Although the summer months may be long over, for some enjoying the warm weather in the South (or even in the North), there is always an opportunity for cruising down the boulevard in a sleek car. In 2015, there were a lot of stylish, amazing coupes put on the market by some of the most famous names in the auto business. This past year was a big one for the classic cars, and the stylishness of the vehicles is just as admirable and heavy-hitting as their safety and quality. Based on customer reviews, as well as manufacturer and auto industry opinions, we’ve compiled a list of the top ten automobile coupes for 2015 that will be sure to make your mouth water. But first, before we get to the list, it’s important to knowwhat exactly makes a car a “coupe.”
All about cars Coupes
Coupes (not to be confused with the infamous coup d'etat, of course) are two-door or four-door cars that are closed and, when coupes are compared to sedans of the same model, they are smaller. Coupes are distinguished by their body style and hard, fixed roof. Quick history fact: coupes come from the French word “couper,” which means “to cut.” “Couper” was originally used in the nineteenth century to describe carriages in which the seats facing the rear were cut out. Since then, the word has evolved into the chic, glossy coupe that we know today in 2015. In a coupe, there are two or four seats, two or four side doors, limited rear volume, and two or more side windows (certain makes may vary, but these are the basics to the coupe that you’ll find pretty much standard on any model). There are four-door coupes available particularly when it comes to luxury cars. Now that you know what makes a coupe a coupe, here is our list of the top ten coupes of 2015. Starting with number ten all the way to the cream of the crop, we’ll give you the ins and outs of what’s hot in the auto industry with regards to this classic model.
Top Ten Coupes of 2015
10. Chevrolet Camaro Z/28
This ride is a straight-from-the-80’s flashback, except way more technologically advanced. The Z/28 is a “track car,” meaning that it is primed for optimal speed and hard-hitting power. It is lighter than any other coupe you would find, and, when compared to the ZL1, it is over 300 pounds less heavy. It has a 7-Liter V-8 with 505 horsepower. This is as close to a muscle car as something this lightweight can come; it certainly has the endurance of one, but the speed is much greater. The wheels are nineteen inches and the suspension is designed in a different way than most other vehicles, giving the Camaro an extra burst of speed that led it to have an even better track-time than the super-speedy Porsche 911. The Camaro gets 13mpg in the city and 19mpg on the freeway and it can go from 0 to 60 in 4.4 seconds.
9. 2015 FIAT 500 Abarth
Fiat is becoming an extremely popular brand, and cars such as the 2015 Abarth are reason to believe that that popularity is here to stay. Compared to #10, theArbath is different because it is a little less high-speed. Also, it’s smaller. For those of us who aren’t into the racetrackelement, this Fiat 500 is perfect. The look is classic and the horsepower is a tidy 101. The inline four-engine on previous Fiats has been updated, and this car has more muscle to it than previous models from the same brand. The manufacturer described these updates as performance-related; making the Fiat a “high-performance city car” while still keeping its sporty look, which has appealed to so many car buyers. It gets 30 miles to the gallon and its top speed was clocked at 129, with a 0-60 time of 6.9 seconds. It is a great car for the city, if you’re looking for something zippy yet not ridiculously fast.
8. 2015 Mercedes Benz E-Class
Mercedes is a timeless car maker and the reviews of this particular coupe are just a small representation of the quality of Benzes. This car was given a 9.1 out of 10 rating on Kelley Blue Book, a well-known and highly-referenced consumer guide to car purchasing. The 2015 Mercedes Benz gets 18mpg in the city and 26 on the highway, making it a perfect car to zip around in regardless of the type of road you’re driving on. The E-Class has the same classic, sculpted physique that it always has had, except for a few 2015-esque improvements. You can also have your choice of gasoline V-6, biturbo V-6, diesel twin-turbo 4-cylinder (BlueTEC), or a biturbo V-8 engine, depending on what your personal preference is. There are also radar sensors and high-tech stereo cameras. There is even a lifesaving feature called “ATTENTION ASSIST” that can sense when you are beginning to doze off and will awaken you in order to prevent a collision.
7. Subaru BRZ
This sport car is best-known for its precise, almost sensory steering capabilities that seem to sense what you’re going to do before you do it (according to a few breathless customer reviews). The 2-Liter, 200 horsepower engine is conjoined with either a rear-wheel drive and auto transmission or a six-speed manual. While the horsepower is lower than the other cars on this list (particularly #10), it still packs a punch with a 139mph top speed. It’s 0 to 60 time is 6.4 seconds and the gas mileage on the Subaru BRZ is great—22mpg in the city and 30 on the highway.
6. Porsche Panamera
Panameras have long been one of the most deluxe cars on the market. This 2015 Porsche Panamera builds upon the Porsche 911. It is an example of a four door coupe and it comes with two wheelbase lengths and a vast array of engine choices, including twin-turbo and non-turbo V-6s, a 416hp plug-in hybrid, and a muscular V-8. The range of engines appeals to many different car buyers who have different preferences in their car. This car is fast; it’s made for speed and can go from 0mph to 60mph in four seconds flat. Its top speed was 175 and its horsepower was 430. The car also gets 16mpg in the city and 23 on the highway.
5. Audi A5
Audis never fail to impress, and the 2015 A5 is no exception. This beautiful car is styled for precision, speed, and straight-up muscle. The car is also pragmatic regardless of the whether where you live; it contains a standard Quattro all-wheel drive. The 2-Liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder, 220 horsepower engine provides both comfortability and power. It is a very nimble car, so for drivers who may not be amenable to the thick snarling of a V-8 engine, this car may be better for your taste. The gas mileage on this vehicle is also practical—it gets 26mpg combined. If you’re looking for a car that is high-class and eye-catching as well as no-nonsense and sensible, look no further than the 2015 Audi A5.
4. 2015 Lexus RC
This coupe brings Lexus back to its usual stylish, sleek self (recently, the brand had been making a different style than this bright red, fast car). This RC coupe has 306 horsepower and its top speed has been clocked at 145mph. It has a 0 to 60 time of 5.7 seconds and gets 19mpg in the city and 28mpg on the highway. Depending on which RC version you get, you can acquire an eight-speed transmission and turbo-four engine with rear drive. There are also several V-6 options. If you choose to upgrade to the F-Sport, you can get interior trim, adaptive dampers, and special gauges. One of the best features about the RC coupe is how varied it is; it is amenable to just about any type of driver, depending on what his or her driving style and preferences are.
3. 2015 Ford Mustang Coupe
What “best car” list would be complete without such an iconic muscle car as the Ford Mustang? This highly-rated vehicle has its classic, pony-car, hunched over look that has made it such an American legacy. You have several choices in engine. You can get a 300-horsepower 3.7-L V-6, a 435-horsepower 5.0-L V-8, or a 310-horsepower 2.3-L turbo four-cylinder engine. This Mustang has the classic muscle car appearance, and if you want that classic snarling sound, the V-8 engine should probably be your choice. This 2015 Mustang can go from 0 to 60 in 4.3 seconds. One of the greatest features about this car is its rear suspension, which provides better corner-steering and maneuvering, as well as the overall smoothness of the vehicle. The Mustang comes with either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. This classic car is technologically advanced while also keeping its classic, all-American heritage.
2. Scion FR-S
This car is affordable, yet gives you the sports-car chic that you want. The Scion has a 2-L, 200 horsepower engine (that’s the only option) and it has a paddle-shift automatic that is intuitive and quickly responsive to whatever driving decision you need to make. This car is rated so highly on this list, despite its lack of flash in comparison to the others, because it is so reliable and sturdy. One auto industry review described it as “no nonsense,” something that many Americans and day-to-day commuters can appreciate. It comes with a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic. The FR-S has a low center of gravity, meaning that it has excellent balance and therefore possesses precision and grace that makes it easy to maneuver and steer. The driving dynamics are fantastic, and if you are looking for a dependable, yet stylish and eye-catching, car, look no further than this year’s Scion FR-S. It gets 23mpg in the city and 30mpg on the highway. It has a 0 to 60 time of 6.4 seconds and its top speed was clocked at 136 miles per hour.
1. 2015 Maserati GranTurismo MC Centennial Edition Coupe
This luxurious vehicle is literally a celebration, as Maserati released this “Centennial Edition” to celebrate its 100-year anniversary of being one of the most stylish and fashionable automakers in the world. This Maserati GranTurismo contains exterior and interior updates in comparison to previous models of the same make. There are three new colors available: Inchiostro Blue, Magma Red, and Pietra Gray. It contains a 4.7-L V-8 engine that has 454 horsepower. The engine produces 380 pounds per square feet of torque, providing a smooth, controlled driving experience that rivals any other car out there today. The company announced that the 0 to 60 time on this Centennial Edition was a cool 4.9 seconds, while the top speed is 185 miles per hour, according to track tests. The transmission is a ZF 6-Speed Automatic, providing a clean, knife-sharp, and rapid response to any quick driving changes you may need to make. The leather seats and intricate stitching on the interior are two of the biggest aesthetic updates to this luxury coupe. It is also available as a convertible.
Whether you’re looking for style and muscle, or simply trying to decide upon a pragmatic car with good gas mileage, this is the list for you. We’ve provided a wide range of very different automobiles, all of which are suited for different types of drivers. It all depends on your own personal style. What is important to remember in a coupe is the drivability. Coupes have long been hailed as some of the safest and most maneuverable car models out there, and the makes on the aforementioned list do those acclamations justice. Make sure that the car you choose has a low center of gravity and a high torque, as that will ensure that the car is kept safe and secure while you’re driving. There are so many engine options with coupes that whatever you choose can be conjoined with the transmission of your choosing as well. Two-door and four-door coupes can combine pragmatism and luxury; you just have to make sure that you’re selecting the right type of car.
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