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  Peugeot RCZ R
 

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Country of origin:France
Introduced in:2013
Introduced at:2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed
Source:Company press release
Last updated:July 10, 2013
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Click here to download printer friendly versionAt this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed, Peugeot will unveil the RCZ R, a super-performance version of its popular Sports Coupé, evolved from the expertise of the brand in terms of design and driving experience.

Its new THP engine produces 270bhp from its 1.6-litre displacement and CO2 at only 145g/km places the RCZ R with performance and unprecedented efficiency. To harness this considerable power RCZ R is equipped with a Torsen differential for the promise of grip efficiency and dynamic sensations at a very high level. RCZ R will take its formal reveal at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2013 and will be on sale early in 2014.

"All the strength of style of the RCZ is enhanced by the very dynamic performance and the 270bhp of this R version which will delight the enthusiasts of sports cars." Xavier Peugeot, Peugeot Product Director.

"The sporting success of the RCZ Peugeot Sport developed for racing and the passion it arouses could not remain unanswered. A series developed by Peugeot Sport to be even sportier and with the performance of the new version of the RCZ was an obvious step!" Bruno Famin, Peugeot Sport Director.

"Our brief was ambitious; develop a top-specification, high-performance version of the RCZ, preserving the qualities of comfort and convenience for everyday use, all with low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions." Xavier Nicolas, Product Manager RCZ.

With 270bhp (199kW) RCZ R is the most powerful production model in Peugeot's long and illustrious history. The RCZ R accelerates from 0 to 62mph in less than six-seconds and demonstrates the expertise of the brand with CO2 contained at only 145g/km, which leads the category of performance Sports Coupés. This is achieved by utilising the downsizing capacity of the engine, saving weight and ensuring aerodynamic optimisation.

"Downsizing is a logical approach, not just in production vehicles but is also happening at the forefront of Motor Sport, with the major disciplines soon to use a turbocharged 1.6-litre, and even Formula 1 is doing this in 2014!" Cyrille Jourdan, Technical Manager, RCZ R.

Indeed, the new THP engine with 270bhp from just 1.6-litres provides a record of specific power in the category, with nearly 170bhp per litre, and it is among the best in the world for a production vehicle and already meets the stringent Euro 6 emissions standard.

Seeking a weight saving has also guided the development of specific components with a reduction of 17kg that has been obtained over the standard RCZ THP 200bhp model. With a mass of 1280kg, the RCZ R has a power-to-weight ratio of 210.94 bhp / 1000kg.

Aerodynamics have increased rear down-force with a new fixed rear boot aero-spoiler, which promotes stability at high speeds without increasing drag.

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