Best coupes 2020

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The recipe for a performance coupé is simple: take one good-looking coupé, give it a more muscular look if it needs one, make the dynamics sharper, drop a powerful engine in the nose and aim the performance figures for the stratosphere. 

The hot versions of these slick-looking coupés each exhibit their own exhilarating traits, making them unique to own, drive and live with. The appearance in this list of some of the usual suspects may not come as a surprise, but the big question remains: who can reign supreme in our top 10 out of Mercedes-AMG, BMW M and Audi Sport, and one or two others?

1. Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupé

The Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupé is endowed with so much power, sinewy good looks and handling attitude that it’s hard not to fall adoringly under its spell. It becomes harder still when you realise that this will be the last AMG C-Class of its kind with a V8 engine, with four-cyliner hybrid power in line for the next one.

The C63's twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 may not have the overall charm of its forebear’s normally aspirated 6.2-litre V8, but the way the 503bhp engine (a 469bhp non-S version is also offered) makes you cycle through adjectives – easy-going, enjoyable, enthralling, exhilarating - as your toe journeys toward the bulkhead is something else.

An Audi RS5 might be flashier, a BMW M4 more precise, but neither can match the overall appeal of Merc’s perfecting of the traditional big-bonnet, big-hitting coupe blueprint.

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2. BMW M4 Competition

With the arrival of the new, G22-generation 4-Series and an all-new M4 therefore now in sight, you might struggle to find remaining stock of the outgoing M4 in BMW's dealer network, but that shouldn't stop you from looking.

Early M4s of the old generation felt wayward and loosely controlled at the rear axle, which, combined with a shortage of traction, made them spiky and nerve-wracking to drive at times. However, each subsequent version improved the package, and while the late Competition variant didn't quite hit the spec-sheet heights of GTS or CS-badged specials, it is a more composed and predictable car to handle on the limit of grip than the M4 once was. It is also an excellent sports coupe when measured against any of its rivals, and arguably one of the best fast BMWs to date.

Performance from the twin-turbo straight-six is rampantly accelerative, the cabin pleasant and usable, and the ride stiff but not too unrelenting to live with day to day as long as you appreciate a sporting compromise. The upcoming M4 has big boots to fill.

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3. BMW M2 Competition

Having replaced the regular M2, the M2 Competition is now the baby in BMW’s magnificent M division line-up. But don’t let its junior status fool you into thinking that it’s a mere facsimile of the larger, faster M3 and M4 models: it’s far from it.

Truth is, this is the best driver’s cars BMW now makes (which is something we never really felt we could say of its non-Competition predecessor) and it would rank more highly here if not for the whiff of relative subordinacy that it carries in this company.

What sells the B4 S is its character and it's laid-back usability. It’s a classy, charming car. There’s nothing quite like it in the class.

5. BMW M440i

Yes, another BMW product at the sharp end of our list, though this time one that is brand-new underneath its controversial skin.

Until the M4 of the new generation arrives – with its beefy kerb weight and new torque-converter gearbox, to replace the old DCT – the M440i is top-dog in the range, and boy is it worthy of that status, at least from behind the wheel.

Unlike the hard-egded M4, this is a car that begs to be used every day, but whose chassis still rewards the driver like few others can, should you find yourself on the right road at the right moment. 

Available only in four-wheel-drive guise, the M440i's turbocharged straight-six makes 369bhp, which is more than enough to reveal the car's playful side, albeit within the context of a very stable and secure overall handling complexion.

Better still, the M440i has excellent GT qualities in its locker, being long-legged, refined and luxurious.

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6. Lexus RC F

The Lexus RC F is an important step along the road for a young performance brand and adds much needed variety to this part of the market. It has been created with no shortage of budget, effort and commitment. It’s fresh, bold and different, and it’s pleasingly unreserved and true to its purpose – an easy car to like.

The RC F isn’t quite so easy to justify, though. As effusive as the car’s V8 powertrain can be, it can also be underwhelming and even frustrating at times, partnered as it is to a mannered automatic gearbox of rather too many gear ratios. The chassis spec also makes dynamic promises that the handling fails to fully deliver on.

It’s big on charm and bigger still on V8 noise, then, if a little short of real-world pace and well-rounded cruising manners.

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7. Ford Mustang GT & Bullitt

For this money, the sensible thing to do would be to buy an Audi TT or a BMW 2 Series Coupé, wouldn’t it? And if you did, that would be a huge shame.

Yes, this car does have significant drawbacks in the UK. Yes, you do have to think twice about where you’re going to park it in town, as well as factor in the far greater number of visits to the fuel pump than your peers will make. But no other car at this price – or several price points higher – can do what the Mustang does.

Its powertrain brings with it an appeal that engines with fewer cylinders simply cannot and its inherent chassis balance is absolutely peachy. Go for the range-topping Bullitt version and you'll get a car with proper V8 power and combustive character, as well as significantly enhanced road-holding and brimming with visual presence, for less than £50,000. Sensible be damned.

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8. Mercedes-AMG E53 Coupe

Recently facelifted, the flagship E-Class Coupé comes equipped with a 429bhp, 384lb ft turbocharged straight six in its nose - which is supplemented by a 21bhp and 184lb ft starter/alternator motor. The E 53 Coupé therefore boasts a suitably rapid, and impeccably smooth, turn of pace. It’s a rich, mellifluous motor, this, if not quite as raucous as the full-fat AMG V8; but it counters with a not-insignificant amount of socially responsible hybrid-electric intrigue.

Its ride may be a touch on the firm side, but it still makes for a convincing long-distance cruiser, and it handles with enough conviction to satisfy an interested driver. It’s a luxurious place to spend time, too, if one that’s a little light on AMG-related paraphernalia.

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9. Audi RS5

The best reason for buying the old Audi RS5 previously was to access the last resting place of the Audi 4.2-litre V8; a reason now manifestly gone. The twin-turbo V6 that replaces it no longer dominates the driving experience.

Any deeper appreciation of the new RS5 rests on a preference for the model’s tactful repositioning. Dig the monster GT vibe, and the car’s established gifts for interior splendour, technical prowess and sharp-edged looks start to make considerable sense.

Seen from this alternative vantage point, which has almost nothing to do with the hard-charging handling flair and dynamic exuberance that exemplifies its rivals, the RS5 simultaneously appears limited and perhaps more appealing than it ever has.

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10. Mercedes-AMG C43 Coupé

Although the C43 might be considered an AMG-lite by some, Affalterbach hasn’t merely added power to its twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 and said: "That’ll do." For the chassis is overhauled, too, and it combines with the engine to make a rapid, sure-footed and fine all-round sports coupé.

Go for the full-fat C63 if you can afford it, because it’s an absolute riot. But if you’re not bothered about all that V8 blood and thunder, then at £15,500 less than the C63, the C43 Coupé is a comfortable, all-weather, cross-country beast. And any doubts that 367bhp isn’t enough turn out to be poppycock. It's plenty quick enough.

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The Best Performance Coupes to Buy in 2021

These affordable entries are among the most enjoyable two-door sports cars available.

More customers are flocking to SUVs these days for their practicality, but rest assured, performance coupes aren't going away anytime soon. These vehicles prioritize style, handling, and acceleration over passenger and cargo space; and for many, it's a worthwhile tradeoff. Popular entries and American performance coupe icons, such as the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro, won't cost you an arm and a leg, either, as many of the base models are among the cheaper cars on the market. As a bonus, half of the two-door sports coupes on this list are all-new next year, with major redesigns coming for the 2022 model year. But this roundup covers the right-now, so keep reading to learn about some of the best performance coupes to buy in 2021, and be sure to check out our MotorTrend Ultimate Rankings for more on our expert rankings of the latest cars, trucks, and SUVs.

6. 2020 Nissan 370Z

Instantly recognizable by its quirky looks, the Nissan 370Z is bred for performance, and the Z recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. It's a joy to engage the 370Z's six-speed manual transmission, which routes power to a growling 3.7-liter V-6 engine; the big six makes up to 350 hp in the top-spec NISMO model. Unfortunately, the latest-generation Z has received few updates since it first arrived in 2009, and its age is starting to show, most notably is its lack of modern technology inside the cabin. More fortunately, a new Z car is on its way soon—and it's expected to receive modern innards, a new twin-turbo V-6 making 400 hp, and to look like this. In the meantime, the current 370Z sticks to the 2020 model year, skipping 2021 ahead of its replacement. [Read more about the Nissan 370Z]

6. 2020 Nissan 370Z Pros, Cons, and Specs

Pros: Robust V-6 engine, mechanical shifter feel, sleek looks.
Cons: Rough around the edges, touchscreen is optional, plasticky interior.

Specifications

Base-Price Range: $31,015-$46,715
Available Engines: 3.7L V-6 (332-350 hp, 270-276 lb-ft)
Fuel Economy (city/hwy/combined): 17-19/25-26/20-22 mpg
Cargo Space: 7 cu ft

5. 2020 Toyota 86

The Toyota 86 is Toyota's entry-level sports car, slotting below the Supra. If we had to describe it in two hyphenated words, we'd say "well-balanced." The zippy Toyota 86 sports coupe benefits from good body control, accurate steering, and a smooth manual gearbox. And it knows how to take a corner. Despite its merits, we'd like to see Toyota update the interior and add more torque to the 86's Subaru-sourced 2.0-liter Boxer four. Next year (after skipping the 2020 model year), the 86 becomes the GR 86, and receives the same engine, chassis, body, and interior enhancements as the next-generation BRZ (with a few key differences).  [Read more about the Toyota 86]

5. 2020 Toyota 86 Pros, Cons, and Specs

Pros: Engaging handling, good fuel economy, affordable price.
Cons: Aging interior, stiff suspension, subdued looks, needs more torque.

Specifications

Base-Price Range: $28,015-$30,825
Available Engines: 2.0L H-4 (200-205 hp, 151-156 lb-ft)
Fuel Economy (city/hwy/combined): 21-24/28-32/24-27 mpg
Trunk Space: 7 cu ft

4. 2020 Toyota BRZ

As the Toyota 86's mechanical twin, the Subaru BRZ features the same sweet Subaru-derived 2.0-liter boxer four-cylinder engine, though we do wish it would come with a turbocharged version. Despite our plea for a bit more power, the Subaru BRZ still delivers a solid amount of grunt given its size. A limited-edition BRZ tS trim bundles together a host of goodies, including a specially tuned suspension with STI-tuned Sachs dampers, bronze wheels, and upgraded Brembo brakes. As the BRZ's twin, you probably have guessed by now that it, too, is getting a hefty update for 2022. You are correct. Luckily, both key upgrades are part of the BRZ's substantial redesign for 2022 (coinciding with the Toyota 86's total update). We've yet to drive or test the 2022 BRZ for ourselves, nor is it for sale, so it isn't ranked here—yet. [Read more about the Subaru BRZ]

4. 2020 Subaru BRZ Pros, Cons, and Specs

Pros: Balanced driving experience, smooth manual transmission, good fuel economy.
Cons: Relatively basic interior, stiff ride, wind and tire noise.

Specifications

Base-Price Range: $29,745-$32,395
Available Engines: 2.0L H-4 (200-205 hp, 151-156 lb-ft)
Fuel Economy (city/hwy/combined): 20-24/27-33/23-27 mpg
Trunk Space: 7 cu ft

3. 2021 Dodge Challenger

If you think more is more, the Dodge Challenger might be the right performance coupe for you. Delightfully deranged, the Challenger is capable of massive, smoky burnouts and delivering as much as 797 hp in its Hellcat trim. Along with being a straight-line acceleration king, it's a great everyday sports car when you want it to be—mostly because it's huge and the seating position is high, lending a commanding view over the aircraft-carrier-sized hood. Compared to the other performance coupes on this list, the Challenger offers ample room for passengers and gear inside the cabin. [Read more about the Dodge Challenger]

3. 2021 Dodge Challenger Pros, Cons, and Specs

Pros: Potent engines, available AWD, spacious interior.
Cons: Impaired visibility, low fuel economy on top models, aging platform.

Specifications

Base-Price Range: $30,040-$83,440
Available Engines: 3.6L V-6 (305 hp, 268 lb-ft); 5.7L V-8 (372-375 hp, 400-410 lb-ft); 6.4L V-8 (485 hp, 475 lb-ft); 6.2L V-8 (717-807 hp, 656-707 lb-ft)
Fuel Economy (city/hwy/combined): 13-19/21-30/15-23 mpg
Trunk Space: 16 cu ft

2. 2021 Chevrolet Camaro Pros, Cons, and Specs

Pros: Plenty of grip, accurate handling, affordable base model.
Cons: Limited visibility, brutal ride on ZL1 1LE, low fuel economy on most potent models.

Specifications

Base-Price Range: $26,195-$67,890
Available Engines: 2.0L I-4 (275 hp, 295 lb-ft); 3.6L V-6 (335 hp, 284 lb-ft); 6.2L V-8 (455-650 hp, 455-650 lb-ft)
Fuel Economy (city/hwy/combined): 13-22/21-30/16-25 mpg
Trunk Space: 9 cu ft

1. 2021 Ford Mustang

There's a Mustang for literally everyone, and that's one of the biggest reasons why it tops this list. A fuel-sipping four-cylinder delivers robust power and balanced handling, while the rev-happy Mustang GT is a classic, making as much as 480 hp from its V-8 engine. But the GT500is one of the few cars we've tested that left us speechless, pumping out 760 hp through a well-tuned twin-clutch seven-speed automated manual and Torsen limited-slip differential. [Read more about the Ford Mustang]

1. 2021 Ford Mustang Pros, Cons, and Specs

Pros: Strong powertrains, wild GT500, classic looks.
Cons: Handling suffers on some variants, some cheap interior materials.

Specifications

Base-Price Range: $28,350-$74,095
Available Engines: 2.3L I-4 (310-330 hp, 350 lb-ft); 5.0L V-8 (460-480 hp, 420 lb-ft); 5.2L V-8 (760 hp; 625 lb-ft)
Fuel Economy (city/hwy/combined): 12-21/18-32/14-25 mpg
Trunk Space: 14 cu ft

The Best Performance Coupes You Can Buy

  1. 2021 Nissan 370Z
  2. 2021 Toyota 86
  3. 2021 Subaru BRZ
  4. 2021 Dodge Challenger
  5. 2021 Chevrolet Camaro
  6. 2021 Ford Mustang
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The Best Premium Sport / Performance Coupes to Buy in 2020

If you want to treat yourself to a fun, fast, and fantastic two-door, you could do so much worse than one of these.

The phrase "premium performance coupe" hardly does justice to these fabulous two-doors, which include some of autodom's most exciting—and exciting to drive—sports cars. If you're looking for practicality, forget it; the sporty two-door models we've collected here place a premium on being drivers' cars at the expense of things like back-seat space, cargo capacity, and cupholder count. Whether you want to slice apexes at the track, decimate a back road, or simply own something that viscerally connects you to the experience of driving, these cars from Jaguar, Porsche, Chevrolet, and more cannot come highly recommended enough. Of course, we've tested and driven them all, so we do have favorites, plus a best-in-class choice. Read on to find out which top sports car you should park in your garage—and drive on your favorite piece of tarmac.

5. 2020 Jaguar F-Type

The Jaguar F-Type is the sporty coupe for drivers who long for the beautiful lines of a classic E-Type but want a more modern and contemporary luxury car. Trim levels for the F-Type include P300, P340, R-Dynamic (with or without all-wheel drive), R, and SVR. If you're up for its aggressive visuals, we highly recommend the mighty—and discontinued for 2021—SVR, but most every F-Type is a beast hidden beneath a slinky wrapper. It's also available as the Checkered Flag Limited Edition with or without AWD for 2020, and a convertible variant can be had, too. The 2021 model features updated styling, more power, and improved technology. [Read more about the Jaguar F-Type]

5. 2020 Jaguar F-Type Pros, Cons, and Specs

Pros: Top-notch ride and handling, powerful engines, ultra-sexy looks.
Cons: Can get tail happy at the limit, four-cylinder exhaust note sounds a bit lame.

Specifications
Base Price Range: $61,600-$126,700
Available Engines: 2.0L turbo I-4, (296 hp, 295 lb-ft); 3.0L supercharged V-6 (340-380 hp, 332-339 lb-ft); 5.0L supercharged V-8 (575 hp, 516 lb-ft)
Fuel Economy (city/hwy/combined): 16-23/24-30/18-26 mpg
Cargo Space: 14 cu ft

4. 2020 Porsche 718 Cayman

equally delectable 718 Boxster. For 2020, the base four-cylinder and S six-cylinder Caymans were joined by a T model that pairs S performance options with the base engine. The 718 Cayman GT4 also joined the family, and it's an absolute thrill ride. The sweet spot just might be the GTS 4.0, though. All Caymans are available with a highly recommended six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, although certain models only add the latter option for 2021. That the Cayman is in fourth place on this list of best coupes tells you all you need to know about the excellent two-doors that follow. [Read more about the 718 Cayman]

4. 2020 Porsche 718 Cayman Pros, Cons, and Specs

Pros: Superb handling, punchy powerplants, how can a sports car ride this well?
Cons: We still miss the sound of the naturally aspirated car, options can add up quick, we don't own one.

Specifications
Base Price Range: $57,500-$99,200
Available Engines: 2.0L turbo flat-4 (300 hp, 280 lb-ft), 2.5L turbo flat-4 (350 hp, 309 lb-ft); 4.0L flat-6, (414 hp, 309 lb-ft)
Fuel Economy (city/hwy/combined): 16-21/23-27/19-24 mpg
Cargo Space (rear hatch/frunk): 10/5 cu ft

3. 2020 Toyota Supra

Don't let the fact the fifth-generation, coupe-only Toyota Supra is powered by a BMW-sourced turbocharged inline-six and shares much of its mechanicals with that company's Z4 convertible.

This top two-door takes advantage of that Bavarian DNA to deliver thrilling performance. The engine is mated to a quick-shifting, ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic transmission, although a manual may be on the horizon. Thanks in part to a light curb weight below 3,400 pounds on our scales, the Supra can scoot from zero to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and on to its top speed of 155 mph. The interior is a bit dour-looking, but the Supra is fun as hell and willing to go hard, and it's one of the best sports coupes on the market. And it's only going to get better for 2021, with a new four-cylinder model, more power for the inline-six, and a retuned suspension. [Read more about the Supra]

3. 2020 Toyota Supra Pros, Cons, and Specs

Pros: Rebirth of a legend, lots of standard goodies, buzz-saw inline-six sound.
Cons: Interior doesn't feel Supra enough, handling can get iffy at the limit, 2021 brings an improved and broadened lineup.

Specifications
Base Price Range: $53,729-$57,940
Available Engines: 3.0L turbo I-6 (335 hp, 365 lb-ft)
Fuel Economy (city/hwy/combined): 24/31/26 mpg
Cargo Space: 10 cu ft

2. 2020 Porsche 911

You almost can't beat the legendary sport coupe icon that is the Porsche 911. The current-generation 992-series Porsche came online for 2020 and is once again an amazingly capable machine. The hardest part about buying one—aside from spending the primo bucks, perhaps—is choosing the best trim. The coupe lineup includes the Carrera, S, and 4S (cabriolets are also available), although more models are being added apace, as is 911 tradition. For example, 2021 sees the Turbo, Turbo S, and Targa, among others. All are incredibly fast, incredibly luxurious, incredibly capable, and incredibly customizable thanks to Porsche's long, long options list. Buy a 911, and you'll drive with a grin on your face for life. [Read more about the 911]

2. 2020 Porsche 911 Pros, Cons, and Specs

Pros: More practical than you think, one of the all-time great driving experiences.
Cons: Practicality comes in part from rear seats that are little more than extra cargo space, options can be dizzying (and expensive), a fairly common choice in this elite class.

Specifications
Base Price Range: $97,400-$113,300
Available Engines: 3.0L twin-turbo flat-6 (379-443 hp, 331-390 lb-ft)
Fuel Economy (city/hwy/combined): 17-18/23-24/20 mpg
Cargo (frunk): 5 cu ft

1. 2020 Chevrolet Corvette

The mid-engine Chevy Corvette is the 2020 MotorTrend Car of the Year, and we think longtime Corvette lead engineer/patron saint Zora Arkus-Duntov would be pleased to see it atop our list of best performance coupes. The new C8 is the first production Corvette to place its engine amidships, and it feels far more premium than any of its ancestors, too. It offers grip for days, knife-like handling, and can hang with—or even whip—cars that cost far, far more. It may also be the most livable choice, too, with incredible ride quality and a good amount of stowage space split between the front and rear trunks. The C8 packs a 6.2-liter V-8 that lays down 490 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque as standard, or 495 horses with the Z51 package. It can sprint from zero to 60 mph in as quick as 2.8 seconds—it's a lot of sports car for the money, and our choice for the best of the breed.  [Read more about the Corvette]

1. 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Pros, Cons, and Specs

Pros: Supercar performance and handling at a far friendlier price, can fit golf clubs around back, magnetorheological shocks offer magic-carpet ride quality.
Cons: Tends toward understeer at the limit, the burlier versions—think Z06 and ZR1—aren't out yet.

Specifications
Base Price Range: $58,900-$76,917
Available Engines: 6.2L V-8 (490-495 hp, 470 lb-ft)
Fuel Economy (city/hwy/combined): 15/27/19 mpg
Cargo Space (combined): 13 cu ft

Not Yet Ranked: 2020 Mercedes-AMG C63 S Coupe

The Mercedes-AMG C63 and C63 S pack a sweet, twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 engine good for up to 503 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque—imagine slapping a set of sticky tires in a giant sledgehammer, and you get the idea of how hard this thing hits. It's rowdy and quick, yet still offers all the luxury and technology for which Mercedes is known. The cabin is mostly high quality, although its C-Class roots are a little déclassé once you reach its price point. In a lot of ways, the C 63 is the purest distillation of the original AMG ethos—big ol' engine in a regular luxury car—available today. [Read more about the C63 Coupe]

Not Yet Ranked: 2020 Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe Pros, Cons, and Specs

Pros: Burn rubber for days, lots of technology, AMG Dynamics modes on the S can make you an absolute hero.
Cons: Firm ride, a lot of money for a car this size.

Specifications
Base-Price Range: $70,895-$78,495
Available Engines: 4.0L twin-turbo V-8 (469-503 hp, 479-516 lb-ft)
Fuel Economy (city/hwy/combined): 17/26/20 mpg
Cargo Space: 11 cu ft

Not Yet Ranked: 2020 BMW M2 Competition

This Bimmer M division fave is immensely satisfying to drive and offers plenty of full-throttle fun. Its 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six delivers 405 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque, routing that fury through either the standard six-speed manual or an optional seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. It's a right-sized pocket howitzer, its length and width making it a snap to place on a track or your favorite back road, the steering firing data to your fingertips via a deep connection between the car and its pilot. This is simply one of the best cars—never mind the best coupes—you can buy today. [Read more about the M2 Competition]

Not Yet Ranked: 2020 BMW M2 Competition Pros, Cons, and Specs

Pros: Spine-shredding exhaust note, incredibly easy to drive quickly, muscled-up good looks.
Cons: The manual throws can feel a bit rubbery.

Specifications:
Base Price Range: $59,990
Available Engines: 3.0L twin-turbo I-6 (405 hp, 406 lb-ft)
Fuel Economy (city/hwy/combined): 18/25/20 mpg, 17/23/19 mpg (auto)
Cargo (Trunk Space): 13.8 cu ft

The Best Premium Sport / Performance Coupes to Buy in 2020

  1. 2020 Jaguar F-Type | Base Price Range: $61,600-$126,700
  2. 2020 Porsche 718 Cayman | Base Price Range: $57,500-$99,200
  3. 2020 Toyota GR Supra | Base Price Range: $53,729-$57,940
  4. 2020 Porsche 911 | Base Price Range: $97,400-$113,300
  5. 2020 Chevrolet Corvette | Base Price Range: $58,900-$76,917
Sours: https://www.motortrend.com/features/best-premium-sport-performance-coupes-to-buy/

BMW 2-Series

For BMW buyers seeking the brand's traditional driving involvement, the 2020 2-series coupe provides that in spades, even if its stablemates have moved slightly away from that goal. It has two turbocharged engines—one four-cylinder, one six-cylinder—that can both be coupled to a six-speed manual transmission; an eight-speed automatic is also available. While its rivals may be more stylish, more luxurious, or more technologically advanced, the 2-series speaks directly to the auto enthusiasts in the market with more engaging driving dynamics.

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BMW M2

The 2020 BMW M2 pushes the 2-series lineup into near legendary status. Its 405-hp straight-six would overpower most two-doors of this size, but the M2 is more than capable of putting all that power to the ground. Take your choice of a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed automatic. In our hands, an M2 with the automatic transmission went from zero to 60 mph in 4.0 seconds. The ride, however, can be punishing over rough roads. Buyers shopping for an impressive performance coupe in a small package won't want to skip a test drive of this Editors' Choice BMW.

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Toyota Supra

Toyota revives the legendary Supra name and its brilliant performance to go along with it. Under its shapely hood lies a turbocharged six-cylinder engine that Toyota says makes 335 horsepower, but our testing revealed that number to be fairly conservative. No convertible version has been announced, so the 2020 Supra will be offered exclusively as a coupe. If you're looking for a drop-top sports car, consider the new BMW Z4, which is built alongside the Supra in Austria and shares the same underpinnings and powertrain. Despite sharing numerous parts, Toyota was able to give its version a personality all its own, which helped the Supra a spot on our 10Best list.

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Ford Mustang

Arguably one of the most recognizable cars of all time, the 2020 Mustang continues to deliver eye-catching style and driving excitement. Its ability to be personalized and performance-enhanced also have endeared Ford's pony car to the public for more than 55 years. While the standard turbocharged four-cylinder might sound like a blasphemous choice for a muscle car, the EcoBoost model is legitimately enjoyable and affordable. The Mustang GT continues to carry the V-8 torch against crosstown rivals from Chevy and Dodge, but it bests them with a better combination of athleticism and livability. Sure, some of the Stang's interior materials are subpar and its back seat is tight, but this legendary muscle car has evolved and consistently lived up to that title.

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Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

As the most powerful and quickest factory Mustang ever, the 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 blends modern sports-car performance with iconic muscle-car presence. It builds on the same racetrack-capable chassis as the excellent Ford Mustang Shelby GT350, with an additional 234 horsepower that lends it credibility at the drag strip as well. The GT500 makes speed effortlessly with equal parts brains and brawn, including a supercharged V-8 that hammers out 760 horsepower, a quick-shifting seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, and magnetorheological dampers. Optional carbon-fiber wheels, track tires, and aerodynamic aids are available for drivers looking to get the most out of this monster Mustang.

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Chevrolet Camaro

Not every Chevy Camaro packs a muscular V-8 and a manual transmission, which makes it accessible and desirable to most driving enthusiasts. Available as a sporty coupe and sun-loving convertible, the 2020 Camaro has unique styling that's ripe for customization. While its cabin feels cramped and its roof ruins outward visibility, the pony car is endlessly enjoyable to drive. A dutiful four-cylinder and spunky V-6 are the most affordable engines, but Chevy's brilliant 6.2-liter V-8 sounds great and goes like stink. An incredible performance package—called 1LE—is available on all coupes and transforms them into versatile track machines. Still, the Camaro continues the nameplate's tradition of offering something for everyone.

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Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

The 2020 Camaro ZL1 is an even more muscled-up version of the already muscular V-8 Camaro. The ZL1 has a 650-hp supercharged V-8 behind its aggressive-looking front end, and it offers drivers their choice of an engaging manual transmission or a lightning-quick automatic. While its claustrophobic cabin has a tiny back seat and poor rear visibility, every model features a fully stocked touchscreen infotainment system and desirable options. Still, the ZL1 specifically caters to folks who like cars that are loud and fast.

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Mercedes-Benz C-Class

The C-class may be the entry-level coupe in the Mercedes-Benz lineup, but it still channels the style and presence of its pricier siblings. Even the base C300 looks elegant and purposeful. There's no letdown inside, either, as all C-class coupes have beautifully trimmed cabins that look every bit as polished as the exterior. The turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder is powerful but a bit coarse to our ears. In our testing, a C300 with all-wheel drive (rear-wheel drive is standard) went from zero to 60 mph in a zippy 5.5 seconds. From the soft leather seats to the glimmering wood trim, there's nothing entry-level about the way this Editors' Choice coupe looks and feels.

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Mercedes-AMG C43

As a mid-way point between the sedan Benz-branded C300 and the raucous AMG-branded C63, the 2020 C43 hits the sweet spot, nicely blending civility and athleticism. The coupe is powered by a twin-turbo V-6 engine, which makes 385 horsepower and provides plentiful power for all but the most discerning car enthusiast. Inside, the cabin is richly equipped and does its best impression of the larger E- and S-class sedans, but its smaller scale means less passenger and cargo space.

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Mercedes-AMG C63

It's getting harder to find a car in the compact-luxury class with ridiculous levels of performance. So we should all be happy for the existence of the 2020 C63, the hot-rod version of the Mercedes-Benz C-class. The coupe boasts a twin-turbocharged V-8 engine hand-built by engineers in Affalterbach, Germany. The regular C63 makes 469 horsepower, while the C63 S is tuned to make 503 hp. Either way, this car gathers speed in gobs and promises to bring excitement to your humdrum commute. We could do without the harsh ride, but the C63 is so much fun you might not care.

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Audi A5

The 2020 A5 coupe offers a roomy cabin with a decent-size trunk to help auto enthusiasts justify the purchase to themselves and disapproving spouses. It comes with a gutsy turbocharged four-cylinder engine, all-wheel drive, and a host of tech features that will keep futurists happy. The A5's athletic chassis makes it a playful partner on a twisty road but it can still bring home the bacon—literally—with plenty of cargo space and a rear seat that can actually accommodate adult riders.

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Mercedes-Benz E-Class

To the extent that the word "discount" can be used to describe any car costing more than $55,000, the 2020 E-class is a discount version of the Mercedes-Benz S-class—and that's a good thing. It delivers the same level of polish and panache as Benz's flagship, with exceptional interior materials, a quiet cockpit, and a composed ride. Yes. The E-class is one of our favorite coupes. Its twin-turbo V-6 doles out smooth, assertive thrust that's routed through a nine-speed automatic transmission that deftly changes gears. A full complement of tech features is on offer, including air springs, a surround-view camera system, a self-parking system, and lane-keeping assist.

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Mercedes-AMG E53

The 2020 E53 coupe is a successful exercise in multiple personalities. Not only is its powertrain smooth and efficient, but its turbocharged engine sends up to 429 horsepower through an equally competent nine-speed automatic transmission. Some might find the silky inline-six too tame to wear the AMG nameplate, but we’re sold. Behind the engine sits a luxurious cabin anointed with premium materials and myriad options, such as massaging seats and semi-autonomous driving ability. All of this rides on a standard air suspension that adjusts for supreme comfort or firm handling depending on the driving situation. Few cars on the market can impress in as many ways as the E53—if you have the means, we highly recommend picking one up.

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Porsche 718 Cayman

There's no point in wasting dreams or money on supercars when the 10Best-winning 2020 718 Cayman provides a similarly stellar experience at a huge discount. Despite being near the bottom of the Porsche pyramid, the Cayman coupe and Boxster convertible (reviewed separately) are enthralling machines that provide unrivaled feedback to the driver. Its expertly tuned chassis is supplemented by three distinct flat-four-cylinder engines and either a trusty manual or telepathic automatic transmission. Every Cayman can be personalized with countless individual options and even retains a compliant ride when not racing down roads. Sure, its coarse engine notes and uninspired interior are drawbacks, but the 2020 718 Cayman isn't a wannabe supercar—it's just an attainable one.

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Porsche 911

The 2020 911 coupe boasts a terrific twin-turbo six-cylinder engine that comes in two potencies and pairs with an excellent automatic or manual transmission. Both rear- or all-wheel drive are available, and while the latter setup is quicker and more capable in inclement weather conditions, every model transitions from fiercely athletic to astoundingly graceful at a moment's notice. Those traits and the 911's surprisingly practical qualities ensure that its legendary status is alive and well.

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BMW 8-Series

Returning after a long hiatus, BMW’s flagship 8-series coupe is back as one of the best coupes on the market. Its seductive lines turn heads on the road, and it backs up those looks with a 523-hp twin turbo V-8. An M850i coupe we tested laid down a zero-to-60-mph time of just 3.3 seconds. It can handle, too, thanks to adaptive dampers and rear-wheel steering, among other things. The 8-series cabin is sumptuously appointed but admittedly a bit small and hard to see out of for such a large car. Such is the price you pay for driving one of the most exclusive and potent coupes BMW has ever built.

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Mercedes-Benz S-Class

The 2020 S-class is a shining example of what luxury should be, largely due to its sumptuous looks and impressive performance. The dignified coupe is chock full with the latest technology and the finest of materials. The S-class has it all: an interior that could please a sultan, performance to please a hot shoe, and a road presence that is unmistakably majestic. It may be expensive, but if you're shopping in this segment, you'll be happy to know that you're getting every last bit of your money's worth.

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2020 best coupes

There have been many interpretations of the term coupe over the years, but the general definition still stands. It’s usually a 2-door car with a fixed short-roof, and usually a version of an already existing sedan. Recently, however, automakers have been labeling pretty much anything a coupe. This way, we now have coupe crossovers, sedans that are referred to as coupes, and who knows what else if this trend continues.

The good old coupe has always been seen as a more desirable option than a comparable sedan despite its lower practicality scores, and that’s what the automakers want to take advantage of today. No one can deny that coupes are genuinely sexier than sedans, and by labeling something a coupe, modern-day carmakers hope to turn attention to their coupe-branded select vehicles, regardless of whether they actually qualify as one.

Despite the wide range of use for the coupe label, there are still many real coupes out there and that’s what we’ll focus on this time. Without further ado, here are the best 2020 coupes we can expect to see in our near future.

09. 2020 Toyota Supra

The iconic Japanese sports car has finally made a comeback after a two-decade absence, and numerous rumors and speculations that kept the Supra die hard’s busy all these years. Debuting at the 2019 Detroit auto show, the 2-door, 2-seat coupe is born out of collaboration with the BMW which gets the new Z4 convertible out of the deal.

The fifth-generation Supra might not be what the purists have expected but it’s still one of the best available sports coupes right now. It’s one fine track car you can obtain for around $51,000. That’s how much the entry-level 3.0 trim starts from. The next-in-line 3.0 Premium models cost around $55,000, while the Launch Edition models initially required a little over $1,000 more than that although all 1,500 have already been sold since.

The Mark five Toyota Supra is lightweight, nimble, and quick beyond what any Supra enthusiast probably could have expected. That’s another reason why we still think it’s a great car in spite of its shortcomings. And these shortcomings are more of a necessity, born out of collaboration with the BMW.

At launch, buyers will only get the BMW’s 3.0L twin-turbo inline-six mill which is capable of putting up 335 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of twist, and sprinting to 60 mph from a standing start in 3.8 seconds.

Sadly, one of the biggest disappointments is the fact that the all-new Supra won’t be offered with a manual gearbox. Instead, a smooth-shifting ZF 8-speed automatic does an excellent job, but Supra purists would have preferred a 6-speed stick – at least as an option.

The 2020 Toyota Supra will be built upon year in, year out, however, hence we can hope the Japanese will eventually fulfill their wishes. What they’ll certainly do is to offer a more affordable 2.0L turbocharged inline-four engine at a later date. In any case, I’d say the new Supra has gotten off to a good start and can only get better in time.

Toyota Supra front 3/4 view

08. 2020 Porsche 718 Cayman

Cayman for a coupe, Boxster for a roadster. In short, that’s the major difference between the two extremely similar 2-door sports cars that even share the same platform. With that out of the way, the mildly redesigned Porsche 718s have already made their debuts for MY 2019, while MY 2020 has given us the performance-oriented Cayman GT4.

The 2020 Porsche Cayman coupe, logically, sports a single strip of rear LED tail-lights and a new interior, among other things. It retains the 718’s hallmark lightweight body, superb handling, and exquisite driving dynamics, however.

At the moment, the 718 Porsche coupes cost between $57,000 and $81,000 for the base Cayman and Cayman GTS, respectively. The performance-oriented Cayman GT4 starts from just over $99,000, however. Interestingly enough, the drop-top actually undercuts the Cayman by some $3,000.

The current Porsche Cayman powertrain lineup is rather simple and straightforward. The base Cayman sports a 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine tied to either a 7-speed PDK auto or a 6-speed manual transmission, while the Cayman S and GTS models profit from a larger 2.5L turbocharged 4-cylinder mill that retains the same transmission setup. The former develops around 300 horsepower while the S and GTS models make 350 and 365 ponies respectively.

The Cayman GT4, on the other hand, uses a much larger 4.0L naturally aspirated straight-six capable of delivering 414 horsepower and 309 pound-feet of torque, and redlining at 8,000 rpm. The previous generation Cayman GT4 was exclusively available with a 6-speed stick, and that’s the exact setup we’ve been provided with in the 2020 Porsche Cayman GT4’s. A PDK gearbox (6-speed) is only available with the Clubsport track-focused version of the car which also gets a different 3.8L flat-six engine.

Regardless of what happens, the Porsche 718 Caymans will remain some of the best 2020 coupes out there.

Porsche Cayman GT4 is one of the best 2020 coupes on the market

07. 2020 Honda Civic Coupe

The tenth-generation Honda Civic debuted in 2016 and received a mid-cycle makeover in 2019 which means that the 2020-year models carry over unchanged. The Civic coupe was available almost straight out of the gates, and unlike the Accord coupe which has been cut from the next-gen lineup, it’s going nowhere at the moment.

After the mild facelift from last year, the Civic coupe is now slightly sharper-looking and more in-tune with the rest of contemporary Honda range. It also gets new wheels and standard automatic emergency braking.

The Civic coupe also retains a comfy and agile ride, and traditionally high safety and reliability scores. Although the coupe isn’t as practical as its sedan or hatchback siblings due to an evident lack of rear-seat headroom and cargo space, people opting for one don’t do so for the mentioned reasons anyway.

The Honda Civic coupe is available in two different versions – the conventional model ranging from $19,500 to $26,500 and the sporty Si that starts at $24,000. The former is available with either a 158-horsepower 2.0L naturally aspirated 4-cylinder engine in lower grades or a 174-horsepower 1.5L turbocharged 4-cylinder mill in upper trims. Both are available with either a a 6-speed manual or a CVT gearbox, also depending on a chosen trim.

The latter, however, sports a more punchy version of the turbo four capable of making 205 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque paired exclusively with a 6-speed manual. It also gets a number of other performance-related upgrades like different wheels and a rear spoiler.

Regardless of the chosen option, every Honda Civic coupe looks equally stunning and provides a tech-savvy package that’s affordable and, above all else, reliable.

Honda Civic Si coupe front 3/4 view

06. 2020 Mercedes-Benz E Class Coupe

The fifth-generation E Class, internally called the W213/S213 is scheduled for a mid-cycle update sometime during 2020 as it’s one of the precious few German automaker’s lines that hasn’t already been substantially reworked in 2019. However, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz E Class lineup carries over without too many significant changes.

Unlike the previous generation, which shared its underpinnings with the C Class sedan, the current E Class coupes are finally related to their natural E Class sedan siblings. This makes them more spacious than the outgoing models, but don’t expect any groundbreaking improvements in that field. Especially not in terms of available cargo space – but that’s not one of the coupe’s main priorities anyway.

The Mercedes-Benz E Class coupe excels in offering a professionally balanced package of styling, performance, luxury, and comfort that you’ll be hard-pressed to find any other place. Starting from just under $64,000, the entry-level E450 coupes are relatively affordable considering what they offer, but the newly introduced AMG models find a way to erase any trace of affordability thanks to their exorbitant price tags.

Speaking of which, the AMG E 53 coupes are powered by a new 3.0L turbocharged inline-six engine bolstered by a mild-hybrid 48-volt system. The entire setup is good enough for 429 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque which are routed to all four corners via a 9-speed automatic gearbox.

The conventional E450 coupes, on the other hand, make do with 362 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque – courtesy of another 3.0L engine, only an older twin-turbocharged V6 this time. A 9-speed auto is present as well, but all-wheel drive isn’t mandatory as the E450 also comes in rear-wheel drive form.

The Germans are yet to disclose whether the sedan’s 255-hp turbocharged 2.0L 4-cylinder will make it to the coupe lineup as well.

Further down the line, the Germans are expected to treat their mid-range E Class coupes with even more powerful AMG E 63 S badging and everything that comes with it. Even a true plug-in hybrid model shouldn’t be excluded. For now, however, the base V6 and mid-range AMG models are everything the prospective E Class coupe owners really need.

Mercedes-Benz E Class coupe front 3/4 view

05. 2020 Lexus LC

The most expensive and most powerful of all Lexus’ models is a coupe, no less. The strikingly beautiful Lexus LC has been drawing attention ever since it debuted in 2017, but it seems its exposure isn’t as high as the grand tourer arguably deserves. Sharp, athletic, powerful, and luxurious – these are only some of its traits that come to mind first.

The 2020 Lexus LC will only build upon the current model’s reputation without any drastic changes in design department. One major change will happen later on during 2020, and that’s the introduction of an all-new high-performance LC F coupe that might break the $100,000 sticker barrier. Another less significant is an all-new green exterior paint scheme.

Comparably, the conventional LC and hybrid LC 500h cost around $92,500 and $97,000. The upcoming Lexus LC F won’t be the first $100k LC model, however, since the current 100-unit-limited Inspiration Series based on the regular LC starts from just north of $108,000.

The entry-level Lexus LC sports a powerful 5.0L V8 mill capable of making as much as 471 horses and 398 pound-feet of twist. It’s tied to a contemporary 10-speed automatic transmission that drives the rear wheels.

The LC 500h hybrid, on the other hand, combines a 3.5L V6 internal combustion engine with two electric motors, a 1.1 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, and a CVT hybrid transmission for a combined output reaching 354 ponies and returning up to 30 mpg combined.

The ultimate level of performance is reserved for the forthcoming LC F which should either draw power from an upgraded 5.0L unit or an all-new 4.0L twin-turbo V8 mill. Regardless of which of the two will make the cut, the LC F should easily generate an excess of 600 horsepower in order to compete with the likes of BMW M8 and Jaguar F-Type SVR.

2020 Lexus LC

04. 2020 Audi R8

Sitting atop the Audi range, the R8 coupe is outclassed only by its Spyder counterpart, price-wise. Starting from just over $170,000, the R8 coupe is unattainable for most, but we can’t hold that against it considering it’s been one of the best luxury sports cars ever since it arrived on the market back in 2006.

At one point, many sources suggested that the upcoming 2020 Audi R8 coupe might be one of the last R8 models since the Germans were apparently contemplating its discontinuation beyond that point. Don’t worry, though, for that ain’t gonna happen. The coveted sports car might have skipped MY 2019, but it’s making a comeback for MY 2020 – with a number of revisions to boot.

The R8 LMS Evo version of the R8 LMS GT3 race car presented at the 2018 Paris motor show, which sports a wide body kit that isn’t exactly a road version’s thing, has still inspired the facelifted model’s frontal and rear fascia. The rear-wheel drive V8 models have been dropped entirely (hence the price spike from $140,000 to $170,000), but at least every single R8 can now surpass the magical 200 mph mark.

The current generation Audi R8 coupe can only be ordered with a powerful 5.2L V10 mill capable of putting up as much as 602 ponies and 413 pound-feet of twist in the range-topping V10 Plus trim. The non-plus models, however, are “only” good for 562 horsepower and 406 lb-ft.

Both units are offered with a mandatory 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, and as already mentioned, every single model now comes with a mandatory Quattro all-wheel drive.

The remainder of the pack costs as follows: the R8 Spyder starts from $182,000, the R8 V10 Coupe costs $196,000, and finally, the R8 V10 Spyder requires $208,000. We also have to mention the special 50-unit Decennium edition which costs $217,500.

If you think the above mentioned price tags are too steep, bear in mind the fact that the aforementioned R8 LMS Evo costs a whopping $460,000 before any optional upgrades.

2020 Audi R8 Coupe

03. 2020 Genesis G70 Coupe

The planned expansion of the Genesis lineup should be in full swing by the time MY 2020 arrives. Not only will the South Korean automaker field their very first crossover, but also a coupe version of the recently introduced G70 compact executive sedan.

Although details about the upcoming G70 coupe are still sketchy at best, the Koreans did file for trademark rights for everything between the GT60 and GT90. Presumably, the future G70 coupe will be branded GT70 if everything goes according to plan.

The coupe shouldn’t stray too far from its sedan sibling in terms of, well, pretty much everything. The styling will remain the same, albeit on a slightly shorter frame, and so should both the interior design and available technology and convenience features. The coupe should be slightly more enthusiastic when it comes to overall driving dynamics, but not by much.

Much like its sedan counterpart, the 2020 Genesis G70 coupe should draw power from a duo of powerful turbocharged engines. Base models will retain a 2.0L turbo four with 252 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque where more powerful versions should implement a 3.3L twin-turbo V6 worthy of 365 ponies and 376 pound-feet of twist.

Like the Kia Stinger with which the G70 sedan shares a platform, the upcoming G70 coupe will be available in both rear and all-wheel-drive configs. The G70 coupe will offer a standard 8-speed automatic transmission as well, and it’ll be interesting to see whether the coupe will also retain its sedan counterpart’s optional 6-speed manual gearbox as well.

All in all, the G70 coupe promises to be one of the more interesting options in the entry-level luxury segment and, like its sedan cousin, should start from well under $40,000.

Genesis G70 coupe should resemble the G70 sedan pictured here

02. 2020 BMW 8 Series Coupe

After years of absence, the 8 Series returns to claim its rightful place at the top of the BMW range. The all-new 8 Series coupe debuted at the 2018 Paris auto show and subsequently became available as a 2019-year model. The 2020 BMW 8 Series 2-door coupe is being joined by both a 2-door convertible and 4-door Gran Coupe model, but that’s beside the point here.

The proper 2-door 8 Series coupe continues into its second year mostly unchanged with only new paint schemes and interior trims added. Also, the Bavarians could have decided to iron out an issue or two, but one of the best 2020 coupes hasn’t gotten any significant issues at the moment anyway.

Priced at $88,000, the entry-level BMW 840i is anything but affordable, and subsequent variants’ prices will only get higher. Then again, personal luxury cars were always made for a select few.

The full BMW 8 Series lineup consists of three powertrain choices. The base 840i models use a 335-horsepower 3.0L inline six engine, while the more powerful M850i units utilize a 523-horsepower 4.4L twin-turbocharged V8 mill. Finally, the range-topping BMW M8 unleashes either 600 hp in regular or 617 hp in Competition form from the latter engine.

Of course, to tame all that power and enable the 8 Series coupe to act with class, the Bavarians have included a number of advanced drive-enhancing bits as standard features. That way, every single BMW 8 Series coupe comes with active anti-roll bars, adaptive dampers, rear-wheel steering, and an electronically-controlled locking rear differential.

The 8 Series is arguably one of the most advanced BMWs to date and deserves to be in consideration among the best 2020 coupes we can expect to see.

BMW 8 Series is one of the best 2020 coupes that are heading our way

01. 2020 Jaguar F-Type

Introduced in now-distant 2013, the F-Type coupe still looks as fresh as it did the day we first gazed upon its splendor. The 2020 Jaguar F-Type should – like its distant predecessor – spearhead a revolution of sorts for both the brand and the segment by offering a hybridized powertrain, but more on that later.

First things first – the next-generation F-Type is bound to appear sometime during 2020, but it’s still unclear whether the British will market it as a 2020 or 2021-year model. Regardless of what happens, the new F-Type will be as beautiful as pretty much any Jag these days – there’s no doubt about it.

Currently available for roughly anything between $60,000 and $120,000, the F-Type coupe also offers something for everyone, effectively spanning the gap between a luxury sports coupe and a touring car.

The current F-Type lineup offers a choice between no fewer than three distinctive engines with a corresponding number of choices in available cylinders. The base 2.0L turbo four makes 296 ponies and comes exclusively in a rear-wheel-drive config, paired with an 8-speed automatic gearbox.

Next in line is a 3.0L supercharged V6 with either 340 or 380 horsepower which can be had in both the rear and all-wheel-drive configs, and with both an 8-speed auto or a 6-speed manual gearbox.

Finally, the range-topping F-Type R and SVR coupes offer the ultimate 5.0L supercharged V8 with either 550 or 575 ponies on tap. These can only be ordered with mandatory all-wheel drive and an 8-speed auto.

All future Jaguars beyond 2020 – the F-Type included – will be available with a version of an electrified powertrain, whether that’s fully electric or just mildly hybridized. No specific details have been revealed yet, but a mild-hybrid setup is the most likely of candidates for a sporty coupe of the F-Type’s pedigree.

Jaguar F-Type front 3/4 view







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Despite driving a piece of junk, Nikola still manages to survive the harrowing experience called "A road trip in a Yugo," day in, day out. On the other hand, precious few things move him as muscle cars do. Especially those from the bygone golden era, which makes him wonder why wasn't he born a few decades earlier? Well, at least he's been given the opportunity to enjoy the likes of the Pontiak Aztek, Chrysler PT Cruiser, Fiat Multipla, and other lovely millennials, right? Come to think of it, I'll stick with my Yugo. Thank you very much!

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BMW 2-Series

The 2021 BMW 2-series delivers everything we love about BMW's sporty driving dynamics in a handsome, well-priced package. Offered in both hardtop coupe and softtop convertible body styles, the 2-series is a compact sports car with plenty of compelling traits. The 230i model is powered by a 248-hp turbocharged four-cylinder, but upgrading to the M240i swaps in a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six that makes a stout 335 horsepower. Rear-wheel drive is standard, but BMW offers its xDrive all-wheel-drive system as an option on both models. If you're looking for more practicality, you might find that one of this car's four-door rivals—such as the Audi A3, the Mercedes-Benz A-class, or even BMW's own 2-series Gran Coupe—fits the bill, but the 2-series coupe and convertible will be the choice of those who value driving verve over day-to-day usefulness.

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BMW M2

When it comes to max performance, the word "compromise" is a curse, but never fear, the 2021 BMW M2 doesn't have to put a quarter in the swear jar. Compared with the regular BMW 2-series, this souped-up coupe badass boasts a meaner mug and wider hips, a chassis tuned for attacking racetracks, and a more powerful engine. The hard-charging, high-revving twin-turbo straight-six eats up straightaways quicker than Kobayashi downs hot dogs. While we prepare for the extinction of manual transmissions, this little BMW still fights for the resistance. It offers a snappy dual-clutch automatic, too. Its harsh ride and unimpressive interior are less contentious on the more affordable M240i, but the true M car is terrific specifically because it's an uncompromising driver's car.

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Toyota Supra

Pay no mind to the fact that the 2021 Toyota Supra shares much of its chassis and powertrains with the BMW Z4—it offers its own distinct personality and is an utter blast to drive. Two different turbocharged powertrains—an inline-four and an inline-six—are on offer, both of which drive the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. We know, we know: a six-speed manual would be preferable. To be honest, this automatic does an excellent job, changing gears crisply and responding quickly to the Supra's paddle shifters. So impressed are we with the Supra, we've named it to our annual 10Best list two years in a row. Its snug cabin, while not the right size for every driver, is nicely finished.Want a convertible? Then you'll have to get the Z4; the Supra is available only as a coupe.

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Ford Mustang

The Ford Mustang family has a legendary history and is populated by models with diverse personalities. This year, that history is recalled by the revival of the Mach 1 moniker, first seen on the 1969 'Stang. The 2021 Mustang will still come as a coupe or a convertible, and its stable of high-performance offerings will be as full as ever. Whether it’s the turbocharged four-cylinder EcoBoost or the V-8-powered GT, every version of the original pony car can be armed with track weaponry to challenge its Chevy Camaro or Dodge Challenger counterparts. The Ford's beautiful bodywork, vast personalization options, and practical interior also make it desirable to folks who care less about lap times and more about sporty everyday transportation. And that's why the Mustang continues to be an icon: it offers something for everyone.

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Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

The 2021 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 boasts 760 horses of supercharged-V-8 mayhem, but it also possesses the athleticism of smaller and lighter sports cars. Those accolades make it the most powerful production car Ford has ever built as well as the most immersive Mustang we've ever driven. At the center of the excitement is the Shelby's supercharged 5.2-liter V-8, which plays a thrilling soundtrack through its bazooka-like exhaust pipes. A manual transmission isn't available, but the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic operates damn near telepathically. The rear-drive-only coupe also accelerates so tenaciously that it should include a warranty on underwear. The GT500 feels equally thrilling when running down more exotic metal on a racetrack. Sure, it has terrible fuel economy and costs a lot for a Mustang–especially with the exorbitantly priced Carbon Fiber Track package–but the 2021 Shelby GT500 is a magnificent muscle car and a phenomenal sports car.

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Chevy Camaro

There's nothing quite like hearing the thrilling timbre of a throbbing exhaust note or feeling the gratifying feedback from a superbly tuned steering system while flying down a twisty road. Few affordable cars offer both these satisfying sensations, but the 2021 Chevy Camaro is one of them. It's not focused solely on being loud and going fast, however—even though it does both of those tasks very well. Chevy's two-door pony car comes as a coupe or convertible, and it offers copious features and countless personalization options. While the 650-hp Camaro ZL1 is the most raucous version—and reviewed separately—every model from the base four-cylinder to the V-6 to the V-8 can be enhanced for track duty with the transformational 1LE package. Sure, the interior can feel claustrophobic and has several other quirks, but the 2021 Chevy Camaro is primarily geared towards those who love to drive. Like us.

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Chevy Camaro ZL1

With a fire-breathing 650-hp supercharged V-8 and ferocious track capabilities, the 2021 Chevy Camaro ZL1 is the king of monster muscle cars. Sure, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 have horsepower ratings that start with seven, but the bow-tie beast delivers similar thrills for fewer green bills. In fact, if the mid-engine Corvette didn't exist, the ZL1 could perhaps be called the world's greatest performance value. Regardless, the Camaro perfects the front-engine, rear-drive formula inherent to muscle cars. While both the coupe and convertible have a remarkable chassis that's more clairvoyant than Miss Cleo, unleashing the ultimate Camaro requires the transformative 1LE track package, but beware that it makes the suspension very stiff. If you can overlook the Chevy's flawed interior, the 2021 Camaro ZL1 can be more exciting than a roller coaster, and it'll regularly reward thrill-seekers and track rats alike.

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Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Some entry-luxury cars are too sporty and others are too soft, but the 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-class falls in the sweet spot. In its standard C300 form, it combines a quiet and comfortable ride with just the right amount of handling acuity—and if you want more power and performance, Mercedes offers the AMG C43 and C63 models, which we review separately. The C300 is available in sedan, coupe, and convertible models. Although the current generation is nearing the end of its life cycle, it still has plenty of modern technology, and its interior and exterior designs have aged well. A redesigned C-class is expected to arrive within the next year or so.

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Mercedes-AMG C43

With a 385-hp twin-turbo V-6 under its hood, the 2021 Mercedes-AMG C43 one-ups its Benz-branded C300 counterpart and borrows styling and chassis components from the even racier AMG C63 models. The C43 is offered as a four-door sedan and as a two-door coupe or convertible, the last of which allows open-air enjoyment of the blown V-6's dulcet exhaust tones. All models wear stylish exterior styling and provide a cozy cabin with all the amenities expected of a Mercedes, although two-door models are less practical and offer less space for rear-seat passengers. While its performance isn't as impressive as the more powerful C63, the well-balanced C43's price tag is far more accessible and it retains the fun-to-drive nature and upscale environs of the other C-class models.

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Mercedes-AMG C63

The number of high-performance SUVs is growing every year, but if you’re on the market for a compact car that can blow away almost everything else on the road look no further than the 2021 Mercedes-AMG C63. It’s based on the Mercedes-Benz C-class, but has a twin-turbocharged V-8 engine making 469 horsepower in the C63 and 503 hp in the C63 S. The C63 also has a sportier suspension tune (you’ll notice a harsher ride) and some exterior differences compared to the regular C-class that add some aggression to its appearance. It’s available as a sedan, a coupe, or a convertible, and it goes like it's got a Saturn V booster rocket strapped to its roof. Plus, it has a legitimately luxurious interior and plenty of up-to-the-minute technology, so you’re not trading anything away in return for the performance.

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Audi A5

In the world of Audi, removing two doors from the A4 sedan increases the number to 5—as in, the A5 coupe and cabriolet. The two-door's styling is more aggressive and more rakish than the four-door A4's, and the cabriolet's fabric top opens the cabin for a taste of that classic convertible freedom. A punchy turbocharged four-cylinder provides plenty of pep and the chassis is dialed in for solid cornering grip. It might not be as racy as the V-6–powered S5 model or the BMW 440i, but there's still a lot of like about the A5, and it'll serve buyers well as a stylish and capable ride.

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Mercedes-Benz E-Class

The 2021 Mercedes-Benz E-class epitomizes sophistication with its bleeding technology, classy appearance, and extravagant cabin. Available as a four-door sedan or two-door coupe and cabriolet, the Mercedes can be made to match all manner of upper-class lifestyles. It also offers a set of distinct powertrains that range from an entry-level four-cylinder to a plug-in hybrid to a zesty turbocharged six-cylinder that makes 362 horsepower. The 2021 E-class family chauffeurs passengers in quiet comfort thanks to a serene interior and a pillowy ride. The experience is not unlike a smaller and more affordable version of the ultra-luxurious S-class.

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Mercedes-AMG E53

When the elegant Mercedes-Benz E-class doesn't offer enough excitement, the 2021 AMG-tuned E53 fills the void with increased performance and edgier styling. A unique grille and exclusive exterior details help separate its sedan, cabriolet, and coupe body styles from their more pedestrian counterparts. A 429-hp turbocharged six-cylinder powertrain and standard all-wheel drive deliver all-weather traction and zealous acceleration. Of course, the E53 family also maintains Mercedes' luxury pedigree with an eye-catching cabin that boasts cutting-edge technology and upscale materials. In a class brimming with talented competitors, the 2021 Mercedes-AMG E53 ranks among the most remarkable.

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Porsche 718 Cayman

The 2021 Porsche 718 Cayman captures the same physical and emotional excitement of driving that supercars do. This coupe and its convertible sibling—the 718 Boxster, which we review separately—provide unrivaled driver engagement among sports cars. The Cayman's otherworldly chassis provides an open line of communication between the driver, the car, and the road. To create the 718, Porsche knits together strong brakes, an unflappable suspension, and a steering system rich with feedback. The result is so good that both 718 body styles made our 2021 10Best list. The brand's flawless automatic and manual transmissions and potent engines—particularly the melodic flat-six—complete the picture. While the 2021 Cayman costs more than its distinguished rivals, the Chevy Corvette and Toyota Supra, it's still the most focused and satisfying choice in the segment.

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Porsche 911

From its rear-mounted flat-six engine to its otherworldly handling, the 2021 Porsche 911 has preserved the essential elements that made it an icon. Its familiar circular headlights, Coke bottle shape, and sloping rump make it virtually impossible to mistake a 911 for any other sports car. Climb into its perfectly positioned driver's seat, fire up its powerful and unique-sounding engine, and engage either of its terrific transmissions; Porsche's legendary 2+2-seater will then proceed to overload you with feedback from its telepathic steering and its peerless performance attributes. It's offered as a coupe or convertible and with rear- or all-wheel drive. The company's extensive list of options allows it to be personalized for all tastes. The only knock against the 2021 Porsche 911 is that it's too expensive for most enthusiasts to own.

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Porsche 911 Turbo

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