The coupé has been a figure in transportation since the late 19th century when it referred to carriages where the rear-facing seats had been removed. In motoring, the terms is the subject of some debate, with many claiming that it is simply a marketing term that is used for cars that do not meet the coupé criteria.
From the early 20th century, it was used to refer to cars with two doors, that would seat two people. The definitions have shifted over time – many coupés now have some room in the back. The prices have changed too, and there are options to meet many different budgets for those looking for the flashier and more powerful motor in their lives. Here, we explore some of the main players on the Irish market.
While it shares much of the nuts and bolts of the A4 saloon, the second-generation Audi A5 coupé very much has its own sleek look. Numerous efficient engine options are on offer, and its robust exterior is complemented by an equally attractive interior, which is also surprisingly spacious for a coupé. The A5 is from €51,000 on the road, and for more information contact Limerick Audi (Dublin Road, 061 336000).
The GT86 got something of a facelift at the start of the year, and remains a good value option within its class. While it is marketed as a four-seater, it not’s that spacious. Instead, the GT86 is the type of car that you should be in the market for a car that is fun to drive. While it is not a particularly quick car, its emphasis on handling will make it a very lucrative option for car enthusiasts. Prices start at €42,995.
For a test drive, contact Brian Geary Toyota, Raheen (061 225225).
BMW 4 Series
If you perhaps find the classy BMW 3 Series a tad conservative, and want something that is going to grab more attention, then it’s two-door sister is what you are after. The BMW 4 Series offers a similar selection of engines to the 3 series. There’s a very powerful 431hp 3-litre option. The latest version has also got an update interior, with a new steering wheel, trim and the latest version of the iDrive infotainment software.
For more information, contact Conlans BMW (Tipperary Road, 061 422600)
A car inextricably linked with driving across the US, the Ford Mustang has started to have an imprint on the Irish motoring sector. The car has been continuously on the US market since it was first launched in 1964, and now we are starting to see them on Irish roads. The right-hand drive version of the ‘pony’ car has received many plaudits for its look, performance and power since its UK and Ireland launch in late 2015.
To test drive, contact Lyons of Limerick (Ballysimon Road, 061 413344)
Understated yet classy, the Mercedes C-Class Coupé retains a sporty look without a significant compromise on cabin space. The rear seats can fit most adults, and there is even a 400-litre boot. Mercedes offer their smallest coupé in a variety of different petrol and diesel engines, ranging from the C200 petrol right up to the C 220d and C250d diesel engines, both of which are 2.1-litre four-cylinder diesels, with either 170bhp or 204bhp.
More information at Frank Hogan Mercedes (Dublin Road, 061 416000)