Coupes seem to have taken a back seat for 2018, large SUVs seem to be all the rage at the moment. To the few who realize you don’t need a huge car to be surrounded by luxury, I hope they’re enjoying their sporty coupes! For the same price as an SUV, you can get a far quicker and prettier car without the bling of a fast SUV and here are our favorites!
BMW M4 Competition Pack
The original M4 is rather underwhelming compared to its M4 Competition sibling, although its performance and appearance have proven to outshine its forbears, to a certain extent. Regardless of the extra £3,000 on top of the sale price of the M4, the Competition pack is an absolute must-have – especially if you’re an eager petrol-head, ready and raring to challenge the sharp corners of the ever-winding country roads, at a greater speed than normal.
Porsche 911 Carrera GTS
“Some might disagree, but it appears time and unimaginable development has helped the 911; the steering and gearbox have both vastly improved and the GTS version offers a chassis that has undergone significant improvements that make it appear much sharper than before. I mean, I can only imagine what it’s like to drive one of them around Bury!”, Kristopher Wilks of LNK Motors.
The improvements mean lots of additional features, resulting in a much steeper sale price – but if the extras make it easier for you to settle for the price, and you have the urge to discover an outstanding coupe capable of accelerating to a top speed of 193.2mph, then £95,795 should be considered a bargain.
The new RS5 has kick-started the new generation of Audi, hauling all enthusiasts from one place to another in more style than before. Audi has become a manufacturer beyond capable of encouraging drastic changes to the features of its vehicles; gearbox, chassis, balance, and steering. Audi’s RS5 has a remarkable chassis, though – capable of being supple and cosseting in Comfort mode and is complemented well by the enhanced engine performance.
Lotus Exige 380 Cup
Of course, Lotus has a well-deserved place amongst the best coupes for 2018, and with its Toyota-sourced 3.5-litre supercharged V6 engine, it’s hardly a surprise. Lotus’ Exige 380 is more pared-back and stripped-out than its rivals, thus it seems to share a lot with its hardcore brother, the Evora. In addition to its outstanding engine and powerful performance, Lotus has included far more creature comforts to make the Exige 380 much more usable, such as the carpets and rear seats.
A common misconception is, that the driving experience of the GT-R is much like that of a computer game; not difficult – at all, clinical and no real talent is required. Nonetheless, any person with that opinion has clearly never jumped behind the wheel of a GT-R. Give yourself a few minutes, and after a few meters pass, you just know that the driving part is going to be very hands-on. Though now, the latest version of the base car has become softer and much quieter in comparison to the original 2008 due to Recaro and Nismo editions starting to occupy the more aggressive quarters of the GT-R range – which means that, even for those who stand by the opinion that a GT-R is more like a computer game, the experience will undoubtedly be one that you will never forget.