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An updated version of the Peugeot RCZ coupe has gone on sale in Australia, with a higher price tag the French brand says is justified by extra equipment.

The Peugeot RCZ jumps $4000 to $58,990, moving it closer to the famous sports car it aims to mimic – the Audi TT that starts from $65,450.

Bizarrely, the price of the RCZ isn’t mentioned in the press release, though Peugeot says the car has been fitted with extra gear valued at $5800.

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Key additions that were previously optional are bigger 19-inch ‘Technical Grey’ alloy wheels, satellite navigation and xenon headlights. No extras are now offered.

Other standard features include leather trim upholstery and sports steering wheel, rain-sensing wipers, power front seats and auto headlights.

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There are no mechanical changes for the Peugeot RCZ, so the coupe continues with a choice of petrol or diesel engines with no change in price.

The direct-injection 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol turbo produces 147kW of power and 275Nm of torque when mated with a six-speed manual, or 115kW and 240Nm if the six-speed auto is chosen.

The auto version is nearly a second slower than the manual when accelerating to 100km/h – 8.4 seconds versus 7.5. The self-shifter is also slightly less fuel efficient, using an official 7.3 litres of petrol per 100km compared with 6.9L/100km.

Choosing the 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel brings even better consumption of 5.3L/100km, while it splits the auto and manual petrols in the 0-100km/h sprint with a time of 8.2 seconds.

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Styling is a significant factor for coupes and Peugeot has tweaked the design of the RCZ.

There biggest change is to the front end, which abandons a large single grille for an upper central grille atop a wider, lower air intake. The headlights are also reshaped.

The distinctive ‘double bubble’ design of the roof remains.

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Peugeot Australia has sold 600 RCZs since the coupe launched in 2010, with 70 per cent being automatics.

The company says RCZ buyers have been predominantly female but says it is targeting male buyers more intensively with the new model. The appearance of an RCZ in the Bathurst 12-hour race earlier this year was part of that strategy.

Read CarAdvice’s 2013 Peugeot RCZ Review.


  • Tom

    When you see this cruise down the street, it pinches you eye and you say wow, that looks like an R8 or something, FF rubbish unfortunately…… “famous sports car it aims to mimic – the Audi TT” if that’s the case, option it as AWD

    • crouchy35

      I agree, it really does grab your attention. A beautiful car let down by the FF set up.

    • pixxxels

      They’re considering AWD for the upcoming RCZ R.

  • Chad

    If they made it a mid engine RWD It would be one sweet little car!

  • $29896495

    It is an interesting looking car. But seconds per dollar equation is a fail compared to the equally attractive hot hatches around.

    • Zaccy16

      i agree, the styling keeps growing on me, but as you said for half the money you could by a 86/brz or for 20,000 less much quicker and more practical hot hatchback for example, the polo gt takes 6.9 seconds to a 100 and costs $28,000!

      • Des KSA

        RCZ and 86 GTS are the same price in the UK Zaccy. Why $20K difference in price here Peugeot?

        • Zaccy16

          I know that des KSA th car buyer website is very informative, I think Peugeot are trying to pitch the rcz as a tt rival

          • $29896495

            Which it isn’t and is a mistake if that’s what they are doing.

          • Zaccy16

            Yeah, I’ll take the much faster and cheaper scirocco

    • Anuj

      Yea I think this should have been pitched closer to the 40-45k mark. then it would make a little more sense.

  • Guest

    The front looks like a boa constrictor.

  • LeStori

    If it looked decent then it might be worth the money. Unfortunately it could be going in either direction. Best summed up as an ‘Asian’ multiple design team car… Front. middle rear and interior all designed by different design teams who do not talk to each other.

  • Karl Sass

    It has some nice angles, but overall the car looks unbalanced, especially the side profile.