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Countdown of the top ten coupés

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“Well I’m not braggin’ babe so don’t put me down, but I’ve got the fastest set of wheels in town. She’s ported and relieved and she’s stroked and bored; she’ll do a hundred and forty with the top end floored.”

So sang Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys on their 1963 album ‘Little Deuce Coupe’, but coupés have certainly changed a lot over the years from the blue-lacquered Ford hot rod that adorned its cover. Commonly viewed as two-door sports cars intended f or two people, coupés have accelerated back into popularity in recent years, so we thought it’s only right we take a look at the top ten coupés on the market.

Volkswagen Scirocco Mk3 (2008- )

Heralded as something of a return to coupé form, the Volkswagen Scirocco Mk3 made quite a splash when it was first revved up in 2008, following a lengthy absence for the model. Sporty, a dream to handle and with enough pizzazz to compete with the c oncept cars in this list, it’s no surprise the Scirocco was handed five-star reviews and ‘car of the year’ awards upon its release. For an even speedier version, there’s also the Scirocco R.

Peugeot RCZ (2010- )

Were it not for the initial rapturous reception the RCZ received by both professionals and the public alike, it may never have gone into full production. What began as a simple concept car has turned into Peugeot’s most acclaimed higher-performance vehi cle in years. It looks as good as it drives, and that’s really saying something. But don’t just take our word for it; the RCZ won both ‘Coupé of the Year’ and a ‘Special Design Award’ in 2010.

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C7 (2014- )

On the muscular end of the coupé spectrum comes the rather athletic Stingray. A three year production delay in 2011 led to plenty of anticipation, allowing GM to start marketing the next generation model to a younger demographic. Corvettes had a re putation of being something of “an old man’s car” prior to this one, but with 460 horsepower and the ability to go 0 to 60 in just 3.8 seconds, the Stingray C7 quickly quashed those notions.

Aston Martin V8 Vantage (2006- )

Strong, light and with 380bhp engine noise that will make a car enthusiast’s heart melt, the Aston Martin V8 Vantage coupé is one heck of a sports car. Named an ‘All Star’ by Automobile Magazine due to its performance, design and road manners, this baby is a rare breed (production of 10,000 is small compared to other manufacturers). Owners aren’t going to be putting them into ‘endangered species’ garages anytime soon though – it’s just too cool. It has to be outside in the wild.

BMW 6 series F13 (2011- )

If you regularly take long driving tours, you’ve got a few grand to spare and you’re looking for a coupé that can give you the feeling of luxury, your best bet is to get a luxury grand tourer. The BMW 6 Series is one of the best there is and after three generations of amends it’s almost perfect. Take it out on the open road and have a go on the 640d engine for a few hours – you’ll see what we mean.

Audi A5 (2007- )

This compact executive coupé took everything that was great about the Audi A4 like the “Quattro” all-wheel drive and then added a bit more glamour to proceedings. The 2014 Ultra trim level A5 has a newly developed 2.0 litre TDI engine for greater e fficiency; in fact, Audi believe it to be one of the most efficient coupés there is. It’s hard to argue.

Porsche Cayman (2006- )

Porsche’s Cayman model has evolved over the years, but each version has been near-perfect in different ways. Derived from the Boxster roadsters, it’s about as much fun as driving a car can be. Even the more basic models can soar up to 165mph if you were so inclined, and while it’s expensive it’s also comfortable, beautiful and somewhat life-affirming.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé (2011- )

The Mercedes Benz C-Class is the Coupé equivalent of a ‘world’s strongest man’ contestant. Well-built but not so big it can’t pick up some serious speed, with a serene engine that never gives up and effortlessly switches gears. It might not be the sportiest, but it’s efficient, eye-catching and very well-trained.

Hyundai Veloster (2012- )

Hyundai returned to the coupé sector with the Velostar and naturally threw away the rule book. The design is striking; it has an additional third door on the passenger side and a built-in touch screen that can rival the clarity of any tablet device . In the turbo you can have a butch 1.6L T-GDi Gamma engine, although the European versions have lower power engines than in the US. It’s not one for speeding anyway, opting instead for a balanced all-round quality.

Toyota GT86 (2012- )

It’s always refreshing to find coupés that are 100 per cent driver focused, and the Toyota GT86 is definitely not all-show and no go. Sure, it has the 18 inch forged aluminium wheel with sport-focused tyres and a quad exhaust system, but it’s also back-to-basics in many ways. It demands to be driven rather than kept in a showroom, and that’s no bad thing. It’s reasonably priced too.


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