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Here are the first official images of the most powerful road-going Peugeot ever ahead of its Goodwood debut in production form this weekend. Shown as a concept at last year’s Paris show, the Peugeot RCZ R packs a 1.6 litre ‘EP6CDTR’ THP unit that gives an impressive 270 hp at 6,000 rpm and 330 Nm of torque between 1,900 and 5,500 rpm.

That’s a specific output of nearly 170 hp per litre – a record for this segment. Armed with a six-speed manual gearbox, the 1.28-tonne (17 kg lighter than the standard RCZ THP 200) sports coupe does the century sprint in under six seconds and hits the electronic buffers at 250 km/h.

Coupled with a quoted combined fuel economy of 6.3 litres per 100 km and CO2 emissions of only 145 grams per km, the Peugeot RCZ R will also make an appearance at the Frankfurt show in September before going on sale early next year.

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But it’s not just about speed in a straight line – improved aerodynamics and rear downforce come courtesy of an integrated fixed boot spoiler. Its 10 mm-lowered suspension boasts new-spec dampers, stiffer springs and a stiffer anti-roll bar, and there’s a Torsen differential as well.

Those 19-inch bespoke alloys in a two-tone diamond/matte black finish shield larger brakes with red four-piston Peugeot Sport callipers. Tyres are Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 235/40 series jobs. In terms of dynamics then, the Peugeot RCZ R shouldn’t disappoint.

A rear diffuser incorporates a reworked exhaust system’s twin chromed tailpipes. ‘R’ badges can be found on the front grille as well as the boot lid, and there’re matte black roof arches. The Peugeot RCZ R looks at you through Xenon projector headlamps with washers.

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Inside, there are sculptured sports seats dressed in a mix of Nappa leather and black Alcantara, with ‘R’ emblems on the headrests. There are ‘Peugeot Sport’-embossed sills and red stitching on the dashboard, leather steering wheel, gear lever gaiter, door panels, armrests and seats.

The centre stack is dressed in a classy piano black finish, while the centre console holds a brushed aluminium plaque bearing a red ‘R’ inscription – nice touch! A full World of Peugeot multimedia system with Nav Plus comes as standard.

You can have your Peugeot RCZ R in four colours – Moroccan Red, Nera Black, Mercury Grey and Opal White. Also offered is a range of custom-made satin or gloss carbon roof treatments, decal designs and black mirror shells.

UPDATEOfficial details added.