Join Date: Sep 2007
Coupe simply means cut in French. Traditionally a sedan was built as a coupe by cutting a section out of the wheelbase, requiring similar surgery to the rear passengers knees. Traditionally a Spider was built differently to the sedan and could be made lighter in the days of body on frame.
Current coupes are styling exercises with nothing else to recommend them. Most convertibles are just significantly heavier than equivalent coupes or even sedans unless built on tubs instead of unibody.
Alfa intends to succumb to the economic nonsense of producing a coupe version of the sedan which will offer no performance improvements over the QF. Whether it will look any better is of course a matter of opinion. Given the strange and apparently significant reduction in market interest in sedans it may well be the coupe will not be produced for North America.
The 8C will be a true sportscar, purpose built to be lighter than any sedan equivalent might be. Being very limited production we will probably be offered a few. Very, very expensive.
1991 Alfa Romeo 164L 5 spd
White on grey leather 230K km, owned from new