The Peugeot RCZ R was first revealed as a concept car at last year’s Paris Motor Show, but it’s now been given the green light.
And these are the first official pictures of the fastest roadgoing vehicle in the company’s 200-year history.
Thanks to 267bhp from a tuned version of the standard 1.6-litre turbo
engine, the new flagship can go from 0-62mph in just 5.9 seconds,
topping out at an electronically limited 155mph.
A reworked exhaust, new pistons and con-rods and a higher-pressure
turbo help free up all the extra power and 330Nm of torque, yet the RCZ R
will still manage 44.8mpg and emits just 145g/km CO2.
The new twin-exit
exhausts also come with a sound synthesiser similar to the one in the
new Ford Fiesta ST, which amplifies sounds from the pipes back into the cabin.
Meanwhile, the suspension has been lowered by 10mm, the track has
been widened and there are new dampers for better body control. There
are also 19-inch two-tone alloys, which hide larger brake discs and
The rear wing is now fixed and the roof pillars are finished in black
to distinguish the R from the rest of the range. At the front, a
limited-slip Torsen differential has been fitted to help power the RCZ R
out of corners, and the whole car is 17kg lighter than the standard
RCZ, at just 1,280kg.
Inside, there are new figure-hugging sports seats, red-stitched
leather on the dash and a new metal gearknob borrowed from the 208 GTi.
The RCZ R makes its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this week,
and goes on sale early next year for an expected price of around
£32,500. For more details click here.