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We might have some fancy cars over here in the USA, but there are quite a few vehicles overseas that we can’t help but think are desperately missing from our shores. More than a few are niche market models perfect for auto-enthusiasts, while others are more stylish or practical than what’s currently available in the US. And some are both.
OK, so they don’t sell it here, nor are they ever going to, but you have to admit the Peugeot RCZ is a pretty cool ride … for a French car. For 2012 Peugeot will be hosting its own one-make racing series, allowing teams to field their own race-prepped Peugeot RCZ car.
Just what the car will look like is no longer a mystery with Peugeot finally released photos of the RCZ. Starting with the standard RCZ, Peugeot has gutted the interior and outfits it only with lightweight racing seats and a roll cage, saving around 550-lbs from the factory model. Upgraded suspension dampers and AP Racing brakes ensures the RCZ is meant to perform the way it should on the track.
Under the hood, Peugeot teamed up with Magneti Marelli to tune the car’s 1.6L THP engine from 200-hp to 250-hp and 214 lb-ft of torque. The 1.6L will be paired up with a six-speed paddle-shift sequential transmission.
Teams interested in campaigning in Peugeot’s RCZ Racing Cup Series will have to cover around $77,500 in costs for one of the race cars in order to participate in the seven races scheduled for the 2012 inaugural season.
GALLERY: Peugeot RCZ Race Car