More than any other day in the calendar year, April 1st requires a lot of us to be on our p’s and q’s to differentiate the legitimate news events from the ones that have, shall we say, mischief written all over them.
This one appears to be the latter.
Peugeot UK has come out with a video highlighting their latest revolutionary concept: "mood paint." Described as a reactive paint that changes its color depending on your emotions, the mood paint was developed by Peugeot technicians who used psychochromatic coating to alter the molecular structure of the paint to emit light at varying wavelengths. From there, heat sensors were put on the Peugeot RCZ’ s steering wheel, which then reads the driver’s body temperature and pulse rate to change the car’s body color.
According to Vince Clisham, Peugeot’s project manager, the mood paint is a "world first for motoring."
"To have developed a paint that accurately reflects the emotion of the driver, will no doubt have our competitors green with envy," he adds.
Check out the video of Peugeot’s mood paint demonstration and tell us if this is legit or an April Fools prank from the French automaker.
In 2012, Peugeot will be organizing a one-make racing series with all teams fielding their very own race-prepped Peugeot RCZ .
Despite it still being months and months away, the French automaker is getting started by introducing the RCZ racer that will compete in the RCZ Racing Cup.
The race car is closely derived from the series, except for the fact that the all the interior amenities of the standard car were removed in favor of a more modest set-up that only includes racing seats and a roll cage, among other things. The bare interior contributes to a weight savings of 250 kg, even with the addition of new suspension dampers, AP Racing brakes.
As for the engine, Peugeot worked closely with Magneti Marelli to fine-tune the car’s powertrain. With all the changes in tow, the RCZ Racing Cup Racer will still carry the same 1.6-liter THP engine but with an increased output of 250 horsepower - from 200 horsepower - and 214 lb/ft of torque and mated to a SADEV six-speed paddle shift sequential transmission.
Interested racing teams that are looking to enter the series will have to shell out €54,900 - about $77,500 based on current exchange rates - for one of the race cars so it can participate in all seven races scheduled for the series’ inaugural season.
Following last year’s Peugeot RCZ Asphalt, the company has now opened its ordering books for the 2011 RCZ Asphalt LE. What’s the difference? This new model is limited to just 75 right-hand-drive units for the UK as opposed to the 500 units offered last year. Each model will be priced at £29,995 - or around $48,000 at the current exchange rates.
The new Asphalt LE edition will be distinguished by a special matte Telluric - that’s fancy for gray - body and can be ordered only with the top-of-the-range GT trim version. The Asphalt package also includes a black roof, "Asphalt’ badging, and 19" Solstice black alloy wheels complimented by matching black brake calipers. For the interior, the package adds bespoke "Asphalt" branded and stitched Nappa leather trim, an Alcantara / leather steering wheel and gear stick, and bespoke "Asphalt" sill covers and floor mats. The list of standard equipment includes front and rear parking aids, auto lighting (with approach and follow me home modes), Peugeot Connect Media Navigation, and a top-of-the-range JBL sound system.
The RCZ Asphalt LE will be powered by the standard 1.6-liter THP petrol engine producing 200 HP and 188 lb-ft of torque. This power is good for a 0-60 mph sprint time of 7.6 seconds.
UPDATE 08/29/11: Peugeot has announced that in addition to the new HX1 Concept, their booth at the Frankfurt Motor Show will also carry the RCZ Asphalt Limited Edition. The special edition RCZ was introduced back in July, but will only make its public debut in Frankfurt in the coming weeks. Be on the look out for the car because, according to Peugeot, only 75 models will be released.
The Top Gear trio of Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond may be all fun and jokes in front of the camera, but despite their cunning wit and silly banter, these three all share a unique similarity: they know everything and anything there is to know about cars.
When they say a car is good or bad, their opinions carry more clout than the standard human because they’ve done their homework through countless hours of testing, free drives, and taped segments on the show. And now that we’re nearing the end of an amazingly eventful year, the trio have decided to finally release their choice of vehicles that will be included in the 11th Top Gear Awards.
With categories ranging from Hypercar of the Year, Grand Tourer of the Year, Coupe of the Year, and even Engine of the Year, the three hosts took everything they’ve seen, heard, and driven in 2010 to come up with a winner for each respective category.
In addition to these categories, Clarkson, May, and Hammond also picked their favorite cars of the year regardless of make, model, and type. Care to find out the award winners?
Peugeot is rolling out its second special edition for the 2010MY with the RCZ Asphalt based on their latest RCZ sports car . Following the RCZ Limited Edition , the RCZ Asphalt gets almost double the number of units as the previous model with 500 being available for purchase.
The new RCZ Asphalt will be distinguished by a dark gray/black matte exterior paint finish, new 19" black and silver alloys for the exterior, and a pair of custom made sport seats covered in black leather for the interior. And just in case owners forget the name of their vehicle, there will be plenty of "Asphalt" logos on both the interior and the exterior.
Unfortunately, this special edition does not offer any engine updates. Under the hood the customer will still find the 1.6 liter THP engine that develops a total of 200 HP. Other engine options may be available, but Peugeot is keeping mum on those details.
Peugeot has also yet to announce prices for the new special edition, but if we are using the RCZ Limited Edition as a guide then the Asphalt should be around 35,500 euros.
Check out the first official images of the RCZ Asphalt in the gallery!
Comparing cars have always been a calling card for the auto industry. If you’re in the market to purchase a car, it’s always a good idea to do your homework on the cars on your wishlist just so you have a better understanding of what you’re getting yourself into and the merits and demerits of each option you may have.
Over in Europe, the eco-friendly sports car market is getting a nice boost, courtesy of two models that figure to go head-to-head with each other in the coming years: the Honda CR-Z Hybrid and the Peugeot RCZ sports coupe.
As both a hybrid and a frugal 2.0-liter diesel - both the CR-Z and the RCZ - are two vehicles that promote the same thing (fuel-efficiency) yet does so in completely different approaches. The ever-informative kids of AutoExpress took both cars through the ringer to see which one holds the leg up over the other. After a series of tests, the verdict remains unsettled because both cars hold a distinct advantage over the other in different respects.
Watch the video and find out how the CR-Z and the RCZ match up.
We’ve met some pretty obsessive car owners in the past, but we sure haven’t come across a car that’s obsessed with a prospective owner. That’s completely new to us and it’s also the main idea of this Peugeot commercial featuring the new RCZ . The new ad, which we’re guessing will only be shown in Europe, features a well-dressed fellow being followed by the RCZ wherever he goes, from a dark and dingy alley all the way to the sixth floor of a nearby parking garage. The RCZ apparently knows what owner is suited to drive it and once it’s got a target pegged, it will continue its chase until the man is inside the vehicle’s waiting driver’s seat. Only in Europe, folks!
Peugeot will enter the ADAC Nurburgring 24 hour race with a racing version of their newest addition to the line-up, the RCZ Coupe . The race is scheduled for the weekend of May 15th-16th, the same weekend that Peugeot celebrates the bicentenary of its manufacturing adventure.
The Peugeot RCZ 24H is powered by a 2.0 l HDi FAP engine developing 200 h.p. and will be racing in the D1T category (Diesel engine between 1.7 l and 2.0 l cc). We doubt that will be enough to compete against Porsche who has dominated the 24H race for the past four years. From 2007-2009, Porsche has competed with their 997 GT3 hosting a 3.6L flat-six engine and producing 415hp.
Previewed in 2007 at the Frankfurt Motor Show by the 308 RCZ Concept , the Peugeot RCZ is the first Peugeot passenger car not to use the brand’s traditional numbering system with a zero or two zeros in the middle. It is also the first true Peugeot sports car set to compete with models like Audi TT.
Only 1.36 meters tall the RCZ sports car offers interior room for 2+2 people, with exterior design taken almost entirely for the concept car: the same double bubble roof (which can be ordered in carbon fiber), while the front windscreen, black roof and dark-tinted rear windscreen ensure a visual continuity strikingly set off by two
aluminum roof arches.
At its launch the RCZ will be available with a choice of three engines: 1.6-litre THP petrol turbo delivering 156bhp and 240Nm of torque, a diesel 2.0-litre HDi FAP that delivers 163 hp and 340 NM of torque, and top of the line a 1.6-litre THP with 200 hp. The engines can be mated to a 6-speed manual transmission.
The RCZ can be ordered with either 18-inch or 19-inch wheels, McPherson type front suspension, ESP, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and Peugeot Connect 3D multimedia system, JBL hi-fi system, Peugeot Connect USB box and Nappa integral leather trim on the interior.
After the French automaker Peugeot revealed the RCZ sports car coupe version at the Frankfurt Motor Show as an affront to compact sports car makers like Audi and their TT coupe, it was to be expected that the European lion would also be coming out with a competitor for the rag top roadster version as well. In a recent interview with Automobile MAgazinem a Peugeot official confirmed that the company is taking into consideration two alternative open air models for the future, being "a roadster version as a competitor for the Audi TT , but also a Targa variant in the spirit of the first 911."
Now we are all familiar with what an Audi TT looks like with its top down, but a Porsche Carrera Targa inspired sports coupe would be quite a fresh design. Unlike modern day Targa models that make use of an oversized sliding glass roof, the original features a removable roof panel. However where the old one was made of metal and rubber, a 21st century targa would have to make use of some lightweight carbon fiber and hopefully won’t lose any of the performance of its fixed roof brethren. The RCZ’s engine lineup will include a 1.6 Liter turbocharged direct gasoline injection engine that makes 200 HP as well as a standard 1.6 Liter boosted gas burning mill that makes 156 HP while there are also plans for a top of the line 2.0 Liter unit that will go well beyond the 200 HP barrier.