Our 8 Favorite Performance Coupes of 2016

When hunting apexes and creasing asphalt are the goals, look no further than these performance honed machines.


Crossovers and SUVs may keep the lights on at Ford, Chevy, Nissan and Lexus, but it’s the performance coupes that bring the soul. In a world where practicality, eco-friendliness and efficiency are the main selling points for most cars, two-door speed machines with powerful engines make their presence known. The visceral performance and driver involvement required by performance coupes is what keeps us coming back for more. And this past year we got to wheel more than a few around, but a select few cut right to our core.

Acura NSX

The new NSX is the car Acura built to set a new standard, not meet an old one.

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Porsche 911 Carrera 2S

It’s the end of an era: for the first time in its history, every 911 will be powered by twin-turbocharged engines. That is a very, very good thing.

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Lexus LFA Nurburgring Edition

The Lexus LFA was too expensive to make, too expensive to buy, and too rare to be awe inspiring. But none of that matters.

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Nissan GT-R

Tackling Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Nissan’s newly revitalized 2017 GT-R — on a dark and stormy evening.

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Mustang GT and Camaro SS

We’re in a new age of American muscle cars at the moment. The Mustang and Camaro may be bitter rivals, but are they really all that different?

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McLaren 570S

Is the McLaren 570S better than a Porsche 911 Turbo? Both are raw — but this British beast is very different.

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Audi TTS

I wanted to photograph rare synchronous fireflies, and hoped to attract them with a yellow Audi TTS.

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