What you're looking at here is the most powerful production car Peugeot has ever created – the RCZ R, set to make its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in July. The French automaker showed off a concept version of this hotter R model at the Paris Motor Show last year, and the actual road-going car will be available for purchase toward the end of 2013.

Under the hood is a 1.6-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine good for 260 horsepower, and Peugeot says the car "promises intense dynamic sensations from the legacy of its race-bred experiences." This evidently means the car will have a unique suspension setup, a specific wheel design and a new Torsen limited-slip differential to keep those front rollers in check.

In addition to a show car, Peugeot will drive a RCZ R during the Festival of Speed weekend, with Bradley Philpot – the man who raced the company's 208 GTi in the recent 24 Hours of Nürburgring event – at the helm.

Scroll down for the official details in Peugeot's press blast.
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THE PEUGEOT RCZ R TO MAKE ITS INTERNATIONAL DEBUT AT THE GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED

- The RCZ R will be the most powerful road-going car in Peugeot's extensive history

- It will have 260bhp at its disposal from its 1.6-litre THP turbocharged engine

- Peugeot RCZ R makes its international debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

The RCZ R is the culmination of an evolutionary product journey that started with the original RCZ Concept that quickly made it into production, then into the three-times class-winning Nürburgring race car that inspired the road-going RCZ R. The RCZ R Concept previewed the evolution at the Paris and Geneva Motor Shows – shown with a matt black and copper livery that heralds the spiritual stance of a road-going RCZ R.

The road-going RCZ R utilises a more powerful 1.6-litre THP engine with 260bhp, making it the most powerful production model in Peugeot's history. Its efficiency will be a benchmark with power/capacity among the highest in the world for production vehicles at over 160bhp/litre with CO2 emissions targeted at just 155g/km.

It also promises intense dynamic sensations from the legacy of its race-bred experiences, with a bespoke suspension set-up, a specific and distinctive wheel design, combined with a Torsen®limited slip differential to harness the huge reserves of power and torque available.

Two red RCZ Rs will be displayed for the first time in public: on the Peugeot stand and shown performing dynamically during the Festival of Speed weekend, driven by the UK Peugeot 208 GTi Ambassador, Bradley Philpot – a finalist in the recent Nürburgring 24-hour race that saw three Peugeot 208 GTi cars win their SP2T class.

The Peugeot signature 'Motion and Emotion' is being perfectly expressed at this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed as the brand continues on its journey upmarket.

The reveal of the RCZ R is timely ahead of its launch at the end of the year. While the Goodwood Festival of Speed this year celebrates its 20th anniversary, it is also the case that as the gates to the Festival open on 12th July, it is the very same date 100 years ago that Peugeot demonstrated its performance prowess by winning the French Grand Prix, coming first and second.

Peugeot has a rich and illustrious history for compact, durable, highly-efficient engines that have powered its products, notably its cars and competition vehicles, to great success, and it is appropriate that the brand's most powerful road car – the RCZ R – has its international debut at this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed.


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      m_2012
      • 1 Year Ago
      Audi TT had $ex with a Focus.
      vietusa74
      • 1 Year Ago
      "What you're looking at here is the most powerful production car Peugeot has ever created" 260 HP?!?! Really?!?!
      ihyln
      • 1 Year Ago
      Finally, a Peugeot that will sell into the single digits.
      AcidTonic
      • 1 Year Ago
      American turbo 1.6 = 180hp Import turbo 1.6 = 260hp American turbo 2.0 = 250hp Import turbo 2.0 = 300hp Nuff said.....
        methos1999
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AcidTonic
        almost every single car maker has a 2.0 L turbo - which ones are you referencing? Because as I recall, VW & Audi's 2.0L turbo's are ~210-220 hp, and BMW's new 2.0L turbo is only 240 hp. Meanwhile, Cadillac ATS has 270 hp from their 2.0L turbo... so please clarify...
          methos1999
          • 1 Year Ago
          @methos1999
          Ok, so since you don't care about luxury trims, that rules out Audi & BMW, but VW still has a piddly 210 hp, so again what import are you quoting that has a 300 hp 2.0L turbo? It can't be Kia/Hyundai as I believe theirs is about 270 hp, and I don't think that Honda or Toyota have any non-luxury cars with 300 hp at all. Subaru WRX STI has 305 hp, but currently it's a 2.5 L turbo. So again, please clarify...
          AcidTonic
          • 1 Year Ago
          @methos1999
          Both quotes were Ford engines...... I don't care about luxury trims..... (unless they perform)
        Daltini
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AcidTonic
        Yes, thats because to Americans a 1.6 is an economy engine. Why would we be pushing the limits of a 1.6? lol. We put them in sedans not sports cars.
        m_2012
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AcidTonic
        Ignorance is bliss.
        May
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AcidTonic
        American 1.6 180hp turbo? Designed in Europe, by Europeans and for Europeans and just fitted in American car?
      1STH
      • 1 Year Ago
      a bad french copy of a design icon----the MK1 Audi TT.
      Ryan Schneider
      • 1 Year Ago
      That side view is atrocious..... The car looks like a mish-mash of many different design elements. I see some Porsche Cayman/Boxster, Aston Martin, Hyundai, Nissan GTR etc. etc. etc. Definitely a butter-face.
      Hi There Paul
      • 1 Year Ago
      It kind of looks like a modern version of VW's Karmin Ghia, and that's not a bad thing, at least to me. I'm sure there are some self-proclaimed styling experts who will disagree.
      Ejvind Andersen
      • 1 Year Ago
      Same old song. Oh it looks like some car made before, how dare they... Actually comparing it with a TT, doesn't justify the Peugeot if you ask me. The thing is that I think when seeing a picture of of a TT I looks low, wide and racey, but in reality its quite normally proportioned and sensible (its a German thing I guess). The Peugeot on the other hand does look small and does look a lot like a Mk1 TT, but in reality it is a very low and wide and big car, that really doesn't look proportion wise, like the pictures of it. And it is by far looking it's best I reality. I really really like it, I want it in my life, and to have it's children.
      mikoprivat
      • 1 Year Ago
      i don't understand how garbage from asia became so popular in america and good European manufacturers with history and good track record such as Peugeot, Citroen, Renault, Fiat (except for lately) don't compete on the american market.
      prez29
      • 1 Year Ago
      What a beautiful alternative to a TT!
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