3 real coupes that still have both feet on the ground

With the advent of sunny days, car enthusiasts tend to turn their attention to convertibles naturally. However, this would be to forget that these are not the only pleasure cars out there. Yes, coupes fall into this category. Are you interested in one of these 2 or 3 door models, with a sporty character but you only have a limited budget, do you want/may not spend more than € 40,000, € 50,000 at a time? Well, hurry, because “accessible” coupes can be counted on the fingers of one hand and they’re in the hot seat, even more than convertible vehicles. Panorama of the few rare forces present in the new home market.

Audi TT: on the way out


And we start with a well-known model that is now in its third generation, the Audi TT. Unfortunately, the adventure that began in the 1990s for the small coupé with the Rings will soon come to an end, Audi CEO Markus Duesmann, who announced in late 2020 that it would not be replaced, at least not immediately. If there is a replacement, it should take the form of a mini e-tron GT instead. In other words, it will soon be over for the 3-door model with its almost pristine curves – although the line is a bit sharper today – and recognizable among a thousand since its launch in 1998. In its current definition, launched in 2014 and restyled in 2018, the TT offers the choice between two engines: a 4-cylinder 2.0 petrol engine available in different powers (from 197 hp to 320 hp) and a melodious 5-cylinder 400 hp (TTR ). On the price side, count at least 44,610 € for a first price TT and yet 81,780 € for the sulfur-containing RS variant. It will sometimes be necessary to add a hefty CO2 fine (minimum €1,074), but with its limited size and weight it’s sheltered from the €40,000 super-malus, phew!

Available versions:

  • TT 40 TFSI S tronic: 4-cylinder 2.0 petrol engine with 197 hp and 320 Nm torque, pulling power
  • TT 45 TFSI S tronic: 4-cylinder 2.0 petrol engine with 245 hp and 370 Nm torque, pulling power
  • TT 45 TFSI quattro S tronic: 4-cylinder 2.0 petrol engine with 245 hp and 370 Nm torque, all-wheel drive
  • TTS 2.0 TFSI quattro: 4-cylinder 2.0 petrol engine with 320 hp and 400 Nm torque, all-wheel drive
  • TT RS 2.5 TFSI quattro: 5-cylinder 2.5 petrol engine with 400 hp and 480 Nm torque, all-wheel drive

New 2-series Coupé: the BMW surprise

New 2 Series Coupe
New 2 Series Coupe©BMW

You would think that by renewing its 2 Series Coupe, BMW would base it on the same platform as the 2 Series Gran Coupe, which is a derivative of the new 1 Series, and therefore a traction like this one. new! The new version of the Series 2 Coupé is based on that of the Series 3. If the baroque line of this new cuvée is not to everyone’s liking, it will certainly seduce car enthusiasts with its propulsion architecture and a 6-cylinder engine on the current top version M240i xDrive that delivers 374 hp, while waiting for an even sharper M2. No wonder, on the other hand, it’s an entry-level 4-cylinder, whether you opt for the 184 hp 220i petrol or the 190 hp 220d diesel (yes, yes, a diesel coupe, you read that right, a real rarity these days! ). Count on a minimum of 42,600 € and a very small fine of 400 € for the 220i, 45.500 € for the 220d and without penalty, but of course more for the M240i xDrive: 60.700 €… and a fine of almost 10,000 €. Of the three coupés in the selection, it is the only one that can carry passengers in the back with dignity.

Available versions

  • 220i: 4-cylinder 2.0 petrol engine 184 hp and 300 nm, rear-wheel drive
  • M240i xDrive: 6-cylinder 3.0 petrol engine with 374 hp and 500 Nm torque, all-wheel drive
  • 220 d: 4-cylinder 2.0 diesel 190 hp and 400 nm torque, rear-wheel drive
New GR86
New GR86©Toyota

A 2+2 rear-wheel drive coupe, powered by a naturally aspirated 4-cylinder petrol engine without the slightest trace of hybridization 2.4 delivers 234 hp, this is the formula – almost anachronistic nowadays – that Toyota recently offered with the GR86, successor to the GT86. With his playful temperament, he cannot be put into all hands, as we have seen recently. But there is no doubt that it will entice amateurs! Although the base price is very attractive (€33,900 with a 6-speed mechanical gearbox, €35,700 with an automatic gearbox), unfortunately we have to add a hefty fine ranging from €16,950 to €17,490† This is the price you have to pay to enjoy the last coupé of its kind. And hurry too, because the GR86 has only been on sale for 2 years, no more. Ready Set Go !

Only version available

  • 4-cylinder 2.4 petrol engine with 234 hp and 250 Nm torque, rear-wheel drive

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