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The RCZ

The RCZ

History

The RCZ was originally planned as a simple concept car but it received critical acclaim, capturing the imagination of the public and professionals that Peugeot decided to take the leap from concept to actual car and began production. The car's lines and style have remained very close to the original concept so as not to disappoint public opinion, however a series of changes were made to the central dual exhaust system which was replaced by a dual exhaust to the left of the rear bumper. The RCZ has double-bubble roof inspired by Zagato.

From 2010 through 2012 the RCZ has remained the same except for small exterior and interior options added. But in 2013 the RCZ got a new face lift.

Phase 1
2010 through 2012


Phase 2
2013+


The new 'face-lifted' 2013 models are the same as previous models including the choices of engines, however some additional colour schemes have been added, but that is about it. But with the new 2013 design Peugeot has also announced some additional concepts and let's hope they do come out (Hybrid4 and R).

In fact in 2014 Peugeot released the RCZ 'R' which features several items from the Peugeot Sport operation.

Unfortunately in April 2015 Peugeot announced it will end the production of the RCZ at the end of this year. This has come as a major shock to the RCZ community, but the love affair for the RCZ will continue for many years to come.

On 30 September 2015 the last RCZ rolled of the assembly line at Magna Steyr in Graz, Austria with around 75,000 RCZ's produced.

During the short time the RCZ has been out, there have been several different Special and Limited Editions released.

Facts
  • The RCZ has been on sale since May 2010 and is currently available in almost 80 countries.
  • It was officially introduced at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 2009 and was initially announced as the 308 RCZ concept car at the 2007 Frankfurt show.
  • It is assembled by Magna Steyr (Oberwaltersdorf, Austria), a subsidiary of Magna International.
  • The 30,000th RCZ came off the assembly line on the 21st June, 2011.
  • The RCZ has made appearances on video games such as Forza Motorsport 3 and Forza Motorsport 4.
  • The 50,000th RCZ came off the assembly line on the 14th February, 2013. It was Red with Black Arches.

Models

Allure
Special Edition

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  • 1.6 THP156
  • Six-speed Automatic Tiptronic transmission
  • 18-inch wheels

Arlen Ness
(Special one-off)

  • Named after the custom motorcycle builder Arlen Ness
  • Unveiled at the 2013 Motor Bike Expo in Verona, Italy
  • Two-tone exterior paint that combines a bright orange with matte-black accents
  • Leather-wrapped mirrors, racing stripe, and rear wing
  • Adjustable sports suspension (Ohlins shock absorbers)
  • Brembo brakes
  • High-flow air filter
  • Termignoni sports exhaust system
  • THP156 (now up to 200bhp)
  • Additional customizations to the interior has also been done
  • More pictures and information can be found here - Arlen Ness

Asphalt
Limited Edition
(500 units - 75 of which are right-hand drive)

Same as the GT model but includes the following
  • 1.6 THP200
  • 'Telluric' Matt Grey paint finish
  • 19-inch Solstice black alloy wheels
  • Black brake calipers
  • Black Roof
  • Asphalt Badging
  • Asphalt branded leather upholstery
  • Asphalt sports front seats
  • Asphalt sill covers
  • Alcantara/Leather steering wheel and gearknob
  • JBL Hi-fi pack
  • Automatic approach lighting

Bimota RCZ 'R'
Special Edition (number of units unknown)

  • Built in conjunction with Peugeot and Bimota
  • Unveiled at the 2015 Motor Bike Expo in Verona, Italy
  • Painted in Bimota's distinctive red, white and green colours (apart from the double bubble roof and arches which are black) with the company's logo featuring ahead of the rear wheel arches
  • Remapped ECU
  • New exhaust system
  • New bypass valve for the turbocharger
  • Tuned RCZ 'R' with 300hp (304PS), a sizable increase to the plain version's 266hp (270PS)
  • Rear seat removed to accommodate two motorcycle helmets
  • Alcantara and leather used on the front seats
  • Alcantara used on the steering wheel and dashboard
  • Tom Tom infotainment system with two GoPro cameras (front and rear facing)

Black Yearling

Special Edition (100 units)

  • Available exclusively in Italy (25), Portugal (25), and Spain (50)
  • 1.6 THP156
  • Six-speed Manual transmission
  • Matte Black paint finish

Brownstone
Limited Edition (150 units)

  • Available exclusively in Germany
  • 1.6 THP156
  • Metallic 'Guaranja' Brown paint
  • Black front grille
  • Black roof
  • Black brake calipers
  • Silver side fascias
  • Silver Racing Stripes
  • 'Magny Cours' 19-inch 5-spoke burnished alloy wheels
  • Interior is also brown with Cohiba leather and Alcantara trim

Cabrio
Concept (2013?)

  • Textile folding roof containing glass panels

GT

Same as the Sport model but includes the following
  • Front and rear parking aid
  • carpet Mats
  • Sports steering wheel
  • Short shift gear lever (except Auto)
  • 19-inch 'Technical' alloy wheels - hephais light grey
  • Sports front seats - simple leather
  • Electric and heated seats (front)

Hybrid4
Concept (we have not heard any more about this)


  • Incorporating the principle of the HYbrid4, or all-wheel drive, 3008 technology with a 2.0 l HDi FAP 120 kW (163 PS; 161 hp) at the front and an electric motor 27 kW (37 PS; 36 hp) mounted on the rear
  • Announced fuel consumption: 3.7 litres per 100 kilometers (76 mpg-imp; 64 mpg-us) in mixed cycle
  • CO2 expected is 95 g/km

Limited Edition
(200 units)

  • 1.6 THP156
  • Six-speed Manual transmission
  • Pearl White paint
  • 19-inch wheels
  • Carbon Fibre roof
  • Carbon Fibre mirror housings
  • Front black-painted grille
  • Polished roof arches
Magnetic
(170 units - UK)



  • Nero Black or Opal White
  • Matching colour wheels to match (19-inch Technical White or 19-inch Sortilege Matt Black Onyx)
  • All parts of the car are in the colour chosen (arches for the Nero Black version come in black as well)
  • Mistral Black or Red Flame Nappa leather trim used on the seats with tone on tone overstiching on the central armrest, and on the side armrests
  • Leather insert on the door inlays feature "Magnetic" stitching

Onyx
Special Edition

  • Available exclusively in France, Germany, Portugal and Spain
  • 1.6 156THP or 2.0 HDi 163
  • Four new paint colours:
    • Blanc Opal (white)
    • Gris Sidobre (gray)
    • Gris Haria (grey)
    • Black Pearl Noir (black)
  • Carbon Fibre roof
  • Gloss Front Gille
  • Gloss Mirror Caps
  • 19-inch wheels in a Midnight Silver hue
  • Two-tone Fabric Upholstery with silver stitching for the sport seats, the dashboard and the centre console
  • GPS

R
(3054 units)

  • 1.6 producing 270bhp
  • Torsen limited-slip differential
  • RCZ-R specific wheels
  • Bespoke exterior and interior styling
  • Fixed Rear Spoiler
  • Colours:
    • Mercury Grey
    • Moroccan Red
    • Nera Black
    • Opal White
  • Peugeot Sport and 'R' Badges and Emblems
  • Peugeot Sport Front Brake system (380mm)
  • 320 sold in the UK:
    • Mercury Grey = 48 (15%)
    • Moroccan Red = 109 (34%)
    • Nera Black = 77 (24%)
    • Opal White = 86 (27%)
  • 2 sold in Norway:
    • Mercury Grey = 1 (50%)
    • Opal White = 1 (50%)

Racing Cup
2012 RCZ Racing Cup Series

2013-14 RCZ Racing Cup Series

  • Race-prepped
  • Upgraded suspension dampers
  • AP Racing brakes
  • Fully stripped interior
  • Lightweight racing seats
  • Full roll cage
  • 250kg in weight reduced
  • Six-speed paddle-shift sequential transmission

Red Carbon
Limited Edition
(300 units - 200 of which are for the UK)



  • Features similar RCZ 'R' style looks (interior)
  • Moroccan Red or Nero Black
  • Based on the Sport model
  • Red stitching on the black leather seats, steering wheel and gear knob
  • Black Pack
  • Matt black roof panel
  • Gloss black front grille
  • Gloss black mirror caps
  • Sat Nav

Sport
This is the entry level and includes many standard features
(please refer to the links below for more information regarding what comes standard with the Sport model)



Specifications
  • The RCZ is 4.287 m (168.8 in) long, 1.845 m (72.6 in) wide and 1.359 m (53.5 in) in height and a wheelbase of 2.612 m (102.8 in).
  • There are 4 engine options for the RCZ and one option for the RCZ 'R', all with a 6-speed manual transmission and automatic available on the lower powered petrol model. The engine range includes the following (past and present):
    • Petrol 1.6L THP:
      • 156 bhp with 180 ft lbs of torque (115 kW with 244 Nm of torque)
      • 200 bhp with 206 ft lbs of torque (147 kW with 280 Nm of torque)
      • 270 bhp with 247 ft lbs of torque (199 kW with 330 Nm of torque) ('R' model)
    • Diesel 2.0L HDi:
      • 160 bhp with 251 ft lbs of torque (118 kW with 340 Nm of torque) (first diesel production units)
      • 163 bhp with 255 ft lbs of torque (120 kW with 346 Nm of torque)
  • For more information regarding the RCZ petrol engine, click here - Prince Engine.

Standard Features

The RCZ can be highly specified including features such as electric heated and adjustable seating with driver's memory, leather seats and dashboard and hill assist function.

Optional Packs
  • 19" Alloys - "Sortilege" Midnight Silver, "Sortilege" Black Onyx.
  • Monaco Kit - JBL premium Hi Fi sound system, directional bi-Xenon headlights with auto height adjustment & headlight washers.
  • Elan Kit - 19" "Solstice" Black Onyx alloys, carbon roof satin black, door mirrors black, front grill brilliant black.
  • Sportif Kit - 19" "Sortilege" alloys, carbon roof brilliant black, door mirrors black, front grill brilliant black.

Hybrid

RCZ Hybrid4 HYbrid4, incorporating the principle of the HYbrid4, or all-wheel drive, 3008 technology with a 2.0 l HDi FAP 120 kW (163 PS; 161 hp) at the front and an electric motor 27 kW (37 PS; 36 hp) mounted on the rear. Announced fuel consumption: 3.7 litres per 100 kilometres (76 mpg-imp; 64 mpg-US) in mixed cycle. CO2 expected is 95 g/km. Still in concept.

Part Manufacturers
Here are the part manufacturers involved in the making of the RCZ




Awards
Reviews

Additional Resources and Information

RCZ Forum

2015 RCZ Prices, Equipment and Technical Specifications


RCZ Handbook - Online User Guide