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2017 Infiniti Q60
2017 Infiniti Q60

Consumer Guide First Spin Coupes account for only five percent of the premium vehicle market, but they’ve also traditionally been important halo vehicles for their respective brands. That’s certainly been the case at Infiniti, where the Q60 coupe and convertible (and their G35/G37 predecessors) have typically been the most stylish and dynamic vehicles in the marque’s model lineup. After a year’s absence, the Q60 coupe returns for 2017 with a new design that shares elements of its architecture with the Infiniti Q50 sedan. We recently had the opportunity to sample the hottest version of the Q60 on a San Diego-area drive route.

1970 Plymouth Barracuda, green

1970 Plymouth Barracuda

In a recent blog post titled The Luxury Standards of 1970, we discussed the now-arcane language once used to parse the new-vehicle market. You can see all the segments into which Consumer Guide slotted the 1970 class of vehicles here.

2017 Honda Civic Coupe

2016 Honda Civic Coupe Touring

2016 Honda Civic Coupe Touring    2015 Audi Q5

Class: Compact Car

Miles Driven: 307

Fuel Used: 10.3 gallons

1967 BMW 2000C Hardtop Coupe

1967 BMW 2000C Hardtop Coupe

Note: This article is reprinted from the August 2015 issue of Collectible Automobile

By Jack Stewart

Photos by Vince Manocchi

BMW as we know it today began with the “New Class” 1500 introduced in 1962. The 1500 was a compact four-door sedan with good handling and performance, and with it BMW found its niche. The 1500 was powered by a 1.5-liter ohc four-cylinder engine—the M10—that liked to rev and also proved durable. Meanwhile, four-wheel independent suspension and front disc brakes made the New Class cars entertaining to drive.

2016 BMW M2 in long beach blue

2016 BMW M2

2015 Audi Q52016 BMW M2 Coupe

Class: Premium Sporty/Performance Car

Miles Driven: 338

Fuel Used: 16.7

2016 Lexus RC 200t F Sport

2016 Lexus RC 200t F Sport

2015 Audi Q52015 Lexus RC 200t F Sport

Class: Premium Sporty/Performance Car

Miles Driven: 493

Fuel Used: 22.6

2016 Cadillac ATS-V

While its starting price of $62,665 may seem high for a premium compact (to say nothing of its as-tested price of just under 70 grand), this is no ordinary premium compact — not with 464 horses in the running.

2015 Audi Q52016 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe

Class: Premium Compact Car

Dates tested: 2/08/2016 – 2/15/2016

Miles Driven: 215

Fuel Used: 14.0 gallons

2016 Scion FR-S

2016 Scion FR-S

Test Drive2016 Scion FR-S Automatic

Class: Sporty/Performance Car

Dates tested: 9/09/2015 – 9/24/2015

Miles Driven: 419

Fuel Used: 16.2 gallons

1987 Mercury Cougar

1987 Mercury Cougar

Cheap Wheels

by Don Sikora II

Note: The following story was excerpted from the February 2016 issue of Collectible Automobile magazine.

Introduced for 1967 as an upscale Mustang cousin, the Cougar quickly became the shape-shifter of Mercury’s cars. First it morphed into an intermediate-sized personal-luxury coupe, the success of which tempted Mercury to extend the Cougar name to four-door sedans and station wagons. For 1983, Cougar returned to its two-door roots as a conservative variant of the highly aerodynamic Ford Thunderbird. While that ’83 is important in the Cougar saga, it’s the 1987 and ’88 versions that we’d like to suggest as your next set of cheap wheels.

Buick Avista Concept

Buick Avista Concept

2016 Detroit Auto Show logoOn the eve of the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Buick unveiled a low-slung concept car that suggests a renewed focus on performance in future production models. The Buick Avista Concept is a rear-wheel-drive  2+2 hardtop coupe that wears Buick’s typically elegant styling cues over some fairly aggressive long-hood/short-deck proportions.

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