Peugeot's Audi TT: more RCZ details
The coupe caused a stir at the Frankfurt motor show two years ago when it was first revealed as a concept car and the production version retains the 'double bubble' roof and aluminium roof arches.
At the back, a pop-up spoiler lifts into two different positions, depending on speed.
The car is based on the same platform as the 308 small family car, but is lower and the wheels are set wider apart.
Three engines will be available from the car's launch next year.
156bhp 1.6-litre petrol
This is capable of 40.9mpg and emits 159g/km of carbon dioxide. It's mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, but a six-speed sequential automatic gearbox will be available next summer. It will be the only version to be offered with an auto 'box.
200bhp 1.6-litre petrol
The flagship model can blast from 0-62mph off in 7.6 seconds, yet is still capable of 39.8mpg and emits 165g/km of CO2. Peugeot says the four-cylinder engine will have a range of innovative technologies, such as a twin-scroll turbocharger for instant response at low revs.
Peugeot also says this engine has 'Sound System' technology, where a different sound is created at different revs. We look forward to hearing what this is all about.
163bhp 2.0-litre diesel
Diesel fans can can opt for the 2.0-litre FAP engine, which gives fuel economy of 52.3mpg and CO2 emissions of 139g/km.
Expect a sporty driving position, with what Peugeot describes as 'wrap-around seats with integral head restraints that fit like a glove'.
There are metallic highlights around the dials and the dashboard is covered in soft-feel materials that are 'high-tech in appearance and very elegant in style'.
The RCZ is described as a 2+2 coupe and Peugeot says that the two seats in the rear are 'perfectly useable' – a description which can't really be aimed at the seats in the back of a TT. The RCZ's seats can be folded down to increase boot space.
Prices have yet to be announced, but whatever the cost, buyers can spend more personalising their RCZ.
Options include a carbon-fibre roof, roof arches in various colours and a range of 18- or 19-inch alloys available in several finishes – matt or polished black, dark grey and diamante.
On show in Frankfurt
The car will be on display next month at the Frankfurt motor show, along with diesel-hybrid versions of the 3008 and the RCZ – both of which are concept cars – and the 5008, Peugeot's answer to the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso.
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