Not much change but smarter

Peugeot RCZ
Peugeot RCZ

Peugeot has a strong history of sporty models that until the arrival of the stunning RCZ coupe in 2010, hadn’t been added to for some time.

All that changed with this car and it’s now been improved, with a smarter look, more personalisation choices and the option of extra power for the fastest petrol version should you want it.

Aesthetically, not too much has changed with this improved RCZ - but then, not much needed to.

Most of the tweaks have been made at the front end where a subtler central air intake is enlivened by two satin chrome bars.

There’s a smarter front grille too, accentuated by a lower air intake which is extended on each side by a unique light signature, visible both day and night.

Not too much has changed on the engines front, apart from the addition of a 260bhp version of the 1.6-litre THP turbo petrol unit.

This powerplant also continues on in 156 and 200bhp guises.

The 200bhp engine ought to be fine for most performance-mined people, also shared with the fiery MINI John Cooper Works models. It can get the RCZ through 62mph in a respectable 7.6s with the aid of its twin-scroll turbocharger and is designed to produce a smooth flow of power from low in the rev-range.

This being Peugeot, there was always going to be a diesel too and it’s the 2.0-litre HDi FAP that’s used across the marque’s larger models. Here there’s 163bhp and a healthy 340Nm of torque.

FACTS AT A GLANCE

CAR: Peugeot RCZ

PRICES: £21,500-£31,000 [est] - on the road

INSURANCE GROUPS: 28-35

CO2 EMISSIONS: 139-165g/km

PERFORMANCE: [1.6 THP 200] 0-60mph 7.6s / Max Speed 146mph

FUEL CONSUMPTION: [2.0 HDi] (combined) 52.3mpg

STANDARD SAFETY FEATURES: Twin front & side airbags / ABS / stability control

WILL IT FIT IN YOUR GARAGE?: Length/Width/Heightmm 4290/1845/1352 .