Peugeot has lifted the lid on the RCZ R ahead of its international debut at this weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK.

The high-performance coupe goes straight to the top of the RCZ range while also gaining the honour of being the most powerful road car in Peugeot’s history. That’s thanks to its 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which produces 199kW at 6000rpm and 330Nm at 1900rpm.

With a Torsen differential to help transmit the gamut of power through the front wheels, the RCZ R will complete 0-100km/h in 5.9sec and power through to an electronically limited top speed of 250km/h. Peugeot is keen to point out that the RCZ R (whose 124kW/litre specific output is higher than a Ferrari 458 Italia’s) also achieves 145g/km of CO2 emissions and 6.3L/100km fuel economy.

In terms of aesthetics, there’s a set of 19in alloy wheels, a matte-black roof and a new aerodynamics package, which incorporates a fixed rear spoiler. The sports exhaust gets chrome tailpipes as well as an ‘enhanced sound system’ to boost the noise it makes for those in the RCZ R’s interior.

Peugeot RCZ R rear

Peugeot cites its long-term involvement in motorsport and a desire to create a sportier model as the motivation behind the RCZ R, with a Peugeot 208 R rumoured to follow and sit above the 208 GTI in the coming years. But all the extra power means it faces stiff opposition from the VW Scirocco R and the Audi TTS. Both cars have been on sale for some time now but, in terms of basic figures, the Peugeot looks a strong newcomer.

Price-wise, the Peugeot RCZ R is expected to sit slap bang between them at an estimated $75,000; that’s around $10,000 more than the current RCZ.

After its first appearance at Goodwood this weekend, the Peugeot RCZ R will be formally unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show in September. Only 500 units are due to be built, with just 40 expected to land on Australian shores around March next year.

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