The RCZ hits like a shotgun blast of design, there's a lot to take in. It wears the familiar Peugeot nose, but everything else is high style and executed in a distinctly French way. The shape still reminds us of a Mitsubishi Eclipse with most of he ugly wrung out, but we're loving the compound curved rear glass and the aggressively styled fenders, though we're not so sure about that side glass and oddly integrated front badge. In any case, old-world only automobile will be powered by a trio of engines, a 1.6 liter turbocharged DI four with a six-speed manual or automatic with 156HP and 177 lb.ft. of twist, a 1.6 liter turbocharged four with 200HP and 188 lb.ft. of torque, and finally a 2.0 liter turbo diesel four cylinder with a six-speed manual with 163HP and a stout 251 lb.ft. of twist while returning 43 MPG. It'll be making a formal debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month.
I like it a lot better than the TT. I'm not a huge fan of the difficult for-the-sake-of-difficult rear glass, but the rest of it looks great. Of course they aren't bringing them to the US, but they're French, so couldn't we just go take a few while wielding a sharpened stick?