Peugeot RCZ R review
Built on the foundations of the RCZ model, the Peugeot RCZ R is the most powerful production car ever made by the French car manufacturer. Let’s take a look under the bonnet to see what makes this car tick.
The Peugeot RCZ R takes the distinctive style of the RCZ and shifts it up a gear. The striking design of this coupe exhibits a host of features that make it stand out from the crowd.
The instantly recognisable double bubble roof flows into the
sculpted curves of the rear wings, giving balance and sophistication to the
Peugeot RCZ R. The dual sports exhaust and imposing matte black roof arches
make this car look like it would be better suited to the track, rather than the
The lowered profile enhances the car’s sporty aesthetic, and gives it a sense of dynamism. This is further emphasised by unique accents, such as the 19” ‘R’ branded alloy wheels, a rear spoiler and Xenon headlamps.
The high-intensity discharge (HID) lamps generate a beam of light with an arc of electricity, rather than the traditional glowing filament. This design is more efficient than the standard model and offers the handy benefit of automatically levelling off to provide perfect illumination for any road surface.
It’s impossible to deny the Peugeot RCZ R’s sexy racing car appeal. This sports coupe will turn heads wherever you go, so be prepared for lots of attention!
The Peugeot RCZ R’s cockpit reflects the car’s sporty exterior. Both the steering wheel and the seats are inspired by racing cars; the latter even has black Alcantara leather branded with a dynamic ‘R’ to emphasise car’s sporty credentials. Throughout the cabin, red stitching is also used to provide a little hint of luxury.
The dash-mounted 7” touchscreen is the hub for controlling a number of features; the dual-zone air conditioning, Peugeot Connect system with USB with Bluetooth, Peugeot Connect Navigation, SOS and assistance features. Control your music, make hands free phone calls and even let the car inform the police of any incidents through this impressive infotainment system.
The Peugeot RCZ R blends performance with practicality. The rear bench seat is perfect for occasional use, but can also fold to boost the amount of boot space available.
On the road
The Peugeot RCZ R’s 1.6 THP turbocharged petrol engine
generates 270bhp, propelling the car from 0-62mph in just 5.9 seconds.
This immense power comes from Formula One-grade forged aluminium pistons and an uprated clutch. The Peugeot RCZ R delivers 44.8mpg and CO2 emissions of just 145g/km, meaning this car’s sporty performance won’t cost the earth.
The Peugeot RCZ R balances power and precision by building on the existing RCZ’s award winning design. By increasing the power, torque and acceleration, widening the front and rear tracks and subtly adapting the rear spoiler, engineers have enabled the Peugeot RCZ R to grip the road tightly and maintain stability at high speeds.
This car is filled to the brim with innovative safety technology. It includes the standard ESP and braking system, as well as airbags that adapt their pressure to the intensity of the impact. There are also neck airbags built into the seats. The standard model comes with an ultrasonic alarm and immobiliser for added safety, and even has locking window bolts for that additional security factor.
One unique piece of tech that we love is the ‘follow me home’ lighting. After turning the engine off, the lights of your Peugeot RCZ R will stay on to make sure your path to your front door is visible.
The Peugeot RCZ R is a powerful and entertaining drive; it even won FHM’s ‘B-Road Thriller of the Year’ award! It’s a great looking sports coupe that can happily eat up the miles on a whistle-stop weekend break. For a car of this type, it’s satisfyingly practical too. Starting at £31,995 this is one of Peugeot’s best cars, standing up to others in its class with ease. So, why wait to find out what all the fuss is about?