Peugeot RCZ R to debut at 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed

Published: 10 June 2013

The Peugeot RCZ R is the hottest version yet of the RCZ coupe and will make its world debut at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed. The Audi TTS-rivalling RCZ R will be seen in both the static display and in high-speed action on the Goodwood hillclimb, ahead of UK deliveries kicking off in early 2014.

What modifications turn a Peugeot RCZ into an RCZ R?

The RCZ R remains front-wheel drive, and powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine. However, the THP four-pot has been tuned to develop 256bhp, up from 197bhp in the current RCZ range-topper. That gives it a specific output of 160bhp-per-litre and purported CO2 emissions of 155g/km (that compares favourably to the 2.0-litre Audi TTS, which manages 270bhp, but coughs out 184g/km in manual guise).

The RCZ R gets a Torsen torque-sensing front differential to help transfer that power to the road, and is expected to come fitted with a six-speed manual only.
The RCZ R has been built to highlight Peugeot’s recent Nurburgring exploits: after campaigning a diesel model in the N24 endurance race, it’s now switched to a petrol RCZ that’s has its 1.6-litre upgraded to (you guessed it) 256bhp.

Point out the RCZ R’s visual tweaks…

There’s no bespoke bodykit here: just a new set of 18in alloy wheels, widely-spaced twin exhausts, and a fixed rear deck spoiler in place of the standard RCZ’s pop-up wing. The RCZ R also rides slightly lower than the standard version, too, while it’s expected to have stiffer suspension and a brake upgrade to make the most of the additional power.

How much will the Peugeot RCZ R cost?

In light of the bespoke engine and drivetrain components, the RCZ R’s price will push north of £30,000 – around £4000 more than the RCZ THP 200. The Pug’s benchmark rival, the all-wheel drive Audi TTS coupe, will set you back £35,905 in pre-options list form, so it’s game on.
 
In due course, there’s the possibility of a new 308 hatchback with the same uprated engine. Could a 260bhp 308 be allowed to wear the hallowed GTi badge and square up to the Vauxhall Astra VXR and Renaultsport Megane 265? Fingers crossed…

 

By Ollie Kew

Former road tester and staff writer of this parish

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