2013 Peugeot RCZ Sports Coupe
|1.6 liter inline-4||
|125 hp per liter||
(from Peugeot Press Release) New RCZ: The power of pure emotion
Peugeot is increasing
the appeal and exclusivity of its popular RCZ Sports Coupé - the
dreams and sensation.
Sensuous and sleek,
sporty and elegant, its new style promotes its power and fluidity,
and refinement, and affirms its distinctive singularity in the Peugeot range.
Its richness of
expression is greatly increased by an extended range of colour and
combinations, both to exterior and interior, which will allow each customer to construct ‘their
This increase in
emotional power will continue next year with a 1.6 THP 260bhp
enhanced sportiness, previewed by the ‘RCZ R Concept’ unveiled at the 2012 Paris Motor Show.
The concept car unveiled at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show triggered a great response and the
decision to give it commercial life was soon taken.
In April 2010, the RCZ
dream became reality, in just over two years, due to the
boldness and expertise with the Peugeot project team.
Therefore, the RCZ fully
embodies the new signature of Peugeot: MOTION & EMOTION. It is the
most visible expression of the Marque's expertise:
- Expertise with its
‘Design Style’ - with a very strong design;
- Expertise in producing ‘High Quality’ products with its exclusive and ‘top-of-the-range’
- Expertise with its ‘Dynamic’ standards of combined ride and handling and excellent road holding.
So, the RCZ has already created a desirable following with strong sales, positive road tests, and
achievements in Motor Sport.
It has won numerous
awards from the public and the specialist press, in various
countries, for its
design, its desirability and its performance.
Adapted for competition
from 2010 with a 200bhp HDi FAP diesel engine, it has twice won the
category (1700 to 2000 cc diesel) at the 24 Hours Nürburgring. In 2012, Peugeot Sport is launching
the RCZ Racing Cup 1.6 THP petrol in a ‘sprint’ version with 250bhp and an ‘endurance’ version with
In France and in Italy,
a national championship gathers together approximately twenty
Other European countries are adopting it including Spain, Denmark and Germany where it again
made its mark at the 24 Hours Nürburgring, this time in the SP2T category (petrol turbo less than
Increase in emotional
In this very specific market segment of coupés, the ‘Enthusiasts’ of beautiful cars with a distinctive
style identity, dynamic capability and sportiness, are also aware of innovation.
They are looking for the
latest, attractive creation around the radical coupé, so it is
maintain a continuously renewed offer, following the constantly moving trend of this market.
Strengthened by its
success, less than three years after its commercial launch, the
coupé of the Peugeot marque is adopting a new distinctive identity to embody more than ever the
range enhancement and to embrace the MOTION & EMOTION signature of Peugeot.
The new RCZ will go on sale during the 1st quarter of 2013.
Exterior and interior emotion
A fluid and powerful
The rejuvenation of the RCZ can be seen first of all through its style. From the initial sketches, the
intention was to give this new RCZ a modern style, even more exclusive and unique than the current
A completely new front
face, sporty and flowing, fully emphasises the power of its rear
the sensuous curves of its ‘double-bubble’ roof. This new synergy between the front and rear gives
the bodywork an entirely new expression…
The bonnet lines give
the effect of being more compact, receiving, like other models in
line-up, new dual material brilliant and satin marque emblem, affixed directly on the bodywork.
The central air intake,
now subtle and elegant, is enlivened by two satin chrome bars,
shaped like ‘Samurai sword blades’, provides the effect of strength and refinement.
This new grille is
accentuated by a lower air intake which is extended on each side by
signature, visible both day and night. This consists of 6 LEDs, subtly sculpted in the form of claws,
behind a smoked lens which blends into the gloss black surround.
The new RCZ adopts an
expression with flowing contours, both modern and technical, with
headlamps available in a halogen version with an Aluminium background or a directional Xenon
version with a Titanium background.
The new appearance
provides the RCZ with a new posture: well seated on its wheels, as
and ready to leap over the tarmac, as well as having a unique identity, with a combination of
enhanced power and sensuous expression.
An exclusive ambiance
dedicated to the pleasure of the driver
The passenger compartment still instantly places the driver into a sporty and subtly elitist ambiance.
The fluidity and pure style of the dashboard, fully covered with a soft texture, technical and
enhancing, integrates perfectly into the distinctive world of this coupé. The use of upmarket
materials combines with the elegance of the shapes to contribute to the atmosphere of the whole.
The interior has evolved
to lift the perceived quality in the smallest details, in
- the gear lever surround which is now lacquered black,
- the door trim pads are trimmed with leather inserts, linked with the Club Leather, Alcantara,
Club Leather or Full Leather seats,
- two aluminium inserts adorn the join of the dashboard with the centre console on Club
Leather or Full Leather options.
The RCZ has always also been very practical, with a generous volume boot for its category, having a
capacity of 384 litres, to which are added storage compartments under its floor (more than 30 litres
extra). Folding the back of the two additional rear seats increases the maximum capacity of the
vehicle to 760 litres.
The rejuvenation of the RCZ is also expressed through its enriched personalisation range,
consistent with its exclusive positioning, which allows each customer to create ‘their own’ vehicle
character, making it a unique object reflecting their personality and sensibility.
The new RCZ has many personalisation components:
- A new lacquered black grille bars option, instead of the standard satin chrome bars, to give
this new RCZ a different face;
- 3 arch colours: to the standard Aluminium and the existing Sand is added Matt Black;
- A new Black Pack groups together these new Matt Black arches and black grille bars with
black brake calipers, black exterior mirrors, … components which are all also available
- 3 new types of bodywork Decals: a wide gloss black central stripe crossing the vehicle, grey
and red lateral stripes at the body sills bearing the word ‘RCZ’, a silver grey off-set stripe
crossing the vehicle;
- Still 2 Carbon Roof options Matt or Gloss;
- 10 alloy wheels, including 2 new designs:
(two-tone diamond/dark grey) or Full Pirit Grey (mid grey);
grey), Matt Black Onyx;
diamond/dark grey) or Matt Black Onyx (two-tone diamond/black)
sculptural available in 2 colours Grey (dark grey) and Héphaïs (mid grey)
- A Sport Pack, standard on the THP 200bhp, includes the smaller diameter steering wheel, a
shorter gear lever and the ‘Sound System’ feature for petrol engines.
Colours and trims
The range of colours consists of 8 colours, 2 of which are new. To the Opal White, Pearlescent
White, Black Pearl, Mercury Grey, Haria Grey and Tuanake (Dolphin) Blue, are added Guaranja
Brown (a chic dark brown) and Eritrea Red.
The new RCZ offers even more ‘tailor-made’ features with a choice of 12 interior trims:
- The textile Marston Weave Tramontane Black as standard;
- A new Half-Leather Textile, a combination of Mistral Nappa Leather (black) with the 3D
Koto Grey weave and the Omni Mistral textile;
- A new choice Club Leather and Alcantara, available in 2 colours Mistral / Storm (Black and
grey) or Cohiba / Matinal (shades of brown);
- The Club Nappa Leathers Frisson and Lama change to two-tone to visually reinforce the
bucket appearance of the seats, following the example of the new two-tone leather Cohiba
(brown). As for the Mistral Nappa Club Leather (black), this remains a staple;
- These four choices of Club Leather are also available in Full Leather with a dashboard and
fittings entirely trimmed in leather.
Intact dynamic emotion
With controlled weight, carefully designed aerodynamics and modern engine technology, the RCZ
has established itself as an innovative synthesis of performance and respect for the environment.
Modern and ecological
Its range of efficient engines, as regards both performance (generous torque and power) and
consumption and emissions of CO2, is carried forward:
- 2.0 l HDi FAP
120kW (163bhp) Euro 5, 340 Nm, 6-speed manual gearbox
CO2: 139g/km and 5.3 l/100 km;
- 1.6 l THP 115kW (156bhp) Euro 5, 240Nm, 6-speed manual gearbox
CO2: 149g/km and 6.4 l/100 km;
- 1.6 l THP 115kW (156bhp) Euro 5, 240Nm, 6-speed automatic gearbox
CO2: 168g/km and 7.3 l/00 km
- 1.6 l THP 147kW (200bhp) Euro 5, 275Nm, 6-speed manual gearbox
CO2: 155g/km and 6.7 l/100 km.
Expressing all of Peugeot's expertise in terms of road holding, the RCZ takes the requirement of
driving with precision and obtaining sensations to the highest level for the Marque, to intensify all of
the driver's senses.
It benefits from a tuned
suspension and wheels originating from platform 2 (pseudo MacPherson
front suspension, rear suspension with a deformable cross-member).
effectiveness of this assembly, it has a particularly low ride
height and centre of
gravity, widened track and generous tyre choice (18" or 19" wheels).
The active rear aero
spoiler also contributes to this performance, deployed in two
according to the speed of the vehicle to ensure aerodynamics and stability.
Finally, when the RCZ is
fitted with the THP 200bhp engine the front suspension incorporates
special lower bracing bar to enhance road handling, making it more agile and aiding cornering
The ‘acoustic signature of the engine’ has also been enhanced aided by ‘Sound System’ technology
(standard on the THP 200 or with the optional Sport Pack option on the THP 156bhp with a manual
gearbox). It amplifies the characteristic sound of the engine through a controlled diaphragm that
resonates and the vibration noise is louder as the revs of the engine rise during acceleration, while
being less pronounced with more regular driving.
An enriched range of
In line with its exclusive and dynamic positioning, the new RCZ features an enhanced range of
standard or optional equipment.
The RCZ has equipment
and driving aids to make driving calmer and safer: intelligent
control is incorporated with the ESP, Hill Start assistance (is standard), WIP Com 3D is a top-of-therange multimedia system, etc.
New standard or
The new RCZ is now fitted as standard, with acoustic windscreen and a Visibility Pack consisting
of automatic wipers, automatic headlamps, electrochromatic interior mirror, guide-me-home
lighting and approach lighting on unlocking.
The telematic range WIP
(World in Peugeot) is enriched with the WIP Nav Plus, in addition to
WIP Sound and the WIP Com 3D.
WIP Nav Plus incorporates numerous functions:
- Navigation with
large 7" 6/9 screen (WVGA high resolution 800 x 480 pixels)
perspective view mode and a Europe map (stored in the internal memory);
- A CD player on the control panel, MP3 compatible;
- A three-tuner radio with 2 aerials, reception of RDS-TMC traffic info (ViaMichelin in France, TrafficMaster in the United Kingdom);
- A Bluetooth® connection for the hands-free telephone function and audio streaming;
- A Jack and USB socket in the central armrest;
- The current speed limit information for main roads.
Another innovation offered on the RCZ, the WIP Sound and WIP Nav Plus systems now incorporate
the Arkamys© software which processes the digital audio signal to recreate a natural sound stage.
The quality of the sound no longer suffers from the restrictions of the location of the speakers in the
doors (which often results in sounds in the lower side areas): the instruments and voices are more
harmoniously positioned in the space, facing the occupants, at windscreen level. This system also
provides the option of directing the sound for the driver only or for all the passengers.
The emergency call, always a step ahead
In terms of tertiary
safety, as a world first Peugeot deployed, in 2010, at no additional
cost, on the
entire RCZ range, the Peugeot Connect SOS (emergency call) and Peugeot Connect Assistance
These services, offered
free of charge and without time limit, are available as standard on
media systems: WIP Sound, WIP NAV Plus, due to the adoption of a located communication unit
(BTA), and WIP Com 3D, via its SIM card reader.
The Peugeot Connect SOS
service, of which the Marque is one of the pioneers and leaders in
can be called on manually or automatically (if pyrotechnic components are triggered). It locates the
vehicle precisely and triggers the dispatch of the appropriate emergency services for rapid
Launched in 2003, the
Peugeot emergency call is currently available in more than 720,000
vehicles on the road and has already assisted more than 5,800 people (figures at end of June 2012).
Its geographical deployment has continued and it is now available in 12 European countries.
And for tomorrow… the RCZ R
Striving to be at the
top of this exclusive, dynamic… and sporty character, the ‘RCZ R
unveiled at the Paris Motor Show. In a matt black and copper livery it echoes another Concept Car
unveiled at the show: notably the ‘Onyx’ supercar.
The ‘RCZ R Concept’
previews a future version of enhanced sportiness, which will be
the range at the end of next year.
The sporting success and
the passion aroused by the RCZ Racing Cup could not remain without a
response for use off the track.
So, the Peugeot Sport
and PSA Group Development teams are working together to adapt
technology originating from the world of motor sport to make production and once again turn a
dream into reality!
Its new 1.6 l THP 260bhp
engine will make it the most powerful production model in Peugeot's
history. A specific power of more than 160bhp/l, among the highest in the world for a production
vehicle, and emissions of CO2 of approximately 155g/km, positions it in a range of new high
Coherent with this
engine, special suspension and wheels combined with a Torsen®
differential promise dynamic and effective sensations of a very high level.
A special exterior signature and interior treatment will perfect this version with a high level of
performance assured to offer intense driving sensations.