The dawning of 2020 brought us more than a new year…it brought a new decade, and a vision for the future that most of us have acquired from the movies. We pretty much expect technological advances that are more like science fiction than reality, even though our current reality greatly resembles the science fiction tales of yesterday. That truth leaves us to wonder what the new decade, and future, could possibly hold for us that we don’t already think we understand.
Much of this is true when it comes to technology. Cellular phones and other forms of modern communication are nothing short of astonishing. This is also true about automobiles. From wireless capabilities to far-out safety features, new cars are able to do things for us that we could have never imagined only a few short years ago. With each passing year, more and more makes and models adopt features that make driving easier, safer, and more pleasurable for everyone. No matter what style of car you prefer, you can count on getting just about any extra available, but for a price, of course.
So, we know that if we are splurging on a luxury auto we are going to be able to have just about every available advance right at our fingertips, if we so choose. No car is really an exception to this rule. From heavy duty trucks to two-seater sports models, these things are loaded to the hilt nowadays. Choose your poison, hand over the cash, and drive off on a cloud of comfort and convenience.
We thought we’d cover some of these today. Rather than simply spout off a group of the best cars out there for 2020, we decided to narrow things down more specifically. The grouping below has been compiled to educate you regarding the best new automobiles in the luxury coupe classification for the 2020 model year. We all know that coupes aren’t the most practical vehicles on the road, but they are certainly some of the best looking and most fun to drive. Don’t be intimidated by the classification, because there aren’t any rules here. You don’t have to be looking to buy one of the following cars to enjoy the information below; it will educate you no matter what, and in some cases you’ll find yourself amazed at what the industry is doing today. If you are in the market for a luxury coupe, consider this a sign that now is the time to buy. Read the information and see what you like.
We’ve listed the following from the best-of to the very-best-of, numbered from 20 to 1. Hopefully it will help you make a steadfast decision about what is right for you if you’re buying, or will give you a favorite or two to daydream about if you aren’t. Sit back and relax, because we’ve taken all the pressure off by doing the work for you. Now the test driving is up to you…and that’s the fun part.
The 20 Best Luxury Coupes of 2020
20. 2020 Lexus LC
With two different trims to choose from, 500 and 500h, the new 2020 Lexus LC is able to satisfy most any palate (the 500h is the hybrid version). It comes with either the 3.5 liter V6 or the 5.0 liter V8, and is equipped with a 10-speed automatic continuous variable transmission. When the engine and tranny work together they pull off around 27 and 35 mpg in the city and on the highway, respectively. You can expect to find plenty of extra features, both safety-wise and when it comes to the infotainment center, and it boasts an incredible design overall. But unfortunately it looks better than it handles and it’s a bit overweight; oh, and let’s not forget the fact that most reviews call the hybrid version ‘unremarkable’. It is a Lexus, so it’s hot looking and comfortable, but the price is staggering…it starts at a mind-numbing $92,950.
19. 2020 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider
The Alfa Romeo brand has long been associated with sports cars that are longed for and coveted by enthusiasts everywhere. The 4C is a 2020 model that we consider one of the best for a number of reasons, the first being the fact that it’s an Alfa Romeo. With that being said, we also chose it for performance reasons. The turbocharged 1.7 liter 4-cylinder engine puts out 237 horsepower, and it gives pretty good gas mileage at 24 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway; it also handles like a dream, responding to the smallest flinch. Features include state-of-the-art entertainment equipment with the newest technologies and a more-than-romantic feel, but the interior is a bit bare bones and not as comfortable as it could be. Another downer is the price. It starts at $67,150…to us, you are basically paying for the brand. A decent, popular luxury coupe, but not the very best.
18. 2020 Porsche 718 Boxster
The Boxster is a new addition to the 718 family, and it is something of a sister car to the 718 Cayman; both of them are basically smaller, lighter versions of the sports cars that Porsche made that are mid-engine designed. The Boxster will come available in four trims: The base model, the ‘T’, the ‘S’, and the GTS, with the base model price estimated at approximately $60,000. Available engines are the turbocharged 2.0 liter flat-four, the S-model’s turbocharged 2.5 liter flat-four, or the 2.5 liter turbocharged flat-four for the GTS; they will put out 300, 350, and 365 horsepower, respectively. You also have the option of a manual transmission or a PDK automatic, but we would think one would stick with the practical and fun manual, thereby saving money as well. On the outside you are looking at the typical sexy Porsche coupe, and the inside options include things like 14-way power seating and all the modern technology imaginable. Also consider the fact that it is available with a drop-top, which is any sports car lover’s dream. On the down side, the interior design itself is a bit bland, there is very little cargo space, and the engine sounds rougher than we’d like. Otherwise, this is a great choice for just about anyone looking to buy, and fans will love it just for what it is.
17. 2020 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
According to The Car Connection some of the best things about the new Mercedes SL-Class are the fact that it is both comfortable and styled nicely, it features a power hard-top that runs quietly and smoothly, it is strong and durable, and it provides plenty of power from the powertrain. Engines will vary, depending on the particular SL model purchased, with one being a turbocharged V6 and the other a V8, but we feel like the gas mileage is a bit weak. Owners can expect to get around 20 and 28 mpg and 17 and 25 mpg city/highway, respectively. The body style will get Mercedes lovers hot; it has undergone a bit of tweaking, which has kept up its sex appeal greatly. Unfortunately, the interior remains fairly constant, and while it has everything one could need or want either standard or available, it feels a bit boring if you’re familiar with this class already. There seems to be too many jutting appendages, like knobs and such, which are located just about everywhere, and there is hardly any cargo space. Finally, the price is just too high for what you’re getting, which in this case is mostly the brand name and some luxurious options; expect to pay a starting price of $91,000 for the 450 Roadster and $114,700 for the 550. While there are other Mercedes models that may seem more attractive, however, this one will fit the die-hard enthusiasts like a glove. It may have a few negative aspects to it, but it’s still awesome in its way, which is why it makes our list.
16. 2020 Audi TT
Audi keeps things sweet and simple with the new TT. It comes as the standard coupe or in a convertible version, features a 2 liter 4-cylinder engine that puts out 288 hp and takes you from 0 to 60 in 4.4 seconds, and a dual-clutch tranny with four driving modes to choose from. Since the model was overhauled in 2018, the 2020 will be much like last year’s, with no significant changes, but it really doesn’t need them. Inside there are heated leather seats, the Audi virtual cockpit system, push-button starting and keyless entry, and parking sensors in both the front and rear ends. The TT is a main competitor for Porsche’s Cayman and Boxster, as well as the F-Type by Jaguar, which likely explains the slight physical resemblance to them, but it works well for the model, and gets no complaints from us. Best of all, the new TT has a starting price of only $53,000, which is highly competitive for the market it’s competing in. This is a great luxury coupe choice for anyone who wants quality and brand prestige without shelling out their life’s blood.
15. 2020 Mercedes Benz SLC-Class (Final Edition)
This sporty little SLC version has given its Final Edition models a bit of a new appearance for this model year, but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s a continuation of the same car first released in 2011. As the version title insinuates, though, this will be the final year for the small roadster that seems to have gained something of a following in the last nine years. Technically, it has only been a member of the SLC-Class since 2017, though. Featuring a folding hard-top convertible that is well-liked, it compromised its original engine and tranny with the change. Now owners can expect their choice of the AMG or regular versions, which come with two-tone leather seats and chrome accents on the interior. Even though the engine was changed (no more AMG V8), and it now has a turbocharged V6 and nine-speed tranny that may not be preferred, it is still one of our picks, and a great contribution for the Final Edition in its class. MSRP begins at $41,000, which is a nice price.
14. 2020 Porsche 718 Cayman
Coming in at number nineteen is another pricy little Porsche number, but we expect that consumers will be surprised if it weren’t. The 718 Cayman for 2020 continues a legacy that has proven both popular and tenacious. A 4.0 liter 6-cylinder engine puts out 414 hp, and the six-speed manual tranny stays true to the car’s heritage. As for the interior and available inner options, well, you’re looking at more of the very best, per the Porsche way, but you’re going to pay for it. While it is one of the top twenty best luxury coupes for 2020, it will carry a starting price of at least $97,650. Like we said, the price tag likely won’t deter those who love the brand.
13. 2020 BMW 4-Series
This luxury coupe from the BMW 4-Series manages to exude sexiness and plush luxury on the outside, but what about its guts? Well, under the hood you’ll find either a 2.0 liter 4-cylinder or 3.0 liter 6-cylinder that provides between 248 and 320 hp while giving a fuel economy of approximately 23 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. Not too bad for the power you’re getting. While the body is pretty much the same as prior model years’, the interior is new, and is a source of boastfulness for the German auto makers. It features an attractive dash layout with digital display and trapezoid-shaped infotainment center; the technology is controlled by a main dial that is located in a convenient position. Base trims will only have manual transmissions available, but as you move up the ladder the options increase, as does the price, naturally. But for starters, this sporty new 4-Series offering will run around $44,750 for the hatchback, with higher pricing for the standard coupe and convertible versions.
12. 2020 BMW i8
This may be the second BMW listed in a row, but they are both suited to the list and their places on it. The 2020 i8 by BMW will be discontinued officially by next April, the company says, so they are saying their final farewell with the Ultimate Sophisto Edition. A plug-in hybrid, the car has been referred to as ‘very special’, and pretty much helped start the electric car trend we have today. Only 200 units will be sold, and it will be offered with a Roadstyle Edition as well. Featuring a turbocharged inline-3 engine that puts out 369 hp, it is plenty powerful enough, and the interior style and features are more than sufficient to help the new i8 make our list. But it really isn’t all you would expect from BMW or the class it is marketed under. Regardless, it’s a very worthy automobile from the iconic company, and we consider it one of the best for the new year, even though it may not be the most practical or carry the best price. Brace yourself; it starts at $148,495.
11. 2020 Lexus RC
This affordable model by Lexus is visually captivating on the outside and is just as entrancing from the spacious cockpit. The aesthetic of the vehicle gives it the appearance of a very costly and overly-potent sports car with a name that is as expensive as the product, but the truth is that the new Lexus RC will only run at $42,320 to start. Mechanically it is the same as its 2019 predecessor, with four available trims at ascending prices. While it offers sufficient power, good handling, and high-level comfort and convenience, it doesn’t really perform as well as it pleases the eye, and this may disappoint. But if you want a quality luxury coupe that won’t slit the throat of your bank account while remaining dependable and attractive, this is definitely the direction you want to take.
10. 2020 BMW Z4
The very sporty BMW Z4 for 2020 is something many fans of the car company are looking forward to. It comes in two configurations: The sDrive30i and the sDriveM40i. These come with a 2.0 liter 4-cylinder and 3.0 liter 6-cylinder, and they put out 255 and 382 hp. Both are two-seater convertibles, and their body design and styling makes this a very desirable model indeed. There are some very good points to look at, including a dash that is geared toward making the driver’s job easier, a very quiet engine, a style that reflects much continuity from the inside to the outside. It is also well balanced and handles nicely while providing a fuel economy of about 27 mpg combined. The 2020 Z4 has a starting MSRP of $49,700.
9. 2020 Mercedes-Benz GT
According to Road Show by CNet, the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GT seats 2.4 people. While we’re not sure what that means exactly, we are sure of some other aspects of this car that enabled it to make the Best Luxury Coupe list for the year. It has a retro-looking body style that is reminiscent of the Datsun 280Z of yesteryear that is packed with a turbocharged 8-cylinder engine. While it’s rear-wheel drive and only gets a somewhat-low 18 mpg combined, it is potent and handles well for the way it is set up as a whole. It is said to be one of the best driving cars available this year, with the GT AMG version being almost impossible to beat. The price is steep at $115,900, but it’s worth it, considering that it also has a comfortable interior and well-arranged instrument panel. The only setback is that the shifter is oddly located and a bit too large, and the car is a bit noisy, resulting in many drivers making their distaste for these issues very clear. But if you can live with those setbacks, you can’t go wrong with the new GT.
8. 2020 Acura NSX
With a starting price of $157,500, the Acura NSX for 2020 is one of the steepest cars on our list, but it comes with enough power and luxurious comfort to back it up fairly well. Featuring a 3.5 liter V6 that hides 573 horses under the small hood, this little baby will get you around fast. And surprisingly enough, the gas mileage isn’t badly affected by all that power; you’ll find that you get approximately 21 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway. The cockpit offers infotainment and driver features that are conveniently placed and easy to operate, and consumers have their choice of interior and exterior colors that will express their unique desires. Yes, this is an expensive car, but it drives well, looks great, and is a blast from either seat. This car is a great choice for 2020.
7. 2020 BMW 8-Series Coupe
While the 8-Series by BMW also has a sedan version available, the coupe and convertible are the configurations that made this particular list. If this is the luxury coupe you’ve been ogling, you have good taste, and that’s a fact. Sure, it has some down points, such as the lack of rear seat room, but otherwise the cabin is perfectly designed, particularly for the driver and front passenger. It has all the tech options you would desire, and you’ll pull in more than sufficient gas mileage (about 19/25 to 23/30, city/highway). The engine is powerful, and the vehicle responds quickly to accelerations while continuing to handle and brake very well. It starts at $84,900, which you may feel is a tad bit high, but once you give it a test drive you will understand why the tag reads as it does.
6. 2020 Audi R8
While making number six on our list, the second Audi discussed here is also another of the highest priced, along with its sister and predecessor; it starts at $169,900. But don’t shrink back in apprehension just yet, because there is a lot to love here. It comes as a coupe and convertible, and both feature a V10 engine that spits out a potent 562 to 611 hp range, and it even gets fair fuel economy; 13/city might be low, but for the engine its 22/highway rating is pretty darn good. Aesthetically, this is one of the hottest looking cars on the market this year, and with a top speed of 200 mph, it is considered one of the best supercars available. Throw in two comfortable seats, sufficient leg room, climate controls, a 12.3” touchscreen infotainment display, and buyer’s choice of two interior color schemes, and you have a winner.
5. 2020 Nissan GT-R
This hot little baby features a turbocharged 3.8 liter V6, and provides the power of 565 horses, but let’s not forget that it looks great too. You also get a six-speed automatic tranny and all-wheel drive, so there are two more reasons you are finding it on our list. The fact that it goes 0 to 60 in 2.9 seconds is more of an enticement, and taking a look at the fact that it has adaptive shift control, upgraded suspension and incredible steering and response, as well as a great driver assist system and audio setup, it’s hard to not want to get behind the wheel of one of these on a daily basis. You may as well, because you’ll get all that fun power and comparable gas mileage too; It rates 16 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway. Now, this is one Nissan that has a pretty high price, but we’ve listed the reasons, and once you take a test drive we don’t think the numbers will faze you all that much: $113,540 to start.
4. 2020 Porsche 911
If you’ve noticed that the prices are climbing, that’s because the cars keep getting better. The 2020 Porsche 911 is one of the company’s most popular, and iconic, models. It’s still as hot and menacing as ever, with a variety of color choices and interior options to choose from, as well as your choice between the coupe and convertible configurations. Performance-wise, you will be getting a 3.0 liter 6-cylinder that provides 379 to 443 hp, so it’s made for those who enjoy speed. This year’s 911 boast incredible handling, a wonderfully equipped interior, customization choices, comfortable and roomy seating, and an engine that is not only fast, but economical also. A couple of notes given include an infotainment center that may be a bit temperamental and a slight lack of love for the turbo engine, favoring the old ones instead, but otherwise this is a car that rates high all across the board. If you’ve been dreaming ‘Porsche’, now is the chance to make that dream come true. Prices start at $97,400, rise to $117,500 for a well-equipped model, and max out at $133,400 for a fully-loaded 911 Carrera. Sound more than do-able to us.
3. 2020 Jaguar F-Type
Here is another beauty that you have likely seen floating across your slumbering eyes: The 2020 Jaguar F-Type. Also available as a coupe or convertible, you have your choice of a 2.0 liter 4-cylinder, a 3.0 liter V6, or a 5.0 liter V8, so you’re looking at a power range of 296 to 575 horsepower. When it comes to fuel economy you don’t have to fear all that power in the slightest; expect around 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. Inside you will find a premium infotainment center, driver assist system, spaciousness, and top-of-the-line interiors with other comfort options that have come to be known as the very things that make a Jaguar a Jaguar. But the best part is the price, which more than earned this car the number three spot: It starts at only $61,600.
2. 2020 Toyota Supra
The new Supra by Toyota has actually been called one of the finest luxury sports cars on the market overall this year; it’s very close to being everything one could want, and that fact brings it in at number two. On the inside you’ll find strategic and innovative design when it comes to both seating and driver ease and convenience. State-of-the-art technological options make the ride both simple and fun, and other extras for safety and driver assistance take away a lot of the worry. You’ll get 335 horses from the 3.0 liter twin-turbo inline six engine which, when paired with the 8-speed automatic transmission, will give you about 24/31 mpg in the city/highway. The body is as sleek and attractive as ever, with improvements that will catch the eye easily. This attention grabber has really earned its spot, especially with a mind-blowing low price, which starts at $53,348.
1. 2020 Chevrolet Corvette
And without further ado, we present the #1 pick for the Best Luxury Coupe of 2020, as if it needed any introduction. The 2020 Chevy Corvette is the newest in a long line of incredible vehicles that are simply legends in their own time. The new version of the iconic American car had completely sold out before it Chevy even began production, according to Motor 1, and we don’t find that surprising at all. The new version has undergone some changes, had some improvements made, and upgrades have been added, but all of that only made it better than ever. The hot, hot, hot body design is a complete turn on that is only enhanced by what’s inside. All the bells and whistles, the very finest cockpit and interior design and technologies, six configurations, incredible package additions, the best V8 engine out there with 495 hp, an 8-speed dual clutch automatic transmission, and…well, the list simply goes on and on. But the best part? Get this…the new ‘Vette has an MSRP that starts at a mere $59,995. Are you at the Chevy dealership yet?
Just going over the information above is enough to make you want to jump into your old car and get to car shopping, even if you didn’t intend to when you started reading. From number twenty all the way to number one, the luxury coupes listed above are the best of the best. Sure, they may have their quirks here and there, but everything does. The fact of the matter is that all of these stand out as having attributes that blow the rest out of the water. Whether you were reading for research or boning up for fun, we hope you enjoyed our list, and if you intend to shop, we hope we helped you narrow things down a bit. So we’ll leave you to it; get on the road, have fun, and most of all, be safe.
Written by Benjamin Smith
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