August 2009

i think it would have to be cheaper than £25k to compete with the TT, but it is cheaper than a Focus RS, which is something.

its more expensive than the sirocco coupe though, those wanting the best performance will go for the 2.0TSI cars.

i was thinking the obvious comparison would be with the
mini john cooper works considering it has the same engine, but the mini has the better specification (208bhp) and cost £4k less than the french offering! and is much better performing over a second to 60mph quicker at 6.3.

anyway although i like the effort and especially the carbon fibre roof. i would go with the nissan 370Z. rear wheel drive 326bhp great looks and at £26,900 similar price.

putting it like that it makes the car seem pathetic, but with interesting looks.

having said that with some marketing adaptations they could make it a lot better, keep it at £25k but tune the engine to 250bhp, or tune it to 218bhp spec and give it much more carbon/aluminium parts, and make it super light weight. or keep the engine the same and price it at £20k, that is £4k more than the 208bhp mini cooper s ( £16k).

could be a great car but not when compared to where they have positioned it.

but maybe some autocar chase videos will change my mind...

RCZ vs 370Z please.


17 August 2009

I suppose Audi will be flattered (and amused). But why bother pastiching the TT? Anyway the result looks more like a modern VW Karmann-Ghia to me: the weird proportions would make sense if the thing was rear-engined.

17 August 2009

UGLY CAR ALERT! UGLY CAR ALERT! UGLY CAR ALERT! LOOK AWAY NOW...

17 August 2009

So Peugeot have cut and paste their corporate nose on to yet another car. Boring.

17 August 2009

why on earth do Peugeot persist with that company face? the rear and roof are quite attractive though

17 August 2009

Peugeot do seem to have a rather high opinion of themselves pricing the 200bhp model alongside the TT. But, it doesn't look too bad if you don't mind the pug face, I'm sure the base model will sell well enough...

17 August 2009

Not bad, a slight reminiscent of Ford Puma (small coupe with feminine looks). Just hope that it will be fun to drive, and weigh less than 1300 kilograms.

lrh

17 August 2009

£20k for a 156 bhp Peugeot??!?!??

17 August 2009

[quote lrh]

£20k for a 156 bhp Peugeot??!?!??

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Seeing as a 1.6TDCi Focus is £18K I'd suggest the Pug was reasonable value....

Typical comments on this forum; the same people who whinge about cars looking the same, bitch about a reasonably daring effort from a mainstream OEM. I'm impressed that Peugeot have the business case to make this - I hope it works out for them. It's a great-looking car IMO and it's good to see Peugeot trying to reclaim their sporting credentials. Hope it drives as good as it looks.

18 August 2009

[quote michael knight]

Seeing as a 1.6TDCi Focus is £18K I'd suggest the Pug was reasonable value....

Typical comments on this forum; the same people who whinge about cars looking the same, bitch about a reasonably daring effort from a mainstream OEM. I'm impressed that Peugeot have the business case to make this - I hope it works out for them. It's a great-looking car IMO and it's good to see Peugeot trying to reclaim their sporting credentials. Hope it drives as good as it looks.

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