Peugeot RCZ 200hp 2014 Coupe
Much more car and performance than your usual suspects.
Car advice says:
It’s a sporty coupe, but not a rowdy slide machine like the cheaper Toyota 86 ($29,990) or Subaru BRZ ($37,150 drive-away), and it would be blown away by the more focused and more expensive Nissan 370Z ($69,500).
The cheaper Volkswagen Scirocco R ($47,990) looms as a competitor, although it doesn’t have as much presence.
That leaves the Audi TT ($65,450 - $81,100) as the closest rival to the RCZ, and we’re sure it was the model the French brand was gunning for, but the Peugeot still costs considerably less.
The sporty coupe has a new nose that takes its cues from the updated 308 and is being adopted across the rest of the family. Designers only altered the shape of the headlights very slightly, but they now contain xenon beams. The front clip now has a double grille design that incorporates new LED daytime running lights.
The only other visual change is the use of matt black rails instead of silver. Other colours are on the options list. You can judge for yourself whether the end result looks good.
Whether it looks better than the original is up for debate, but the facelifted Peugeot RCZ does look different and that is important in the style-conscious world of coupes. The rest of the RCZ design has been maintained and it is still dramatic even after three years.
This design will continue to polarise. Some people just love it and others think the proportions are all wrong, especially when driving down the road.
Either way, it’s a good thing that Peugeot is brave enough to produce such a boldly designed car – and you can’t help but notice the double-bubble roof and rear screen in traffic.
Peugeot has made no changes to the oily bits under the RCZ’s steel skin. That means you can choose between petrol and diesel engines, both of which drive the front wheels.
Pick the automatic petrol option and you get a 1.6-litre turbo four-cylinder direct injection unit with variable camshaft timing for the intake valve that makes 115kW and 240Nm, the maximum amount of torque the six-speed automatic can handle. This is the most popular RCZ engine/transmission combo, by two to one.
The manual petrol option includes a spicier version of a similar 1.6-litre turbo four that adds variable cam timing for the exhaust as well as valve lift. More importantly, it makes more power and torque, 147kW and 275Nm.
We tested the manual petrol cars on the track at Sandown and the less potent automatics on a drive loop to the North East of the city. The track drive revealed how surprisingly capable this stylish coupe is.
The large 19-inch rims and low-profile Continental rubber (235/40s) no doubt contribute to sharp handling and the Peugeot RCZ certainly doesn’t lack traction.
Stiff springs and firm dampers hold the car down through the bends and there is no hint of excessive lean. The light steering makes the driver feel a little detached from the action, but on the flipside, enables easy low-speed manoeuvring.
There is no wheel spin on the way out of corners, no matter how hard you mash the accelerator, so it doesn’t appear to matter that the front differential is open.
It is no STI from 0-100km/h, stopping the clock at 7.5 seconds, but much feels faster around a circuit.
Pushing hard means the needle soon passes 180km/h by the end of the Sandown straight (the maximum top speed is 240km/h).
The engine is just fantastic. It’s torquey enough that it can be left in third for many second gear corners because it will pull happily at low revs, but it also revs sweetly to nearly 7000rpm.
The engine note is rorty, but not over-the-top loud. Peugeot’s in-house manual is solid enough; it’s not the slickest shifter but does the job.
Overall, the manual RCZ is much sharper and more capable around a track than you might expect from such a design-driven concept.
- Date Listed:17/03/2019
- Last Edited:13/05/2019
- Seller Type:Private seller
- Body Type:Coupe (2 door)
- Drive Train:Front Wheel Drive
- Fuel Type:Petrol - Premium Unleaded
- Air Conditioning:Yes
- Registration Number:CAF98E
- Green star rating:4.5 / 5
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