Bub­ble on the burst

Swoopy-roofed Peu­geot is slick and mighty quick

Herald Sun - Motoring - - First drive - CRAIG DUFF craig.duff@cars­guide.com.au

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.

VALUE

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.

TECH­NOL­OGY

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.

DE­SIGN

A lower air in­take across the front of the car draws it closer

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