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Peugeot details 270-horsepower RCZ R

by Ronan Glon

The RCZ R is the most powerful regular-production Peugeot ever built.

Peugeot has revealed performance and pricing information for its new RCZ R sports car. The Peugeot RCZ R made its world debut earlier this year at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Based on the redesigned 2013 RCZ, the R will stand as the range's flagship model. It was developed with input from Peugeot Sport and is inspired by the RCZ Cup cars that have been competing in races all around Europe for the about two years.

The main difference between the RCZ R and the standard RCZ is found under the hood. The R model is equipped with a revamped version of the widely-used turbocharged 1.6-liter THP four-cylinder engine that was developed jointly by PSA and BMW. It puts out 270 horsepower (compared to 200 for the standard car), making the RCZ R the most powerful regular-production Peugeot ever built.

The 1.6-liter mill is linked to a six-speed manual transmission that sends power to the front wheels via a Torsen limited slip differential. Peugeot says the RCZ R can scoot from 0-62 in 5.9 seconds and top out at an electronically limited top speed of 155mph.

Peugeot has fitted the RCZ R with a stiffer suspension to obtain a more responsive ride while track-rated tires and upgraded brakes on all four corners help keep things in check.

Visually, the RCZ R draws design cues from the 680-horsepower Peugeot Onyx concept that debuted last year at the Paris Motor Show.

The Peugeot RCZ R will be available to order from November 18, with deliveries scheduled to commence in January. In the UK the RCZ R will carry a base price of £31,995 ($50,845).

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