We have a lot of love for the Peugeot RCZ. It handles well and looks fabulous but we always felt it was a tad underpowered. Well, clearly the car Gods have been listening because that's about to change.
Peugeot has just revealed of a facelifted RCZ for 2013 and, more excitingly, a sporty RCZ R Concept version that, when it enters production, promises to be the most powerful car the French manufacturer has ever made. Its brand-spanking new 1.6-litre THP engine will develop 260bhp, which equates to a franky incredible 160bhp/litre. With a bit of luck that should see our performance concerns left at the door.
Peugeot isn't telling us exactly how fast the RCZ R will perform but the 60 horsepower advantage this engine has over the 1.6THP Sport model should improve on that car's 7.4-second 0-60mph time.
Further enhancing the sportiness is a Torsen limited slip differential (LSD) which will help ensure all 260 ponies are deployed smoothly from the wheels to the road. CO2 emissions promise to be around the 155g/km mark so it shouldnt' be too damaging to Mother Earth.
In terms of aesthetics, both the RCZ and RCZ R will benefit from a number of exterior adjustments. The fish-like mouth synonymous with recent Peugeot cars, such as the Peugeot 407, has been replaced with a much smaller grille, and a sporty air-intake now runs along the bottom of the bumper, housed between two new LED lights clusters sculpted in the form of claws.
The Peugeot RCZ R will arrive at the end of 2013. If you can't wait that long, or you're too scared to drive it, the standard facelifted RCZ will arrive in Q2 of the same year.
Peugeot hasn't yet revealed any prices but you can expect the standard car to cost around £20,000.