The name, RCZ, symbolises this special positioning as it will be the first Peugeot passenger car not to use the traditional numbering system with a central 'zero' or 'double zero'.
At launch in 2010, three engines will find their place under the large aluminium bonnet of the RCZ. All high performance engines in every sense of the word with high torque and power outputs, low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions and all meeting the Euro 5 emission standard. The reduction of the environmental impact of the vehicle was one of the project's key priorities.
The engines/transmissions are a 1.6 litre turbocharged THP 200 bhp six speed manual gearbox, 1.6 litre turbocharged THP 156 bhp six speed manual gearbox or six speed automatic gearbox - and 2.0 litre HDi FAP 163 bhp six speed manual gearbox .
Due to the special nature of the vehicle, it will be built by Magna Steyr in Austria in a production centre that specialises in exclusive vehicles built in small volumes.
The RCZ is a compact 2+ 2 Coupé with a number of key styling features. The "double bubble" of the roof, which was a major talking point of the original concept car, is retained in the production car.
The aluminium "roof arches", another feature of the concept car, are also retained and help highlight the front windscreen, black roof panel and dark-tinted rear windscreen. At the front the RCZ retains the marque's characteristic feline look.
The vehicle stands 1.36 m high and, with the optimised airflow due to the double bubble roof, has superb aerodynamics. At the rear, an active rear boot spoiler also contributes to the car's aerodynamic efficiency; it can be deployed in two positions according to the speed of the vehicle to ensure an ideal balance between road holding and fuel consumption.