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2013 Peugeot RCZ

Published July 10, 2012

There’s a great deal of style and sophistication to the 2013 Peugeot RCZ but not necessarily a lot of substance. Don’t be mistaken, this is a hot car that can be a whole lot of fun and promises loads of after market potential. The problem is the lack of performance doesn’t come to matching all those good looks. But the conundrum about the RCZ is that is exactly what this car is all about. It’s all about understatement and humble reserve.

Once again Peugeot has displayed a keen mind for well thought out design. At first glance a person may see similarities to the Audi TT. But when you look a little closer you realize the RCZ is actually emulating a more distant retro design that coyly suggests there may be a rear mounted engine. Regardless it’s a sexy car with definite curb appeal. Another outstanding feature that is noticed immediately is the dramatic double curvature of the roof and rear window. This is a tight looking car with virtually zero flaws. There is nothing striking about the interior of the RCZ, certainly not compared to the exterior lines. But again this seems to be a reflection on retro no nonsense designs.

There are three performance options for the 2013 Peugeot RCZ. The most powerful being the 1.6 liter 16 valve managing 200hp. After that is a version of the 1.6 liter producing considerably less impressive 156hp. Finally a 2.0 liter with 163hp. This option is the most confusing of all. Why Peugeot would offer a 2.0 liter managing only 7 more horsepower is beyond my understanding. For all the reasons they may muster it just seems like a silly waste of an option. Even the 1.6 liter at 200hp option is a trifle disappointing so it would stand to reason that offering only a second option of considerably higher performance would be far more appreciated. The RCZ comes equipped with an automatic adjustable spoiler that self adjusts according to road speed. A feature such as this is implemented to ensure aerodynamic efficiency and stability on the road. But with the somewhat paltry and underachieving performance output available for this car it seems like a bit of a waste. Leaving us to assume it’s just an additional piece of outward showmanship. There is a limited addition available that offers even more expensive and flashy wheels and impressive seats. More esthetic posing it seems.

On their website Peugeot says that in the RCZ they wanted to design a sports coupe in a class of its own. And they have certainly accomplished that. This is an extremely sleek and stylish ride that doesn’t come anywhere near the performance capabilities that all that outward showy display suggests.

In the end, the RCZ is a gorgeous little car that will certainly attract a great deal of admiring attention. And when you get behind the wheel you will express your feelings about it with a shrug of your shoulders and a resounding, ‘Meh.’

 

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Calvin Escobar
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