Peugeot RCZ Review & Ratings
- 1 October 2016
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
The Peugot RCZ is a coupe vehicle and was initially released to the public in April of 2010. This vehicle is available for purchase in nearly 80 different countries and was first introduced at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 2009. The petrol engines which this vehicle uses is based on the Prince platform, as opposed to the diesel engines which fall under the HDi project. Development of the RCZ was dubbed with the codename “T75”. The Peugot RCZ has received numerous awards from places all over the world, including “Best sports car” from Diesel Car mafazine as well as the title of “2010 Coupe of the Year” from Top Gear.
Originally the RCZ was intended to be a basic concept car but since its initial launch it has proven to be much more, rising to a level of popularity that few other coupes ever experience. This vehicle went from concept car to being an actual vehicle after demand for it from both professionals and the public became almost overwhelming. There are many things about this vehicle that resemble that of the original concept, including its lines and style, though there are some things which have been changed, including the dual exhaust which replaced the central dual exhaust system. The RCZ’s double-bubble roof was heavily influenced by the Zagato as well.
The 2010 Peugot RCZ models were available with two different petrol engines, including the 1.6 liter THP156 154 horsepower and the 1.6 liter THP200 197 horsepower, which was obviously the more powerful choice. In 2014 a new engine was designed for this vehicle with 270 PS and 266 horsepower with a 1.6 liter capacity. The 2010 diesel engine has an I4 turbo engine with 163 PS and 161 horsepower. There are certain features which are closely associated with the RCZ, including electric heated and adjustable seating with driver’s memory as well as hill assist function and leather seats.
There were numerous special editions of the RCZ made available, including one model with a 1.6 THP 156 with a 6-speed Tiptronic transmission as well as 18” wheels. The Asphalt is a limited edition model of this vehicle with only 500 units made and includes 19” black and silver alloy wheels as well as black leather sports seats. This model of the RCZ was designed for luxury and has sleek flashy aesthetics which is just one of the reasons why so many people find it such an attractive car.
The RCZ Brownstone is yet another limited edition which was available only in parts of Germany with a metallic brown color and silver racing stripes going down the side. The special version is available in brown as well with Alcantara trim and Cohiba leather. There is also the RCZ Magnetic which is available only in Britain with a total production of 170 units. This model is available in pearlescent black with Flame Red sports seats as well as white with black leather sport seats. This vehicle has a black grille along with brake calipers and door mirrors.
The Peugot RCZ has received a number of awards throughout the years for its innovative and unique design, breaking the mold of most current sports coupes at the time. There is a modified version of the RCZ which was designed specifically for racing and it is known as the RCZ Peugot Sport. This sports car features uprated brakes, an adjustable rear spoiler, and significantly increased power output as well as many other things. Since its launch in 2010, this car has definitely grown in popularity both in the United States and abroad, though it has enjoyed most of its success in countries throughout Europe.