by Douglas Black, enerficiency On The Road, Sept.14,2012
I like the Peugeot look – always have. But the large-mouth bass look was a tough one. So when I ran across this release today it got my attention. This is what the style leader has to say…
Peugeot has unveiled a facelifted version of the popular RCZ coupe and has shown a tantalizing look at a hot RCZ-R variant coming next year.
The RCZ has been one of the most stylish coupes around since it went on sale in 2010, but has always been somewhat blighted by the huge gaping grille that it inherited from the 308. That model was updated last year and thankfully Peugeot has now seen fit to update the front end of the RCZ for 2013.
So out goes the massive fish mouth and in come re-profiled headlights, a smaller grille and thin lower opening much more in line with the 508. It gels much better with the rest of the car, which had some great design treats such as the Zagato-esque double-bubble roof, swollen wheel arches and tightly curved rear.
To accompany the facelift there are increased levels of equipment available inside, along with new trim options and new alloy wheels. The standard engine line-up remains the same with the 1.6 litre petrol engine in 154 bhp and 197 bhp guises and the 161 bhp 2.0 litre diesel model. The lower powered petrol engine will be available with an automatic gearbox as an option.
The new addition later next year will be the RCZ-R model, which will be previewed as a concept at the Paris Motor Show and is shown in concept form in the images above. Featuring satin black paint and rose gold trimmings it shares the facelifted model’s new front end, but the real news in under the skin where the 1.6 litre turbo petrol engine is tuned to 260 bhp. There is also tweaked suspension and a Torsen limited slip differential to help tame the power going through the front wheels. There are lighter alloy wheels and the interior is likely to be more sporting with fixed back racing seats and alcantara trim.
This could really be the car that takes the fight to the Audi TT now – with the much improved looks, a hotter handling and performing model and a potential 30k price tag the RCZ-R could be one of the performance car stars of 2013.
Having more than 30 years experience in the green and sustainable building field, Douglas Black has dedicated the past 20 years to energy efficiency in the built environment.
Mr. Black is a high performance car enthusiast, always with an ear to the pavement for what’s fast and new. He began blogging enerficiency On The Road in 2001, and now continues reporting from Auto Shows and Swap Meets at his Hot Flying Rats! blog – flyingratz.wordpress.com.
Photography is a lifelong passion for Douglas Black, and while not capturing enthusiastic smiles at Wrigley Field he captures moments in the built environment.
And in his spare time, he works on getting that Captains License, expecting to retire on the water one day, taking photos.