Hitting the right notes

PUBLISHED : Friday, 24 February, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 24 February, 2012, 12:00am


Peugeot has built a solid reputation for functional cars in Hong Kong.

The RCZ Coupe shows the French marque has stepped up its styling.

Assembled at Magna Steyr in Austria, and launched in 2010, the 1.6-litre RCZ Coupe has aerodynamic aluminium roof arches, prominent front and curvy rear wings on 18-inch wheels.

The 2+2-seater's distinctive grille is dominated by Peugeot's lion symbol, and its enveloping bonnet reduces the size of the front wings and eases mechanics' access to the engine and front wheel arches.

A boot spoiler is designed to improve its aerodynamic efficiency, road holding and fuel consumption, Peugeot says.

The interior is sporty and ergonomic with body-hugging sports seats and a leather steering-wheel with satin-chromed thumb rests. The marque has fitted a range of hi-tech in-car-entertainment systems, including the Peugeot Connect 3D multimedia system, JBL hi-fi system and Peugeot Connect USB box.

The 384-litre boot has storage spaces under its floor and the rear seat backs can be folded down to create extra space.

The RCZ Coupe is available in Hong Kong with a 156bhp turbo-charged petrol engine (from HK$429,000) that produces 240Nm of torque and reaches 100km/h in about nine seconds via a six-speed sequential automatic gearbox.

The Sound System technology varies the model's engine sound according to the engine speed, 'just like a musical instrument', Peugeot says.

Fuel consumption in the combined cycle is 7.3 litres per 100km and 10.3l/100km in town on a 55-litre tank.

The block also meets Euro 5 European emissions standards, with CO2 emission of less than 168g/km.

There is a sportier version too. The coupe has power steering and lots of safety electronics, ranging from dynamic stability anti-skid traction controls to electronic brake force distribution and emergency brake assist, with driver and passenger front airbags, and neck airbags in the seats.

Britain's Top Gear magazine, named the RCZ its Coup? of the Year in 2010 after road tests in northern China, where it proved 'beautifully balanced and easy to drive quickly'. Peugeot is back in the limelight in Hong Kong.