Friday, October 3, 2014


This is the top rocking car in performance terms in Peugeot's range. The RCZR is also the most powerful road going Peugeot ever. And it a stunner to look at as well as drive. They made it by tapping into Peugeot Sport's race technology and infact used many bits from Pug's race cars.

Costs $68,990, 10 grand more than the 'normal' RCZ. But the performance level and spec' more than justifies the price and then you compare it with something like the Audi TT,  RCZR becomes a value equation.

Copious power comes from a hand built 1.6-litre twin scroll turbo petrol four cylinder with direct injection, variable valve timing and lift. It's used in heaps of vehicles from Mini to BMW to Peugeot to Citroen. But this one has the top power output at 199kw and 330Nm of torque. Gets forged pistons, rods, reinforced cylinder block, clutch, gearbox, bearings, bigger intercooler, modified exhaust.

Zoom and whoosh sound in the country sides. Puts a big smile on your dial when you exercise the right foot and sounds good too. Excellent six speed manual box, torsen front diff, low ride height sporty suspension setting. 98 octane. No go fast buttons to push - it's set ready to go as soon as you fire it up. Peugeot Sport reworked nearly every part of the car.

Is it economical,Surprisingly so rated at 6.3-litres/100km if you can resist the temptations of the right pedal.Extremely green scoring a EURO 6.1 rating about as far in advance as they can go right now.

six stars with everything that brings - plus the inherent safety of a car with this level of dynamics.

In the front two seats yes. Forget the rear seats. The luxury kit list is generous including cruise, remote central locking, Bluetooth audio and phone (difficult to use)heated mirrors, RD4 audio, leather, satnav, dual zone climate control,, pollen filter, bi-xenons, LEDs, front and rear park assist , auto wipers and headlights.

Rolling down the highway nice car to drive. They say it does the 0-100kmh sprint in 5.9 seconds - feels a lot quicker than that. But the real treat is cornering. The RCZR pulls you through without putting a wheel out of place. Has astonishing brakes and grip. Direct steering feel and superb close ratio gearbox. A real driver's car.

Against the competition yes. As long as buyers can get over the engine capacity ''issue.''
Would we buy one,Absolutely, in white.Price: From $68,990
Engine: 1.6-litre turbo 4-cyl petrol, 199kW/330Nm
Transmission: 6-speed manual, FWD
Thirst: 6.3L/100km

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