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Peugeot RCZ (2010)

There's certainly a lot of similarity between the RCZ and Audi TT's design, but the French coupe does have a few unique flourishes to make it stand out.

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Derek Fung
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Derek Fung

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In brief

You'll be forgiven if you confuse the RCZ with Audi's TT coupe — the two look damn near identical at first glance.

While Peugeot mightn't share Audi's so-hot-right-now vibe, the RCZ does have a few unique elements of its own, like the double bubble roof and rear windscreen, and contrasting aluminium roof arches.

A six-speaker sound system with Bluetooth hands-free, steering wheel controls, single CD slot, and USB and auxiliary jacks is standard. A JBL set-up with an eight-track 204W amp is an upgrade option, but unfortunately navigation isn't on the list for Australian buyers.

Standard equipment includes parking sensors, automatic headlights and wipers, electric driver's seat, 18-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control air-con, and leather seats and steering wheel. A number of option packs are available that allow buyers to specify various 19-inch alloy wheel designs, glossy or satin carbon fibre roof, more leather interior bits and different roof arch finishings.

Outlook

Unlike the TT, the RCZ is front-wheel drive only. Three different engine/transmission combinations are available all for the same price, AU$54,990. The options are a six-speed manual matched to either 147kW 1.6-litre turbo-petrol or 120kW 2-litre turbo-diesel, and six-speed auto teamed to a 115kWkW 1.6-litre turbo-petrol.

The price includes GST, but excludes dealer and statutory charges.