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The Redesigned Peugeot RCZ Sports Coupe

The Redesigned Peugeot RCZ Sports Coupe

I won’t attest to an intimate knowledge on the Peugeot RCZ Sports Coupe, although at the back of my mind I have always seen it as Peugeot’s version of the Audi TT; however I do have to admit that from a visual perspective the redesigned Peugeot RCZ looks way more refined and sporty compared to the outgoing RCZ Sports Coupe. The new Peugeot RCZ will be introduced in the 1st quarter of 2013.

The Peugeot RCZ Sports Coupe, as has become the craze among car manufacturers, will offer customers an extended range of colour and material combinations, both to exterior and interior, which will allow each customer to construct ‘their own’ RCZ.

The exterior has received some much needed attention with a completely new front face as well as a ‘double-bubble’ roof. The interior has also has a received a refresh to enhance its features. The most striking elements at the front are the new grille, the new headlamps available in either halogen or directional Xenon versions, and the LED running daylights fitted on the grille.

At launch there will be a 1.6 litre petrol engine with 2 variants and a 2.0 litre diesel engine offered on the Peugeot RCZ. These being the 1.6 litre  115kw and 240Nm petrol engine, the 1.6 litre 147kW and 275Nm petrol engine as well as the 2.0 litre 120kW and 340Nm diesel engine. All will be mated to a 6 speed manual transmission except with the exception of the one RCZ 1.6L model which will have an automatic transmission fitted.

The acoustic signature has also been beefed up by ‘Sound System’ technology (standard on the Sport THP 115kW manual, Sport and GT models with the THP 147kW petrol engine models). It amplifies the characteristic sound of the engine through a controlled diaphragm that resonates and the vibration noise is louder as the revs of the engine rise during acceleration, while being less pronounced with more regular driving.

Ride and handling on the RCZ is optimised by a tuned suspension and wheel setup and the lower centre of gravity offered by a lower ride height, as well as widened track

The active rear aero spoiler also contributes to this performance, deployed in two positions according to the speed of the vehicle to ensure aerodynamics and stability.

Peugeot will also introduce the RCZ R Concept which it showcased at the Paris Motor Show earlier this year. This car will be fitted with a 1.6 litre 191kW and will be introduced to the range at the end of 2013.

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