French Car Maker Peugeot Unveils RCZ Arlen Ness Edition

peugeot-rcz1peugeot-rcz4peugeot-rcz2peugeot-rcz3The news may surprise many because except the word CUSTOM, there is a world between Peugeot cars and choppers. Peugeot has revealed the first details on a one-off RCZ named after custom motorcycle builder Arlen Ness. It will be unveiled this weekend (January 18-19-20) at the Motor Bike Expo in Verona, Italy.

This special Peugeot RCZ edition has a very aggressive stance, a two-tone exterior paint job that combines a bright orange with matte-black accents on the leather-wrapped mirrors, a racing stripe and a cool rear wing. The RCZ Arlen Ness Edition is equipped with Termignoni adjustable suspension, Ohlins shock absorbers and high-performance Brembo brakes. The car delivers a total of 200 horsepower, up from the standard 156 horsepower. Official performance numbers haven’t been released just yet, but it should hit a top speed of about 150 mph.

32 Responses to “French Car Maker Peugeot Unveils RCZ Arlen Ness Edition”

  1. 1 Shifter Jan 18th, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Unexpected. Good for him.

  2. 2 BobS Jan 18th, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Looks like Kia put a new nose on an Audi TT. Decent looking car, kinda cool to see an American custom bike builder so well received there that they do a car with his name on it.

  3. 3 krugger Jan 18th, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Well done !! Arlen stay always on the top !!!! 😉

  4. 4 CafeSportyTC Jan 18th, 2013 at 10:41 am

    I like the car… sporty looking

  5. 5 roscoe Jan 18th, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Did Arlen have any input on the car, or is it just named after him?

    It’s a strange pairing either way.

  6. 6 GuitarSlinger Jan 18th, 2013 at 10:55 am

    You’ve got to love the irony here . The French condemn our politics left and right . Mock ( in print ) our culture . Ridicule our aesthetics , Despise our automotive culture ……. and then come running to an American Icon to help raise the flagging sales of one of their cars . Yup . Gotta love it 😉

  7. 7 Ronnie Jan 18th, 2013 at 11:12 am

    GuitarSlinger. False: they love Obama. False: they love hot rods, the detroit industry, motorcycles, etc. The cool part is that Arlen Ness likes Europe, France, its culture, its cars. You know nothing and are stupid.

  8. 8 domino Jan 18th, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    How old is Arlen now?!?! He just keeps on truckin… Peugeot?? who would of guessed!.. (my 350Z is better looking car)… Very cool tho, Arlen…

  9. 9 john reed Jan 18th, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    Arlen will always be the king.

  10. 10 Raymond Jan 18th, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    I think that Arlen Ness is 70 or 71 yo.

  11. 11 GuitarSlinger Jan 18th, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Ronnie – False … they hate our government and distrust Obama – False … they think our hot rods are inane and immature – False .. overall a few ‘ tolerate ‘ our motorcycles and a few less actually like them ( mainly the hipster youth ) -Wrong ! What part of no insults on this site do you not comprehend ? …. and pray tell do tell us … just where do you get your cultural insights when it comes to the French ? The back of a cereal box perhaps ? Here’s a little clue ….. got more than a few friends there ( Paris Montpelier Nice etc ) as well as business associates … have more than a few connections to the M/C community ( SouthSiders etc ) and in fact young man … lived in Nice for awhile myself .Care now to carry on the conversation about who knows what ? Thought not 😉

  12. 12 Ronnie Jan 18th, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    GuitarSlinger. You don’t lose any opportunity to show all readers that you are ignorant, doesn’t know Europe & France, just comment to write your own BS. Below the polls about the public image of Obama around the world, including France. Before his first term, 65% favored Obama election against MCCain. Last November it was 78% favoring Obama against Romney. And you know very well France. BSSlinger! Now, you can try challenging all the polls of all countries around the world. Ha, ha.

    All 22 countries covered in a September 2008 BBC poll said they would prefer to see Senator Obama elected president ahead of Republican opponent John McCain.[76] In 17 of the 22 nations, people expected relations between the United States and the rest of the world to improve if Senator Obama won.[76] More than 22,000 people were questioned by pollster GlobeScan in countries ranging from Canada to India and across Africa, Europe and South America.[76] The margin in favor of Senator Obama ranged from 9% in India to 82% in Kenya (location of Obama’s paternal ancestry), while an average of 49% across the 22 countries preferred Senator Obama compared with 12% preferring Senator McCain.[76] Some four in ten did not express a view.[76]

    A similar global poll was held by Reader’s Digest, with respondents “overwhelmingly” in favor of Obama from all 17 countries, including Mexico, Finland, Sweden, Indonesia, Britain and Spain. Russia gave Obama the lowest score among the countries polled, but still preferred Obama over McCain with a 35% margin.[77] In Australia a poll conducted in August 2008 found that over 75% of Australians wanted Obama to win the presidential election, while only 10% showed support for McCain.[78][79]
    Similar results were found in New Zealand (65% in favor of Obama, 11% in favor of McCain),[80] Japan (49% in favor of Obama, 13% in favor of McCain),[81] France (65% in favor of Obama, 8% in favor of McCain), Italy (70% in favor of Obama, 15% in favor of McCain), Germany (67% in favor of Obama, 6% in favor of McCain) and the Netherlands (90% in favor of Obama, 6% in favor of McCain).[82] The only country surveyed (other than the U.S.) where McCain’s popularity rivaled Obama’s was Jordan, where 22% were in favor of Obama and 23% in favor of McCain.[83] Obama scored higher approval ratings in all 70 countries covered in an October 2008 Gallup poll, with the most favorable scores coming from Asian and European countries.[84]

    Crowd watches Obama’s approach in Moneygall, Ireland, 23 May 2011.
    In 2007 German journalist Christoph von Marschall wrote a book entitled Barack Obama – Der schwarze Kennedy. The literal translation of its German title is “Barack Obama. The Black Kennedy”.[85] His book was a best seller in Germany, where other commentators had also made comparisons between the two politicians.[86] In addition to this, Obama has established close relationships with prominent foreign politicians and elected officials even before his presidential candidacy, notably with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, whom he met in London in 2005, with former President of France Nicolas Sarkozy, who visited him in Washington in 2006 as France’s Interior Minister,[87] former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd,[88] who spoke with Obama by telephone from Washington, D.C., in 2008 (while Obama was campaigning elsewhere), as well as with Italy’s Democratic Party leader, and then Mayor of Rome, Walter Veltroni, who was welcomed in Obama’s Senate office in Washington in 2005[89][90] and later wrote the introduction to Obama’s The Audacity of Hope Italian edition.

  13. 13 GuitarSlinger Jan 18th, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    Keep on living the fantasy there Ronnie . Of course everyone ‘ favored ‘ Obama overseas over Romney .Who didn’t other than the extreme right in the US ? Gee … thats a real revelation . What a very bright boy you must be . Simple fact is EVERYONE in the EU still hates our overall government ( read Merkels etc comments ) as well as distrusts Obama . Try reading the legitimate and ‘ real ‘ news rather than the vaporware online opinion blogs you’re quoting from . Better yet Spend a little time with some of those great French folks rather than with your precious little laptop and iPod .. you might learn something . And while you’re at it son …. grow up a little … this is a Motorcycle site … not a political forum and my initial post was intended to show a bit of irony … a concept obviously too subtle , mature and complicated for your precious and inept little mind to comprehend .

  14. 14 Ronnie Jan 18th, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    GuitarSlinger. All the facts contradict you (as expected you challenge the poll results made in all countries. Ha, ha), and you have no other source than your own biased opinion to allege your facts. And no, Merkel doesn’t hate the US government. Each leader may critic another government from time to time. Germans favor Obama too. And you have the audacity to state that it’s me who introduced a political aspect in “comments”? More BS than your usual BS. You are not worth another reply. You already ridiculed yourself on another comment about Cyril’s Victory article. Look at what other readers say about you each time your write comments. BS + BS + BS. Good bye.

  15. 15 Tony King Jan 18th, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    All 22 countries favored Obama because they would like the USA fail! Put that in your pipe and smoke it

  16. 16 Danny Robert Jan 18th, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    Tony King, can you tell us why the 22 countries polled would like the US to fail? For the same reason a majority of Americans elected Obama a second time? Please, show us how dumb you are. We are impatient to read you. Hurry!

  17. 17 Bruce Jan 18th, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    Arlen certainly doesn’t refuse to do business with any company beyond our borders. I think that almost all the world is turned off by the old skins of the GOP and their extreme right wing views. And I agree that Bush/Cheney and then the Tea Party deformed and destroyed all traditional Republican values. The worst joke was Palin. She made money, then left the stage…The American way.

  18. 18 Woody Jan 18th, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    Speaking of Mr. Ness, the car is a great honor and I’m sure most of us who ride will lift a glass and smile. Well done.

  19. 19 sollis Jan 18th, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    Thats just awesome !

  20. 20 John E Adams Jan 19th, 2013 at 12:37 am

    This is a great looking ride and post Cyril.

    For you anonymously posting boneheads, what if they just thought that Arlen has the touch and some talent ? Perhaps…

    No real respect for folks with so much to say but no identity over here, why hide behind your keyboards -;0)


  21. 21 Night Train Jan 19th, 2013 at 7:16 am

    Sad to see folks spinning this into a political debate.

    I like the car. It does have an Audi flavor to it. Well done Arlen.

  22. 22 Fausto Jan 19th, 2013 at 8:28 am

    The car is cool, the battle of wits is kind of irritating. It’s like this” Hey which idiot scribbled his dumbass opinions all over my newspaper!”

  23. 23 burnout Jan 19th, 2013 at 11:00 am

    Cute car. Probably fun to drive. peace

  24. 24 Pat Simmons Jan 19th, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    I love the French, I love the car, and most of all we all love Arlen! Nice to see a commemoration of this kind, to a person who certainly deserves our admiration, and respect. Peugeot has a long history in the motorcycle-automotive industry. I used to have a 1902 Peugeot motorcycle many years ago… wonder where it is now?

  25. 25 Dave Jan 19th, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    Pat, Well put keeping it real for Arlen is all that matters! I built my bike ground up with all Ness parts. He’s the King! You see his name all over the place, what more could anyone want except to have their life’s work appreciated.

  26. 26 Kirk Perry Jan 20th, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    It’s the Royobi snap-together-panel-look.

    So-K I guess. Looks clean.

    What we’re waiting for (I’m still driving a 1985 short-bed Nissan pick-up) over here in the USA, is the return of the 2-wheel drive, single-cab, short-bed pick-up truck.

    99% of we “truckers” don’t need an extended cab. For what? Get in step with society Ford and Nippon. There’s no one building homes anymore. Construction is dead and stinking… why would we need a 4-wheel drive extended cab, long bed pick-up truck?………?

    I’m going to drive the ’85 Nissan until Volkswagen makes their Canadian short-bed truck USA compliant. Or, until Honda makes a “Hondo” single-cab, 2x drive, short-bed, stick or automatic.
    How ’bout the rest of yez? Drive a clunker till Detroit gets it’s mind right.

  27. 27 odlamn Jan 20th, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Ronnie & GS,

    Let it go, or get a room. We’re not interested here.


  28. 28 Harlan Schiilinger Jan 21st, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Bravo Arlen…. Keep Rockin it!

  29. 29 1550tc Jan 21st, 2013 at 10:01 am

    They all bitch and moan about the USA but when they need $$$$$$, or help in wars and disasters, well they all know what number to call

    1 800 USA HELP!

    When I comes to shit like no fly zones, i just wish they would remember
    that there are what, 50,000 + Americans and Canadians buried under their soil that fought for their freedom.

  30. 30 BC Jan 21st, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Arlen has lead the way for over 40 years, others come and go, he remains The King of custom motorcycles!

  31. 31 bobs56 Jan 21st, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    That is a dammed nice looking automobile….

  32. 32 Terence Tory Jul 15th, 2013 at 6:34 am

    1550tc,Digital calculators are very cheap these days,and they add stuff up just dandy.Close to half a million Russian soldiers died for YOUR freedom fighting Nazi domination,remember.Don’t base your view of history from war comics.The U.S. has a fine tradition of turning up for wars after most of the fighting and dying by other parties,and then claims the credit.I have no problem with that strategy of attrition,it works just dandy.The RZC is ugly and weird with strange compound curves for no real design benefit,I have seen one in the flesh.Arlen built good bikes about twenty years ago and should have quit while he was ahead like J.D.Salinger.

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