Peugeot RCZ R – The French Pocket Rocket

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When Peugeot withdrew from its Le Mans and World Endurance program at the start of the 2012 season the Peugeot Sport department were left with an empty void to fill. Since then the French manufacturer has created the mental 208 that obliterated the competition at Pikes Peak and the new 208 R5 Rally car.

As with many manufacturers a racing programme gives the chance to push technology and experiment with features that will aid the development of their road cars.

With 270 bhp as standard from a 1.6 litre engine Peugeot have produced a wonderful piece of engineering in the form of the Peugeot RCZ R.

Building upon the successful RCZ platform the French marque unveiled its most powerful production model ever earlier this year at the price of £31,1995.

Its low centre of gravity and aerodynamic bodywork give the RCZ remarkable grip and road-holding, which is enhanced by the unique axle adjustments from the Torsenlimited-slip differential.

With looks, that at a glance mirror the Audi TT, the RCZ R takes inspiration from the Peugeot Sport department, featuring a small steering wheel, short gear-stick and bucket seats highlighted by a unique trim combining Nappa full-grain leather and Alcantara black.

Despite the 270bhp output from the engine the CO2 emissions are only 145 g/km, placing the sports coupé in a category of extremely high performance, efficiency and dynamic sensations.

Check out the video below to experience the new Peugeot RCZ R.

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