A few days ahead of the new RCZ R’s debut – in full production trim – at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Peugeot released details of one of the most exciting cars they have made in recent years. The RCZ R is exactly what happens if you put a normal RCZ on steroids.
The body is more muscular, the engine is more powerful, and the whole thing is faster and more sporty. The engine powering the Peugeot RCZ is a tiny 1.6 liter THP turbo four-banger, but it makes an astonishing 270 horsepower and 330 Nm of torque. It results in a 0 to 60mph sprint time of under six seconds, and CO2 emissions of 145 g/km. That is a rare combination.
The RCZ R weighs 1280kg, which is 17 kg lower than the normal 200bhp RCZ. It is not much, but the lower weight and added power mean the R’s driving experience is a whole lot better than the standard car. Of course, there is always a problem with overpowered small cars. They tend to be quite nasty to live with. That is not the case here.
Peugeot promises that despite focusing mainly on the performance, they’ve made sure the RCZ R is still pleasant to use everyday. For one thing you can do 44.8mpg in this car, which is great. The suspension is also tuned to provide the best compromise between grip and ride comfort. And while the exhaust is tweaked for a sporty noise, it is not unpleasant.
Plus, the RCZ comes with lots and lots of convenience features. You get the full multimedia system WIP (World of Peugeot) Nav Plus as standard, as well as Xenon headlights, and a whole host of safety features.
Visually, the RCZ R is distinguished by its lowered ride height, 19-inch wheels, revised bumpers, and the fixed rear wing. You get new and sporty colors, too. The first things you notice inside the cabin are the superb new sports design, dressed in a mix of full grain Nappa leather and black Alcantara and branded with the monogram ‘R’. There is also a chrome plate with a red inscribed ‘R’ on the center console. A small steering wheel suggests driving fun.