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by Matt Brogan

Peugeot has today announced its exciting RCZ will go on sale in Europe within the first quarter of 2010.

The launch of the Peugeot RCZ will mark the start of a dynamic new chapter in the history of Peugeot with the stunning coupé being the first in the brand’s history not to use a name featuring the traditional numbering system with a central ‘zero’ or ‘double zero’.

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Designed to enhance the sheer enjoyment of driving, the 2+2 RCZ will retain a number of key styling features as seen in the original concept car, including the double bubble roof.

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.

At 1360mm high the RCZ will offer superb aerodynamics and, at the rear, include an active boot spoiler that will contribute to the car’s overall aerodynamic efficiency.

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The RCZ’s cabin is also designed with driver immersion in mind and will offer an ergonomic driving position, ideal for enjoying the RCZ’s high levels of road-holding.

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.

European specification RCZ’s will be available with three power-train options:

  • 1.6-litre (149kW/275Nm) four-cylinder turbo-petrol with six-speed manual gearbox. 0-100km/h: 7.6 seconds.
  • 1.6-litre (116kW/239Nm) four-cylinder turbo-petrol with six-speed manual or automatic gearbox. 0-100km/h: TBC.
  • 2.0-litre (121kW/340Nm) four-cylinder turbo-diesel with six-speed manual gearbox. 0-100km/h: TBC.

Suspension arrangement features a strut front/torsion beam rear set-up from Peugeot’s platform two vehicles with a lowered ride height and wider front and rear track.

Shock absorber calibration has also been revised to ensure the best possible levels of road holding. The RCZ will be available with both 18 and 19-inch wheels and tyres.

The top of the line model will also feature a special lower anti-roll bar to make the car even more responsive and agile. All models will have hydraulic power steering.

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Braking sees generously dimensioned 302mm ventilated discs up front (340mm on the top spec model) with rear brakes measuring 290mm on all models.

To assist manoeuvring on steep gradients, all versions of the RCZ come with Hill Assist. This function is coupled as standard with ESP which, except on versions with an automatic gearbox, includes an intelligent traction control system (a sophisticated ASR which automatically adapts the traction of both front wheels according to the available grip levels), and of course dynamic stability control (DSC), electronic brake force distribution (EBFD) and emergency brake assist (EBA).

The DSC, ASR and EBA functions can be disconnected simultaneously (ESP off) so that experienced and demanding drivers can fully exploit the car’s capabilities.

CarAdvice spoke exclusively with Peugeot’s Events and Promotions Manager, Mark McCartney this morning who revealed;

“The RCZ will be released in Australia some time in the third-quarter of next year.”

Mr McCartney went on to say that the Australian specification for the vehicle will be announced later today.

CarAdvice will keep you posted.




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