Hot Rod Peugeot: The Rcz R

In addition to the madness of Gatebil that’s about to unfold in Norway, the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed is also happening this weekend in the UK. Goodwood is becoming an increasingly popular place for automakers to show off their latest projects, and among the this year’s debuts is the high performance RCZ R from Peugeot.

Billed as the the most powerful production car in Peugeot’s history, the RCZ R takes the already swooping style of the RCZ and ratchets up its performance level by several notches.

One of the biggest changes between the R and the standard RCZ is under the hood where the 1.6-liter turbocharged four cylinder engine has received an array of upgrades. Beefed up internals with new forged pistons, along with an upgraded turbocharger and exhaust manifold, make for an output of 270 horsepower, compared to 197hp in the regular version.

With the added horsepower, Peugeot says the RCZ R will hit 60 miles per hour in 5.9 seconds. The car also features other upgrades like more aggressive suspension tuning and a lower ride height with special 19-inch wheels and tires.

The interior gets some love as well, with aggressive bucket seats and red stitching throughout. You can’t go wrong with red.

The RCZ R is scheduled to go on sale in Europe in the early part of next year.

-Mike

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25 comments
dids
dids

typical claptrap from people who only love mundain, boring vw and ford/bmw/audi/vauxhall clones.....if peugeot was that bad, would bmw, toyota etc have BEGGED them fto share  engine technology ? it is different, and it will turn heads in the street....Wrong proportions?...well, it's not a bland box on wheels....effiminate? try the new Jag xf, a mightily expensive try at a hairdryer on wheels, which cant even match a porsche boxter which has been around for 20 years!!!!! regardless of personnal taste, it will make people talk about the brand!  Tell me, will vw golf mark VII, even in GTI guise, or the ugly, fat arsed scirocco, or the stupid bmw series, 1, 2, 3, 4 ,5 6, 7 and soon I8.... have the same presence on the road? like it or lump it, at least peugeot has the balls to be different and put their money where their mouth is.....

Jeatalong
Jeatalong

I wonder how much this little car would cost in Australia? It definitely looks nice. With those swooping curves on the roof.

Gomez85
Gomez85

Hmm, maybe they could put this powertrain into the 2015 MINI (same engine family)

Truhidden
Truhidden

How about that big o ass, maybe it looks better in person.

el lolo
el lolo

Am I the only one here who still think that Peugeot stole everything styling details to Zagato, even for the name ?

EtienneM
EtienneM

The Peugeot RCZ  is the new Renault Fuego.

RaySpijk
RaySpijk

Looks good but it's FWD and has 4 cilinders. How is this a hot rod?

Robo_No1
Robo_No1

looks great. In that colour combo it reminds me a lot of the last gen special edition TT though (the red one with black roof, bucket seats and 1.8T engine). 

 

270BHP is pretty impressive TBH, when I first saw the article I expected something around the 220 mark with a slight tweak to the ECU or bigger turbo. I wasn't expecting forged internals. I still won't buy one though, for some reason I just don't see Peugeot as a brand for blokes. I'm not sure why but they always come across as a bit effeminate. 

Bradders
Bradders

It needs to be mid engined!

gliebau
gliebau

Looks way too much like an Audi TT...

Chris 'Haffy' Hafner
Chris 'Haffy' Hafner

About time it's beautiful chassis got a kick in the bum! Its definitely what it needed, having driven a RCZ not long ago the main problem was low power, not now though!

HeelToe
HeelToe

It's a pity then that it is so ugly. 

Expulsion
Expulsion

I've always liked the looks of this car, especially in black. This seems like a proper upgrade! Makes me wish the Veloster Turbo and that ilk would receive this kind of treatment.

HeelToe
HeelToe

Chill bro, IMO the proportions are all wrong and the grill looks odd. I did a bit of googling and found a black and bronze one that looked good from the side. Maybe it just needs a facelift model. I also don't like how far the rear of the car extends from the rear pillars. Each to their own though.

japanophile25
japanophile25

@QuentinMorel Since the 205 Turbo 16, personally. I imagine Pike's Peak attracted a few more to the cause though.

adamp89
adamp89

 @FunctionFirst  @HeelToe 

the first gen grille looked much better than the new style, the rest of it i dont mind, if it were RWD or 4WD


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