At the 2012 Paris Auto Show, Peugeot unveiled the 2012 RCZ R Concept - a preview of the most powerful road-going car in Peugeot’s extensive history. Now, one year later, the production version will make its world debut at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed.
The production version will keep the same 1.6-liter THP engine found in the concept version that delivers a total of 260 horsepower. Along with this high-output engine, the RCZ R will also receive a bespoke suspension setup, a specific and distinctive wheel design, and with a Torsen limited-slip differential.
At the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed Peugeot will display two red RCZ R models, driven by UK Peugeot 208 GTi Ambassador, Bradley Philpot – a finalist in the recent Nürburgring 24-hour race that saw three Peugeot 208 GTi cars win their SP2T class.
Click past the jump to read more about the standard Peugeot RCZ.
When Peugeot revealed its wild 2012 Onyx concept, we knew that there was little hope of it ever seeing production and a short email exchange with the automaker confirmed our suspicion. So, we wrote off any chance of a private owner reeling in this awesome copper-highlighted concept car. Well, now there is a chance for one person to get his or her hands on it.
No, you can’t take it home, but you can get a ride in it. At the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed, Peugeot will raffle off a chance to take a ride in the 680-horsepower, diesel-hybrid-powered supercar at its first public demonstration at the 20th anniversary running of the FoS.
The ride will take place on July 13th and the raffle will take place on July 1st. What’s more, you also get two free tickets into the Goodwood Fos. Unfortunately, the contest is only open to UK residents and you have to provide your own transportation to the event.
If you’re interested, you can enter the contest here.
Click past the jump to read more about the Onyx Concept
The British market just received another special edition in the form of the Peugeot RCZ Magnetic Limited Edition, which is offered in either black or white with leather, color-themed interior. The model is priced from £25,350 ($38,500) and will be limited to only 170 units. The model will arrive in UK showrooms soon.
The new RCZ Magnetic Limited Edition will be based on the RCZ Sport and will add a series of new features that will further distinguish it from the rest of the lineup.
The model received a pearlescent Pearl white or Metallic Nera black exterior paint combined with matte-black paint on the roof arches, and brilliant black front grille, door mirror covers and brake calipers.
For the interior, Peugeot is offering sport front seats in black leather on white models or red flame leather on black models and numerous other sports features, including: soft-touch leather steering wheel and short shifter. As standard equipment, the model offers front and rear parking aids, Peugeot Connect Navigation (RT6) audio, CD and satellite navigation system, and Peugeot Connect SOS and Assistance.
Click past the jump to read more about the standard Peugeot RCZ.
Magna Steyr, the same company that gave us the 3-in-1 MILA Coupic Concept last year, is coming back to the Geneva Motor Show and it appears that it’s bringing a modified Peugeot RCZ with it that it apparently has turned into an "exciting coupe concept.”
No details were given on exactly what kind of model this is going to be - no name even - but according to a company press release, the entire objective is to present the RCZ Coupe Concept with what the company calls View Top, an innovative sliding folding roof with integrated glass elements that creates a unique open-air feeling.
The inspiration behind the concept, it appears, is the aforementioned MILA Coupic Concept, a vehicle that turned heads last year for its innovative approach to multi-functionality.
“The inspiration for this concept car stems from Magna Steyr’s MILA concept series, which demonstrates the unique product design and engineering capabilities that we can deliver to customers,” explains Magna Steyr president Günther Apfalter.
“We are excited to take our original View Top design concept and bring it closer to reality by showcasing it as a concept on a sports car production vehicle.”
Suffice to say, we’re more than interested to see what Magna Steyr has up its sleeve. We’re still not quite sure what the concept is going to look like, which makes the whole thing even more interesting.
Peugeot has unveiled the first details on a one-off RCZ set to be unveiled at the Motor Bike Expo in Verona, Italy. This new special edition has been named after the custom motorcycle builder Arlen Ness and updates the look of the RCZ in a very aggressive manner.
This one-off edition RCZ Arlen Ness features a two-tone exterior paint that combines a bright orange with matte-black accents on the leather-wrapped mirrors, the racing stripe, the hood and that cool rear wing. The model also receives an adjustable sports suspension, Ohlins shock absorbers and high-performance Brembo brakes.
Under the hood, Peugeot placed a 1.6-liter engine equipped with a high-flow air filter and a Termignoni sports exhaust system. As a result, the RCZ Arlen Ness now delivers a total of 200 horsepower — up from the standard 156 horsepower. Official performance numbers haven’t been released just yet, but we presume it will hit a top speed of more than 149 mph.
We caught a glimpse of the Peugeot Onyx Concept a few weeks ago on Peugeot’s Facebook page. Peugeot, however, chose to be a little coy and not actually release the information, but we managed to peg it down as the Onyx.
Peugeot has now decided to spill the beans about its fancy new concept joining it at the 2012 Paris Auto Show, the Onyx Hybrid. Peugeot has released more detailed specifications and some pretty detailed pictures of this new supercar. And this car is much more impressive than any of the initial rumors could have ever alluded to.
Though the press release shows us no indication of when Peugeot plans to officially unveil the Onyx to the public, we can safely assume that it will be at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. Even without the official public reveal, all of the information and images that Peugeot has released, we can now pass a detailed review of Peugeot’s supercar concept on to you.
UPDATE 09/17/2012: Peugeot has touched base with us to say that the Onyx’s gasoline engine puts out 1160 Nm (855 pound-feet) of torque and the electric motor puts out 280 Nm (206 pound feet) of torque for a combined 1,061 pound feet of peak torque. They also let us know that Onyx will not ever be produced (duh), but it is rather just a future styling and technology piece.
Click past the jump to read all about this supercar concept and to find out when and if Peugeot plans to put it on the market.
When we first saw the Peugeot RCZ in 2007, we saw a car that had tremendous potential in the industry, as did its maker. In 2010, Peugeot released the production model of the RCZ and it’s been a relative success since, despite its odd proportions. Typically, you do not see a revision for a new model for about four to six years after its initial release, but Peugeot is far from your “typical” car manufacturer.
Just two years after its initial release, Peugeot has announced that it will revise the RCZ for the 2013 model year. Fortunately, the revised RCZ is not a completely unfamiliar face, as Peugeot made sure to keep the basic styling of this bubbly compact with some minor tweaks here and there. From the looks of things, Peugeot’s attempt in this revision was to make the RCZ flow a little better and give it a more streamlined design. This takes the shock value that the original RCZ had, but is that a good thing or a bad thing?
UPDATE 09/25/2012: A new video of the face lifted Peugeot RCZ has been released by Peugeot leading up to its debut at the Paris Motor Show. Check it out by clicking on the photo above.
UPDATE 11/20/12: Peugeot has released the UK pricing for the RCZ sports coupe. Find out how much it’s going to cost after the jump!
Click past the jump to read all about the revised 2013 RCZ and find out if the revisions are a benefit or if they take away from this unique vehicle.
Next to the "Onyx" supercar concept, Peugeot will also be unveiling a sweet RCZ R at the upcoming Paris Auto Show. This concept car previews an exclusive, dynamic, and sporty range of the RCZ which is already set for production and will be unveiled in 2013.
The RCZ R will be powered by a 1.6 liter THP engine with an output of 260 HP - making it the most powerful production model in Peugeot’s history. This engine will deliver more than 160 bhp/liter, which is also one of the highest in the world for a production vehicle.
Next to this impressive engine, the RCZ R will feature special suspensions and wheels combined with a Torsen limited slip differential to help in the twisties.
The Peugeot RCZ R that will be displayed in Paris will feature a very cool matte black and copper livery, combined with a special exterior signature and interior treatment.
It’s been a while since we last heard anything about the sporty Peugeot RCZ, but it’s now time to bring it back to the front lines with a new special edition developed exclusively for France and Germany.
The new RCZ Onyx will only be offered in four exterior colors - Blanc Opale, Gris Sidobre, Gris Haria, and Noir Perla Nera - all of which are combined with a carbon fiber roof, black gloss front grille, and mirror caps. Because it’s a special edition model, it will also be offered with a special set of new 19" wheels painted in Midnight Silver. The interior will get sports seats wrapped in a two-tone fabric upholstery with silver stitching.
Under the hood of the new special edition, Peugeot will place a choice of two engines: a 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-four petrol that delivers a total of 154 HP or a 2.0-liter HDI turbo diesel with 161 HP.
Prices will start from €32,000 for the petrol version (about $39,000 at the current exchange rates) and from €34,500 for the diesel version (about $42,000 at the current rates).
Despite belonging in the same market segment, the Peugeot RCZ is not in the league of the Mazda MX-5 Miata. There’s no shame in that for the French sports coupe because very few cars can match Mazda’s little speedster in terms of popularity and overall affordability.
Having said that, there’s still a pretty significant market for the RCZ, particularly in Europe. That’s why Peugeot has decided to introduce a limited edition, 150-piece RCZ that will be available in Europe.
One of the most distinctive characteristics of the RCZ Brownstone Limited Edition is its Guaranja Brown exterior paint finish. Match that to a gloss black grille, brake calipers, and a special set of 19" "Magny Cours" alloy wheels and you’ve got an exterior look that adds some spice to the RCZ’s overall design.
As for the interior, Peugeot dressed it up with an exclusive Cohiba Leather and Alcantara on the sport seats, the dash panel and door trim panels. Should you wish for add-ons, the French automaker is offering a WIP Com 3D telematic system; a Sport package that includes shorter shifter, leather sport steering wheel, and Motorsound-Generator; a comfort package that comes with front parking sensors, automatic low beam switch and a rain sensor; and a xenon package that features dynamic cornering lights and a headlamp cleaning system, all of which you can get for an extra €2500, which is around $3,300 based on current exchange rates.