Design has always been right at the heart of the appeal of the Peugeot RCZ, so it comes as no surprise that the mid-life upgrade to Peugeot’s hero car is all about styling.
The Peugeot RCZ, which arrived in 2010, has been given a new nose. It also has some extra equipment, but the interior is largely the same and all the mechanical parts have been carried over.
The RCZ now costs $58,990, a $4000 increase, but continues to carve itself a slight niche as the most affordable of the style-led coupes- the most famous of which is the Audi TT.
It’s a sporty coupe, but not a rowdy slide machine like the cheaper Toyota 86 ($29,990) or Subaru BRZ ($37,150 drive-away), and it would be blown away by the more focused and more expensive Nissan 370Z ($69,500).
The cheaper Volkswagen Scirocco R ($47,990) looms as a competitor, although it doesn’t have as much presence.
That leaves the Audi TT ($65,450 – $81,100) as the closest rival to the RCZ, and we’re sure it was the model the French brand was gunning for, but the Peugeot still costs considerably less.
The RCZ has been successful for Peugeot, selling in small but adequate numbers, while working wonders for the brand’s image that was in need of some polish. It is the RCZ’s role as a brand halo that has driven the mid-life facelift.
The sporty coupe has a new nose that takes its cues from the updated 308 and is being adopted across the rest of the family. Designers only altered the shape of the headlights very slightly, but they now contain xenon beams. The front clip now has a double grille design that incorporates new LED daytime running lights.
Published: Tuesday, May 7, 2013