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Peugeot RCZ revealed

Mon, 17 Aug 2009 00:00:00 -0700

Peugeot has finally released details of the Peugeot RCZ, which will launch at Frankfurt

Despite our previous criticisms that the Peugeot RCZ looked like a clone of the old Audi TT, we think it’s a great looking car. It’s a real statement of intent to push Peugeot more towards the ‘Sporty’ and leave Citroen to do the ‘Luxury’. And it looks set to cost less than £20k (as a starting point) when it finally goes on sale next Spring after an official reveal at Frankfurt next month.

Although little changed from the concept, it seems somehow more cohesive as a finished product. The front has connotations of the Karmann Ghia – and it keeps its Zagato-esque double-bubble roof, which can be specified in black, chrome or satin – and you get the option of 18″ or 19″ alloys.

Power comes from a choice of three engines, but the meaty beast is the 200bhp lump from the Copper S. This should give a 0-60mph in around 7.5 seconds and a top speed approaching 150 mph. It’ll average nearly 40 mpg, with emissions of 165g/km.

The 1.6 litre petrol comes as standard with a six-speed manual, but a six-speed sequential auto will be available. This will manage 41 mpg from its 156bhp and emit 159g/hm CO2.

And what will probably be the best seller is the 2.0 litre HDi diesel, which offers 163bhp and a useful lump of torque – 251ft/lbs. It also delivers more than 52 mpg.

As you would expect, there’s lots of detail in the Peugeot RCZ Press Release. And it looks like Peugeot could be on to a winner.

Can’t wait to see how it drives.

By Cars UK