If you’ve read our guide to the summer car festivals, you’ll know how fantastic the Goodwood Festival of Speed can be.
This year it’s going to be all the speedier, with two big performance car launches. The first is the latest iteration of the Skoda Octavia vRS – a Golf GTI without the associated baggage and VW badge tax.
The second is Peugeot’s RCZ R. If you were in any doubt, the ‘R’ hints strongly at ‘Racing’, the car partly inspired by the RCZ Racing Cup running in Europe.
It’s Peugeot’s most powerful production car to date, the company extracting a faintly silly 260 horses from the same 1.6-litre THP turbocharged engine found in other RCZs, the new 208 GTI, and a host of boosted MINI models.
Full details haven’t yet been released – expect those closer to the car’s Festival of Speed debut – but Peugeot has provided us with these pictures, and reveals the car features unique alloy wheels, uprated suspension and a Torsen limited-slip differential to handle all that extra power.
It should also remain relatively inexpensive to run, provided you don’t use all that power all of the time.
CO2 emissions should be around the 155 g/km mark – identical to the regular THP 200, with combined economy of 42.1 mpg.
A look at some of the other figures makes the RCZ R all the more enticing, though. With the regular RCZ THP 200 capable of 146 mph, you can bet the R will comfortably top 150 mph if gearing allows, and traction permitting, a 0-60 figure in the 6-second range should be on the cards.
You can’t fail to notice the RCZ R’s large boot spoiler, nor its matte black and copper colour scheme – no doubt influenced by Peugeot’s beautiful Onyx concept from last year.
All in all, it adds up to one desirable and rather potent Pug.
Priced from: Not yet announced
Available from: Not yet announced
We can’t wait to see the RCZ R sprinting up the hill at Goodwood, in the hands of Peugeot racing driver Bradley Philpot – but we’re even more eager to have a go. We can’t see the RCZ R being cheap, but there’ll be more than a few fans out there more than happy to spend the extra to get the ultimate Peugeot.