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Peugeot RCZ Sports Coupe (2011)
Full marks to Peugeot for its marketing of the stunning new RCZ sports coupe.
Out of the one design, the French maker has created three versions for different types of buyer but with no price variation.
For those who place a premium on performance, there’s a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine with six-speed manual gearbox. Boasting 147 kW of power @ 5500 rpm and 275 Nm torque @ 1700 rpm (with overboost), this is the quickest of three engine/transmission offerings with a claimed 0-100 km/h time of 7.5 seconds.
It even has Sound System technology, where a different note is created according to the engine speed.
Those desiring everyday driveability and optimum fuel economy would be better served by the 2.0-litre turbo diesel (again with six-speed manual), good for 120 kW @ 3750 rpm and a generous slab of torque (340 Nm @ 2000-3000 rpm). To help achieve a combined cycle figure of 5.3-litres/100 km, this HDi is equipped with a Gear Shift Indicator. But if more power and torque are not your thing, but the convenience of a six-speed automatic is, there’s a 1.6-litre turbo petrol delivering 115 kW and 240 Nm.
After driving all three versions, our choice would be the sporty 147 kW variant. The extra performance it offers best complements what is a firm - but compliant – ride, responsive handling and sharp steering.
Sporty looks, equipment, choice of engine/transmission
No spare tyre, pedal placement, PULP required
18” alloys; front/rear parking sensors; front leather sports bucket seats with heating, power and lumbar adjustment; dual zone climate control airconditioning; bluetooth compatibility and USB connectivity
Dual front/side airbags, anti-lock brakes (ABS), electronic brake distribution (EBD), brake assist (BA), electronic stability control (ESC) traction control (TCS), hill start
||RCZ Sports Coupe
||Sports Under $80,000
|Price when new
|Current price range
$ - $
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||1.6-litre, turbo, petrol 4-cyl
||147 kW @ 5500 rpm
||275 Nm @ 1700 rpm
|Acceleration to 100 km/h
||7.5 sec (8.8, as tested, two occupants)
|Braking from 80 km/h
||22.5 m (as tested, two occupants)
||6.9-litres/100 km (8.6, as tested)
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