Enfin! Peugeot has announced an RCZ that will truly be worthy of its sports coupe moniker. It’s called the RCZ R, and it’s also Paris show-bound, albeit as a concept. However it’s not going to stay a concept – Peugeot says it will make production and be on sale by the end of 2013.

The RCZ R obviously inherits the new facelift, and is powered by the same 1.6 litre THP block as in the normal RCZ, only here it’s tuned to give 260 hp, which makes it the most powerful road-going Peugeot ever to see the light of day.

This in turn results in an impressive specific engine output of 160 hp per litre (about the same as that of a Caparo T1, and that’s a different ballpark altogether). The hot Pug also features a Torsen front limited-slip differential to keep things in check around the twisties.