The best all-wheel drive coupes might seem like a strange category. When most people think of all-wheel drive, minds gravitate to Sport Utility Vehicles. The benefits of all-wheel drive to that genre are many—given they are designed to deal with off-road situations, mud, snow, and sand. However, today’s high performance automobiles have incorporated all-wheel drive into their games for the same reasons listed above. Further, in a performance oriented all-wheel drive Coupe, this superior tractability improves road holding in general, and by extension enables a good driver to take full advantage of all the power an engine has to offer. By the way, yes we know Bentley, Ferrari, and Lamborghini also have all-wheel drive coupes. Given their stratospheric prices, of course they’re good. Why bother covering them? This is a listing of the mainstream’s best all-wheel drive coupes.
Audi A5/S5/RS 5
Easily one of the more handsome cars on the road today, the Audi A5’s distinctive profile is muscular, seductive and sophisticated—all at the same time. Offering power from mild to wild (if you opt for the S5 variant), the A5 delivers great fuel economy, high performance, a luxurious interior, and miles and miles of high style. Further, its all-wheel drive powertrain is one of the most technically advanced systems of its kind on the market. Bred for the autobahn and dressed for Broadway, you’ll be proud to arrive in an Audi A5, S5 or RS 5 anywhere you go. After all, it’s one of the best all-wheel drive coupes. Pricing starts at $40,000.
The Audi of exotic sports cars is bound to top any list of the best AWD coupes. Handsome in an understated way, the German mid-engine exotic sports car wows onlookers with its handsome features, and drives enthusiasts wild with its stellar performance abilities. The combination of a V10 engine with all-wheel drive makes the R8 one of the fastest and best-handling exotic sports cars on the road. As all-wheel drive coupes go, its corporate cousin Lamborghini builds the only real peers the Audi has. One of the most desirable cars in the world, the Audi R8 easily makes the list of the best all-wheel drive coupes. Pricing starts at $115,900.
Audi’s mainstream sports car—the TT—delivers all-wheel drive coupe pleasure in the form of an exquisitely styled automobile—one distinctive from every other car on the road. In a time when so many cars look so much alike, the Audi TT and its high-performance variant the Audi TTS, stand out. In addition to beauty, the Audi TT models convey status, performance, and the refined sensibilities that always accompany good taste. That the TT also ranks as one of the best all-wheel drive coupes is a natural occurrence. It is well known that Audi builds some of the finest cars available for sale today. Pricing starts at $40,350.
BMW 2 Series xDrive
Fluidity personified, the smoothness with which the BMW 2 Series xDrive all-wheel drive coupe operates is almost surreal. Its engines wind exceptionally freely, ride quality is wonderfully resilient, and build quality of the small coupe is absolutely outstanding. By the way, lest you think the 2 Series xDrive’s entry level status in the BMW hierarchy means you’re getting an inferior car, rest assured, one thing BMW does better than pretty much everyone else is inject outstanding driving pleasure into all of its automobiles. A pure BMW through and through, with the 2 Series xDrive you get it all, along with all-weather tractability too. Pricing starts at $33,900.
BMW 4 Series xDrive
Handsome, svelte, sexy, seductive, purposeful, graceful…these are all words capable of describing BMW’s 4 Series Coupe. Proven to be one of the most coveted models on the road, the BMW 4 Series ably combines the best attributes of a sports car with the comfort and convenience of a luxury coupe. That BMW’s engineers and product planners would see fit to endow their most popular offering with all-wheel drive would seem to be a decision requiring very little thought. After all, the ultimate driving machine must be capable of providing the ultimate driving experience regardless of the elements or the road’s condition, surface or terrain. Pricing starts at $42,750.
BMW 6 Series xDrive
An aspirational automobile in every sense of the word, the gracefully styled BMW 6 Series brings a specific elegance to the best all-wheel drive coupes category. While there certainly are other cars in the BMW’s class, few offer its unique blend of Grand Touring capability, sports car performance, outstanding comfort and convenience features, along with its svelte Savile Row tailoring. Fit an all-wheel drive powertrain and suddenly you’re looking at what may quite possibly be the best device ever for transporting two very fortunate souls, their luggage, and their inevitable good humor to some fabulous destination at high speed—regardless of the weather or the nature of the roads leading to it. Pricing starts at $79,600.
And now, for something completely different; the BMW i8 is as much exotic sports car as it is hybrid, as it is all-wheel drive coupe. Part of BMW’s first wave of ultra fuel-efficient ‘i” range of automobiles, the head turning BMW i8 is one seriously impressive coupe. Styling aside, the fact it gets so much performance from such a diminutive 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine (the basics of which are shared with the 2015 MINI Cooper) is quite extraordinary. A pair of electric motors supplement the gasoline engine and endows the handsome shark-like coupe with all-wheel drive. Total system output is 357 horsepower, 420 ft-lbs of torque, and it sounds amazing. Pricing starts at $136,500.
Infiniti Q60 AWD
Long a favorite among the best all-wheel drive coupes, the Infiniti Q60 was designed specifically to compete with the 4 Series BMW coupes. So naturally Infiniti offers an all-wheel drive version of its sleek coupe. A highly desirable automobile; from its distinctive exhaust note to the plush accommodations of its interior, the Infiniti Q60 AWD takes the whole all-wheel drive luxury coupe thing quite seriously. Power comes from a 3.7-liter V6 with 330 horsepower and 270 ft-lbs of torque. For the record, rear drive is standard; all-wheel drive is offered as an option. Pricing for the all-wheel drive Q60 starts at $42,600.
Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe 4MATIC
In a brand comprised largely of halo cars, one of the brightest halos hovering above any of the Mercedes-Benz models glows over the all-new S-Class Coupe. An engineering masterpiece, as well as a technological tour de force, the big Mercedes-Benz coupe is easily one of the most advanced all-wheel drive coupes on the road today. The S-Class Coupe also features every hi-tech safety device known to cars, and indeed many previously unknown features are debuting there before trickling down to lesser cars. With that in mind, of course the S-Class Coupe features all-wheel drive as well. If there is a pinnacle for this list of the best all-wheel drive coupes, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe 4MATIC easily occupies that position. Pricing starts at $119,900.
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe 4MATIC
The other illustrious entry on this list of the best all-wheel drive coupes from Mercedes-Benz, the E-Class Coupe 4MATIC offering is both graceful and a strong performer. Further, the model nicely echoes the uncompromising technical philosophies guiding its more expensive S-Class Coupe sibling. In other words, the E-Class Coupe 4MATIC is a nothing less than a brilliant child in a family of high achievers. With a pedigree like that, of course it has also earned itself a reserved parking space on this list of the best AWD coupes. Pricing starts at $56,700.
The phrase, “Good Lord This Thing Is Fast!” is the first statement uttered by anyone who experiences the full-throttle acceleration of the Nissan GT-R for the first time. Reputed to be the quickest car on the market today, that outstanding capability is attributable in significant measure to the Nissan coupe’s all-wheel drive powertrain. Providing so much grip at launch, the GT-R—when set furiously in motion using its traction control system—feels as if it is being catapulted off of an aircraft carrier. When the first corner comes up, the GT-R barely breaks stride. To witness firsthand the heart-stopping performance benefits of one of the best all-wheel drive coupes, check out the Nissan GT-R. Pricing starts at $101,770
Porsche 911 Turbo/Carrera 4
Whenever you hang a massive weight out over the tail of an object and ask it to change directions quickly without finesse, you’re pretty much also requesting it to spin. Such was the plight of rear-engined Porsche 911 drivers for many, many years. Then, the company fitted all-wheel drive to a 911 and suddenly that problem all but evaporated. Today’s 911 is generally regarded as one of the world’s most desirable sports cars. And, with all-wheel drive it’s even better. Whether you acquire a 911 Turbo or one of the normally aspirated Carrera 4 models, you’ll have placed yourself at the wheel of one of the world’s best all-wheel drive coupes. Pricing starts at $91,030.