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2013-07-29 14:42

SEXY PUG, NOW EVEN SEXIER: Peugeot’s stylish RCZ receives a makeover for 2013 and will be joined by its even hotter sibling, the RCZ-R, in SA. Image: Peugeot

Hot on the heels of its 208 GTi, Peugeot is set to launch another stunner in South Africa – its facelifted RCZ Coupe.

For 2013, the two-door receives a redesigned front-end and is now more in-line with Peugeot’s new design language, demonstrated on the 208 hatchback.

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The RCZ, first launched in SA in 2010, is offered with a choice of two versions of the automaker’s 1.6 turbocharged engine along with two transmission choices - six-speed auto and manual.

ONE ENGINE, TWO TRANSMISSIONS

Mated to a six-speed manual, the 1.6 is capable of 147kW/275 Nm. In manual guise, the coupe reaches 0-100 km/h in 7.5 seconds to a top speed of 240km/h. Fuel consumption is rated at 6.7 litres/100 km.

In auto guise, the engine produces 115kW/240 Nm, enabling the model to sprint from 0-100 km/h in 8.4 seconds, to a top speed of 213km/h. Fuel consumption rated at 7.3 litres/100km.

‘ONE OF THE MOST DESIRABLE CARS’

Managing director of Peugeot South Africa, Francis Harnie, said: “The RCZ Coupe remains one of the most desirable cars on South African roads, and a truly aspirational member of the Peugeot model line-up.

“This latest version is expected to build on that success with an even stronger visual presence, and some key interior updates, combined with all the aesthetic and dynamic virtues we’ve come to expect of this athletic coupe.”
 
The majority of the changes are at the front though the interior receives minor tweaks. The grille, headlights, bonnet and bumper have been redesigned. The new hexagonal grille is augmented by twin, chromed bars. The xenons have a smoother, more fluid shape.

INTERIOR

The interior benefits from a gloss black finish on the gear lever and leather trim on the door panels. Aluminium accents have also been added.

Standard kit includes dual climate control, auto headlights and windscreen wipers, power side-mirrors, front and rear parking sensors, leather upholstery, power windows and steering wheel controls.
 
The automaker’s RT6 infotainment system is available in the facelifted model. The system uses a colour-screen display for drivers to view sat-nav and audio (with Bluetooth connectivity), as well as access to mobile phone paring and audio streaming.

The sat-nav now offers a perspective view and incorporates speed restriction indicators for main roads. The RCZ offers 321 litres of luggage space or 760 litres with the seats folded flat.
 
The coupe has intelligent dynamic control system encompassed under the Dynamic Stability Control moniker is made up of several separate but integrated systems. These include anti-skid regulation and traction control.

The retractable spoiler is automatically raised at speeds above 120 km/h or manually at the push of a button at lower speeds.

MORE FROM PEUGEOT

The RCZ-R will make its debut at the 2013 Johannesburg International Motor Show to go on sale in SA in 2014.

Its new THP engine produces about 200kW/330Nm from 1.6 litres with CO2 emissions rated at only 145g/km - what Peugeot calls "performance and unprecedented efficiency" - and drives through a Torsen differential "which promises grip efficiency and dynamic sensations at a very high level".

Earlier in July 2013, Wheels24’s SERGIO DAVIDS got to grips with Peugeot’s 147kW 208 Gti.

The French automaker will launch an entry-level, two-door 208 in August/September 2013. The car will be powered by a 1.0 petrol engine and, according to the automaker, will cost less than R150 000.

PRICES
RCZ 1.6 THP a/t - R423 500
RCZ 1.6 THP - R434 900
All models are sold with a three-year or 100 000km warranty as well as a five years or 100 000km maintenance plan. Service intervals are at 20 000 km.

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