Coupes

There was a time when seemingly every car had a two-door variant, but today's mass-market coupes focus on performance. These cars are mostly rear-wheel-drive and may even offer a manual transmission.
2020 Honda Civic
1
Redesigned in 2016

Honda Civic Coupe

MSRP
$20,950 - $27,150
Edmunds Rating
8.5 out of 10
Combined MPG
29 - 35
2020 Subaru BRZ
2
Introduced in 2013

Subaru BRZ

MSRP
$28,845 - $31,495
Edmunds Rating
7.6 out of 10
Combined MPG
23 - 27
2020 Toyota 86
2
Introduced in 2017

Toyota 86

MSRP
$27,060 - $30,590
Edmunds Rating
7.6 out of 10
Combined MPG
24 - 27


Muscle cars

As American as triple cheeseburgers, muscle cars are brawny coupes based on the age-old belief that there's no problem a bigger engine can't fix. What's new these days is that impressive handling is now part of the package.
1
Redesigned in 2015

Ford Mustang

MSRP
$27,155 - $51,720
Edmunds Rating
7.9 out of 10
Combined MPG
18 - 24
2
Redesigned in 2008

Dodge Challenger

MSRP
$28,870 - $80,170
Edmunds Rating
7.8 out of 10
Combined MPG
15 - 23
3
Redesigned in 2016

Chevrolet Camaro

MSRP
$25,000 - $63,000
Edmunds Rating
7.4 out of 10
Combined MPG
16 - 22

Super muscle cars

Muscle cars have long been known for spirited performance, but today's top-dollar super muscle cars take it to a new level, pushing the boundaries with ever more tire-melting horsepower.
1
Redesigned in 2020

Ford Shelby GT500

MSRP
$70,300
Edmunds Rating
8.0 out of 10
Combined MPG
14
2
MSRP
$71,170
Edmunds Rating
7.8 out of 10
Combined MPG
16
3
Redesigned in 2016

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

MSRP
$63,000 - $69,000
Edmunds Rating
7.7 out of 10
Combined MPG
16

Luxury coupes

Luxury coupes offer some sporting chops, but they also deliver high-class interiors packed with the latest technology features and creature comforts. These are coupes in a classic sense, offering almost everything you expect from a sedan in a sleek body with extra performance.
1
Redesigned in 2021

BMW 4 Series

MSRP
$45,600 - $58,500
Edmunds Rating
8.0 out of 10
Combined MPG
25 - 29
2
Introduced in 2015

Lexus RC 350

MSRP
$45,150 - $51,230
Edmunds Rating
7.2 out of 10
Combined MPG
22 - 25
3
Introduced in 2016

Lexus RC 300

MSRP
$42,220 - $48,865
Edmunds Rating
7.1 out of 10
Combined MPG
21 - 24

Luxury sport coupes

Don't let the name fool you. While there's plenty of luxury in this class, it also contains some of the most uncompromising go-fast machines on the market.
1
Top Rated vehicle
Redesigned in 2020

Chevrolet Corvette

MSRP
$58,900 - $70,850
Edmunds Rating
8.4 out of 10
Combined MPG
19
2
Redesigned in 2020

Porsche 911

MSRP
$99,200 - $203,500
Edmunds Rating
8.2 out of 10
Combined MPG
17 - 20
3
Redesigned in 2019

BMW 8 Series

MSRP
$88,000 - $111,900
Edmunds Rating
8.1 out of 10
Combined MPG
20 - 25


Exotic sport coupes

If you absolutely need to be there yesterday, you need an exotic sport coupe. Face-melting performance, eye-popping design and wallet-melting prices come together to make the kind of car that belongs on a poster on a kid's bedroom wall.
1
Introduced in 2016

Mercedes-Benz AMG GT

MSRP
$115,900 - $162,900
Edmunds Rating
8.2 out of 10
Combined MPG
17 - 18
2
Introduced in 2015

Lamborghini Huracan

MSRP
$261,274
Edmunds Rating
8.2 out of 10
Combined MPG
15
3
Redesigned in 2017

Audi R8

MSRP
$169,900 - $195,900
Edmunds Rating
8.1 out of 10
Combined MPG
16



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CARLOS LAGO: Hey, Carlos Lago here with Edmunds, and that's a 2021 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4. What's that long combination of names, and letters, and numbers mean? Well, currently, this is the ultimate expression of a mid-engined sports car that you can get from Porsche. It uses racey suspension hardware, sticky tires, big brakes, and a high-revving, naturally aspirated engine. It cares very little about anything else than going fast and having a great time, which, come to think of it, reminds me of college. Anyway, in this video, we're going to explain the parts that make this car this car and, most importantly, how much fun it is from behind the wheel. If you like videos like this one, let us know in the comments below. Also, click, like, and subscribe. It really helps us out. Check out the links in the description for more information, and also, visit edmunds.com/sellmycar to get an instant cash offer on your car. Why are the expectations so high for this Cayman GT4? Well, there are two major factors involved. The first is the name, and the second is the price. The GT name is something Porsche enthusiasts take very seriously and Porsche, too. You've probably heard of the 911 GT3, the 911 GT2 maybe, or the Carrera GT. They just don't put GT on any old car. And this GT4 acts as sort of the entry point into the GT pantheon. I'll promise I'll stop saying GT so much. Anyway, the second thing that people will probably recognize more is the price. The GT4 starts at $40,000 more than a base Cayman. It roughly equals the price of a Porsche 911. This one, as it's equipped, costs roughly $130,000. That's a lot of money. Just one quick caveat, though-- this specific car is a European spec version with the optional club sport package that we don't get in the US, so you'll just have to ignore that bolted-on roll cage in the back. But let's take a look at some of the other parts on this car. Why is this car so expensive? Let's start by talking about the chassis. Overall, it's about an inch lower than a regular Cayman, but more impressively, it borrows a number of features from the 911 GT3, a car that I personally like a lot. You get the same breaks and literally the same front suspension, too. Keeping with the motorsports inspiration, let's say, are a number of adjustable features, from the anti-roll bars, the ride height, and even the rear wing. Now, the wheels are 20 inches in diameter, front and rear, 8 and 1/2 inches wide up front, 11 inches wide in the rear. And they're wrapped with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, which have a ton of traction, and that improves everything from acceleration, to handling, to braking. Speaking in the brakes, these are the optional $8,000 carbon ceramic brakes, which add just massive, over 16-inch diameter rotors up front with six piston calipers. That's a lot of braking performance, and combined with these tires, there's a lot you can explore there and I'd be surprised if you could find the limits of, considering how light this vehicle was on our scales. As for the centerpiece of the GT4, it's here-ish, and it's a real shame you can't actually see it. But first, explaining why the engine is important requires some history. When the Cayman came out and this generation of the Cayman came out in 2016, the engine was a turbocharged four-cylinder. That was powerful, and fuel-efficient, and, in my opinion, the worst part about the car because it was noisy and coarse. And you didn't really want to rev it out, which is the exact opposite of what you should expect from a Porsche Cayman. This, though, has a 4-liter flat-six with 400 horsepower roughly and some amount of torque but, more importantly, an 8,000 RPM red line. That's a beautiful thing. The transmissions are, of course, a six-speed manual or, like this car, a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. And of course, you get a limited slip differential as well. Now let's talk about what it's like to actually drive the thing. Before we get started driving this Cayman, I would just like to say, this is the literally my first time driving the GT4, so you're going to see a very honest reaction to what it's like behind the wheel. Let's get started. [GIGGLING] OK. OK. OK. Yep, yep. That's-- yep. Oh boy. That is delightful. That is just delightful. OK, I would just like to start out and say it's a real shame that I have to actually talk to the camera while doing this because this is just tremendous. OK, so let's talk about the engine first because I thought that would be the most impressive thing out of this platform, that 4-liter six-cylinder. It does make the right sound. It's doing what I want a Cayman to do. It sounds the way I want a Cayman to sound. It's exciting as it starts going through its power band. The closer you get to the red line, the sweeter it sounds. I'll be honest and say, it's not the best-sounding Porsche six-cylinder ever, but it is such a nice upgrade. And the way that power swells with the engine speed as that moves up to is just tremendous. It makes the experience of approaching a red line that much more exciting, and that's what driving a sports car like this should be all about. It's that race to the next gear as you navigate corners. This is a quick car. It has not so much a ton of power, but it's a light car. And that means it's able to accelerate rapidly but not overwhelm you with acceleration. I feel like I can manage this speed. It's not more response with acceleration than I can take care of from behind the wheel. This is balanced wonderfully and not just in the right quality sense, but in the power delivery sense, and that relationship between the ride and the engine response. You hear that phrase "harmonious," and that's truly the experience you're having here. Oh, that's delightful. So let's talk about ride handling, steering because that, to be honest, is what I'm feeling the most out of this. The engine is just sort of the icing on that cake. The Cayman has always had those really magical handling properties, really good performance, really exciting feel from the steering wheel, from the handling, and all that. And this elevates those responses without giving any more speed than you know what to do with, or at least, the speed that it's delivering, you have the sense of control through confidence behind the wheel, through traction from the tires, through incredible braking performance. There's a linearity between my inputs and the feedback from the car that just feels so nicely balanced, and the way this accelerates out of a corner just feels so sweet. I can do this all day. When it comes to numbers, yeah, this is fast. It goes very quick in a straight line. We've measured that. It stops very short in an emergency situation. We measured that. It generates lots of lateral G. We've measured that. But the thing that you can't put a number on is the satisfaction you get behind a wheel because if you could, you'd need a chart with an awfully tall ceiling. I always knew the Cayman could be like this, and it always had the handling and the steering to make you feel like you were driving something truly special. Now that those parts are even better and now that there's an engine there that truly delivers the excitement that this car always deserved, it makes this GT4 feel like a very, very special thing. Just the way this goes into a corner and you power out, you can trust that when you power out the traction will be there, that it'll get you out of the corner smoothly. Oh, the way this must feel around a curving mountain road or a racetrack just has to be the best. Oh, I'm in love. I'm absolutely in love, such that I don't mind these bucket seats, such that I don't mind this car doesn't have remote entry or dual-zone climate control. It just has a gauge that says Cold or Hot. This is terrific, just terrific. I may not have given the most succinct feedback while driving this car, but I'll just say that's a sign of how pleasureful driving this car quickly is. I don't want to talk about all the nuance or subtleties of driving because I was so enraptured in how this car drives. That's beautiful. Oh, oh, OK. OK. Oh, beautiful. The Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 is a truly special car, and it's not just because of any individual components, not just that engine, or the racey suspension, or the sticky tires, or massive and very expensive brakes. No, it's the combination of everything working in concert. It's a mechanical symphony, if you will, even though that does sound kind of cheesy. But honestly, this car, in total, does what all of us would expect a sports car to do when we think of our ideal sports car. Now, thanks for watching this video. If you like it, go ahead and click Like, and then click Subscribe. I shared the links in the description for more information. Also, visit edmunds.com/sellmycar to get an instant cash offer on your car.

2021 Porsche Cayman GT4 Review | Going Fast and Having Fun! | Price, Engine, Specs, 0-60 & More

FAQ

What are the best coupes on the market?

Coupes come in all sorts of flavors for all sorts of shoppers. For an affordable two-door that's fun to drive every day, our top pick is the Honda Civic. If you're looking for an American muscle car with a range of powerful engines including some incredible V8s, we recommend the Ford Mustang. But shoppers after serious performance should check out the Chevrolet Corvette, which delivers breakneck acceleration and handling. Learn more

What is the top-rated coupe for 2019?

Our top-rated affordable coupe for 2019 is the Honda Civic. Available in a variety of trims, the Civic is practical and a good value, while also offering plenty of fun for drivers, especially in its Si trim. 2019 was also the final year of the seventh-generation 911, our top-rated luxury sport coupe at the time. It's impeccable handling, premium interior, and powerful engines made it an easy favorite. Learn more

What is the top-rated coupe for 2018?

For 2018, our top-rated muscle car, the Ford Mustang, received a mild makeover with new styling and updates to the engine options. We like the Mustang for its power and style, along with its civilized ride quality. The Audi TT came in as the top-rated luxury coupe. The TT's turbocharged performance and technology-packed interior helped it claim the top spot. Learn more

What are the best used coupes to buy?

Look for "CPO" or certified pre-owned vehicles if you're shopping for used coupe. With so many coupes to choose from, it's important to know what you're looking for. Many coupes offer a variety of trims with different performance and handling characteristics, with some trading comfort or other features in pursuit of extra speed. Edmunds can help you research used coupes so you can be confident you're getting the right one for you. Learn more

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