Peugeot had released a boast of details on their soon to be released 2+2 sports coupe which is sheduled to be released at the next month Frankfurt Auto Show. From the latest photo release, the actual car doesnt vary much from all the previous concept photos.
The RCZ has the unique property of being the first Peugeot passenger car not to use the brand’s traditional numbering system with a zero or two zeros in the middle. Standing at 1.36 metres tall the 2+2 sports car has been designed to be both aerodynamic and bold. Keeping the same double bubble roof (which can be ordered in carbon fibre) seen in the concept car, Peugeot has stayed largely true to the widely talked-about design from Frankfurt 2007.
Peugeot will offer three engine options for the RCZ coupe. These include a 200HP (5,800 revs) 1.6 liter THP, that is also good for 255Nm of torque at 1,700 revs. There is also an overboost function that can increase torque to 275Nm. The powerplant is fitted with a twin-scroll turbocharger and allows the RCZ to sprint to 100 km/h in 7.6 seconds. Fuel consumption is rated 7.1 liters per 100 kilometers (combined cycle). It releases less than 165 grams of CO2 emissions per kilometer.
Next up is the 156HP (5,800 revs) 1.6 liter THP motivator. It can also produce 240Nm of torque from 1,400 revs. Fuel consumption is rated at 6.9 liters per 100 kilometers while CO2 output is figured at 159 grams per kilometer. There is also 2.0 liter HDi FAP turbo diesel powerplant that can crank out 163HP at 3,750 revs and 340Nm of torque at 2,000 revs. This particular engine is also found in the 2010 407 Coupe. The engine consumes 5.4 liters per 100 kilometers, and releases 139 grams of CO2 emissions per kilometer. Transmission options will made up by a 6 speed manual cog box and a 6 speed sequential gearbox.
Inside, the RCZ can seat two adults up front while there’s also what Peugeot describes as, two occasional seats at the rear, “fully sculpted and perfectly usable” that can be folded down to increase the standard boot capacity of 384 litres. Although the dashboard comes directly from the 308 hatch, Peugeot’s designers spiced up the interior with the use of higher quality materials and unique trim options.
All models will benefit from Hill Assist, ESP, dynamic stability control (DSC), electronic brake force distribution (EBFD) and emergency brake assist (EBA). There will also be an active bonnet, which “pops-up” due to a pypyrotechnic triggering system and limits the degree of injury a pedestrian is likely to suffer in the event of a collision. The auto maker also revealed that potential customers can opt for a real carbon roof, roof arches in different colours, 18 or 19-inch wheels, black lacquered body parts and more.
If you are interested of having one in your garage, the car will be on sale in the spring of 2010 for the European market. Not sure if the coupe will come into Malaysia or not.
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