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7 front-wheel-drive coupes you might enjoy (Part 2)

Since the first part was too short, here is a second one. And yes, there is an Alfa this time.

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In addition to the first part which can be found here: drivetribe.com/p/5-front-wheel-drive-coupes-you-QPEbg1GmTXOUlSVN2rRsjA?commentId=ZglHfz7LS8SccIElRe0a9g&iid=X84L25eRRWCqXpNK3IMewA#ZglHfz7LS8SccIElRe0a9g here are 7 more coupes with the "wrong-wheel-drive" that might be more fun than you think.

1. Volkswagen Scirocco

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According to some, the new Scirocco can hardly be called a coupe. It simply lacks the traditional silhouette of one. Then again, the Scirocco has always been just a sleeker version of the Golf, sharing the same platform and engines.

The first generation, similarly to the Golf, had a GTI version, with the same 1.6-litre 16V engine, producing 110 hp and 137 Nm (101 lb/ft). The second generation also had a GTI version which came out 10 years after the first one - in 1986. Here the engine was a 1.8-litre 16V. This meant 129 hp and 165 Nm (122 lb/ft). The 0-100 km/h was in 8 seconds - 2 seconds quicker than the first generation.

After nearly 20 years of absence, the Scirocco came back in 2008. Now sleeker than ever, but still retaining the Golf roots. It had the engine of the Golf GTI with 200 and later 211 bhp and 280 Nm (207 lb/ft). 0-100 km/h was in 6.7 seconds and the top speed was 240 km/h (149 mph).

But wait! The Scirocco also had an R version. The same 2.0-litre engine from the GTI now made 265 hp and 350 Nm (258 lb/ft). This was enough for a 5.7-second sprint to 100 km/h and a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). Power went only to the front wheels, either through a 6-speed manual or a DSG gearbox.

2. Mitsubishi Eclipse

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Whether it's an earlier model or a later one (except the 3rd generation), the Eclipse has always been an interesting proposition from Mitsubishi, when it came to compact front-wheel-drive coupes.

The earlier ones used a 2.0-litre 4G63 / 4G63T engine making anywhere from 140 to 213 hp. In the latter, 0-100 km/h happened in around 6.5 seconds. In the 2000s, however, the Eclipse took a different approach, in terms of powertrain. Now offered exclusively as a front-wheel-drive coupe, the Eclipse also ditched the 2-litre engine.

The base model now had a 2.4-litre 4-cylinder with 162 hp and around 217 Nm. However, you really had to rev it to get some oompf and the car wasn't exactly light. Help came in the form of the Eclipse GT which had a 3.8-litre transversely-mounted SOHC V6. The same one used in the Pajero SUV. Here it made 265 hp and 355 Nm (262 lb/ft). 0-100 km/h was in 5.8 seconds and top speed was around 250 km/h.

3. Honda Accord Coupe

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Think of the Accord Coupe as a more refined Mitsubishi Eclipse. Especially, in the later generations. The Accord never had sportier aspirations. Where it shines, compared to the Eclipse is in the levels of refinement and comfort.

The 1998-2002 generation had a 3-litre V6 with 200 hp and 265 Nm while the facelift had a DOHC version of the same engine which meant 240 hp and 287 Nm. 0-100 km/h was now in 7.3 seconds - 1.2 seconds quicker than the previous one.

From 2006-onwards, the Accord got a more modern design and more displacement. The new models received a bigger 3.5-litre V6 but went back to the SOHC valvetrain. Still, power went up to 272 hp and torque, to 340 Nm. This meant a 0-100 km/h in 6.2 seconds. At the same time, the Accord offers enough room for four and lots of equipment....and Honda reliability.

4. Toyota Corolla Levin (AE111)

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The seventh and final generation of the Levin had a front-wheel-drive. Although it might be a bit of a disappointment to the diehard fans of the AE86, this AE111 generation retains a very important ingredient that made the AE86 so popular among JDM fans - the 4A-GE engine.

But not just any version of it. It had the 20V "black top" version. This meant 165 hp at 7800 RPM and 162 Nm at 5600 RPM. The car was still very light and despite the "wrong-wheel-drive", still had a playful chassis. 0-100 km/h was in 7.6 seconds but with all the aftermarket parts available, it could easily go down into the 6-second range.

5. Peugeot 406 Coupe

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"The poor man's Ferrari" as it was called when it first debuted at the Paris Motor show. The styling was entrusted to Pininfarina which explains the good looks of the French coupe. That said, the car was still based on the four-door 406 which shared a platform with the Citroen Xantia - both cars which do not have any performance aspirations.

Initially, the engine choices were quite mediocre too, offering a couple of 4-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. The car actually became the most sold diesel coupe in Europe and even more so in the UK. Later, however, came the 3.0 V6 version. Initially, with 194 hp and 267 Nm, the car had an adequate performance. 0-100 km/h was in the high 7 seconds and top speed was 235 km/h.

The year 2000 marked the first year of the facelift. The most notable difference was the bigger grill at the front. The V6 now had 211 hp and 285 Nm. 0-100 km/h was now in 7.4 seconds and the top speed, 240 km/h.

Its successor came in the form of the 407 Prologue. In addition to keeping the 3-litre V6, it also offered a new 2.7-litre V6 turbodiesel. However, it was bigger and heavier and did not gain any performance.

6. Renault Laguna Coupe

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Here's an odd one. In 2012 Renault decided to make a 2-door version of its flagship (at the time) model. The Laguna Coupe boasted a very bold design and it had the power to back it up, sort of.

Among the usual 4-cylinder sowing machines, there were two V6s. A 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel and the well-known 3.5-litre VQ35 V6. However, the latter had retained the conservative setup used in the Renault Avantime and Nissan Murano. This meant "only" 238 hp and 330 Nm. It was still enough for a 7.4-second sprint to 100 km/h and 244 km/h.

Strangely enough, the 3-litre turbodiesel matched the performance of the VQ35, making the 0-100 km.h sprint in 7.3 seconds and achieving a 242 km/h top speed. It had the same 238 hp figure but peak torque was 450 Nm. It is the same engine you can find in some Nissan and Infiniti SUV models.

That said, just like the 406 Coupe and its successor, the Laguna Coupe prefers to be a long-distance cruiser than a canyon carver. Usually, a big transversely-mounted engine in the front, in a car that's based on a family saloon means it prefers to be driven at 7/10.

7. Alfa Romeo GTV

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I know you have been waiting for this. Here it is! Considered by many to be one of the best front-wheel-drive cars. In true Alfa tradition, the design is stunning and even with that big V6 in the front, it still retains good balance.

Unlike most cars on the list, the Alfa is fun regardless of which engine you take. Even the 2-litre normally-aspirated 4-cylinder could be great fun. However, if you want to go big, you need the GTV6. Earlier ones had a 3-litre V6 making 220 hp and 270 Nm and was good for a 6.6-second sprint to 100 km/h. The top speed was 250 km/h.

However, in 2003 came a facelift version. The V6 was now 3.2 litres and power and torque figures were 239 hp and 289 Nm respectively. The 0-100 km/h time was now 6.3 seconds. However, with an aftermarket differential, it could go down into the high-5s. Top speed was 255 km/h.

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