Bubble on the burst
Swoopy-roofed Peugeot is slick and mighty quick
IF AS they say, sex sells, then Peugeot won’t be having any problems offloading the newlook RCZ.
This stunning four-seat sports car has the looks of a French supermodel and a trio of engines with performance to match the style.
The halo car in the Pug’s lineup has climbed $4000 in price to $58,990, regardless of engine option. New standard features include 19-inch alloys in place of the current model’s 18-inchers, pop-up satnav system, xenon headlamps and analog clock from French watchmaker Bell & Ross to reinforce the premium feel.
Satnav apart, there’s nothing new in terms of hardware. Underneath that sleek skin is a bigger and meaner version of the 308. It doesn’t want for kit, with cruise control, Bluetooth, auto wipers and lights and side mirrors that dip to show the kerb when reversing.
The 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbos produce 115kW/240Nm paired with a six-speed auto and 147kW/275Nm with a sixspeed manual.
The 2.0-litre turbo diesel four has 120kW/340Nm, also with a manual.
A lower air intake across the front of the car draws it closer