While things are a little different these days, luxury coupes in many ways represented the pinnacle of any automaker’s lineup. They were known as the vehicle of choice for CEOs, founders and the wealthy as a whole. They feature the latest technology, features, the best the styling department could do, and more often than not, the highest price tag. It used to be very difficult to spend less than $100,000 on a luxury coupe.
However, things have changed. Luxury coupes are now rare, although there are still a few, they sell little or no units, and those of the past have fallen in price considerably. You no longer have to be among the richest to afford a luxury coupe, and the used car market is full of some really cool ones worth checking out.
10 BMW 640i
It’s a shame that BMW’s 6 Series family has retired to make way for the decent but not exactly lucrative 8 Series. The second-generation 6 Series arrived in 2011, with much better styling, new powertrains and new features.
V8 BMWs tend to be a bit problematic, so the 640i is the next best option. The turbocharged 3.0-liter N55 I6 developed 315 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque, propelling this luxury coupe from 0-60 in 5.3 seconds. It was also injected with the dynamism of a typical BMW, meaning it was a lot more fun than some of its competitors who were more focused on comfort.
9 Mercedes-Benz CL55 AMG
You probably think the CL65 AMG is a no-brainer when it comes to the second-generation CL-Class. It may be, but it’s definitely not worth the reliability headaches you’ll no doubt have to deal with. Instead, we propose the much more robust CL55 AMG.
Regardless of whether you had the supercharger or not, the CL55 uses the famous Mercedes M113 V8, which is often regarded as one of the most reliable powertrains from Mercedes. The naturally aspirated model was quite lively, producing 355 hp and 0-60 in 6 seconds, but the supercharged version increased that to nearly 500 hp and flipped a second off 0-60. It’s beautiful too, even better than the most recent S63 Coupe. Not bad.
8 Lexus LC500
It’s really sad to see the LC500 not doing so well for Lexus, as it’s easily one of their best products of the last decade. Debuting for the 2018 model year, very few cars can boast of looking like a concept car much like the LC500. The only major difference between this and the LF-LC Concept car are the smaller wheels. They even have the same design.
Moreover, the LC500 is a true luxury coupe through and through. While all competitors had already switched to turbocharged engines, the flagship LC500 used a naturally aspirated 5.0-litre V8. Exterior and interior styling and coherence is something Lexus took very seriously, and it shows. Fortunately, the LC500 is starting to drop in value quite a bit.
7 Bentley Continental GT
After VW acquired Bentley in the late 1990s, the first order was an all-new luxury coupe and one that would honor the Continental nameplate. The Continental GT arrived in 2003 and was an instant success.
Although it was sold alongside the few remaining old-school Bentley models (Azure, Arnage, Brooklands) for a while, almost everyone chose the Continental GT, and it allowed Bentley to re-establish itself as a luxury car household. With a twin-turbo W12 under the hood and later a twin-turbo V8, and a handcrafted interior, the Continental GT’s capabilities as a luxury car are a testament to its continued success.
6 Jaguar XKR
Arriving in 2006, the X350 XK was the second modern evolution of Jaguar’s four-seat grand tourer, and it’s easily one of the best-looking modern Jaguars. It was traditional in every sense of the word; a long nose, short tail, a V8 engine, an automatic transmission and lots of leather and wood.
The reliability of the XK and XKR was surprisingly good, but they weren’t safe from Jaguar’s write-off either. Honestly, whatever model year you go for, this car is a steal and definitely underrated in the Grand Tourer world. However, the last model year is quite expensive.
5 Acura Legend Coupe
Yes, this counts too. You might think that an Acura just doesn’t compare to an Aston Martin or a Mercedes-Benz, and in some ways it doesn’t. Still, the Legend Coupe was marketed as the flagship luxury coupe for Acura, so we’ll call it that too.
Anyway, it’s not like this is a bad car. Not only was it one of the coolest cars of the 90s, to the point where a lot of rappers wrote lyrics about it, it had a punchy V6, the vast majority of the luxury features you’d expect, and Acura even offered it with a six-speed manual transmission.
4 Aston Martin V8 Vantage
2007 saw the revival of one of the most iconic Aston Martin nameplates; the V8 Vantage. For this reincarnation, Aston focused entirely on the Porsche 911 and this turned out to be a successful plan. The Vantage and its derivatives are all fantastic GT cars with a lot of sportiness.
As well as the roaring V8 and sonorous V12, the latter of which has made a comeback, a manual transmission, a luxurious interior and a fantastic drive, the V8 Vantage is also very cheap on the used market considering what you get. Is it a bargain? Very likely.
3 Audi RS5
Coinciding with the release of the original R8 in 2007, Audi slowly started rolling out their RS Greatest Hits. In addition to the monstrous V10-powered RS6, they’ve also put together an RS version of their new luxury coupe, the A5.
The original RS5 was not only a beautiful exterior, but was also a typical RS Audi model. A big powerful V8, a mature yet fun driving experience, subtle styling and lots of class. Today it is a fantastic buy.
2 Ferrari 550 Maranello
Of course, this isn’t the absolute cheapest way to get behind the wheel of a luxury coupe, but forgive that, as it’s a Ferrari after all. The 550 Maranello, as far as V12-powered Ferraris go, is still quite a bargain considering what you get.
At about a third the price of a new 812 Superfast, the 550 Maranello looks fantastic, sounds epic and is a blast to drive. It’s also surprisingly practical, and it has two things that many other Ferraris can’t boast of; a mandatory manual transmission and a surprising amount of reliability.
1 Jaguar F-Type Coupe
While Jaguar has never really followed up on the XK with a proper replacement, the F-Type has always been the consolation prize. And what a consolation prize it is. It’s easily one of the best-looking modern sports cars, and the Coupé went one step further.
A characterful line-up of engines, fantastic handling and a lot of luxury features make this a whole car for not too much money. Early F-Type Coupes are also victims of heavy depreciation, so they are well worth a look, especially if they have the V8 or the manual transmission.
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