Peugeot RCZ (2010–2015)

Model History

August 2009

First production details announced

The RCZ is both dynamic (the top of the range model features an all new 1.6 litre THP 200PS engine with 275Nm torque) and responsible, offering an innovative blend of performance and environmental-friendliness. With its reduced weight, fine-tuned aerodynamics and modern engine technology, the entry level model has CO2 emissions of only 139 g/km.

Due to the special nature of the vehicle, it is built by Magna Steyr in Austria in a production centre that specialises in exclusive vehicles built in small volumes. The RCZ is a compact 2+2 Coupé with a number of key styling features. The “double bubble” of the roof, which was a major talking point of the original concept car, is retained in the production car.

The aluminium “roof arches”, another feature of the concept car, are also retained and help highlight the front windscreen, black roof panel and dark-tinted rear windscreen. At the front the RCZ retains the marque’s characteristic feline look.

The vehicle stands 1.36 m high and, with the optimised airflow due to the double bubble roof, has superb aerodynamics. At the rear, an active rear boot spoiler also contributes to the car’s aerodynamic efficiency; it can be deployed in two positions according to the speed of the vehicle to ensure an ideal balance between road holding and fuel consumption.

1.6 litre THP 200PS six speed manual gearbox – This all new engine allows the car’s chassis to fulfil its true potential. With its maximum torque of 275Nm on overboost and a maximum power of 200PS at 5800 rpm, it enables the RCZ to accelerate from 50 to 75 mph in 6.5 seconds in fifth gear and 0 to 62 mph in 7.6 seconds. Fuel consumption in the combined cycle is 39.8 mpg with CO2 emission of less than 165 g/km.

1.6 litre THP 156PS six speed manual gearbox or six speed automatic gearbox – This turbocharged direct-injection petrol engine achieves a remarkable balance between performance and fuel consumption (40.9 mpg and 159 g/km of CO2 with a manual gearbox). It was also available from summer 2010, with an all new 6-speed sequential automatic gearbox.

2.0 litre HDi FAP 163PS six speed manual gearbox – With a capacity of 1997 cm3, this engine develops a maximum power of 163PS at 3750 rpm and maximum torque of 340Nm). To obtain this level of performance it has a new generation ECCS (Extreme Conventional Combustion System) combustion chamber design, a variable-geometry low-inertia turbocharger, a high-pressure diesel injection pump with a maximum pressure of 2000 bars and electronic solenoid injectors with eight apertures.

This engine optimises the RCZ’s potential in terms of road holding while limiting its fuel consumption to only 52.3 mpg in the combined cycle, with CO2 emissions of 139 g/km. The RCZ benefits from the already highly efficient suspension set-up found on other platform two vehicles (MacPherson type front suspension and rear torsion beam), but it has been specially revised for the RCZ.

The range options include: a real carbon roof, roof arches in different colours (black chrome, “satin finish”), a range of 18” and 19’’ alloy wheels in several finishes (matt black, polished black, dark grey, diamanté), black lacquered body parts at the front, carbon door mirror covers, bodywork detailing, etc.

September 2009

Prices announced

Range starts at £19,900 with two trim levels. On sale in UK Spring 2010. Entry RCZ 156 THP manual model will start at an on-the-road price of £19,900.

September 2009

Peugeot exhibited a 4WD RCZ Hybrid4

Based on the same power train as the 3008 Hybrid4, it is powered by a 2.0 litre HDi FAP diesel engine with a maximum power of 163PS and a 37PS electric motor giving a total power output of 200PS, 76.35 mpg and 95 g/km of CO2.

February 2010

RCZ Coupe voted the Most Beautiful Car of the Year 2009 at the 25th International Automobile Festival.

June 2011

Peugeot opened the order books for the limited edition RCZ ‘Asphalt’, characterised by its special matt Telluric grey bodywork. Only 75 right-hand-drive Asphalt LEs are being produced for the UK and all feature a bespoke high level specification over the top-of-the-range GT trim and powered by the accomplished 200PS THP petrol engine.

Distinctive features for this most desirable RCZ include the exclusive Matt exterior Telluric grey paintwork with black roof, ‘Asphalt’ badging, 19” Solstice black alloy wheels, complemented with matching black brake callipers. The interior is equally striking with bespoke ‘Asphalt’ branded and stitched Nappa leather trim, an Alcantara / leather steering wheel and gear stick, with bespoke ‘Asphalt’ sill covers and floor mats.

Additional standard specification includes front and rear parking aid, auto lighting (with approach and follow me home modes), Peugeot Connect Media Navigation and a top-of-the-range JBL sound system. The RCZ Asphalt is priced at £29,995 and the first orders taken will secure the only 75 RHD cars available.

September 2012

Facelifted RCZ unveiled

Has a new grille accentuated by a lower air intake which is extended on each side by a unique light signature, visible both day and night. This consists of six LEDs, subtly sculpted in the form of claws, behind a smoked lens which blends into a gloss black surround.

The new RCZ has many personalisation components including new lacquered black grille bars option, instead of the standard satin chrome bars and three roof arch colours: Aluminium, Sand or the new Matt Black. A new ‘Black Pack’ groups together the new Matt Black arches and black grille bars with black brake callipers, and black exterior mirrors − components which are all also available separately.

There are three new types of bodywork Decals: a wide gloss black central stripe crossing the vehicle, grey and red lateral stripes on the body sills bearing the word ‘RCZ’, a silver grey off-set stripe crossing the vehicle from front to back plus two Carbon Roof options with a Matt or Satin finish.

Other additions include ten alloy wheel designs, including two new designs - the Sport model has 18-inch wheels and are available in three colours; Classic (standard), Dark Grey (two-tone diamond/dark grey) or Full Pirit Grey (mid grey)

A Sports Pack, standard on the Sport and GT with the THP 200 petrol engine, includes a smaller diameter steering wheel, a shorter-throw gear lever and the ‘Sound System’ feature (available as an option on the THP 156 manual model). The range of colours consists of eight options, two of which are new; to the Opal White, Pearlescent White, Nera Black, Mercury Grey, Charcoal Grey and Dolphin Blue, are added new colours: Bistre and Moroccan Red.

Its range of efficient engines, as regards both performance (generous torque and power) and consumption and emissions of CO2, is carried forward:
1.6-litre THP 200;
- 147kW (200PS) Euro 5, 275Nm, 6-speed manual – CO2 155g/km and 42.1mpg
2.0-litre HDi 163 FAP;
- 120kW (163PS) Euro 5, 340Nm, 6-speed manual – CO2 139g/km and 53.2mpg
1.6-litre THP 156 manual;
- 115kW (156PS) Euro 5, 240Nm, 6-speed manual – CO2 149g/km and 44.1mpg
1.6-litre THP 156 automatic;
- 115kW (156PS) Euro 5, 240Nm, 6-speed automatic – CO2 168g/km and 38.6mpg

Finally, when the RCZ is fitted with the THP 200 engine the front suspension incorporates bigger hubs and a special lower bracing bar to enhance road handling, making it more agile and aiding cornering stability.

The ‘acoustic signature of the engine’ has also been enhanced aided by ‘Sound System’ technology (standard on the Sport THP 156 manual, and Sport and GT models with the THP 200 petrol engine models). It amplifies the characteristic sound of the engine through a controlled diaphragm that resonates and the vibration noise is louder as the revs of the engine rise during acceleration, while being less pronounced with more regular driving.

The new RCZ is now fitted as standard, with an acoustic windscreen and a Visibility Pack consisting of automatic wipers, automatic headlamps, electrochromatic interior mirror, guide-me-home lighting and approach lighting on unlocking.

Another innovation offered on the RCZ, the RT6 system now incorporates the Arkamys software which processes the digital audio signal to recreate a natural sound stage. The quality of the sound no longer suffers from the restrictions of the location of the speakers in the doors (which often results in sounds in the lower side areas): the instruments and voices are more harmoniously positioned in the space, facing the occupants, at windscreen level. This system also provides the option of directing the sound for the driver only or for all the passengers.

January 2013

Facelifted RCZ launched

For the UK, the New RCZ retains its popular, two level ‘Sport’ and ‘GT’ range line-up.

RCZ Sport continues with 18-inch ‘Original’ alloy wheels and a host of familiar features including dual-zone air conditioning, rear parking aid and USB box with Bluetooth. This rich specification is enhanced further by the addition of automatic lighting, including ‘Approach’ and ‘Follow-me-home’ features. New options on RCZ Sport include half leather and leather/ Alcantara trim treatments.

At the GT level, the New RCZ is fitted with 19-inch ‘Technical’ alloy wheels as standard. This new wheel is designed to maintain the dynamic visual appeal of GT, while also marking the advent of the restyle with a fresh new look. The dynamism continues into the cabin of GT models with the standard fitment of the interior sports kit, complete with sports steering wheel and gear lever.

Simple leather continues to define the interior of GT with the addition of an optional Cohiba Brown colour, on both simple and integral leathers. Also available as an optional choice are new matt black roof arches – an identifiable and characteristic aspect of RCZ. There are new body transfer decals and more alloy wheel options, demonstrating the continued visual versatility of RCZ and the extensive choice available to customers.

On-the-Road prices for New RCZ Sport start from just £21,595 (an increase of £385 over the current RCZ Sport), with a ‘price walk’ of £2,400 to the New RCZ GT with an On-the-Road start price of £23,995. Deliveries commenced from the second week of January 2013.

November 2013

270PS Peugeot RCZ R goes on sale

Priced from £31,995. First deliveries from January 2014. Inspired by the Peugeot RCZ Racing Cup track car and riding 10mm lower to the ground, the new range-topping two-seater sports coupé is powered by a 1.6-litre THP turbocharged petrol engine developing 270PS.

The starting point was the engine, still 1.6-litre capacity. With 270PS it is almost identical in output to the Racing Cup car and, with nearly 170PS per litre, sets a record for specific power in the category,

Also new is a specially strengthened six-speed manual transmission, uprated clutch, larger intercooler and new twin-scroll turbocharger. The exhaust has also been modified; linked to the draw of the engine's air intake, it features an enhanced ‘sound system' to amplify the sporting character of the new RCZ R's engine.

The Peugeot RCZ R rides on unique two-tone 19-inch alloys which accommodate new larger four-piston brakes. They feature red calipers at the front bearing the Peugeot Sport name. Discs with a diameter of 380mm and thickness of 32mm are mounted on an aluminium hub, contributing to increased weight-saving and cooling. They are shod in Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 235/40 R19 tyres for outstanding road-holding.

The RCZ R will sprint from 0-60mph in just 5.6 seconds and accelerate on to an electronically limited top speed of 155mph. The RCZ R is a Peugeot with the aggression of a lion at its heart, measured at more than two seconds per kilometre quicker than the 200PS car at the Nürburgring Nordesshleif. The difference was even greater in wet conditions.

May 2014

RCZ Red Carbon launched

The Red Carbon models are a Limited Edition of 300 models, derived from the Sport model and distinguished with unique badging.

Each model features as standard the Vision Pack – with xenon, directional and self-levelling headlamps, 19-inch 'Solstice' alloy wheels – with their onyx black matt paintwork finish, metallic paintwork in Moroccan Red or Nera Black, complemented by the Black Pack which includes matt black roof arches, brilliant black front grill, door mirror covers and brake callipers.

On the inside, unique Red Carbon black style sports front seats trimmed in ‘Simple Leather’ feature red stitching, as do the Red Carbon style dashboard, sports steering wheel and short shift gear lever.

For in-car entertainment, Red Carbon models are equipped with the Peugeot Connect Navigation (RT6), Audio, CD and satellite navigation system and Peugeot Connect USB Box with Bluetooth connectivity.

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