A Pug like no other

2010-09-24 14:12

Who’d have thought? Peugeot has found the flair they have been lacking – the arrival of the RCZ sports coupé could just be their saving grace.

The French manufacturer has become quite the feminine brand, and while the RCZ is aimed at men, it just doesn’t have what it takes to be butch.

The coupé resembles an Audi TT, but remains very much a Pug. At first glance, it might look like any other Peugeot with its grill like a gaping mouth, but its aluminium frames and bulky wheel arches, hugging the 18- and 19-inch rims, set it apart.

The roof resembles a pair of ­glutes, something some people may find sexy while others may scream “butt ugly”.

The boot features an active rear spoiler, dual exhaust pipes and tail-lights with LED crystal trim.

Launched with two 1.6-litre THP (turbo high-pressure) petrol ­engines, a turbodiesel model is scheduled for release later.

They are mated with a six-speed manual or ­automatic ­gearbox.

Taking the car through its paces on a few mountain passes in the Western Cape, I couldn’t believe I was driving a Pug because of its ­power and handling ­capabilities.

The audible notes singing from the exhaust permitted by the ­resonator will leave any car lover wanting more. Every time you ­accelerate the ­exhaust roars. On the other hand the roaring could also ­irritate you ­immensely if that’s not what you like.

The RCZ will be produced in a limited number of 17 000 units and only 120 units have been ­allocated for South Africa.

The interior looks similar to any other Pug, but the RCZ has a bit more ­panache.

The rear-seats are better used for your laptop or handbag than trying to squeeze two adults in there.

Peugeot can now add themselves to the “hot-list” with something that will make both women and tough guys drool.

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