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Peugeot RCZ

Rival for the Audi TT

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Full details are yet to be confirmed but Peugeot have announced that the Peugeot RCZ 2+2 coupe will go on sale next spring with a choice of three engines, two versions of the turbocharged 1.6 litre THP petrol unit producing 156bhp and 200bhp and a 163bhp two litre HDi turbo diesel. Six speed transmission is available on all three, the 156bhp 1.6THP also has the option of a six speed automatic.

The dramatic styling of the Peugeot RCZ coupé is almost identical to the 308 RC Z Concept show car displayed at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show. This is remarkable, especially when you consider that the production Peugeot RCZ has kept the concept’s ‘double-bubble’ roof and heavily contoured rear window.

The fastest Peugeot RCZ version is of course the 200bhp 1.6 THP, with a 0-62mph time of 7.6 seconds, while the HDi is tops for fuel economy at 52.3mpg combined, with a corresponding CO2 rating of 139g/km. Large brakes, a two-position active rear spoiler, and a state-of-the art stability and traction control system should ensure that the Peugeot RCZ can be exploited safely.

The Peugeot RCZ will also offer customers a substantial number of personalisation options including a real carbon fibre roof and various bodywork, trim and alloy wheel finishes. Prices have not been announced but it is expected to undercut the Audi TT which currently starts at £24,625 for the 2.0 litre turbo Coupe.