Cars America Missed Out On: Peugeot RCZ

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This time it's really a bummer.

Yes, the entire Peugeot brand isn’t sold in North America. Today, there are several very solid Peugeot models on the market, but perhaps the sexiest one is the RCZ. Launched in 2010, the RCZ comes only as a coupe and it looks more expensive than it actually is. Upon first glance, many often mistake it for something much more exotic. Power comes from both gasoline and diesel engines, all of which are turbocharged.

What’s more, the diesels are paired only to a six-speed manual. That’s just plain cool. The more performance-oriented RCZ R comes powered by a turbocharged 1.6-liter four banger producing 270 horsepower. Performance is respectable, with a 0-62 mph time of 5.9 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph. But still, those who buy an RCZ aren’t focused entirely on performance. They bought one because it looks fantastic. Sure, it may have a front-wheel-drive setup, but it’s a great alternative to, well, uh, not much. The RCZ will one day find itself on a list of classics.

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