Double award celebration for Peugeot RCZ

Peugeot’s newest coupe fought off competition from the Audi TT to pick up the Best Coupe honour at the annual award ceremony and scored a double victory with the prestigious Best Design Award.

It was an even sweeter victory for design chief Boris Reinmoller and his team because the Best Design Award was voted entirely online by the public.

Judges chose 40 vehicles to enter into the public vote but the Peugeot RCZ took up 11 per cent of the public vote to drive away with the award.

The Peugeot RCZ is a new design direction for the French manufacturer and clever features such as the double-bubble roofline and sweeping lines have endeared it to design experts and the public alike.

The RCZ has been so popular it has smashed sales expectations since its launch in March 2010. In the first two months of sale, the coupe has already sold half of the entire 2010 production run.

It is not the first time the RCZ has won plaudits. The coupe has won a host of awards, including a Red Dot Design Award, Fleet World Design Car of the Year and Most Beautiful Car of the Year at the 25th International Automobile Festival.

Editor in Chief David Johns said: “Road cars rarely look as good as their concept car inspirations – but the RCZ is no ordinary vehicle. And Peugeot is reaping the rewards, as the coupé has gone from show star to hot showroom property in the blink of an eye.”

He added: "Better still, the RCZ’s beauty is much more than skin deep."

Underneath the stylish exterior, the RCZ is available with a range of sporty petrol and diesel engines in both Sport and GT trim levels.

Prices for the Peugeot RCZ start from £20,450 for the entry-level 156HPSport petrol model and rise to £25,050 for the 200HP GT petrol model.