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Peugeot Boosts RCZ Range With Hot R Model

Wed, 13 Nov 2013 00:00:00 -0800

FRENCH car maker Peugeot is to launch a hot version of its striking RCZ coupe. The car will hit the showrooms in January priced at £31,995.

Inspired by the firm’s RCZ Racing Cup track car, the flagship model rides 10mm lower than the rest of the RCZ range. Power comes from a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine developing 270bhp.

Alongside the heavily reworked petrol motor, Peugeot has included a specially strengthened six-speed manual transmission, uprated clutch, larger intercooler and new twin-scroll turbocharger. The exhaust has also been modified, and features an enhanced ‘sound system' to amplify the sporting character of the new RCZ R's engine.

A trick differential has been added to the car's specification to provide additional grip, while the front and rear track have been widened to further boost traction. Other upgrades include revised dampers settings, plus stiffened springs and anti-roll bar.

Aerodynamic efficiency and high-speed stability have been boosted, thanks to a new fixed boot spoiler. Finally, Peugeot’s hot RCZ R rides on unique two-tone 19-inch alloys which accommodate new, larger brakes.

Boasting a two-second faster time around the famous Nurburgring than the regular 200bhp RCZ, the R variant will sprint to 62mph from rest in 5.9 seconds and go on to an electronically limited top speed of 155mph.

By By Press Association reporters