Peugeot has announced the pricing details of its Audi TT-rivaling RCZ coupé. Should the German marque be worried about this new French upstart?
The answer to that is actually yes and no. With RCZ pricing starting at just £19,900, the Peugeot undercuts the cheapest TT coupé – the £25,420 2.0 TFSI turbo petrol – by £5,520 (and the cheapest £23,915 1.8 TFSi turbo petrol Roadster by £4,015). However, for that amount you get only a 1.6-litre turbo petrol RCZ with 156bhp.
RCZ offers two trim levels
All of the above are in the opening ‘Level 1’ trim specification. Standard equipment includes dual-zone air conditioning, 18-inch alloys, rear parking sensors, alarm, comprehensive stability control system and four airbags. Plus the RCZ’s gorgeous looks, of course.
The same engines can be had in ‘Level 2’ spec, costing £22,200 for the petrol and £24,000 for the diesel. This adds leather, heated front seats, 19-inch alloys, front parking sensors, automatic lights and automatic wipers.
The RCZ’s performance flagship, the 200bhp version of the 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine, is available only in Level 2 trim. This costs £24,500 – still £920 cheaper than the 2.0-litre turbo TT with similar power.
Numerous personalisation options will also be offered, and the Peugeot RCZ goes on sale in Spring 2010.
RCZ Hybrid on the horizon?
Meanwhile, at this week’s , Peugeot is showing a concept diesel hybrid version of the RCZ. Producing 200bhp, Peugeot claims this emits just 95g/km CO2 and is capable of 76.35mpg average fuel economy. A production version may follow – but don’t expect to see this until at least 2011.
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