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The Mercury Cars Guide : September 11th 2010
Saturday, September 11, 2010 Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au ---3 of their new two-door hero CHOICES: The Peugeot RCZ in sparkling pearl white. such as electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes, emergency braking assistance, electronic brake force distribution, traction control and hill assist. While it hasn't been crash tested, it does receive 4.5 stars in the Green Guide for its emissions output of 139g/km for the diesel, 159g/km for the 147kW petrol and 168g/km for the 115kW. driving Peugeot has a proud motorsport tradition with wins in Formula One, the World Rally Championship, Dakar and Le Mans, so expectations of driving performance are high. The RCZ high-output petrol model doesn't disappoint. The secret is in that torsionally stiff chassis. It tolerates high levels of cornering forces and allows quick change of direction. The electro-hydraulic rack-and-pinion steering has a very natural feel and thanks to toe-in at the rear, it steers well through corners. It feels balanced and poised. The high-output engine features a smooth turbo boost that you can't detect. It is mated to a six-speed manual transmission which is slick but has a gap between second and third ratios that had it either bouncing off the rev limiter or wallowing. The 115kW auto model wasn't available for test, but the diesel stepped up to the mark with only marginally more tendency to understeer because of the heavier engine which creates a 66/34 weight distribution biased toward the front. Brakes have plenty of initial bite and progressive feel. While the 147kW has plenty of F1 noise, the diesel is very quiet and smooth. The sports seats have plenty of grip for high-G cornering but are a bit hard for GT cruising. No family or friend should be subjected to the ''occasional'' rear seats which are better suited to small luggage. However, the front seat should have a quick- release slider so you can access the back more easily. The cargo area is surprisingly big and will fit a full set of golf clubs and more when the rear seats are folded flat. verdict This will become an icon of motoring style just as the Audi TT has. It is more than just another hairdresser car. This has dynamic substance to back up the artistic flair. Peugeot's unusual pricing strategy should make the choice easier for customers who can decide whether they want ease and comfort (115kW), sporty aggression (147kW) or everyday grunt and economy (HDi). Thomas claims their orders show early adopters are going for the 147, but he predicts the auto will become the most popular while the ''sleeper in the ranks'' is the diesel. It is a shame there is no auto diesel available or even planned at this stage. MARK HINCHLIFFE small torque Peugeot RCZ Prices: $54,990, $62,490m (anniversary model in December) Body: 2-door, 2+2 Engines: 1.6L turbo petrol (115kW and 147kW), 2.0-litre turbo diesel (120kW ) Transmissions: 6-speed auto (115kW), 6-speed manual (147kW and HDi) Economy: (L/100km): 7.3 (115), 6.9 (147), 5.3(HDi) Likes Styling Dynamic handling Punchy 147kW engine Dislikes No spare No auto diesel No satnav HOBART. DJ Mitsubishi. Phone 6213 3300. To see all of the offers Mitsubishi is delivering visit buyamitsubishi.com.au See mitsubishi-motors.com.au for further information. Offers at participating Mitsubishi Dealers only. While stocks last. Mitsubishi Motors Australia reserves the right to extend or modify these offers. Offers available on new vehicles ordered and delivered between 11 September and 30 September 2010. Business, Fleet sales by special arrangement. †10 year or 160,000km Powertrain Warranty (whichever comes first) (non transferable). *5 year or 130,000km New Vehicle Factory Warranty (whichever comes first). ^5 years or 130,000km Roadside Assist (whichever comes first). Service conditions apply. ‡4 year or 60,000km Capped Price Servicing (whichever comes first). Covers all items specified under the standard Maintenance for Normal Operating Conditions schedule detailed in the Service and Warranty Booklet. Additional service/repair items (if required) are at additional cost. Excludes Government and Rental Fleet customers. See your Dealer for full details. 1. Price includes metallic/pearlescent paint, 12 months registration, CTP Insurance, Stamp Duty and Dealer Delivery. Offer expires 30 September, 2010. 2. Recommended selling price. 3. Drive away price includes 12 months Registration, CTP Insurance, Stamp Duty and Dealer Delivery. 4. Proof of certification required.. 5. Excludes tow ball. MMR1186/TAS/HM NEW MODELS, FEATURES, VALUE AND PEACE OF MIND. N A THE COMPACT-SIZED SUV • 2.0L MIVEC PETROL ENGINE • 5 SPEED MANUAL • 7 AIRBAGS • ACTIVE STABILITY CONTROL • ACTIVE TRACTION CONTROL • 5 STAR ANCAP SAFETY RATING • HILL START CONTROL • CRUISE CONTROL • CLIMATE CONTROL AIR CONDITIONING DRIVE AWAY $ 99 PRIVATE BUYERS ONLY. • SPORTY REAR SPOILER • 16" ALLOYS • LEATHER STEERING WHEEL WITH AUDIO CONTROLS • SEDAN OR HATCH • 2.0L MIVEC ENGINE • 5 SPEED MANUAL • ACTIVE STABILITY AND TRACTION CONTROL • 7 AIRBAGS • CRUISE CONTROL N ANC R DRIVE 3 AWAY DRIVE 3 AWAY $ 99 $ 44 OR AS SHOWN WITH METALLIC PAINT PRIVATE BUYERS ONLY. N RI N AC i 4 4 EXTRA FEATURES INCLUDE: • NUDGE BAR • SOFT TONNEAU COVER • TUB/TAILGATE LINER • TOW BAR5 • FRONT AND REAR OUTER SCUFF PLATES • SPORTS BAR • 2.5L HI-POWER TURBO DIESEL • 5 SPEED MANUAL • ACTIVE STABILITY CONTROL • ACTIVE TRACTION CONTROL • SIDE AND CURTAIN AIRBAGS • BLUETOOTH CONNECTIVITY • 16" ALLOYS ABN HOLDERS ONLY.4 EXCLUDES RENTAL AND GOVT BUYERS. DRIVE 3 AWAY $4 99
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