CALLS for more power have been answered. Peuegot has launched its RCZ R, the most powerful road-going car the brand has ever sold.
It costs $10,000 more than the standard RCZ with a showrom sticker of $68,990, but comes with a lower ride height and an extra 52 kilowatts of power from the 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine. Peak torque has risen to 330Nm from 275.
It's output is nearly identical to the Peugeot RCZ Racing Cup track car.
The Peugeot RCZ R sprints to 100kmh in 5.9 seconds - almost two seconds quicker than the RCZ.
Weighing just 1280kg, the RCZ R boasts a power-to-weight ratio of 155kW a tonne.
Given the extra poke, Peuegot has strengthened the six-speed manual transmission, upgraded the clutch, as well as installed a larger intercooler and new twin-scroll turbocharger.
A Torsen differential has been added to provide additional grip.
The front track has been widened to boost traction, there is a much stiffer suspension set-up and it sits 10mm lower.
Aerodynamic efficiency and stability have been improved thanks to a new fixed boot spoiler which aids rear downforce.
It rides on two-tone 19-inch alloys shod in Goodyear Eagle F1s 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.
"The Peugeot RCZ R is not just a sporty version of the RCZ," Peugeot's Australian distribution arm general manager John Startari said.
"Developed with Peugeot Sport, the RCZ R has significant engineering modifications compared with the RCZ.
"It was developed as a sports competition model for use on circuits and tracks.
"RCZ R is a perfect example of Peugeot's expertise in motorsport. RCZ R is a halo model for the brand and we expect it will not only increase sales but bring new customers to Peugeot."
The RCZ R is available in four colours, red, black, grey and white.
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