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Mike Stevens | Sep 3, 2010

PEUGEOT RCZ

Three years after the unveiling of the arresting 308 RC Z concept and a year on from the unveiling of its production counterpart, Peugeot has announced the upcoming October 1 arrival of the 2010 Peugeot RCZ Sports Coupe in Australia.

The first model in the company's history to drop the signature zero or double-zero naming convention, the RCZ is also a significant departure from the brand's usual offerings.

A low-slung 2+2 coupe, the RCZ is worlds apart from the hatchbacks and sedans that are the French carmaker's staple.

Peugeot is clearly shooting for a new demographic with the RCZ, describing the new model at its 2009 unveiling as being "aimed at enthusiasts who are particularly discerning with regards to driving enjoyment".

TMR's Managing Editor Tim O'Brien is at the launch of the 2010 Peugeot RCZ today, watch for his 'first drive' review.

Styling

If the RCZ looks familiar, that's no accident - Peugeot has retained the concept's svelte shape and intricate detailing, and all of the car's sheetmetal appears identical.

Aluminium roof arches, keeping their silver finish, work to highlight the glasswork and contrast against the blacked-out roof of the RCZ.

Smaller than the Audi TT, but with 384 litres of storage space versus the TT's 290 litres, practicality was clearly high on Peugeot's priority list.

Utilising a '2+2' four-seater layout, headspace is assured thanks to the racy dome-like shaping in the roof.

Built on the same platform as the Peugeot 308 hatch but sitting 20mm lower, the front track of the RCZ has been increased by 54mm and the rear by 72mm.

Customisation options for the RCZ include a carbon-fibre roof, black chrome or satin silver pillars, and alloy wheels in either polished silver or matt black, dark grey or diamante.

Equipment

The 2010 Peugeot RCZ is available in just one trim grade.

Stand features include:

  • 18 inch alloy wheels (“Original” style)
  • Body color front and rear bumpers, door mirrors and door handles
  • Front and rear fog lamps
  • Automatically adjusting active rear spoiler with manual over-ride
  • Dual chrome plated exhaust pipes
  • “Double bubble” roof and heated rear window
  • Rain and light sensors
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Electrically adjustable, heated and folding door mirrors with courtesy lights and dipping function with reverse gear selection
  • Front sports bucket seats with integrated head restraints with leather trimming and six-way electric adjustment and heating driver’s seat with memory
  • Full grain leather trimmed steering wheel with aluminium thumb inserts
  • Dash fascia, armrest pad capping and centre “U” console trimmed in “Nabuck” leather-like material with innovative texture
  • Centre mounted analogue clock
  • Aluminium footrest and door sills
  • Driver’s and passenger’s seat lumbar adjustment
  • Folding rear seat back
  • Electro chromatic auto dipping rear view mirror
  • Dual zone climate control air conditioning
  • Bluetooth compatibility and USB connectivity.

As with the likes of the Kia Soul and the upcoming Audi A1, extensive personalisation options are becoming par for the course. The Peugeot RCZ is no exception.

Sportif Pack One

  • 19-inch “Sortilege” Matt Black Onyx wheels
  • Black painted brake calipers
  • Carbon roof in gloss finish
  • Black painted mirror shells (Perla Nera)
  • Black painted front grille (gloss)
  • Aluminium roof arches in black chrome finish.
  • For body colors Opal White, Pearl White and Mercury Grey.

Sportif Pack Two

  • 19-inch “Sortilege” Midnight Silver wheels
  • Black painted brake calipers
  • Carbon roof in gloss finish
  • Black painted mirror shells (Perla Nera)
  • Black painted front grille (gloss)
  • Aluminium roof arches in black chrome finish.
  • For all other body colors.

Elan Pack

  • 19-inch “Solstice” Black Onyx wheels
  • Carbon roof in satin finish
  • Black painted mirror shells (Perla Nera)
  • Black painted front grille (gloss).

On the safety front, the 2010 Peugeot RCZ is equipped with ESP that includes Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Emergency Braking Assistance (EBA), Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD), Traction Control (ASR) and Hill Assist.

The system also includes a stability control system (CDS) using steering wheel angle sensors, yaw speed and lateral acceleration sensors to detect under-steer or over-steer and apply controlled braking and engine torque to maintain trajectory.

Complete disconnectionof the electronic stability control (ESP), traction control (ASR) and emergency braking assistance (EBA) functions is possible with all engine combinations. Upon engine switch off, these systems will return to the “on” mode.

Interior safety features include:

  • 2 adaptive front airbags
  • 2 side airbags to protect the chest and pelvis of front passengers installed on the side structure of the front seat;
  • 4 three point seat belts with force limiters (and pre-tensioners at the front) combined with acoustic and visual fasten seat belt alarms for each seat.

Mechanical

Power will be provided by a choice of engines, headlined by a 147kW, 275Nm 1.6 litre turbocharged petrol engine (the same engine found in the MINI John Cooper Works), pushing the RCZ to 96km/h (60mph) in 7.5 seconds, onto a top speed of 233km/h.

Matched to a six-speed manual transmission, the range-topping turbo-charged engine lists fuel consumption figures of 6.9 l/100km on the combined cycle, with CO2 emissions rated at 159g/km.

Paired with the company's new AT6 six-speed automatic Tiptronic transmission (developed by Japanese specialist Aisin), a de-tuned version of the same 1.6 litre turbo engine produces 115kW/240Nm, achieving 7.3 l/100km and emitting 159g/km of CO2.

Peugeot says the quality and speed of the AT6 transmission's gear changes have been fine-tuned, adopting a direct-control hydraulic block - an electronic strategy designed to optimise rapid multiple downshifts.

Peugeot will also offer a 2.0 litre turbocharged diesel-powered version of the RCZ, developing 120kW at 3750rpm and 340Nm between 2000 to 3000rpm.

The diesel engine features a new generation ECCS (Extreme Conventional Combustion System) combustion chamber, a variable-geometry low-inertia turbocharger, a high-pressure pump allowing a pressure of 2000 bar in the common rail and solenoid injectors with eight apertures.

Paired with the six-speed manual transmission only, the diesel-powered RCZ achieves fuel consumption figures of 5.4 l/100km with CO2 emissions rated at 139g/km.

Suspension is managed by McPherson-type front suspension (with a drop-link anti-roll bar) and a rear torsion beam arrangement, set to have the RCZ 20mm closer to the ground than the 308 Hatchback. Its centre of gravity is also 40mm lower.

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The RCZ is also 30mm wider than the 308, with front and rear tracks that are 54mm and 72mm wider respectively. The range-topping 147kW RCZ also benefits a special lower anti-roll bar at the front axle, designed to improve responsiveness and agility.

Braking is handled by 302mm ventilated discs for the regular automatic and diesel manual models, and for the 1.6 litre 147kW (and the 2.0 litre HDi when equipped with 19-inch wheels) 340 mm in diameter and 30 mm thick.

The adjustable active rear spoiler contributes to the RCZ's 0.32 drag co-efficient, deploying in to two positions according to the speed of the car. The first position (19°) activates at speeds of more than 85 km/h and folds back below 55 km/h, while the second position (34°) is activated at speeds in excess of 155 km/h returning to position one at 145 km/h.

Drivers can choose to activate the rear spoiler manually (to position two) by pressing the button located on the centre console.

Pricing

Available from October 1, all three variants in the RCZ line-up are priced at $54,990, plus on-road costs.

  • RCZ M - 2 Door Manual 1.6L turbo - $54,990
  • RCZ A - 2 Door Automatic 1.6L turbo - $54,990
  • RCZ HDi M - 2 Door Manual 2.0L HDi - $54,990

OPTION PRICING

  • Metallic Paint - $800.00
  • Premium Metallic Paint (Pearlescent White) - $1,300.00
  • 19” Sortilege Alloy Wheels - $600.00
  • Integral Leather - $1,500.00
  • Monaco Pack - $2,700.00
  • Sportif Personalisation Pack 1 - $4,000.00
  • Sportif Personalisation Pack 2 - $4,000.00
  • Elan Personalisation Pack - $3,000.00
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