Peugeot RCZ R on its way

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At the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Peugeot is unveiling the RCZ R, a tuned up version of its sports coupé.

Powertrain

With 199kW, the RCZ R becomes the most powerful production model in the history of the Marque.

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Said to accelerate from 0 to 100km in less than 6 seconds, the Peugeot RCZ R also demonstrates the French manufacturer’s dedication to reducing greenhouse gasses with CO2 emissions of 145g/km.

Its new 199kW THP engine, with a capacity of just 1.6-litres, sets a specific power record in the sports coupé category; with nearly 125kW/litre, it is among the best in the world for a production vehicle and already complies with the Euro 6 emission control standard.

Aerodynamically, rear downforce has been significantly increased while the weight of the RCZ R has been reduced by 17kg in comparison with its standard sibling.

Design

Visually, the Peugeot RCZ R sets itself apart with matt black arches and headlamps with a titanium tint. Its ride height has also been lowered by 10 mm with wider 19-inch wheels inhabiting the arches. Larger brakes have red callipers at the front signed ‘Peugeot Sport’.

The red Peugeot lettering on the grille and its R badge, which can also be found at the rear, put the finishing touches to the exterior signature of the RCZ R.

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Interior

Opening the door reveals the door sill bearing the Peugeot Sport logo while red overstitching runs across the soft material of the dashboard as well as the leather on the steering wheel, the gear lever gaiter, the door trim pads, the armrests and the seats.

The new, sporty seats are trimmed with a mix of black full grain Nappa leather and Alcantara and bear the monogram “R”.

The RCZ-R is due to make its South African debut at the 2013 Johannesburg International Motor Show and should go on sale in SA in 2014.

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