Peugeots pretty RCZ has never been short of racy looks, but it’s never really had the raw power to match the aesthetic. Until now that is!
Behold: The Peugeot RCZ-R, with the added hyphen and ‘R’ shaped letter comes more power – to make it Peugeot’s most powerful production car yet-, a Torsen limited slip differential, a revised chassis, and more general aggression. It looks hot. Seriously hot, like it’ll burn your retinas if you stare at it for too long.
Under the bonnet is the 1.6liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine found in the more humble 200hp RCZ, but in the R it delivers a hefty 270hp and 243lb ft of torque to the front wheels via six-speed manual gearbox.
270hp is quite a lot of poke from a little 1.6liter engine, well done Peugeot. “To get 270bhp and 330Nm of torque from a 1.6-litre engine and be resistant to sports use on the racetrack, it was necessary to introduce new high-performance, competitive solutions, Peugeot Sport has all the skills to do this” says Engine Development Manager for the RCZ-R, Thierry Chauvet. The R’s engine features new pistons, con-rods and a higher pressure turbo piped into a reworked exhaust over the standard petrol 1.6liter engine found in lesser RCZ’s.
Weighing just 1280kg – 17kg less than standard – the R dispatches the 0-62mph run in just 5.9 seconds and completes the standing quarter mile in 14.2 seconds. When you want to stop the R’s larger front brake discs and four-pot front calipers should be pretty handy. There’s no word on whether the RCZ-R will be offered with an automatic transmission just yet, but we suspect that most buyers would opt for the manual anyway.
Delivering 270hp to the front wheels alone in a sophisticated manner is no mean feat, so along with the limited slip diff and 10mm lower ride height, the RCZ-R features wider tracks, revised camber angles, re-tuned dampers, plus stiffer springs and anti-roll bars to keep things in check.
Inside the cabin there’s a pair of special grippy bucket seats covered in leather and alcantara with red stitching, plus showy ‘R’ badges. The red stitching also features on the dash and doors to further differentiate the R from lesser models.
The RCZ-R will make its public debut at this weeks Goodwood Festival of Speed and should be on sale by the end of this year. Rumors are suggesting that the RCZ-R could only be available in limited numbers with as little as 500 R’s available worldwide.
Why are you doing this Peugeot? This is the RCZ that we’ve wanted to see since the original appeared with not enough horsepowers and a ruddy diesel engine in 2009, now just a handful of people will be able to buy them? How rude.
Anyway, since the RCZ-R will be rarer than the Porsche 918 Spyder, probably, it wont exactly be cheap. There’s no official pricing figures yet, but expect to pay well-optioned Audi TT money for the R. If you’re one of the very few who might buy this car that is.
By Aiden Taylor (@AidenT_RD)