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How the Sports Coupe is making a Comeback

In an age of environmental consciousness, of fuel economy and hybrid technology the sports coupe can seem like something from a bygone age. As we go green we have begun to look backwards for our need to speed, the release of the film Rush being a prime example. We can want for a sleek coupe, but the reality is we’re fitting a baby seat to a Prius.

Thankfully though, manufacturers have noticed that we’ve been growing up and becoming more conscientious and have ensured that their sports coupes have too. Yes, the coupe is back and this time it’s more responsible than ever. The world’s car makers have realised that you can be environmentally conscious and still want to have fun; you can cruise round Alpine bends with the roof down, but only once you’ve filled in the appropriate daily insurance forms first.

So, which are the sports coupes bringing sexy (yet practical) back? Here are five models that are helping the coupe to make a comeback.

Bentley Continental GTC

The latest incarnation of Bentley’s Continental GTC is 65kg lighter than its predecessor helping to make it 40% more fuel efficient than the original version. Classy and no longer a drag in any sense.

The Bentley Continental GTC

The Bentley Continental GTC

Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG

Another coupe that has been evolved to be drastically lighter is the Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG, which is constructed almost entirely from aluminium. Like the Bentley Continental, this decrease in weight has boosted fuel efficiency, whilst the German manufacturers (insert your own remark about efficiency here) have added start/stop technology which shuts down the engine during temporary stops, reducing emissions.

Toyota Scion FR-S

Produced in collaboration with Subaru, the Toyota Scion is another incredibly light coupe helping to aid fuel efficiency, offering between 25mpg and 34mpg. The distinctively styled rear-wheel drive coupe has also been constructed to sit well within LEV II fuel emissions standards.

Porsche 918 Spyder

The New Porsche 918 Spyder

The New Porsche 918 Spyder

Unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the new 918 Spyder from Porche can reach 60mph in less than 2.8 seconds, yet can also do 72 miles per gallon, making it around 30% more fuel efficient than the Toyota Prius. A carbon-fibre supercar with a plug-in hybrid drive; Porsche have deemed it ‘a supercar for everyday use’ though you probably wouldn’t be able to make the school-run in it, unless you’ve parented The Borrowers.

BMW i8

See, you know the new BMW is modern and cool because it has a lower case ‘I’ in its name. BMW’s own take on the hybrid sports car does 113mpg and is capable of being driven in electric mode for 22 miles at a speed of 75mph thanks to a mid-mounted front axle lithium-ion battery.

BMW's highly advanced i8

BMW’s highly advanced i8

So, perhaps we can drive a sports car without fearing our carbon footprint after all? Now is the time to take out one day insurance and take the chance to test drive one of these coupes now, before we get too grown-up.

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