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Peugeot reveals RCZ facelift and hot RCZ-R Concept

RCZ-R concept previews forthcoming production model...

Peugeot has unveiled a facelifted version of the popular RCZ coupe and has shown a tantalising look at a hot RCZ-R variant coming next year.

The RCZ has been one of the most stylish coupes around since it went on sale in 2010, but has always been somewhat blighted by the huge gaping grille that it inherited from the 308. That model was updated last year and thankfully Peugeot has now seen fit to update the front end of the RCZ for 2013.

So out goes the massive fish mouth and in come re-profiled headlights, a smaller grille and thin lower opening much more in line with the 508. It gels much better with the rest of the car, which had some great design treats such as the Zagato-esque double-bubble roof, swollen wheel arches and tightly curved rear.

To accompany the facelift there are increased levels of equipment available inside, along with new trim options and new alloy wheels. The standard engine line-up remains the same with the 1.6 litre petrol engine in 154 bhp and 197 bhp guises and the 161 bhp 2.0 litre diesel model. The lower powered petrol engine will be available with an automatic gearbox as an option.

The new addition later next year will be the RCZ-R model, which will be previewed as a concept at the Paris Motor Show and is shown in concept form in the images above. Featuring satin black paint and rose gold trimmings it shares the facelifted model’s new front end, but the real news in under the skin where the 1.6 litre turbo petrol engine is tuned to 260 bhp. There is also tweaked suspension and a Torsen limited slip differential to help tame the power going through the front wheels. There are lighter alloy wheels and the interior is likely to be more sporting with fixed back racing seats and alcantara trim.

This could really be the car that takes the fight to the Audi TT now – with the much improved looks, a hotter handling and performing model and a potential 30k price tag the RCZ-R could be one of the performance car stars of 2013.

Images courtesy of Peugeot

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - www.ecurie25.com Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more