Introducing: 2010 PEUGEOT RCZ
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The major, French car brand, Peugeot released the first images of its new RCZ set to go on sale in 2011. This new car, based primarily on the Peugeot 308 RC-Z was launched as a concept car in the 2007 Frankfurt show. The car will reappear as a production car in the Frankfurt show in September. RCZ is the first, modern car by Peugeot without bearing a numerical designation. Its launch will mark the beginning of a new era in the history of Peugeot. Peugeot is way behind its ambitious target of selling 4 million units annually. In 2008, its sales stayed below the 2 million mark. By mid 2009, adverse market and economic crisis resulted in decline of sales and operating losses. Despite Peugeot’s sportscar racing program, it is not prepared to make a complete sportscar other than the new RC-Z sports coupe. Their strategy is to increase the efficiency through pioneering technology.
The RCZ’s basic structure is shared with Platform-two vehicles such as the 308, but it gets a 20mm reduction in ride height, a 40mm lower centre of gravity and wider front and rear tracks to give a sharper drive. The front bodywork is unique, with a short clamshell bonnet and an extra-large, wrap-around grille. The bulging wheels and sleek lines reminds of the classic Volkswagen Karmann Ghia. A pop-up spoiler at the back, lifts into two different positions, depending on speed.
The 2+2 coupe will be available in three engine variants. The fastest version is a 1.6-liter THP 200bhp. Other options are 1-6 liter THP 156 bhp and a 2-liter HDi FAP 163 bhp version. The first version will have a maximum torque of 188 lb ft at 1700rpm, and a maximum power of 200bhp at 5800rpm. The RCZ will accelerate 0 to 62mph in 7.6 seconds and 50 to 75mph in 6.5 seconds. Fuel efficiency is about 39.8mpg with CO2 discharge of less than 165g/km. An advanced Sound System technology is used to optimize the engine noise. The 156 bhp engine is turbo charged direct injected petrol engine which is well balanced between performance and fuel consumption. The 2-liter engine has a new generation ECCS. It also optimizes the RCZ’s potential in terms of the road holding. It gives a mileage of 52.3 mpg, with CO2 emissions of 139 g/km. Six-speed, manual transmission is standard on all versions. Six-speed automatic is optional in the 156 bhp 1.6-liter version.
A striking, safety feature common to all models is a pop-up bonnet, added to reduce harm to pedestrians in the unfortunate event of an accident. It has a hydraulic, power steering designed to offer high accuracy and excellent responsiveness. There are other options like a black, lacquered body parts in the front, carbon door mirror covers and bodywork detailing. On the manual transmission versions, there is an intelligent traction control system with a sophisticated ASR which automatically adapts the traction according the grip The car has various other capabilities like electronic brake force distribution (EBFD), dynamic stability control (DSC), and emergency brake assist (EBA).