Peugeot reveal RCZ R

Peugeot has revealed the RCZ R, the French manufacturer’s hot version of the popular sports coupe; it will be capable of a 5.9sec 0-62mph time and is set for a 2014 release.

First seen as a concept car at last year’s Paris Motor Show, the RCZ R has been given the green light and the first official images have been published of what is set to be Peugeot’s fastest road car in its 200-year history.

A tuned version of the RCZ’s 1.6-litre turbocharged engine produces 267bhp to enable the car to hit 62mph in just under six seconds and can reach an electronically limited 155mph. The extra power is thanks to a reworked exhaust system, new pistons and con-rods, as well as a higher pressure turbo.

Despite the power hike, the RCZ R can still manage a respectable 44.8mpg and emits just 145g/km of CO2. A similar twin-exit exhaust system to that of the Ford Fiesta ST sees a sound synthesiser amplify the exhaust note back into the cabin from the pipes.

Peugeot RCZ R

Fixed rear wing and black roof pillars differentiate the R from standard RCZ

Further additional changes on the R sees the suspension lowed by 10mm, a widened track and new dampers to help improve the car’s boy control through the bends and over bumps. New 19-inch two-tone alloys house larger brake discs and four-pot calipers.

Whereas the standard RCZ has a rising rear wing, the R has a fixed spoiler and the roof pillars are covered in black to distinguish it from the base vehicle. The R is also 17kg lighter at just 1,280kg.

On the inside, new figure-hugging sports seats improve the driving experience, whilst red-stitched leather and a new gear knob borrowed from the recently released 208 GTi freshen up the cabin.

Those at the Goodwood Festival of Speed will have seen the car make it public debut, but those who couldn’t make it to the moving motor show can see the car in showrooms from early next year at a price of around £32,500.