The name, RCZ, symbolises this special positioning as it will be the first Peugeot passenger car not to use the traditional numbering system with a central ‘zero’ or ‘double zero’.
At launch the range of engine will include a 1.6 litre THP gasoline engine with 156 and 200 hp and a 2.0 litre HDi FAP with 163 bhp, all coupled with a with six speed manual gearbox or – for the 156-hp version – with the optional six speed automatic gearbox .
Thanks to the reduced weight, fine-tuned aerodynamics and modern technology, the entry level model has CO2 emissions of only 139 g/km.
The aluminium “roof arches”, another feature of the concept car, are also retained and help highlight the front windscreen, black roof panel and dark-tinted rear windscreen.
At the front the RCZ retains the marque’s characteristic feline look.
The vehicle stands 1.36 m high and, with the optimised airflow due to the double bubble roof, has superb aerodynamics.
At the rear, an active rear boot spoiler also contributes to the car’s aerodynamic efficiency; it can be deployed in two positions according to the speed of the vehicle to ensure an ideal balance between road holding and fuel consumption.
The passenger compartment of the RCZ instantly immerses the driver in a subtly elitist ambience echoing the world of motor sport.
“Getting into” the vehicle, the driver discovers an ergonomic driving position, ideal for enjoying the RCZ’s high levels of road-holding.
The instrument panel dials are contained in metal cases, with photo-etched, back-lit markings, a feature which is also continued in the stylish centrally mounted clock.
The fascia panel is covered entirely with an innovative soft feel material, hi-tech in appearance and very elegant in style.
The overall ambience of the interior can also be enhanced by a range of hi-tech in-car-entertainment systems – Peugeot Connect 3D multimedia system, JBL™ Hi-fi system, Peugeot Connect USB box ….
The interior is also very versatile, allowing users to adapt to many situations. For example, for a long weekend, the boot offers a capacity of 384 litres (321 dm3 according to the VDA standard) added to which are storage spaces under the boot floor. There is also the potential to increase this capacity further by folding the rear seat backs down.
Finally, it offers two occasional seats, fully sculpted and perfectly usable, especially since the design of the roof with its double bubble offers extra headroom to these occasional rear passengers.
The range of customization options includes: a real carbon roof, roof arches in different colours (black chrome, “satin finish”), a range of 18” and 19’’ alloy wheels in several finishes (matt black, polished black, dark grey, diamanté), black lacquered body parts at the front, carbon door mirror covers, bodywork detailing, etc.
1.6 litre THP 200 bhp six speed manual gearbox – With its maximum torque of 188 lb ft at 1700rpm (or 203 lb ft with overboost) and a maximum power of 200bhp at 5800rpm, it enables the RCZ to accelerate from 50 to 75mph in 6.5 seconds in fifth gear and 0 to 62mph in 7.6 seconds. Fuel consumption in the combined cycle is 39.8mpg with CO2 emission of less than 165g/km.
The 4-cylinder engine has a capacity of 1598 cm3 combined with a range of innovative technologies like the twin-scroll turbocharger for instant response at very low engine speeds, direct petrol injection, and variable valve lift coupled with variable valve timing on the intake and exhaust camshafts (VTi technology).
The “sound of the engine” during acceleration has also been optimised through the use of Sound System technology. A different sound is created according to the engine speed, just like a musical instrument.
1.6 litre THP 156 bhp six speed manual gearbox or six speed automatic gearbox – This turbocharged direct-injection petrol engine achieves a remarkable balance between performance (177 lb ft at 1400 rpm and 156 bhp at 5800 rpm) and fuel consumption (40.9 mpg and 159 g/km of CO2 with a manual gearbox). It will also be available from the summer of 2010, with an all new 6-speed sequential automatic gearbox.
2.0 litre HDi FAP 163 bhp six speed manual gearbox – With a capacity of 1997 cm3, this engine develops a maximum power of 163 bhp at 3750 rpm and a generous maximum torque of 251 lb ft at 2000 rpm.
To obtain this level of performance it has a new generation ECCS (Extreme Conventional Combustion System) combustion chamber design, a variable-geometry low-inertia turbocharger, a high-pressure diesel injection pump with a maximum pressure of 2000 bars and electronic solenoid injectors with eight apertures.
The front McPherson type suspension and rear torsion beam have been specially revised for the RCZ.
Compared to the standard ‘Platform Two’ vehicle, the ride height has been lowered by 20mm, the centre of gravity is also lower by 40mm, the front track has been widened by 54mm and the rear track is wider by 72mm.
The shock absorber calibration has also been revised to ensure the best possible levels of road holding and the RCZ will be available with both 18” and 19” wheels and tyres.
On versions of the RCZ fitted with the petrol turbocharged 200 bhp THP engine, the front suspension benefits from a special lower anti-roll bar to make the car even more responsive and agile.
The hydraulic power steering is designed to offer accuracy of the highest order and excellent responsiveness.
Braking, meanwhile, is powerful and durable and is assured by generously dimensioned ventilated discs with a diameter of 302 mm and a thickness of 26 mm (340×30 mm with the 200 bhp THP engine). All models are equipped with rear brake discs with a diameter of 290×12 mm.
All versions of the RCZ come with Hill Assist. This function is coupled as standard with ESP which, except on versions with an automatic gearbox, includes an intelligent traction control system, dynamic stability control (DSC), electronic brake force distribution (EBFD) and emergency brake assist (EBA).