Pricing for the Peugeot RCZ Coupe starts from £19,900 when it goes on sale next spring. This is also one of the many cars set to be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Said to rival the 2+2 Audi TT rival, the Peugeot RCZ will have a choice of three engines and two trims. The lowest-priced model will have the 1.6-litre THP 156 engine and a manual gearbox.
Standard equipment includes alloy wheels, sports front seats, dual-zone air-conditioning, and a host of safety kit, including four airbags and ESP. For an upgrade to the second trim level that will cost £2300, you will get leather upholstery, electric front seats, automatic lights and wipers, and larger alloy wheels.
You're also going to get to choose from a range of personalization options, such as different roof panels and alloy wheels, sat-nav and a variety of styling enhancements. To get an automatic gearbox with the basic engine, just add £1100 to the price. However, the remaining engines come only with a manual gearbox.
Models with the 2.0 HDI 163 diesel engine cost £1800 more than the equivalent car with the THP 156 engine. The flagship of the range will carry the 200bhp version of the 1.6 THP engine, which comes only with the upper trim level and costs £24,500.
Going inside the Peugeot RCZ’s passenger compartment, the driver is instantly immersed in a subtle elitist atmosphere that mirrors the motorsport world. Once the driver gets into the vehicle, he or she will realize that the driving position in truly ergonomic. This makes it ideal for those who want to enjoy this model’s road-holding characteristics.
Meanwhile, the wraparound seats have head restraints integrated to them. The seats are able to fit the front occupants like a glove. In addition, all of the controls can be reached easily by the driver. The fascia panel has a design that is both streamlined and fluid. This is similar to the steeply inclined style which has resulted in the brand’s latest models winning a number of awards.
With the Peugeot RCZ, it is easy to see that it manages to perfectly fit to the unique world that this coupé belongs to. Its elegant contours, when combined with the use of high quality materials, result in improving the already refined overall ambience. Just below the driver’s eye line, there are the instrument panel dials that have been contained in metal cases while having back-lit and photo-etched markings.
This mirrors the clock that has been positioned in the fascia panel’s center. On the outside, the Peugeot RCZ can be described as dynamic, elegant, and sculptural. It reveals a style that delivers new vibrant and harmonious proportions that are based on the original and compact three-compartment coupé configuration. The rear windscreen and roof has a “double bubble.” This is clearly an extraordinary engineering achievement.
In addition, it acts as a stylistic signature of a model whose every detail brings to mind an overwhelming feel of expressiveness and quality. The windscreen on the front, black roof, and dark-tinted windscreen in the rear, all deliver a visual continuity that is set off in a striking manner by the aluminum roof arches. Looking at this model from the side, the rather distinct profile produces an original continuity between the flowing lines present at the rear section and the plunging design that is on the front.
The front section has a feline appearance, a characteristic one would expect from the brand. Its wings have soft contours with the wheels showing a large diameter. There is also the spoiler and the ruby-red rear lights which use LED and reveal a crystal look. All of these combined result in a general look that mixes distinction, power, sensuality, and technology.
Finally the proportion of the model, having a height of 1.36 meters, combined with the body’s beautifully designed lines along with the double bubble roof, helps optimize the flow of the air and therefore create excellent aerodynamics. On the rear section, the active spoiler helps with the aerodynamic efficiency of this model. This is because it can be set up in two different positions, which are based on the car’s speed. Thus, it gives the perfect balance between fuel consumption and road holding.