Peugeot RCZ gets a facelift for the 2013MY

Article by Christian A., on September 12, 2012

The Peugeot RCZ has just receive a facelift for the 2013 model year, which makes is sleeker, spotier and more elegant. As you can see from the photos, the new RCZ received a completely new front face which fully emphasises the power of its rear wings and the sensuous curves of its ‘double-bubble’ roof.

The new front grille is now accentuated by a lower air intake, which is extended on each side by a unique light signature, visible both day and night. According to Peugeot, this consists of six LEDs, subtly sculpted in the form of claws, behind a smoked lens which blends into a gloss black surround. Moreover, the RCZ Facelift introduces an enhanced option range in order to offer its customers the possibility to make it unique.

The new RCZ has many personalization components, such as a new lacquered black grille bars option, instead of the standard satin chrome bars.

Furthermore, the new RCZ offers three roof colours: Aluminium, Sand or Matt Black; also three new types of bodywork decals are available: a wide gloss black central stripe crossing the vehicle, grey and red lateral stripes on the body sills bearing the word ‘RCZ’, a silver grey off-set stripe crossing the vehicle from front to back; two carbon roof options with a Matt or Satin finish; ten alloy wheel designs.

A new Black Pack is also available and this includes the new Matt Black arches and black grille bars with black brake callipers, and black exterior mirrors. For those who are not satisfied by the Black Pack, Peugeot offers the Sport Pack which comes as standard on the Sport and GT with the THP 200 petrol engine.

The Sport Pack includes a smaller diameter steering wheel, a shorter-throw gear lever and the ‘Sound System’ feature (available as an option on the THP 156 manual model). For the 2013MY, the RCZ offers eight color options: Opal White, Pearlescent White, Nera Black, Mercury Grey, Charcoal Grey and Dolphin Blue, new colours: Bistre and Moroccan Red.

Under the hood, we find the 1.6-liter THP engine delivering 200 hp and 275 Nm of torque, mated to a 6-speed manual transmission, but for those who want something else, Peugeot offers a detuned version of the same engine, which delivers 256 hp and 240 Nm of torque. A diesel engine is also available: 2.0-liter delivering 163 hp and 340 Nm of torque, mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. The detuned 1.6-liter engine is also available with a 6-speed automatic transmission.

Exterior Design

Pierre Paul Mattei, Head of Design for RCZ, remarked that the new Peugeot RCZ R features a fluid and dynamic style that takes advantage of its strength and sophistication. He noted that every element in the new RCZ R was specially designed to make the car perform better while making it easier to distinguish from other offerings. In short, the new RCZ takes the attributes of the RCZ into a whole new level.

Available in Mercury Grey, Moroccan Red, Nera Black and Opal White color finishes, the new Peugeot RCZ R is marked by its matt black roof arches. Carried by a suspension that is lowered by 10 mm, the new Peugeot RCZ R rides on 19-inch alloy wheels with two-tone finish -- diamond and black matt. There is an 'R' monogram milled onto a visible part of the alloy wheel, which has been design to better optimize the new larger brakes. Interestingly, the front red calipers are signed 'Peugeot Sport'.

The ‘R’ monogram – in red – is also found on the radiator grille and on the boot lid as a signature 'RCZ R.’ On the rear, the new Peugeot RCZ R features a massive fixed rear spoiler that helps generate enough downforce. The rear end is also marked by a specific rear diffuser that includes two chromed exhaust pipes placed symmetrically with each other. Peugeot has also reworked the exhaust system of the new RCZ R to allow for better performance and audio.

Aside from the four exterior finishes, the new Peugeot RCZ R is also available with custom-made satin or gloss carbon roof treatments as well as black mirror shells and decal designs.

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