Ooh la la! 260bhp Peugeot RCZ R Concept

A hot new Peugeot RCZ R is set to make an appearance at the Paris Motor Show and also showcase the French coupe’s refreshed styling.

Peugeot RCZ R Concept

Peugeot RCZ R Concept

It may be billed as a concept but the Peugeot RCZ R  is almost certain to become a reality, making it Peugeot’s most powerful production model ever.

The RCZ-R will be powered by a 260bhp version of the familiar 1.6-litre THP. A quick tap on the calculator means that Peugeot Sport are somehow squeezing 160bhp per litre from the THP unit, and yet CO2 emissions are expected to remain below 160g/km.

To contain those rampant Gallic ponies a proper mechanical limited-slip differential will be fitted to the front axle, while a revised suspension setup promises even sharper handling. It’s a package that will no doubt lead to comparisons with the 269bhp Audi TT-S and even the entry-level Porsche Cayman with 265bhp .

The concept uses matt black paint and copper detailing to great effect but will we see that make it into production? We’ll have to wait until late 2013 to find out.

Peugeot RCZ R Concept

260bhp and LSD will give the Peugeot RCZ R a big grin factor

Peugeot RCZ R Previews Facelifted Model

The RCZ R also shows us the new look for the rest of the RCZ range. A revised nose brings the new corporate face, as seen on the 208, with a split grille replacing the larger item on the current model. The headlights are subtly changed while LED running lights are slotted into the new lower grille.

Peugeot RCZ Facelift

Revised nose fixes the one criticism I had of the RCZ’s looks

Due to arrive in 2013, the revised RCZ will feature more equipment as standard and add more options to enhance the appearance of this already lovely coupe.

The engine choice remains the same with the 1.6-litre THP available in 156bhp and 200bhp tune, and a CO2 friendlier HDI version with 163bhp.

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Author: Chris Auty

Voted the Breakthrough Blogger of 2013 by SEAT and the Guild of Motoring Writers , Chris has lived and breathed cars since he was old enough to say 'faster'. With a penchant for hot hatches and an allergy to public transport, he would much prefer to drive a bad car than never drive at all. Fortunately his family has learned to put up with this obsession and the internet has provided a channel for his ramblings.

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