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Peugeot RCZ R road car revealed before Goodwood debut

July 10, 2013

The road-going high performance Peugeot RCZ R has been revealed just ahead of its public debut at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed, which takes place this weekend. The R will become the most powerful Peugeot production car ever made.

Peugeot RCZ R

Featuring a heavily tweaked version of the 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, producing a whopping 199kW of power and 330Nm of torque, the RCZ R offers a class-leading specific output of 124kW/litre. With this level of performance, acceleration from 0-100km/h takes just 5.9 seconds.

As the name suggests, the ‘R’ version is a much more focused racing-style variant of the sleek RCZ, inspired the original concept car. It showcases a moderate level of weight reduction over the regular model (minus 17kg), and a striking range of styling enhancements and mechanical revisions.

Peugeot RCZ R interior

Details include a matt black roof, 19-inch alloy wheels, a large fixed rear spoiler, a neat rear diffuser, and twin chrome exhaust outlets. There’s also an uprated exhaust system, sports suspension which is lowered by 10mm, and a Torsen limited-slip different for the front-wheel drive system.

Although the model is a clear performance-oriented vehicle, it offers a remarkable average fuel economy rating of just 6.3L/100km. It also offers superb clubsport-style comfort with Alcantara sports bucket seats with aluminium highlights throughout.

Peugeot Australia has confirmed the special version will go on sale locally early in 2014. It is likely to be a limited-run model.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.