What is it?
The Peugeot RCZ-R is the fastest and most powerful Peugeot production car there’s ever been – and it couldn’t arrive in UK showrooms at a better time. With a highly credible Volkswagen Golf rival now on the market in the shape of the new Peugeot 308, the French manufacturer’s reputational stock will be rising.
Meanwhile, enthusiasts like you and me can only have been buoyed by last year’s very respectable Peugeot 208 GTI hot hatch. Some of us also vividly remember the incredible sight of a Peugeot obliterating the course record at Pikes Peak. Suddenly, anything looks possible from this company.
The new hot RCZ-R was built by the same people that made Sébastien Loeb’s record-breaking hillclimber: the motorsport specialists at Peugeot Sport. They've done a thorough engineering overhaul here. The car has wider tracks and rims, new trick suspension pick-up point and wheel geometry, 380mm performance brake discs and a Torsen locking front differential.
Unlike some fast Peugeots the last decade or so has brought, the RCZ-R is absolutely no half-measure.