Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Lethal Looks and Performance

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Lethal Looks and Performance

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Byline: Mathieu Day

WHAT causes a car to be judged as being "girly"? Picking up the new Peugeot RCZ R and doing research on the sports coupe, I noticed that it is often accused of being too feminine-looking.

But you shouldn't judge a car by its looks - it's the driving experience that matters most when you are looking for a car.

So picture this: You're in the market for a European sports car. It has to look great, have performance credentials that are up to track-day standards and be economical enough to run every day. What do you spend your hard-earned dosh on?

Luckily for a select few with that particular list of requirements, Peugeot distributors Sime Darby have landed the Peugeot RCZ R - Peugeot Sport's heated-up version of the RCZ sports coupe.

When I say a select few, I mean it - there is limited availability of the $68,990 RCZ Rs.

Immediately distinguishing itself from the base model, the RCZ R has a swathe of upgrades from Peugeot's go-fast arm, including a fixed rear wing, larger brakes and 19-inch wheels wrapped in sticky Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 235/40 R19 tyres, and a host of R badges tastefully scattered around the car.

You'll also be greeted by a carbon fibre roof moulded into the signature double bubble of the RCZ each time you walk up to the car, and a full leather interior with stunning red stitching once you place yourself in the race-inspired bucket seats.

In the cabin, the RCZ R's sports car credentials are immediately apparent with leather bucket seats and aggressive bolsters holding the driver in place.

The interior space of the RCZ R is much more comfortable than the race seats suggest.

The RCZ R also has two rear seats, but these are more a way of separating the decent boot space from the cabin than being designed to accommodate any normal form of human life.

The rest of the interior is bathed in leather accompanied by red stitching which is simply gorgeous to look at. …

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