In September 2007, at the Frankfurt Motor Show, Peugeot unveiled a concept car which proved popular – the new RCZ.
The high levels of interest expressed at the show convinced Peugeot that they had to turn this concept car into a commercial reality. Peugeot’s stylists and engineers worked together to ensure that the final production appeased expectations created by the exterior styling of the concept car.
Since the RCZ has been on sale in Europe, it has received four important motoring awards, the first being the prestigious ‘Most beautiful car of the year 2009’ at the 25th International Automobile Festival.
Simon Rose, divisional manager of Peugeot New Zealand says the RCZ is a signal of intent for Peugeot.
“The new RCZ is a real example of the positive and aggressive direction being taken at Peugeot,” he said.
“The stunning lines meld beautifully with the classic proportions — and as with all Peugeots there are a number of special design features like the double bubble rear glass window, the active rear spoiler and the unique sound system technology”.
“Merging the gap between creating a true sports car and minimising fuel consumption and emissions was a key focus for the engineering team.
“They have succeeded in blending those two challenges perfectly, with a car that offers both sporting driving and efficiency with low emissions figures.”
The new RCZ has arrived onto New Zealand shores with a very high level of specification as standard and therefore, no options. Features include full leather trim with heated electric seating, front and rear park aid, 19″ alloy wheels and a rear spoiler that is automatically activated at two different engine speeds while driving.
Two petrol engine variants are available: a THP 156bhp six speed automatic and a THP 200 bhp performance 6 speed manual, both of which are priced at $64,990.
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