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Peugeot prepares its most powerful model ever for Goodwood


June 11, 2013

The RCZ R concept debuted at last year's Paris Motor Show

The RCZ R concept debuted at last year's Paris Motor Show

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Moving from concept to reality, the Peugeot RCZ R is being readied for its official world debut at next month's Goodwood Festival of Speed. The new model adds a little kick to the RCZ sports car, delivering a package that the French automaker calls its most powerful street car ever.

Peugeot originally showed the RCZ R as a concept at last year's Paris Motor Show. Its matte black and copper paint scheme blended in with the attention-stealing Onyx concept and matching Onyx scooter. The production car uses the same 260-bhp 1.6-liter THP engine as the concept, giving the RCZ some extra juice to go with its distinct, double-bubble look.

Those 260 horses gallop across the pavement with the help of a Torsen limited slip differential and bespoke suspension configuration. The RCZ R also has a distinct set of wheels setting it apart from the standard RCZ.

Peugeot will move past the interesting but kitschy black-copper paint job in Goodwood, showing two red RCZ R production cars. The cars will appear on Peugeot's stand and participate in the driving festivities under the piloting of UK Peugeot 208 GTi Ambassador Bradley Philpot.

The RCZ R will hit the market later this year.

Source: Peugeot

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It may have the looks but calling it a sports car is a stretch. It is a GTI in a pretty but impractical package and with a lesser engine it is a sheep in a fancy dress.

I think it is a real shame Peugeot hasn't made it a real sports car, but with it being build on the platform they use for their family compact cars and also offering it with sluggish diesel engines it is clear the car is a marketing idea and not a car lovers idea.


BZD, I love the look

Bill Bennett
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