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Peugeot RCZ in the driving report: 200 hp Audi TT counterpart

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Peugeot RCZ 1.6 200 THP in the driving report
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For all those who, after the IAA, from P eugeot 308 RCZ goes with the Sports coupé Peugeot RCZ now a dream come true. Because the production model, which was completed two and a half years later, looks little different from the original study.

Driving report: The Peugeot RCZ is emotionally and excitingly designed

But by the other colleagues in the Peugeot model range. The face, which wears the typical Peugeot design, is the Peugeot RCZ designed much more emotional and exciting. The most striking feature is the aluminum arch that extends from the bonnet to the tailgate and is reminiscent of the shape of the Audi TT. The real highlight is the double curvature in the roof and rear window, which gives the 2 + 2 seater that certain something. This impression in the context of our driving report also continues in the interior. Although there is still some cheap-looking hard plastic here and there, the French have tried to meet the demands of the clientele of Peugeot RCZ . The sports steering wheel included in the sports package and the shortened gear lever are easy to grip and the seats are comfortable too. When driving fast, however, they miss a little lateral support.

Peugeot RCZ in the driving report: Compromise between sports car, design and suitability for everyday use

But the rapid drive is not necessarily the Frenchman's main discipline. Not because it couldn't, but because the sports coupé is a compromise between sports car, design and suitability for everyday use. The 321 liter trunk offers plenty of storage space even after a bulk purchase. The Peugeot RCZ does not react to bumps like an uncouth athlete, but gently cushions the bumps. Sporty genes are definitely there. You can tell by the liveliness of the 1.6-liter turbo, the basis of which also makes steam in the Mini Cooper S. According to Peugeot, it should accelerate the 1,372 kilogram RCZ from zero to 100 km /h in 7.5 seconds. Constant and light-footedthe four-cylinder revs up, only in the lower speed range it could respond a little better on our driving report tour.

The Peugeot RCZ will also be available as a diesel

That's good tuned chassis lets overlook this small drawback. The rear sticks to the road on our test drive for this driving report and cannot be drawn out of reserve even with provoked load changes. The slight understeer in tight turns is due to the front-wheel drive and is not very annoying. Curve hunting is pure pleasure with this chassis. Mainly because the ESP only intervenes late and can even be completely deactivated if desired. In addition to the 1.6-liter turbo engine with 200 hp (28,950 euros), there is also the Peugeot RCZ with 156 hp (26,450 euros) and a 2.0-liter diesel with 163 hp (28,950 euros). The market launch of the diesel and the 156 hp version is planned for the end of April, that of the top model for June.

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