Peugeot's RCZ R will be the most powerful road-going car the brand has ever sold when it goes on sale early next year.
Inspired by the Peugeot RCZ Racing Cup track car and riding 10mm lower to the ground, the new range-topping two-seater sports coupé is powered by a 1.6-litre THP turbocharged petrol engine developing 270bhp. Since its launch in 2010, the flagship of the range has developed 200bhp.
The RCZ R represents a considerable boost in power. With 270bhp it is almost identical in output to the Racing Cup car and with nearly 170bhp per litre, sets a record for specific power in the category. Maximum power is at 6,000rpm and maximum torque of 330Nm is at 1,900rpm to 5,500rpm, yet it meets the stringent Euro 6 emissions standard.
New forged pistons with a compression ratio of 9.2:1 were developed by Mahle Motorsport and use a grade of aluminium found in Formula One. Also new is a specially strengthened six-speed manual transmission, uprated clutch, larger intercooler and new twin-scroll turbocharger. The exhaust has also been modified; linked to the draw of the engine's air intake, it features an enhanced 'sound system' to amplify the sporting character of the new RCZ R's engine. A Torsen® differential has been added to the car's specification to provide additional grip. The front and rear track have been widened to boost traction. Other upgrades include revised dampers settings, increased stiffness in the springs and anti-roll bar. Aerodynamic efficiency and high-speed stability have been improved, thanks to a new fixed boot spoiler which aids rear downforce. The Peugeot RCZ R rides on unique two-tone 19-inch alloys, which accommodate new larger four-piston brakes. They feature red calipers at the front bearing the Peugeot Sport name. Discs with a diameter of 380mm and thickness of 32mm are mounted on an aluminium hub, contributing to increased weight-saving and cooling. RCZ-R will sprint from 0-100km/h in 5.9 seconds and accelerate on to an electronically limited top speed of 155mph.
Peugeot says: With CO2 emissions of only 145g/km and fuel economy of 6.3l/100km (44.8mpg) on the Combined Drive Cycle, it leaves class rivals trailing in its wake.