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2015 Peugeot 308 GTi

2015 Peugeot 308 GTi

Peugeot has once again stepped up its hot-hatch game with the release of the new 308 GTi, which brings an ultra-efficient turbocharged 1.6-liter engine available in two levels of tune, an enhanced exterior aesthetic, and an interior chock full of performance cues.

Inspired by Peugeot’s extended GTi pedigree, the beefy five-door sees upgrades in all areas; some subtle, some less so, but all in the name of standing out in a market awash with hot-hatches.

Peugeot Brand CEO Maxime Picat says the car has created a good deal of excitement among performance enthusiasts, especially those familiar with the brand’s history of turning out quick cars with an odd number of doors. The 308 GTi follows the likes of the 205 GTi, 208 GTi, and RCZ R, all of which have contributed to the automaker’s claim of selling 800,000 units of its “sportier models.”

It all sounds great, but with so many fantastic hot-hatches to choose from, how does the 308 GTi stack up?

Continue reading to learn more about the Peugeot 308 GTi.

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2015 Peugeot 308 R Hybrid

2015 Peugeot 308 R Hybrid

Though the Peugeot 308 R Hybrid is just a concept car, it’s pretty amazing how quickly this performance hybrid stuff has begun to trickle down from hypercars to high-volume vehicles. With a combined output of 500 horsepower between a gas engine and two electric motors, the 308 Hybrid R has as much power as a 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS, and Peugeot could see this type of hybrid technology as a key to retaking its place on top of the very competitive French hot-hatch segment.

Peugeot dominated the European hot-hatch scene in the 1990s with cars like the 205 GTi and 106 Rallye. Fantastic cars by the accounts of our (older) counterparts in Europe, but then the company decided to refocus its efforts on building dull people-moving appliances that appeal more to accountants than Juha Kankkunen wannabes (In case that reference is a bit too obscure, Kankkunen won the WRC in a Peugeot 205 T16 in 1986). Since then, French compatriot rival Renault has become the go-to purveyor of fast, French hatchbacks. The question now is, can hybrid powertrains help Peugeot take back a genre it helped define?

Continue reading to learn more about the Peugeot 308 R Hybrid.

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2015 Peugeot RCZ R Bimota

2015 Peugeot RCZ R Bimota

Peugeot introduced the RCZ back in 2009 as a sports coupe iteration of the 308 compact. Built on PSA’s ubiquitous PF2, front-wheel-drive platform, the RCZ has been well-received, gaining several awards in Europe and praise for its agile handling, powerful gasoline engines and frugal diesel mills. The performance-oriented RCZ R also received rave reviews, being described as a better option to the dull Audi TT. Come 2015, and the RCZ R has grown a bit long in the tooth, especially with a brand-new TTS around the corner. However, Peugeot isn’t willing to give up just yet and introduced a new special-edition model.

Dubbed Bimota Special Edition, the coupe was created in collaboration with the Italian motorcycle manufacturer Bimota, and is distinguished by an exclusive racing-like livery and various interior and drivetrain upgrades. Keep reading for the full run-down on the most powerful RCZ R ever created.

Click past the jump to read more about the Peugeot RCZ R Bimota.

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2014 Peugeot RCZ "Red Carbon" Limited Edition

2014 Peugeot RCZ "Red Carbon" Limited Edition

Peugeot’s peppy little sports car, the RCZ, is getting a unique ’Red Carbon’ treatment. This special edition will be rather exclusive with only 300 united being constructed, with each one getting a host of features as standard equipment and bespoke features.

Before jumping into what the RCZ Red Carbon has to offer, we have to give props to Peugeot for continuing to tout its sports car. It’s not the sexiest or most powerful in its group, but it does have high amounts of both qualities, earning with it a real following among those chic trendsetters in Europe.

Ok, so the RCZ Red Carbon is, well, pretty special in its own right. It comes decked with plenty of exterior and interior upgrades that should bring out the sportiness of the RCZ even more. Likewise, the inclusion of Peugeot’s ’Vision Pack’ and ’Black Pack’ further highlights the exclusivity of the model, as if any more cosmetic changes could do that on an already impressive looking sports coupe.

The RCZ Red Carbon is available on a variety of powertrains, including Peugeot’s 1.6-liter THP engine that produces 200 horsepower and 202 pound-feet of torque, allowing it to hit 0-62 mph in just 7.6 seconds to go with an impressive top speed of 149 mph.

Click past the jump to read more about the Peugeot RCZ "Red Carbon" Limited Edition.

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2013 Peugeot RCZ R

2013 Peugeot RCZ R

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 model will also be displayed at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2013 and will be put on sale early in 2014.

With its new turbo engine, the new RCZ R is the most powerful road-going car in Peugeot’s extensive history. It comes equipped with lots of elements developed by Peugeot Sport and with an interior inspired by the aviation.

The new RCZ R is not only the most powerful model in the RCZ lineup, but also when compared to the current range-topping model - the RCZ THP - it is about 37 pounds lighter and will deliver one of the best fuel economy ratings in the segment.

Click past the jump to read more about the new Peugeot RCZ R.

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2013 Peugeot RCZ Magnetic Limited Edition

2013 Peugeot RCZ Magnetic Limited Edition

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.

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2013 Peugeot RCZ Arlen Ness

2013 Peugeot RCZ Arlen Ness

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.

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2012 Peugeot Onyx Hybrid Concept

2012 Peugeot Onyx Hybrid Concept

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.

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2013 Peugeot RCZ

2013 Peugeot RCZ

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.

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2012 Peugeot RCZ R Concept

2012 Peugeot RCZ R Concept

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.

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2013 Peugeot 208 GTi

2013 Peugeot 208 GTi

After at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show Peugeot has unveiled the 208 GTi concept car, this September’s Paris Auto Show will bring the unveiling of the 208 GTi production version. The new model will arrive on the market in the spring of 2013.

When compared to the standard 208, the GTi version is lower and wider (10 mm front and 20 mm rear) and of course it is much more powerful. Under the hood Peugeot has placed a 1.6-liter turbo gasoline engine that delivers a total of 197 HP and a peak torque of 203 lb-ft. Mated to a 6-speed, close-ratio manual transmission, the new 208 GTi will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in less than seven seconds and will go up to a top speed of 140 mph.

"With the 208 GTi, our objective was to produce an engaging sporty performance driving pleasure, an experience that speaks immediately to all enthusiasts: performance, power, reactivity, and an aura of respect and desire. While the 205 GTi was naturally our inspiration, the 208 GTi is its modern interpretation.” Gaëtan Demoulin, Peugeot Customer Synthesis Manager.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Peugeot 208 GTi.

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2012 Peugeot RCZ Onyx

2012 Peugeot RCZ Onyx

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).

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2012 Peugeot RCZ Brownstone Limited Edition

2012 Peugeot RCZ Brownstone Limited Edition

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.

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Video: Peugeot's new "mood paint" concept has all the makings of April Fools

Video: Peugeot’s new "mood paint" concept has all the makings of April Fools

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.

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Top Gear Season 17: Episode 6

Top Gear Season 17: Episode 6

Top Gear’s 17th season flew by just like that, didn’t it?

The sixth and final episode aired over the weekend, and unlike the past episodes, this one more than lived up to the expectations. Richard Hammond got the show off to a promising start with a great segment about the Lamborghini Aventador. From there, the show picked up some steam with a pretty hilarious segment featuring Jeremy Clarkson and James May as they embarked on an electric-car crusade around town. Some unforeseen circumstances resulted in a few mishaps, but all in all, the duo managed to make the most out of their respective cars - Clarkson had the Nissan Leaf while May had the Peugeot Ion - to finish their adventure in one piece. But even that wasn’t enough to convince the two about the potential of electric cars in the future.

Fittingly, the final segment of season 17 took a more serious turn with an inspiring story about a Cross Country racing team in Wales for disabled British soldiers. It’s a humbling way to end a very interesting season and puts into perspective what the human spirit is capable of accomplishing despite the challenges that seemingly lies in front of it.

Details after the jump.

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2011 Peugeot RCZ Asphalt LE

2011 Peugeot RCZ Asphalt LE

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.

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