litre petrol, 2.0 litre diesel, turbocharged
speed manual or automatic
seconds (200 hp petrol version)
- 200 horsepower
The 2010 Peugeot RCZ is the production version of the Peugeot
308 RC Z Coupe concept from the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show.
The original concept was well received by both the press and
public when it was unveiled, and thankfully the RCZ has remained
faithful to the original design. Even some of the more extravagant
styling cues like the little flick-up in the side window line,
double-bubble roof, aluminium "roof arches", and bulging
wheel arches have been carried over.
The RCZ is intended to mark a new chapter in Peugeot's history.
The car is supposed to be a specialist vehicle built in small
numbers (for a major manufacturer like Peugeot), and rekindle
a sense of driving excitement for the brand. Due to the special
nature of the RCZ, it will be built by Magna Steyr in Austria
in a production centre that specialises in exclusive vehicles
built in small volumes.
Loosely based on the Peugeot 308 hatchback, the RCZ is a similar
length to its more pedestrian cousin, however it is slightly
wider and considerably lower.
The Peugeot RCZ is available with a choice of three different
- 1.6 litre 4-cylinder turbocharged engine (borrowed from the
207 GTi) connected to either a six speed manual gearbox or six
speed automatic gearbox. This engine produces 156 horsepower
@ 5,800 rpm and 177 lb-ft of torque at 1400 rpm.
- 2.0 litre HDi 4-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine producing
163 bhp at 3750 rpm 251 lb ft at 2000 rpm.
- The top spec RCZ is powered by a turbocharged
1.6 litre THP 4-cylinder which produces 200 horsepower @ 5,800
rpm. With this engine the RCZ can reach 60 mph in 7.6 seconds.
Suspension and Brakes
Compared to the 308, the ride height of the RCZ has been lowered
by 20mm, the centre of gravity is also lower by 40mm, and the
front track has been widened by 54mm and the rear track is wider
The suspension system has also been revised to take advantage
of the car's lighter weight and sportier character.
The braking system of the Peugeot RCZ features ventilated discs.
The 200 horsepower model gets larger front discs.
The interior of the Peugeot RCZ has a high quality appearance
and stylish layout which looks more suited to an Italian sports
car than a French hatchback-derived sports car. The instrument
panel dials are contained in metal cases, with photo-etched,
back-lit markings, a feature which is also continued in the
stylish centrally mounted clock.
The fascia panel, which again is familiar to the 308, is covered
entirely with an innovative soft feel material. Customers will
also be able to choose from several different colors.
Similar and related vehicles:
Peugeot 308 RC Z Coupe
Peugeot 207 Spider
Peugeot 406 V6 Coupe