UPDATE: Peugeot has now released full details for the RCZ R.
Peugeot's hot RCZ R flagship coupe has been given an early unveiling, surfacing today in the Russian press ahead of its official launch later this week.
Destined to debut at this week's Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK, the RCZ R should hit Australia in limited numbers early next year, with just 40 or so expected to come our way.
Final Australian details are still to be confirmed, although it is known that only 500 of the hotted-up coupes will be built.
Power in the RCZ R is provided by an enhanced 1.6 litre turbo engine, producing 199kW and 330Nm of torque - the latter available from 1900rpm.
With that hefty output, the RCZ R will have the honour of being Peugeot's most powerful production model ever, and the company promises a 0-100km/h time of just 5.9 seconds.
A 400-metre run will be covered in 14.2 seconds, the company says.
The RCZ R will enter, of course, as the new halo model in the RCZ range - easily eclipsing the 147kW (in manual) power of the regular models.
The engine itself is reinforced by a specific heat treatment prior to machining to improve durability. Peugeot says the twin-scroll turbo has been developed specifically to benefit from an ideal design for this application.
As with the concept, a Torsen limited-slip differential is featured, and there's also a wider track, revised camber angle, re-tuned dampers, stiffer springs and a stiffer anti-roll bar.
"To get 270bhp and 330Nm of torque from a 1.6-litre engine and be resistant to sports use on the racetrack, it was necessary to introduce new high-performance, competitive solutions," Thierry Chauvet, Engine Development Manager for RCZ R said.
"Peugeot Sport has all the skills to do this. Research and Development teams brought together their experiences and expertise to ensure the sustainability of the car and its industrial application."
In the cabin, there's new sports seats and a number of unique trim highlights setting the flagship apart from the regular RCZ models.
Speaking with TMR today, Peugeot Australia's Jaedene Hudson confirmed the RCZ R is expected here in around May next year, with a limited number of around 40 cars to be offered.
Pricing has not been confirmed at this point. Given the $58,990 price of the regular RCZ models, we can likely expect the R to lob at around the $75,000 mark.