The vast world of passenger automobiles is comprised of sedans, SUV’s, and coupes. Deriving from the French word “couper” meaning “to cut”, a coupe (pronounced as “koop” in the United States but kooppay abroad) is an enclosed two door automobile body style with a fixed roof permanently attached also known as “hard top”.
Coupes Come In Many Different Style
Coupes come in many different styles and variations. Firstly there are club coupes, also known as for door sedans as they accompany two additional passengers behind the driver. An example of this would be the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti. Another popular coupe style that can be found in the market is the business coupe. Business coupes carry storage compartments behind the two seats to accomodate the luggage of business people. Sports coupes are generally have sloping roofs to aid in performance and usually Interestingly enough in 2005 with the release of the Mercedes Benz CLS class the world has witnessed the concept of the four door coupe. The interior and mechanical aspects of these cars reflect the concept of a coupe while allowing passengers a more convenient way to enter the vehicle.
There are a wide variety of coupes available in the automobile market. Some are manufactured by American companies and others by either European, or Asian manufacturers. Within these coupe markets there are variations in styles, trims, and quality which ranges from standard to luxury.
Coupe Gives Credit To American Market
The American market can be credited with giving birth to the coupe in the automobile industry. On the thrifty end Chevrolet offers the Spark and Sonic models, with the prices ranging from 12,000-15,000 USD respectively. On the more middle level price range Ford offer’s their iconic Mustang model with a base price of 22,000 USD. Upgrades to performance or cosmetics can cost up to 60,000 USD a unit. On the higher end the General Motors group offers the legendary Corvette starting at 51,000 USD and the warmly received Cadillac CTS premium luxury coupe which starts at 39,000 USD.
Europeans Have A Very Large Variety Of Coupes
In the European market you will find wider variety as the market is much larger than America and the diverse array of engineering skills is employed in the crafting of these vehicles. Starting with Britain it would be impossible to discuss coupes without mentioning the Mini. Mini is the manufacturer of the Cooper model which is versatile, economical, and affordable at a starting price of 22,000 USD. If a customer is looking for something more speed the Aston Martin Vantage and carries an high speed eight cylinder engine that costs 122,000 USD at base price. The most popular luxury British coupe is the world renown Bentley Continental GT.
Italy Does Have It’s Own Style When It Comes To Coupes
Italian engineers have crafted some of the worlds finest masterpieces when it comes to coupes. For the business executive there is the Ferrari California, which carries a luggage compartment behind the drivers seat. For those who want something sporty but would like to accommodate more passengers there is the Ferrari FF and the Maserati Granturismo. Both are luxurious, high performance and can accommodate four people total thanks to the additional two seats behind the driver.
Then of course there is the iconic German coupes which have been the mark of luxury and style for many years. BMW offers the M3 high performance model, which offers two additional passengers in the rear. Mercedes Benz has done something rather different with its coupe style. It is known for introducing two popular concepts: the two door sedan and the four door coupe. The two door sedan allows drivers to travel in the comfort of a full size sedan while maintaining the style and the performance of a coupe. It accomplished this with the CL class. However if a customer is looking for something that emphasizes more sport the SL class will not disappoint. It comes in AMG, Black Series, and Brabus tuning variations.
Asia Emphasizes Handling and Efficiency
In Asia, the automobile manufacturers emphasize handling and efficiency in their coupes. One of the most popular coupes in Asia and the world is the Nissan Skyline GTR. Lexus offers the SC model, but has received more appraise for its LFA supercar coupe.