Peugeot RCZ R has now has racy looks and ability

The Peugeot RCZ R.
The Peugeot RCZ R.

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.

The Peugeot RCZ R.
The Peugeot RCZ R.

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