Peugeot at the 2012 Paris Motor Show: Onyx, RCZ, 208, 301, R5 and more

At the 2012 Paris Motor Show, French car manufacturer, Peugeot has revealed their Onyx Hybrid supercar along with Onyx bicycle, and Onyx superbike / supertrike….

At the 2012 Paris Motor Show, French car manufacturer, Peugeot has revealed their Onyx Hybrid supercar along with Onyx bicycle, and Onyx superbike / supertrike. Apart from this, you can also witness their global sedan, 2013 Peugeot 301, Peugeot 2008 Concept, Peugeot 208 GTI, Peugeot 208 XY, 2013 Peugeot RCZ, Peugeot 208 Type R5 rally car, Peugeot RCZ R Concept and many more.

Rubbing shoulders with the Peugeot 208 GTi and the super-lux XY version, which both go on sale next year is a Joanna piano from the Peugeot “Design Laboratory”. The rest of the Peugeot pavilion is dedicated to showcasing other Peugeot concepts which will make their entry into markets by end of this year.

In one corner of the pavilion is the Peugeot Onyx super trike. The production version will probably emerge sometime in spring of 2014 and will be sold from regular bike shops and not at dealer showrooms. The TT/Tri Onyx is finished in black and copper and has the front brake concealed within its fork.

Peugeot has also displayed its Peugeot 2008 4×4 supermini crossover at the Paris Motor Show. To go on sale early next year in UK markets the 2008 will be priced at a starting price of 15,500. Its high driving position, agility and sturdiness is what has made the company target young and urban buyers. The company is also developing a new 1.2 liter three cylinder petrol engine that will be seen in the 2008 model bringing power to 110 bhp while offering 60 mpg.

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Peugeot 2008 Concept

Forging ahead with a competitive position in the B segment, Peugeot has extended its traditional position with a new, broader, all-encompassing approach. So, the 208 was designed in accordance with an ambitious specification to re-generate the small hatchback. It went on sale in Europe at the end of March 2012, and in the UK at the end of June, prior to an industrial and commercial launch in Latin America in 2013.

In Beijing in early 2012, Peugeot revealed the Urban Crossover Concept to the Chinese public, a contemplation of the motor vehicle in an increasingly urban world.

At the 2012 Paris Motor Show, the Marque is presenting the Peugeot 2008 Concept. This concept car gives further thrust to its international conquest strategy, for which all its talents have been mobilised. The engineers and stylists have worked together in Europe, China and Latin America to create this seductive future vehicle of the range.

The city and Peugeot evolve together

From Sao Paulo to Shanghai, from London to Kuala Lumpur, from the Cape to Moscow, the city lives, evolves and grows. The human race is becoming increasingly urban, at a rate not seen before. A new generation of city dwellers is coming alive. Connected, curious, they share numerous aspirations, regarding the way in which they keep themselves informed of news occurring across the Planet.

Peugeot has included several continents in the development of a new concept car with a view to marketing to an international clientele. So, for them, with them, the Peugeot Style teams in Paris, Shanghai and Sao Paulo have all created the Peugeot 2008 Concept. It will go into production, as close as possible to its customers, first in France (Mulhouse) then in China (Wuhan) and later in Brazil (Porto Real).

The Marque mobilises its experience

With more than 15 million ’2′ series vehicles, Peugeot benefits from a credible history in the domain of compact cars. This is further reinforced by the new 208, which has re-generated the codes of the segment. Recently, the marque has acquired legitimacy in the domain of the Crossover, with the commercial success of the 3008 and the inspiration drawn from the SXC Concept Car shown at the Shanghai Motor Show in 2011.

Wishing to merge these two fields of excellence into a new vehicle, Peugeot has developed the Peugeot 2008 Concept, a small vehicle combining agility, compactness, versatility and a striking style for young-minded city dwellers who love the city, while also loving to escape from it.

Its unique identity originates from the marriage of the elegance and refinement of the hatchback, the impertinence and mischievousness of the SUV combined with remarkable versatility and occupant space for this segment. Capitalising on the process of re-generation unveiled by the 208, the urban nature of the Peugeot 2008 Concept is established by compact dimensions: 4.14m long and 1.74m wide.

A unique style, combining elegance and strength

The Peugeot 2008 Concept naturally bears the stylistic codes of the Marque. With its athletic and sleek lines it imposes its bold posture which overturns and reinvents the standards of the larger vehicles in the small-vehicles segment.

It is painted fluorescent yellow with Velvet matt varnish, a very luminous colour which is full of energy. The body is punctuated with Dark Chrome details, accentuating the modernity and elegance of this concept car.

From a coherent overall volume the Peugeot 2008 Concept succeeds in combining a variety of impressions. The front face is refined and full of presence, where bonnet and wings give a reassuring impression of protection and strength. This perception is identical at the rear where the shape combines solidity with dynamism. The profile unites the two faces by means of the slender link which begins with the inclined windscreen and continues with the continuous roof line to the spoiler. And so a profiled and very aerodynamic silhouette is outlined. The side lines, traced in the direction of the road, give the impression of a lively, sleek and dynamic vehicle.

The Peugeot 2008 Concept pays particular attention to detail. The ‘floating grille’ has a design cut into the metal, combined with a sophisticated dual-aspect treatment following the example of the new marque emblem. The headlamps, of a precise and unique design, bear the Peugeot identity. Their contours follow the technical functions as closely as possible and so form the sharp pupil of a cat. Chiselled in form, they are aligned with the front face, giving it an even more expressive and individual character.

The Peugeot 2008 Concept also has very sensuous and sophisticated sculpted wings and sides, indicating natural athletic qualities. The large wheels, the design of their wheel arches and the ground clearance symbolise an active life without restraint; agile, versatile and lightweight.

In profile, the curve of the roof accentuates the upper decoration of the rear doors. Exclusive, cut into the metal, it appears crimped into the bodywork. This refinement also marks the precise design of the aluminium spoiler and roof bars which give the appearance of a vehicle designed for speed and leisure.

A 3-cylinder turbo petrol engine

Under its sleek bonnet the Peugeot 2008 Concept is equipped with a development of the new generation 3-cylinder petrol engines. In harmony with the dynamism and power exuded by this concept car, the 1.2-litre 3-cylinder engine has a turbo and direct injection. Developing its energy while remaining lightweight, it contributes to the versatility of the 2008 Concept with a power of 110bhp. This is combined with low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

Components of the Group’s down-sizing strategy, these 3-cylinder engines permit a breakthrough in terms of consumption and CO2 while offering real driving pleasure.

208 XY, 208 GTi, refined seduction

In Spring 2012, Peugeot rejuvenated the multipurpose Supermini car segment with the launch of the 208. This new model revolutionises the customer choice with its compactness, elegance, occupant space, equipment, style … At its wheel, the driver discovers a driving pleasure the like of which they have not experienced before.

The 208 is now also looking toward the Premium segment … with the 208 XY and 208 GTi which combine intrinsic qualities with those of comfort, versatility and occupant space. These two distinctive versions make their mark with strong and differentiated expressions. Furthermore, the 208 XY begins a new story within the Marque; that of cars with an exclusive and refined charm.

“With the 208 XY, Peugeot begins a new chapter in its story. With the 208 GTi, it re-generates an icon.”
Laurent Blanchet, Peugeot Product Range Director

“The style of these two cars intensifies the energy of the 208 with their more imposing posture, but also through the care taken over every detail.”
Gilles Vidal, Peugeot Style Director

Intended for busy individuals with high expectations, the 208 XY and 208 GTi benefit from sophisticated choices of the materials and colours employed. Their dynamism is expressed first of all by their external identity, specific and immediately recognisable, due to their characteristic posture. Defined on a widened track by 10mm at the front and 20mm at the rear, these three-door models are specially identified by bodywork components which enhance the overall effect. With wheels that hug the arches, with body sills and wing extensions they enhance the visual appearance of these two cars.

Particularly enchanting, visible both day and night, the light signature of the front face is refined by the new halogen headlamps, equipped with a latest generation light guide. These carefully designed lamps with a rectangular internal structure use LED technology for the directional indicators and daytime lighting. Tightly enclosing the main beam headlamps, the floating trim of which calls to mind a cat’s pupil, they give the expression of the 208 XY and 208 GTi with an iris.

These lamps frame a special 208 grille. The slightly widened chromed bead gives a prominence to the XY where on the GTi the mesh contributes to the dynamism, making the lamps stand out. This mesh is, in fact, different on each model. On the 208 XY, the chromed grille has three horizontal bars overhanging the black lacquered bar. On the 208 GTi, the gloss black grille draws the eye with bright chrome inserts, which reinvent the sport chequered flag effect but in 3D.

The end result is a front appearance which is technological and endearing while being, sophisticated.

Attention to detail has also taken precedence in the design of the passenger compartment, to create a most pleasant environment. This applies even when stationary as it becomes evident at first glance when the door is opened, revealing the aluminium sill stamped with the Peugeot name. Dark colour schemes exist throughout the upper section, on the dashboard capping covered in polyurethane PVC and overstitched, the seat trims and special details … the 208 XY and 208 GTi offer unique ambiances, styled according to their lead mascot colour identity, respectively purple and red.

All the senses contribute to the pleasure of discovery. You admire, you inhale, and you touch the material, the finishes and the spectacle of the equipment. Like a designer dress, the passenger compartment ‘wears the signature’ of its creator in detailing and specifically the overstitching. It runs over the enveloping seats, the full grain leather steering wheel, the gear lever gaiter, the leather handbrake lever as well as the armrests in Prestige polyurethane PVC and the dashboard capping. This houses a high-mounted instrument panel with innovative and distinctive light signature. Echoing the LED functions of the headlamps, the dials are surrounded with satin chrome beads backlit by LEDs, whereas the needles move on a brushed aluminium background.

The passenger compartment is also punctuated with carefully designed components. So, the vents, the side decorations of the touchscreen, the dashboard decoration, the steering wheel insert, the seat belts, the front and rear door crossbars all blend with the same interior ambiance. The aluminium pedal bracket and footrest provide the final touch to this technological and refined interior.

“The 208 GTi and 208 XY are striking and clearly defined, reflecting the image of the customers for whom they are intended. This vision that has guided us throughout the project, has the desire to create an XY signature that will become identifiable over the journey of time.”
Pierre Authier, 208 Design Style Director

208 XY, urban chic and exclusive
Whether it be Monday, at 7am, where already a buzz reigns over the town, Thursday, 6pm, when the streets fill as offices close for the day or Saturday, at 9pm, when the town hums with the parties organised at various locations. Constantly on the move, the modern city beats to the rhythm of the pulses of its activities. Whatever the situation, the 208 XY moves around, with a stylish and dynamic presence.

The appealing attraction of the 208 XY enchants instantly. Adorned in its new colour ‘Purple Night’, among the six colours available, running from the front bumper to the special skirt of the rear bumper, its body is punctuated with chromed details, subtle touches of Purple on the Peugeot logos and the central wheel caps. The mirror casings, the foglamp trims, the window trims and the rear skirt bead are dressed in bright chrome. On the quarter panel trim and the centre pillar, touches of gloss black complete the image.

The grille combines these finer points of appearance. It brings together the gloss black of the bar with the bright chrome of the bead and the grille. The finely designed 17″ diamond-Anthra Mercure multi-spoke wheels house in their centre an alloy wheel cap with Purple edging. At the rear, on the tailgate bears the ‘XY’ signature logo designed with dynamic graphics. Roof decals are available for personalisation, and the 208 XY offers an identity unlike any other in this sector – high on being ‘Exclusive’.

With a ‘light, bright’ appearance, the passenger compartment is a perfect reflection of the exterior. The materials and appearance are ‘tied’ together with Purple overstitching. A chrome embellishment covers the door trims, the vents and the side decorations of the screen. Enhanced by these touches, the metallic bronze Prestige polyurethane PVC dashboard brings together the touch interface and the instrument panel with a graduated bronze-black decoration.

The seats are trimmed in Mithy cloth, Prestige polyurethane PVC and Alcantara. At the driver’s feet, the aluminium pedal bracket and footrest are accompanied by a mat of superior quality, edged with bronze cord overstitched in Purple.

This sophisticated and luxurious ambiance can be personalised with a range of special trims. After choosing between the Club Nappa leather, in black or bronze, and the black Club Nappa leather combined with a padded Alcantara make-up giving an exclusive and dynamic treatment, the 208 XY is even more intensely individual.

“From the outset we had a vision of colour, this Purple Night, which punctuates the bodywork and the interior of the 208 XY. Exclusive, it symbolises perfectly the refinement of this vehicle.”
Anna Costamagna, 208 XY and 208 GTi Design Stylist

The passenger compartment is not just luxurious; ergonomic, it is fully at the service of the driver. With their hands placed naturally on the small bronze perforated full grain leather steering wheel, they can control with their fingertips the large 7″ touchscreen with extended connectivity (jack socket, USB and Bluetooth).

Uninterrupted, from their home to the workplace, their favourite music is played from a portable device by streaming and with a high level of quality, due to the six-speaker system.

Having arrived at their destination with no wrong turns due to the navigation system, they simply have to activate the Park Assist. Rare in this vehicle segment, this technological equipment magnifies the compactness of the 208 XY to make driving in town considerably easier. Parking is now automated and becomes a pleasure. After activating the Park Assist, the driver selects the manoeuvre to be carried out on the touchscreen, parallel parking on the left or right-hand side of the road. Using ultrasound sensors, those of the front and rear parking assistance plus two side sensors at the front, the Park Assist measures the size of the spaces available until an adequate space is detected. The 208 XY then parks instinctively and automatically, by acting on the electric parking assistance. Relieved of this task, the driver simply has to check the progress of the vehicle and its surroundings… Almost magic!

To set off once more to conquer the city, nothing could be easier. They simply call on the intelligence of the Park Assist again.

In addition to the dynamic cornering lighting, the alarm, the heated seats, etc., this equipment can enrich an already extensive range of equipment: panoramic glass roof with ambiance backlighting, dual zone automatic air conditioning, speed limiter/cruise control, armrest for the front seats incorporating a storage space, … it is an extensive, luxurious environment.

The 208 XY is also available with a range of powerful engines1, enhancing the natural efficiency of this model.
• 1.6 e-HDi 92 FAP, 5-speed manual gearbox, 98g of CO2/km
• 1.6 e-HDi 92 FAP, 6-speed piloted gearbox, 98g of CO2/km
• 1.6 e-HDi 115 FAP, 6-speed manual gearbox, 99g of CO2/km
• 1.6 VTi 120, 5-speed manual gearbox, 134g of CO2/km
• 1.6 THP 155, 6-speed manual gearbox, 135g of CO2/km

“When the teams created the 208 XY for the first time, they were won over immediately. Everyone, men and women alike, succumbed to its charm, its spirit, its allure of luxury.”
Anne Laliron, 208 XY and 208 GTi Project Manager

208 GTi, re-generation of the legend
Peugeot has made its mark in the history of motor sport. Whether through its models, its success in competition or its infamy through advertising and promotions, the Marque’s DNA has the best genes for creating the modern performance GTi. The expectation was simple: to create a playful and chic sports car, a contemporary interpretation of the legend that is the Peugeot GTi.

“With the 208 GTi, our objective was to produce an engaging sporty performance driving pleasure, an experience that speaks immediately to all enthusiasts: performance, power, reactivity, and an aura of respect and desire. While the 205 GTi was naturally our inspiration, the 208 GTi is its modern interpretation.”
Gaëtan Demoulin, Peugeot Customer Synthesis Manager

At first glance, the eyes are impressed initially by a presence, with a vehicle which affirms its identity: sporty and refined. The Satin Pearlescent White colour2 adorns the whole of the 208 GTi, including its special spoiler.

There can be no doubting the sportiness of the bodywork. Crossing the gloss black rear skirt, the exhaust emerges with a trapezoid chromed double tailpipe, an innovative design emphasising the uniqueness of this model. The chromed trim strip decorates the window lower edge culminating in a signature accent that pays tribute to the illustrious 205 GTi. Furthermore, the quarter panel trim proudly bears the GTi logo, in bright chrome accentuated in red highlights.

Regardless of the colour chosen, this red punctuates the vehicle: on brake calipers, grille lower bead, Peugeot lettering on the tailgate and on the grille. In addition, the mesh of the grille has a 3D chequered motif, with chromed inserts in the gloss black grille.

The whole is subtly enhanced by the touches of bright chrome on the foglamp trim surrounds, the grille upper trim and the door mirrors.

Opening the doors reveals a passenger compartment which reflects the paintwork. From the sill, with the name Peugeot embossed, the passenger compartment is notably sporty. It has a stimulating colour scheme combining red, black and satin chrome. With red GTi overstitching throughout, the interior is striking, down to the smallest detail.

Resolutely sporty, the seat combines full grain Club Nappa leather and the Caro Weave cloth, made dynamic by a red line. The dashboard, with a taut black polyurethane PVC covering with red overstitching, has a decoration of red graduating to black, matching the door crossbars. The vehicle performance information is provided via the high-mounted instrument panel. Technological, it is equipped with a colour matrix, surrounded by dials with a chromed bead back-lit in red by LEDs. On their brushed aluminium background, decorated with a gloss black chequered motif, the white needles rise through to the red zone.

The driver is well supported in the cossetting seat structure, harnessed with black seat belts with red edging fasten, so that the driving position is clear and comfortable. The feet naturally find the aluminium pedals and footrest naturally, the heels in contact with the top-of-the-range mats with black surround, overstitched in red. Intuitively, the hands rest on the small black full grain leather steering wheel, perforated and with red overstitching. The right hand easily and naturally finds the aluminium gear lever knob, with red side insert, or the overstitched leather handbrake lever.

The red leather marker on the steering wheel pointing straight ahead, the thumbs well supported, the GTi logo is only waiting for one thing … ignition!

“The 208 is an excellent base for developing a sports hatchback. We have worked with particular attention on the steering response, the chassis dynamics and the rigidity of the suspension. The 208 GTi successfully combines performance, safety and driving pleasure.”
Marie Beaumont, 208 GTi Dynamic Synthesis Manager

The 208 GTi delights its driver with an incisive driving experience due to the involving chassis dynamics, providing superb driving sensations. Springs, calibration of the shock absorbers, anti-roll bar, enhanced front subframe and rear crossmember rigidity, plus that the suspension and wheels are specific to the vehicle.

Agile and reactive, the 208 GTi balances from one turn to the next with complete precision.

Controlled by the steering the settings of which have been revised to increase firmness, the front suspension returns the information perfectly and responsively. The rear suspension is also well tuned for safe and involved driving.

Fitted with 205/45 tyres, the 17″ diamond Carbon wheels, with Storm paint and matt varnish, house 302mm ventilated discs at the front and 249mm at the rear. Cooled by dynamic air intakes, they provide controlled and incisive braking.

The 1.6 THP 200bhp petrol engine expresses itself through a reworked exhaust system. As soon as the ignition is switched on, it emits an appealing sound note that delights the ears, at all engine speeds. Coupled with a manual gearbox with six close-ration gears, the engine draws the full potential from this chassis. With its maximum torque of 275Nm and its maximum power of 147kW (200bhp), the 208 GTi3 has the potential of acceleration to the highest level. 0 to 60mph (0 to 100km/h) is reached in less than 7 seconds, 0 to 1000m in 27 seconds. The in-gear reacceleration is equally impressive, with the 208 GTi accelerating from 50 to 75mph (80 to 120km/h) in less than 7 seconds in 5th gear.

This performance benefits from the improvement achieved lightening the weight of the vehicle. Light in weight, at 1160 kg, the 208 GTi achieves a real feat by emitting CO2 at just 145g/km. A playful sports car, powerful and safe, with an enchanting sound, which is also a practical hatchback … the 208 GTi delights its driver every day, the (fully disengageable) ESP watching over them.

A Limited Edition 208 GTi
The arrival in the Peugeot range of a new GTi is always a major event, particularly in the segment of the 200 series. To celebrate this event, Peugeot has developed a fully-specified Limited Edition with only 50 vehicles available.

Adorned in exclusive Satin Pearlescent White, this highly limited-numbered edition rides on special 17″ diamond alloy wheels with Onyx Black paint coated in gloss varnish. The wheels centres are fitted with an aluminium cap with a red surround. The lower bar of the grille, which is also white, bears the French flag.

Inside, the exclusive owners will have Satellite Navigation and the HiFi pack specificied as standard, and a numbered plaque will remind them every day that they are members of a very exclusive club.

1 Data currently being approved
2 Colour of the limited edition, 6 colours are available in the range
3 Data currently being approved

Marque
Present in 160 countries, with 10,000 points of contact, Peugeot combines rigorous design and passion in all its activities.

In 2011, Peugeot achieved 2,114,000 sales worldwide, accelerated its internationalisation in the major growth markets and continued its range enhancement. The Marque is reaffirming its environmental commitment by deploying e-HDi diesel micro-hybridation and launching three full diesel hybrid HYbrid4 models in 2012.

Peugeot is the only marque to offer a complete mobility product range with cars and utility vehicles, scooters,bicycles and a wide range of services, including the Mu mobility service.

THE PEUGEOT RCZ: THE POWER OF PURE EMOTION

- Peugeot RCZ enhanced with a new design style
- Enhancements to specification further increase desirability
- A performance model is to extend the range as the most powerful Peugeot yet

12/09/12 — Peugeot is increasing the appeal and exclusivity of its popular RCZ Sports Coupé. Sensuous and sleek, sporty and elegant, its new style promotes its power and fluidity, strength and refinement, and affirms its distinctive singularity in the Peugeot range.

Its richness of expression is greatly increased by an extended range of colour and material combinations, both to exterior and interior, which will allow each customer to construct ‘their own’ RCZ. This increase in emotional power will continue next year with the introduction of a powerful 1.6-litre THP 260bhp version with enhanced performance, previewed by the ‘RCZ R Concept’ unveiled at the 2012 Paris Motor Show.

The RCZ fully embodies the new signature of Peugeot: MOTION & EMOTION. It is the most visible expression of the Marque’s expertise:

- Expertise with its ‘Design Style’ – with a very strong design
- Expertise in producing ‘High Quality’ products with exclusive positioning
- Expertise with strong ‘Dynamic’ standards to combined ride and handling.

The RCZ has already created a desirable following with strong sales, excellent press coverage, and achievements in competition. It has won numerous awards from the public and the specialist press, in various countries, for its design, desirability and performance.

Adapted for competition from 2010 with a 200bhp HDi FAP diesel engine, it has twice won the D1T category (1700 to 2000cc diesel) at the 24 Hours Nürburgring.

Increase in emotional power
In this very specific market segment of sports coupés, the ‘enthusiasts’ of attractive cars with a distinctive style identity, dynamic capability and sportiness, are also aware of innovation.

They are looking for the latest, most attractive creation around a radical coupé, so it is necessary to renew and improve, responding to the constantly moving trend of this market. Strengthened by its success, less than three years after its commercial launch, the emblematic sports coupé of the Peugeot marque is adopting a new distinctive identity to embody more than ever the range enhancement and to embrace the MOTION & EMOTION signature of Peugeot.

The new RCZ will go on sale during the 1st quarter of 2013.

Exterior and interior emotion
The rejuvenation of the RCZ can be seen first of all through its style. From the initial sketches, the intention was to give this new RCZ a modern style, even more exclusive and unique than the current range.

A completely new front face, sporty and flowing, fully emphasises the power of its rear wings and the sensuous curves of its ‘double-bubble’ roof. This new synergy between the front and rear gives the bodywork an entirely new expression. The central air intake, now subtle and elegant, is enlivened by two satin chrome bars and provides the effect of strength and refinement.

The new grille is accentuated by a lower air intake which is extended on each side by a unique light signature, visible both day and night. This consists of six LEDs, subtly sculpted in the form of claws, behind a smoked lens which blends into a gloss black surround.

The new RCZ adopts an expression with flowing contours, both modern and technical, with new headlamps available in a halogen version with an Aluminium background or a directional Xenon version with a Titanium background.

The new appearance provides the RCZ with a new posture: well poised as well as having a unique identity, with a combination of enhanced power and sensuous expression. The interior has evolved to enhance features in detail, in particular:

- the gear lever surround which is now lacquered black,
- on GT models the door trim pads are trimmed with leather inserts, and two aluminium inserts adorn the dashboard / centre console.

Real everyday practicality
The RCZ has always been very practical, with a generous volume boot for its category, having a capacity of 384 litres, to which are added storage compartments under its floor (more than 30 litres extra). Folding the back of the two additional rear seats increases the maximum carrying capacity of the vehicle to 760 litres.

Fashionable exclusivity
The rejuvenation of the RCZ is also expressed through an enhanced option range, consistent with its exclusive positioning, which allows each customer to create ‘their own’ vehicle character, making it a unique object reflecting their personality and taste.

Exterior personalisation
The new RCZ has many personalisation components:

- A new lacquered black grille bars option, instead of the standard satin chrome bars, to give this new RCZ a different face;
- Three roof arch colours: Aluminium, Sand or the new Matt Black;
- A new ‘Black Pack’ groups together the new Matt Black arches and black grille bars with black brake callipers, and black exterior mirrors ? components which are all also available separately;
– Three new types of bodywork Decals: a wide gloss black central stripe crossing the vehicle, grey and red lateral stripes on the body sills bearing the word ‘RCZ’, a silver grey off-set stripe crossing the vehicle from front to back;
– Two Carbon Roof options with a Matt or Satin finish;
– Ten alloy wheel designs, including two new designs:
- Sport model has 18″ wheels and are available in three colours; Classic (standard), Dark Grey (two-tone diamond/dark grey) or Full Pirit Grey (mid grey);
- 19″ Sortilège wheels (GT models) are available in three colours; Classic, Midnight Silver (dark grey) and Matt Black Onyx;
- 19″ Solstice wheels are available in two colours, Anthra Grey (two-tone diamond/dark grey) or Matt Black Onyx (two-tone diamond/black)
- Two new 19″ alloy wheel designs, Technical, two-tone diamond, modern and sculptural, available in two colours Grey (dark grey) and Héphaïs (mid grey)
– A Sports Pack, standard on the Sport and GT with the THP 200 petrol engine, includes a smaller diameter steering wheel, a shorter-throw gear lever and the ‘Sound System’ feature (available as an option on the THP 156 manual model).

Colours and trims
The range of colours consists of eight options, two of which are new; to the Opal White, Pearlescent White, Nera Black, Mercury Grey, Charcoal Grey and Dolphin Blue, are added new colours: Bistre and Moroccan Red.

Dynamic emotion and efficiency
With controlled weight, carefully designed aerodynamics and modern engine technology, the RCZ has established itself as an innovative mix of performance but with respect for the environment.

Modern and ecological engines
Its range of efficient engines, as regards both performance (generous torque and power) and consumption and emissions of CO2, is carried forward:
1.6-litre THP 200;
- 147kW (200bhp) Euro 5, 275Nm, 6-speed manual – CO2: 155g/km and 42.1mpg
2.0-litre HDi 163 FAP;
- 120kW (163bhp) Euro 5, 340Nm, 6-speed manual – CO2: 139g/km and 53.2mpg
1.6-litre THP 156 manual;
- 115kW (156bhp) Euro 5, 240Nm, 6-speed manual – CO2: 149g/km and 44.1mpg
1.6-litre THP 156 automatic;
- 115kW (156bhp) Euro 5, 240Nm, 6-speed automatic – CO2: 168g/km and 38.6mpg

Driving sensations and precision
Expressing all of Peugeot’s expertise in terms of road holding, the RCZ takes the requirement of driving with precision and obtaining sensations to the highest level for the Marque, to intensify all of the driver’s senses.

It benefits from tuned suspension and wheels originating from Platform Two (pseudo MacPherson front suspension, rear suspension with a deformable cross-member).

Increasing the effectiveness of this assembly, it has a particularly low ride height and centre of gravity, widened track and generous tyre choice (18″ or 19″ wheels).

The active rear aero spoiler also contributes to this performance, deployed in two positions according to the speed of the vehicle to ensure aerodynamics and stability.

Finally, when the RCZ is fitted with the THP 200 engine the front suspension incorporates bigger hubs and a special lower bracing bar to enhance road handling, making it more agile and aiding cornering stability.

Sound System technology
The ‘acoustic signature of the engine’ has also been enhanced aided by ‘Sound System’ technology (standard on the Sport THP 156 manual, and Sport and GT models with the THP 200 petrol engine models). It amplifies the characteristic sound of the engine through a controlled diaphragm that resonates and the vibration noise is louder as the revs of the engine rise during acceleration, while being less pronounced with more regular driving.

New standard or optional equipment
The new RCZ is now fitted as standard, with an acoustic windscreen and a Visibility Pack consisting of automatic wipers, automatic headlamps, electrochromatic interior mirror, guide-me-home lighting and approach lighting on unlocking.

Audio and Sat Nav options on RCZ are enhanced with the availability of Peugeot Connect Navigation (RT6). First introduced on 508, it incorporates:

- navigation with large 7″ screen (WVGA high resolution 800 x 480 pixels) offering a perspective view mode and a European map (stored in the internal memory);
- a CD player on the control panel, MP3 compatible;
- a three-tuner radio with two aerials, reception of RDS-TMC traffic info (TrafficMaster in the United Kingdom);
- a Bluetooth® connection for the hands-free telephone function and audio streaming;
- a Jack and USB socket in the central armrest.

Another innovation offered on the RCZ, the RT6 system now incorporates the Arkamys© software which processes the digital audio signal to recreate a natural sound stage. The quality of the sound no longer suffers from the restrictions of the location of the speakers in the doors (which often results in sounds in the lower side areas): the instruments and voices are more harmoniously positioned in the space, facing the occupants, at windscreen level. This system also provides the option of directing the sound for the driver only or for all the passengers.

And coming soon… the ‘RCZ R’
Striving to be at the top of this exclusive, dynamic and sporty range, the ‘RCZ R Concept’ is unveiled at the Paris Motor Show. In a matt black and copper livery it echoes another Concept Car unveiled at the show: the ‘Onyx’ supercar.

The ‘RCZ R Concept’ previews a future version of enhanced sportiness, which will be introduced to the range at the end of 2013.

The Peugeot Sport and PSA Group Development teams are working together to adapt technology originating from the world of motor sport to make a production ready vehicle and once again turn a dream into reality.

Its new 1.6-litre THP 260bhp engine will make it the most powerful production model in Peugeot’s history. A specific power of more than 160bhp/litre, among the highest in the world for a production vehicle, and CO2 emissions of approximately 155g/km, position it in a range of new high efficiency.Coherent with this engine, special suspension and wheels combined with a Torsen® limited slip differential promise dynamic and effective sensations of a very high level.

A special exterior signature and interior treatment will perfect this version with a high level of performance assured to offer intense driving sensations.

The 208 Type R5 unveiled at Paris Motor Show

- Peugeot 208 R5 rally car ready to revive the fortunes of its predecessor

- Lighter, more powerful and more agile – so the 208 is more efficient and effective

- Ready for a full test programme by the end of 2012 – on sale in 2013

19 September 2012 — After the 208 R2, Peugeot Sport is opening a new chapter in the sports variants of the Peugeot 208, and not least with the 208 Type R5. It is a true ‘competition wildcat’, and will supersede the 207 Super 2000, benchmark of the S2000 category as much for its technical performance as for its sporting and commercial performance.

World premiere in Paris

Announced at the end of 2011, the 208 Type R5 will be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show on 27th September and on show until 14th October. Its contours and its technical assets continue Peugeot’s rallying tradition. ‘Body built’ for asphalt (tarmac) and loose-surfaces (gravel), the 208 Type R5 will compete in its first rallies and go on sale in the 2nd half of 2013 in order to be able to conquer the national and international championships the following season.

In the footsteps of success

As a pioneer, the 207 Super 2000 won everything and has without doubt had the greatest record in the category. It has accumulated six Intercontinental Rally Challenge titles, many crowns in various national championships and numerous victories worldwide including San Remo, the Tour de Corse and the Monte Carlo. One hundred and seven of these vehicles have been sold, run by private customers, importers or on behalf of Peugeot subsidiaries: South Africa, Belgium, Denmark, Spain, France, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Czech Republic and in the UK. Drivers like Thierry Neuville and Kris Meeke were ‘discovered’ and defined their skills at its wheel. So the 208 Type R5 will have to demonstrate that it is a worthy successor to the 207 Super 2000.

The 208 Type R5 benefits from all the expertise and experience of Peugeot Sport, acquired and recognised over many years. Under the direction of Alexis Avril, Technical Manager of Peugeot Sport, Bertrand Vallat, formerly responsible for the 207 S2000, is the Project Leader for the 208 Type R5.

Performance and cost reduction

The R5 category consists of group A vehicles derived from a production model, of which at least 25,000 must have been produced. Launched for 2013 by the FIA, among its objectives is a noticeable reduction in costs, including operating expenditure. Therefore, the technical regulations will adopt the major assets of the S2000 category: four-wheel drive, five-speed sequential gearbox, no central differential and long travel suspension. This is also the case externally with widened tracks, a spoiler, the increase in the wheel arches to fit 18″ wheels without forgetting the minimum weight set at 1200kg for the gravel (loose-surface) and asphalt (tarmac) version, as for the WRC.

“Based on an optimisation of costs”, explains Bertrand Vallat, “the regulations impose, among other things, a maximum price for certain parts and technical limitations such as a minimum weight of components of the chassis and engine. In addition, a certain number of components of the vehicle must be similar. The hub carrier is a perfect example. All four must be identical. This makes operation considerably easier and limits costs and stocking.”

Another major difference: the engine, the 2.0-litre naturally aspirated unit is replaced by the 1.6-litre turbo. The 208 Type R5 will adopt the EP6 CDT as standard. “We are aiming for performance which is slightly higher than that of the S2000″, emphasises Bertrand Vallat.

“We start with the 1.6-litre THP engine that is already a competition winner. We know that it is both reliable and powerful, and can achieve 280bhp. We have serious foundations with this engine as it is the same as that of the RCZ Racing Cup which currently develops 260 horsepower in its endurance version. We are also aiming for a very high level of durability and reliability in competition with a potential 5000 kilometres (according to the components and conditions), which will also reduce the operating costs.” Finally, the FIA has also set the maximum price for the ‘R5s’ at €180,000 excluding taxes.

The 208: an asset

The 208 Type R5 benefits from the product developments of the 208 production car, particularly in regards to the weight. The shell of the 208 has benefited from a weight reduction of approximately 40 kilos compared with its predecessor the 207. Its dimensions are an advantage for the Type R5 with its long wheelbase which provides excellent chassis stability. Also, being more compact, the 208 will be more agile and efficient as a result, key factors that are sought after in a competition car. All of these dynamic qualities of the 208 combine to give the R5 excellent road holding.”

Commitments from 2013

The 208 Type R5 has big ambitions. Designed and assembled in the workshops of Peugeot Sport in Vélizy, it will begin a vast test programme from the end of 2012, both on asphalt and on loose surface (gravel). This will continue throughout its life in order to constantly evolve developments for customers and subsidiaries in order to guarantee chances of victory in a very competitive sector. On sale during the second half of 2013, the 208 Type R5 will compete at the highest level in key championships:

- Intercontinental Rally Challenge
- European Rally Championship
- National Championships

A 208 Type R5 video and photos can be seen on the facebook.com/peugeot.sport page from 27th September 2012.

208 Type R5 Technical Specification

ENGINE
Type EP6 CDT
Location Transverse Front
Capacity 1598 cc
Number of cylinders 4
Power (bhp.DIN) 280bhp at 6,000rpm
Torque (Nm) 400 Nm at 2,500rpm
Max engine speed 7,500rpm
Injection Magneti Marelli High Pressure Direct
Intake Single throttle
Number of valves 16

TRANSMISSION
Mode Four-wheel drive
Clutch Dual disc
Gearbox Five-speed with sequential control
Differential Two self-locking differentials

CHASSIS
Structure and materials Shell + Tubular roll-over bar
Front suspension Pseudo MacPherson
Rear suspension Pseudo MacPherson

BRAKES / STEERING
Front brakes Alcon 4 pistons
Diameter 300 (gravel) 355 (asphalt)
Rear brakes Alcon 4 pistons
Diameter 300 (gravel) 355 (asphalt)
Steering Direct with hydraulic assistance
Wheels Aluminium monoblock 8″x18” (asphalt) / 7″x15″ (gravel)
Asphalt wheels 225x40x18
Loose surface/gravel wheels 215x65x15

DIMENSIONS
Length 3,962mm
Width 1,820mm
Wheelbase 2,560mm
Minimum weight 1,200 kg (asphalt & gravel)

THE PEUGEOT ONYX CONCEPT: UTILISING BOLD ‘RAW’ MATERIALS FOR EFFICIENCY

Peugeot Supercar Concept developed by talented design enthusiasts
Explores the use of core materials in new applications

A tour-de-force bringing excitement, performance and efficiency together with style
Quasar, Proxima, Oxia, 907 … Peugeot’s supercars have always made the eyes of both children and adults shine. In 2012, the Marque is again creating a dream with the supercar of the 21st century: the Onyx.

Sculpted using materials processed as little as possible, this supercar has been created by enthusiasts who have drawn their inspiration from the world of competition. With its V8 engine in a central rear position, the Onyx propels its admirers into a world of high performance, controlled in all circumstances thanks to intuitive instruments and controls. In addition to its stunning aesthetics, it explores new ‘raw’ materials, to take efficiency to another level.

A passion for innovation has never ceased to find its expression over the 202 year history of Peugeot, one of the oldest marques in the motor industry. Furthermore, it is the only one to offer a comprehensive range of personal means of transport: bicycles, scooters, cars and light utility vehicles. The Onyx Concept Bike and Onyx Concept Scooter are also expressed with this vision of the future and will preview on Peugeot’s stand at the Paris Motor Show, later this month.

“Onyx has the strength of a supercar, with extremely aerodynamic lines. It is made unique by its sculpted, chiselled style and by the innovative materials and structure.” Gilles Vidal, Peugeot Style Director

A radical silhouette … an intense emotion from the first glance.

The sharp bodywork calls out with the striking contrast of its materials and colours. Fashioned by hand by a master craftsman, the wings and doors are pure copper sheet. A polished mirror, this metal does not need to resort to tricks to protect itself. So, its appearance will change over time, gaining a patina. The Onyx is alive! As for the other panels of the bodywork, these are carbon fibre, painted matt black.

Slicing through the air with finesse, the front face unites the vertical grille and full LED lamps, tapered, their surface area reduced to a minimum. The flow then separates; some penetrates into the heart of the vehicle, flowing inside the bodywork and the structure to supply the engine with air. The remainder of the flow spreads, skimming along the sides and the ‘double-bubble’ roof. Finishing off the Onyx with beauty, the rear lamps adopt a light signature with three claws now characteristic of Peugeot. They also support small spoilers which direct the upper and side flows. These reunite as far as possible from the bodywork to reduce drag. With a Cd of 0.30, the aerodynamic impact of the Onyx is inversely proportional to its visual impact.

A link between experience and the future, the Onyx incorporates the present by paying tribute to the RCZ through its ‘double-bubble’ roof and aluminium arches. With complete transparency, revealing the carbon fibre structure and the passenger compartment, the windows and roof are made of PMMA (PolyMethyl MethAcrylate). Enclosing the cocoon, they guarantee the occupants’ optimum protection due to its ultra-resistant structure.

“The silhouette of the Onyx is sculpted softly, sensuously, but it is also alive and technological. From the first sketches I wanted to create a showcase for technological excellence and craftsmanship by combining elements demonstrating high aerodynamic performance, Black Diamond lamps and copper bodywork panels fashioned by hand.” Sandeep Bhambra, Onyx Exterior Stylist

A powerful supercar

The chassis of the car is an innovative component, developed with the expertise of Peugeot Sport and the Group’s Research and Development Department. In monolithic carbon, this central structure consists of only 12 parts. It incorporates the front and rear chassis legs, which makes it possible to eliminate the connected plates. The torsional stiffness and weight of the structure is optimised, at barely 100kg.

Bolted onto the carbon fibre shell, the 3.7-litre V8 hybrid HDi FAP engine and the suspension bear all the experience of Peugeot Sport, acquired and confirmed on tracks all over the world. Cooled by ducts which begin at the roof via NACA take-offs, the V8 transmits its 600bhp to the rear wheels via a six-speed sequential gearbox. This power ideally exploits compact proportions: 4.65m long, 2.20m wide, 1.13m high and of only 1100kg. Fitted with tyres specially developed by Michelin, 275/30 at the front and 345/30 at the rear, the 20″ wheels see their hub retained on the structure by a double wishbone and an in-board controlled suspension, both at the front and at the rear.

Intelligent, the HYbrid4 technology recovers the kinetic energy which is usually lost during braking. Stored in lithium-ion batteries, this energy is then delivered automatically on acceleration, boosting the power by an additional 80bhp. The management of this function is transparent to the driver, as is that of the engine which has represented a real challenge. In fact, the engine designers had to make suitable for the road, an engine which, in competition, operates in an extreme range.

With less than 2kg per horsepower, the Onyx achieves high performance without altering the purity and elegance of its style. To obtain this result, the Onyx is fitted with a flat carbon fibre floor, which creates a powerful ground effect. So, the aerodynamic components could be limited to a strict minimum, by means of extensions of the carbon fibre structure and the moving spoiler which loads the rear suspension during braking. Braking is provided by four carbon discs, 380mm at the front and 355mm at the rear.

Innovative instruments and controls for a unique experience

The doors, the interface between the bodywork and the passenger compartment, offer easy access thanks to their two-movement kinematics. On opening, the outer copper skin separates from the door inner panel and moves laterally by a few centimetres before pivoting around its axis of rotation.

The passenger compartment is bathed with natural light, from floor to roof. Like the bodywork, it has the minimum amount of material retaining only that necessary to make the components and retain them. The result is an uncluttered passenger compartment, in close proximity to the occupants.

“We sought materials fit for a supercar, then they presented themselves of their own accord by their obvious suitability. Carbon for high performance, copper and glass for tradition, felt and paper, natural and used every day.”

Sophie Gazeau, Peugeot Colour & Materials Stylist

Made of felt, compressed and stretched, the passenger compartment is formed as a one-piece pod, with no stitching or joins. It creates a real cocoon around the occupants and fitted into the carbon structure, visible in places, fulfils the functions carried out in the past by several components: soundproofing, floor, upper console, roof, bucket seats.

The occupants become one with a uniform part, which also reduces weight. Their sporting comfort has been incorporated with the insertion of foam, under the felt, in the areas of contact with the body.

Warm and soft, the felt originates from an ancestral tradition. Obtained from boiled wool, with intertwined fibres, this material is fully recyclable and provides excellent thermal insulation. In addition, it improves the quality of the surrounding air by dehumidifying it.

“For the interior, I was inspired by an everyday object, the egg box. With remarkable economy of material, it protects very fragile items. I adapted the concept into an intuitive space, with a minimum of connected parts, to become one with the car.” Julien Cueff, Onyx Interior Stylist

On board, the driver finds each control without having to take his eyes off the road. The small steering wheel with felt rim falls naturally into the driver’s hands and gives an immediate feeling of agility. On its carbon hub the aluminium controls operate the functions of the Onyx, while paddles control the gearbox.

The dashboard is made of a new type of “wood”, Newspaper Wood. It is produced from used newspapers, assembled and compressed to create new ‘logs’ from which the parts are made. The illusion is perfect, with grains which run across the surface. On closer inspection it reveals the secret with the appearance of printed characters.

The dashboard houses the instrument panel in a head up position. On the instrument panel surround, the engine speed and vehicle speed are indicated by metal parts, appearing or disappearing like the keys of a piano. As for the operation of the hybrid engine, this is indicated by digital screens.

A panel of aluminium toggle switches is installed in the roof, including the engine starting switch. Immediately behind this, a strip displays the images from the rear view cameras: two located in the mirrors, the third, panoramic, in the rear capping.

Also made from Newspaper Wood, the console features a unique fuel indicator, shaped from blown-glass by a master craftsman. This fuel chamber, displays the level of fuel visible against finely chiselled indication marks. Also, diffused in the passenger compartment by its vents, the fragrance reproduces the essence of the materials used. Finally, the console houses the dual-zone air conditioning controls, with an aluminium bar with a milled detail finish.

Onyx, like its accomplished Peugeot Concept predecessors, exudes the skills of the talented engineers and designers, introducing new techniques and innovative materials to produce a stylish design with extreme performance that inspires excitement and desirability, while providing a glimpse of the theme of thinking with the future in mind.

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