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More than just the embodiment of a concept car, the RCZ Sports Coupé marks a new stage in the line up of Peugeot’s “leisure vehicles”, whilst also being the first Peugeot product to benefit from the latest Peugeot Lion brand identity.

The Peugeot RCZ, a sporty and compact 2+2 coupé, is designed as exclusive, a “something special” vehicle, exuding a tangible air of excitement. Its name, RCZ, symbolises its singular position in relation to the Peugeot range: it is the first specialist car not to utilise the numbering system with a central or double zero; – illustrating the Marque’s “new identity”.

Its expressive and innovative style, exclusive interior, dynamic and environmentally-friendly engines and the driving enjoyment it produces, propel the Peugeot brand, buoyed by 200 years of history, into a future which promises more emotion than ever.

The RCZ is aimed at the modern customer, particularly demanding and well informed when it comes to cars, they seek to stand out… and are ready to succumb to automotive temptation.

As such, the RCZ is the first exclusive vehicle of the Peugeot range and will be followed by other exclusive models in the years to come - all distinctive, all with a specific character - building on strong personality and a promise of innovative motoring enjoyment.

STAGE ONE

The first stage of the RCZ project began in September 2007, at the Frankfurt Motor Show, when Peugeot unveiled a concept car which excited all who saw it, born of the passion and expertise from the designers and engineers at Peugeot.

The decision to commit it for production was taken shortly thereafter and announced at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2008.

However, making the RCZ dream a reality called for determination, boldness and a vast amount of inventiveness. While the primary intention was to conserve the stylistic blueprint of the concept, despite the challenge of incorporating the constraints inherent in its production and commercialisation, the challenge went far beyond this.

Ambitious targets were set in terms of driveability and production quality to give it an extremely strong and very specific identity.

STAGE TWO

Another challenge was to develop the RCZ in a reasonably short time span. To do this, the vehicle was assembled at a production centre specialising in exclusive vehicles built in relatively small volume production runs at the Magna Steyr plant in Graz, Austria.

As a result, just two years after the decision was made to go ahead with its development, the RCZ will now be available for sale in Australia from October 1st 2010.

ENGINEERING EMOTION

With its reduced weight, finely honed aerodynamics and modern engine technologies, the RCZ offers an innovative balance of performance and environmental friendliness. The range of engines/transmissions available in 2010 in Australia will be as follows:

1.6 litre turbo petrol 147kW Euro 5 SIX SPEED MANUAL
1.6 litre turbo petrol 115kW Euro 5 TIPTRONIC AUTOMATIC SIX SPEED
2.0 litre HDi turbodiesel 120kW Euro 5  SIX SPEED MANUAL
The Peugeot RCZ range of engines has to not only to live up to the standards of the vehicle itself but also satisfy the demands of modern drivers who are “experts” in driving pleasure.

The answer lies in the choice of engines which are powerful in every sense of the word: generous torque and power, limited fuel consumption and reduced CO2 emissions.

To provide a new driving experience, the Peugeot RCZ has distilled all of Peugeot’s expertise in terms of handling and road holding and the Peugeot RCZ has a low centre of gravity, with wide front and rear tracks and reinforced suspension and wheels – guaranteeing driving pleasure.

EXTERIOR EMOTION

Athletic, elegant and aerodynamic, the style of the RCZ offers a new experience and energy derived from the original architecture. The sensuality of the car’s double bubble roof and rear windscreen combine with its two aluminium arches to produce its most distinctive features.

At the 2009 International Automobile Festival the RCZ won hands down in front of the BMW Z4, Citroen DS3 and Nissan 370Z to take the highest honour – The Most Beautiful Car of the Year. By winning this prestigious award – the fourth time for Peugeot - the RCZ strikingly perpetuates the tradition of pleasure vehicles that have shaped Peugeot's image and history, while holding out great promise for the future.

INTERIOR EMOTION

An ideal driving position, a fluid and streamlined fascia panel, traditional and high-tech materials - the passenger compartment of the RCZ instantly immerses the driver in an elite sporting ambience. The RCZ is also practical, offering two occasional rear seats whose backrests can be folded to open up a boot with a generous capacity in this category (from 384 litres to 760 litres).

Meticulous attention has been paid to the style of each interior component and the elegance of the materials used. Whether it’s the leather finish with double overstitching or the use of chromed or aluminium inserts, each piece has been produced with the utmost of care.

DYNAMIC EMOTION

Expressing all of Peugeot’s expertise in terms of road holding, the RCZ provides a thrilling experience with precision and driveability, creating a sense of real excitement and occasion for the driver.

The RCZ benefits from a strong base – that of the “platform 2” architecture (MacPherson type front suspension, rear suspension with deformable crossmember). It also has a particularly low ride height and centre of gravity, wider tracks and generous wheel dimensions (18” or 19” diameter).

The RCZ can be specified with the 147 kW engine. Uniquely to this version, the front suspension incorporates a special lower anti-collision bar to give the car even livelier and more agile handling response, while guaranteeing exceptional stability.

To match its dynamic, exclusive positioning, and in addition to its stylish and mechanical innovations, the RCZ comes equipped with sophisticated equipment and driving aids to ensure both peace of mind and safety while driving: intelligent traction control as standard with ESP, Hill Assist (as standard), top of the range audio system, directional bi-Xenon headlamps and more.

 

Read the Press Kit Articles

Peugeot RCZ: The Emotions of Style

Peugeot RCZ: Engineering Emotion

Peugeot RCZ: Exterior Emotion

Peugeot RCZ: Interior Emotion

Peugeot RCZ: Maximum Safety

Peugeot RCZ: Suspension, Steering and Wheels

 

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