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Before we get into the details, let’s start from the beginning. What even is a coupe, anyway?
Coupe is a French term, the past participle of the word ‘couper’ which means ‘cut’. Since the 1960s, the term coupe generally refers to a two-door car with a fixed roof.
Now, if a coupe was to enter a car beauty contest, it would take home the crown. Few models are as sleek, stylish and sophisticated as the coupe. Its aesthetics are what attract many people to them, who like to be seen cruising around in an eye-catching set of wheels. They are a fashion accessory as well as a mode of transport, and in many countries they are associated with a higher social status.
Of course, every car has its downfalls. While they certainly have class, they usually lack in the practicality department. Many consider them to be all style but no substance. Space is the main issue with coupes. Leg room tends to be on the tight side to say the least. And if you plan on using your car for road trips, you may want to pack light. But at the end of the day, coupes never claimed to be a family car. They’re all about looking cool. And who’s thinking about cargo space when they’re speeding down the open road in a red-hot sports-mobile?
Coupes are a popular choice for Australian drivers, most notably the Audi A5, Mazda Rx8, Mini Coupe Cooper S – R58, 2009 BMW 325i, 2008 Nissan Skyline, Toyota 86 and the Hyundai Veloster SR Turbo. It’s no surprise why – it’s hard not to do a double take when one of these beauties zooms past you on the road.
Despite their impracticality, coupes continue to maintain a strong position in today’s car market. Besides their cool factor, here’s what people love about them.
Coupe cars have a lithe, muscular, ground-hugging body type that enjoys greater torsional rigidity than any other. Its two-door design and absence of a rear hatch mean that coupe cars also have greater resistance to flexing since there are fewer openings in their structure.
When it comes to performance, coupes don’t hold back. Their size makes them nimble vehicles that can zip around with incredible agility. Because they are so lightweight, they can move faster and handle corners with ease. Accelerating and braking are also a breeze behind the wheel of a coupe, giving you improved control on the road. All of this makes for a fun, thrilling driving experience. In congested areas, you can zigzag around traffic and leave big and bulky vehicles stuck waiting behind. The coupe’s shorter wheelbase and lighter curb weight boost its overall performance, too.
A true joyride, cruising in a coupe is the ultimate liberating experience. The hatch at the top of a coupe can be opened, so you can let the sun shine through and feel the wind on your face. They are the perfect companions for a long, summertime drive. But when the sun goes down, you can simply close the hatch, and you’re back to having a normal car. The best of both worlds!
If you’re a city slicker, you know how much of a nightmare parking can be. It almost makes you wonder whether owning a car is worth the headache. But with a compact little coupe, you can slide into those tight parking spaces that usually seem too much of a squeeze. Say goodbye to the stress of circling around the block a dozen times to find a space you can fit into!
All things considered, it’s no surprise that coupes still have such a widespread appeal. Coupes let ordinary people feel like movie stars. They’re gorgeous to look at, easy to get around in and a blast to drive. Though they can’t compete with wagons or SUV in a battle of practicality, but they were never meant to. So let’s celebrate them for what they are: glamorous roadsters built for pleasure, excitement and admiration.
So, have we convinced you that you need a coupe in your life? If so, check out Motor Matcher’s range today.
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