Super-coupes/GTs are what I call full size coupes which are both powerful and luxurious. These are still sold today in the form of the Mercedes S-Class Coupe, Rolls-Royce Wraith and the BMW-8-Series.
However, I believe that the super-coupe segment was at it's best in the 1990s with many having four full size seats, huge engines and all of the luxury mod cons you would expect from that decade.
Today, we look at some of the best super coupes from the 1990s.
Starting with my most favourite 90s super-coupe, the BMW 850CSi was and still is one of the most iconic cars from the 90s. I love the design of the original 8-Series, with it's wedge shape, pop up head lights and pillarless doors. The original 8-Series was released in 1990 and made it all the way up to 1999 when it was discontinued, until the new 8-Series came out last year.
The original 8-Series was offered in four production trim levels; the 840Ci, 850i, 850Ci and the range topping 850CSi. BMW did experiment with the 8-Series, with a lower spec 830i, a convertible model based on the 850i and the unreleased M8. The 840Ci came with a 4.0 V8 and the 850 models came with a choice of V12s, starting at 5.0 litres for the 850i, the 850Ci came with 5.4 litres and the 850CSI came with a 5.6 litres.
Mercedes CL73 AMG
The Mercedes CL has always been a cool car in my eyes and there was a version which featured a monstrous 7.3 litre V12 which pumped out an impressive 524bhp and 553lb ft of torque. The engine, known as M297, also found it's way into the Mercedes CLK GTR and the Pagani Zonda.
This mighty engine would propel the CL73 AMG to 60mph in 4.9 seconds and on to a top speed of 199mph. The CL73 AMG is an incredibly rare car and was probably the most expensive Mercedes on sale when it launched in 1997. The model was later indirectly replaced by the CL65 AMG in 2003.
Porsche 928 GTS
The Porsche 928 GTS is one of the finest Porsche's ever made and was the top of the line model for the 928. The GTS variant was introduced in 1992 and lastest until 1995, when production stopped. It had no direct successor though.
Anyway, the 928 GTS was sold with a 5.4 litre V8 which churned out a reasonable 345bhp and 369lb ft of torque. The 928 was the type of car which was happy to sit at 170mph on a motorway without breaking a sweat. Just over 2900 examples of the 928 GTS were built over the three years it was in production, so good luck finding a clean and tidy example.
Bentley Continental R
Long before the VAG take over, Bentley were a maker of old school luxury cars that shared a lot of bits with Rolls-Royce. This had been going on since the 1960s and some would say the 1990s Continental was the last true Bentley.
The Continental R was and still is one of the coolest Bentley‘s to be made, with a turbocharged 6.75-litre V8 up front, sending power to the back, while accomodating four people and their luggage in British style and comfort. These were expensive cars when they were new but you can now get one for the same price as a new Dacia Duster.
Aston Martin V8 Vantage Le Mans
Some may not like the looks of the V8 Vantage from the 1990s but it sure does look aggressive. These Aston’s came from the time where they were still being built in Newport Pagnell (not too far from where I live) and shared showroom space with the then new DB7.
The Vantage Le Mans was the flagship of Aston’s range when it launched in 1999. Appropiatl, it was insanely powerful and expensive. Aston squeezed 604bhp out of that V8 and allowed the car to cruise to 199mph. Not bad for 1999 then. The Le Mans model is insanely rare, with only 40 built. If you want one, prepare to pay a lot of money for it.