Being a journalist who resides in the United States, I was envious when I laid eyes upon the 2013 Peugeot RCZ. It is one of the sexiest cars I have seen, but in order to park one in my garage, I would have to relocate to a different continent. Apparently the RCZ is available in 80 countries, but the yanks got left out.
For those who have access to the gorgeous 2013 Peugeot RCZ, not too much has changed under the bonnet, except for the addition of a 260bhp version of the 1.6-litre THP turbo petrol unit. There is also a 156 and 200bhp of the same unit available. The 200bhp variant, which can also be found in the MINI John Cooper Works models, is able to propel the RCZ through 62mph in 7.6s. The engine is supplemented by a twin-scroll turbocharger, enabling it to produce a seamless flow of power starting from low RPM. The petrol also gets its own enhanced soundtrack in the form of Peugeot’s ‘Sound System’ technology. This is a fancy term used to describe a controlled diaphragm that resonates when revs are increased. Of course there’s a diesel too (one more luxury we are rarely afforded in the states) and it’s the venerable 2.0-litre HDi FAP producing 163bhp and 340Nm of torque.
Under the scrumptious sheet metal, the 2013 Peugeot RCZ is based on the 308 family hatchback. This might raise hair on the back of a gear head’s neck, but rest assured, Peugeot has made extensive modifications to the RCZ to promote sportiness.
On the outside, not much about the 2013 Peugeot RCZ has changed and that’s how it should be. Fine-tuning has been done in the form of subtle changes to the central air intake and front grille. The grille is now emphasised by a lower air intake, extended on each side by a distinctive light assembly consisting of six LEDs formed in the shape of claws.
Not much has changed inside the 2014 Peugeot RCZ. The front-engine 2+2 layout still provides rear seats that can double as torture devices, abet with slightly increased headroom. Passengers may opt to ride in the boot since it provides a spacious 384 litres. This figure can be increased if you fold the rear seats down. There are also front sport seats to aptly secure your bottom in place.
In order to own this piece of automotive artwork, expect to pay between £21,000 and £30,000. While this may not be discount pricing, the Coupe does include a substantial collection of standard equipment. The assortment includes an acoustic windscreen and a Visibility Pack consisting of automatic wipers, automatic headlamps, electrochromatic interior mirror, guide-me-home lighting, and approach lighting on unlocking. If you check off the RT6 connect navigation system on your purchase order, you get enhanced audio and satellite navigation. Other available swag includes 18” rims, sports front seats, dual-climate control, rear parking aid, selective access locking, ESP stability control, EBFD brakeforce distribution, EBA brake assist, active rear spoiler, and much more.
The 2013 Peugeot RCZ is able to look like an exotic sports car while getting the fuel mileage of a supermini thanks to the 2.0-litre diesel providing 53.2mpg combined cycle economy and 139g/km emissions. The petrol engines aren’t as impressive, with the lower powered versions of the 1.6-litre THP turbo providing around 40mpg with CO2 emissions in the 155-160g/km range. Owners can sleep soundly, knowing the RCZ comes with a two-year factory warranty, backed up with a one-year dealer warranty. Trips to the service department can be postponed as well, with service intervals able to be stretched as far apart as 20,000 miles or two years.
The 2013 Peugeot RCZ is the total package; sensible, sporty, and of course stunning. The Peugeot isn’t just for high rollers either – it’s attainable for regular schmucks like you and I. The lure of such an elegant automobile might be enough to make me pack my bags and seek residence in the UK.
What do you think of the 2013 Peugeot RCZ?
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