Buy/Drive/Burn: The B&B Burns a $45,000 Rear-drive Coupe

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It is impossible to ignore the present pattern in the Buy/Drive/Burn series. We’ve had three entries in the series so far, two of which have been coupe-focused. In today’s fourth edition, we talk coupes again and sort out some questions of arson from B&B commenter Dal20402. He suggested today’s modern, rear-drive sports coupe lineup in the QOTD post where we introduced the rules for this series.

The coupe category spans three continents, each with its own idea of what a rear-drive coupe should be. Which one will burn?

Today’s coupes are all 2018 models, and share a few things in common: sporting ideals, rear-drive, automatic transmissions (live with it), and a price tag between $40,000 and $45,000.

Infiniti Q60 3.0t

Infiniti’s only coupe offering at present, the Q60 was the old G37’s replacement. The much-revised coupe you see here debuted in 2016. For $44,300 you get a LUXE trim Q60, which includes a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 making 300 horsepower. This mid-range trim does not offer the Dynamic Digital Suspension (you must step up to Sport for that). The Q60 needs that suspension. Your backside sits on leatherette.

Ford Mustang GT

As one might expect, the Mustang offers the biggest bang-for-buck of our trio, with the GT’s 5.0-liter V8 producing a grandiose 460 horsepower. The GT Premium comes with leather, and in automatic guise starts at $41,590. It’s less luxurious, more low-brow, and more fun than the other two. Staying on budget, you’ve got room for a couple of options like navigation or a Performance Package.

BMW 430i

The BMW we can afford today has half the number of cylinders of the Mustang (but much better fuel economy), and features a 2.0-liter inline-four engine producing 248 horsepower. The 430i with an automatic transmission asks $43,500 at your local BMW dealer, leaving room for a color that is not white or black for $550 extra. I might go with Snapper Rocks Blue Metallic to cover up the leatherette interior.

Three coupes with different missions in life, asking the same sort of money. Dal wants to know which goes home to your garage, and which becomes a burned out shell?

[Images: Lexus, Infiniti, Ford, BMW]

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  • Amancuso Amancuso on Mar 30, 2018

    Buy BMW Drive Infiniti Burn Mustang.

  • Vulpine Vulpine on Apr 03, 2018

    Buy: Mustang (despite the fact I don't like Fords) Drive: Mustang (less pretentious than either of the other two) Burn: The other two.

  • Arthur Dailey For the Hornet less expensive interior materials/finishings, decontent just a little, build it in North America and sell it for less and everyone should be happy with both the Dodge and the Alfa.
  • Bunkie I so wanted to love this car back in the day. At the time I owned a GT6+ and I was looking for something more modern. But, as they say, this car had *issues*. The first of which was the very high price premium for the V8. It was a several thousand dollar premium over the TR-7. The second was the absolutely awful fuel economy. That put me off the car and I bought a new RX-7 which, despite the thirsty rotary, still got better mileage and didn’t require premium fuel. I guess I wasn’t the only one who had this reaction because, two years later, I test-drove a leftover that had a $2,000 price cut. I don’t remember being impressed, the RX-7 had spoiled me with how easy it was to own. The TR-8 didn’t feel quick to me and it felt heavy. The first-gen RX was more in line with the idea of a light car that punched above its weight. I parted ways with both the GT6+ and the RX7 and, to this day, I miss them both.
  • Fred Where you going to build it? Even in Texas near Cat Springs they wanted to put up a country club for sport cars. People complained, mostly rich people who had weekend hobby farms. They said the noise would scare their cows. So they ended up in Dickinson, where they were more eager for development of any kind.
  • MaintenanceCosts I like the styling of this car inside and out, but not any of the powertrains. Give it the 4xe powertrain - or, better yet, a version of that powertrain with the 6-cylinder Hurricane - and I'd be very interested.
  • Daniel J I believe anyone, at any level, should get paid as much as the market will bear. Why should CEOs have capped salaries or compensation but middle management shouldn't? If companies support poor CEOs and poor CEOs keep getting rewarded, it's up to the consumer and investors to force that company to either get a better CEO or to reduce the salary of that CEO. What I find hilarious is that consumers will continue to support companies where the pay for the CEOs is very high. And the same people complain. I stopped buying from Amazon during the pandemic. Everyone happily buys from them but the CEO makes bank. Same way with Walmart and many other retailers. Tim Cook got 100m in compensation last year yet people line up to buy Iphones. People who complain and still buy the products must not really care that much.