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RCZ R to be Peugeot’s most powerful production car ever

Peugeot RCZ R Front Peugeot RCZ R Rear
Adam Schoeman

Peugeot will be releasing its fastest production car ever when the RCZ R is unleashed at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.

There have been rumours of Peugeot working on a slightly more hard-core version of their RCZ coupé, but we could never have guessed that the Peugeot engineers would manage to pull an additional 45 kW out of the car’s 1,6-litre turbocharged engine.

With that bump, the RCZ R will be ready for battle with a grand total of 195 kW.

The current RCZ THP 200 is no slouch, thanks to its 147 kW turbocharged engine and small size, and still manages to dispatch a 0-100 km/h sprint in 7.6 seconds. But with an additional 30 percent boost in power, we could see the RCZ jump into the upper five-second range.

Luckily Peugeot has not only ramped up the power, but has also spent some time improving the ancillary systems that will need to put that power onto the tar.

The RCZ R will be endowed with a unique suspension set-up that will include a Torsen limited slip differential.

Even with the additional technology under the bonnet, Peugeot would have had to tune the engine to a much higher redline to facilitate the huge jump in maximum power, or increased the boost on the turbocharger.

Either way, the RCZ R should be a different car altogether, compared to the normal RCZ, and similar cars in its field.

No word on when it will be available to the public, or if it will be in limited numbers, but we are looking forward to seeing it in the metal!

Peugeot RCZ R Rear

Peugeot RCZ R Rear

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