This is the French carmaker’s most powerful road-going car ever.
With 270 hp, the RCZ R holds the title of Peugeot’s most powerful road-going car while claiming the highest specific output for a 1.6-liter unit on the road. It’s also the French carmaker’s new performance flagship with the turbocharged four-pot helping the RCZ R sprint from 0-62 mph in less than six seconds. After being presented in concept form at Paris 2012, the production model will make its debut at the Goodwood FoS looking lighter (17kg) and lower (10 mm) than the RCZ THP200 it replaces as Peugeot’s range-topping model.
The engine is not the only element that was overhauled, however. The front-wheel-drive chassis now uses a Torsen torque-sensing front differential and comes with 19-inch alloys. At the back, a large fixed spoiler improves downforce, while other visual changes include ‘R’ badges, new twin chromed tailpipes, and ‘Peugeot Sport’ branded brake calipers. Inside, there’s leather and Alcantara clad sports seats, red stitching, a 208 GTi polished gearknob, and a sporty soundtrack courtesy of a retuned exhaust that amplifies the engine induction noise into the cockpit. After being unveiled at Goodwood it will be formerly introduced at Frankfurt 2013 before going on sale in early 2014.