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#91703 - 28th Jan 2005 11:09am What is Coup'e?
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I was looking at the Citroen C4 coupe, despite it being hideous to look at (IMO) it got me wondering, What is a coup'e?

How are the different from normal hatch's saloons etc

The only definition of coupe i can find is this

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coupe n : a car with two doors and front seats and a luggage compartment
Does this not apply to every 2 door car?
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#91704 - 28th Jan 2005 11:15am Re: What is Coup'e?
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is it the bodyshape then?

Even though a lot of coupés look fast they all seem to be heavy (the common ones anyway)
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#91705 - 28th Jan 2005 11:18am Re: What is Coup'e?
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Think its to do with 2 doors and a boot, rather than 2 doors and a hatch (3door)
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#91706 - 28th Jan 2005 11:19am Re: What is Coup'e?
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The Hyundai coupe is a 2 door hatch.

The old polo coupe is a 2 door hatch

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#91707 - 28th Jan 2005 11:27am Re: What is Coup'e?
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hmmm not sure then, ive even seen my car advertised in auto trader as a coupé before think
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#91708 - 28th Jan 2005 1:07pm Re: What is Coup'e?
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I think a coupe is a 2 door car with a hatch.And it involves the windowline. Look at the old megane 3 door and the magane coupe(non CC)

There is no room in the back of the coupe, even my head was touchin the roof!!
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#91709 - 28th Jan 2005 1:09pm Re: What is Coup'e?
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Mine is a coupe, with a boot :S
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#91710 - 28th Jan 2005 5:06pm Re: What is Coup'e?
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The C pillar on a coupe is at a drastically different angle to saloons/hatchbacks, which essentially makes them more aerodynamic.

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#91711 - 28th Jan 2005 8:07pm Re: What is Coup'e?
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From what i could remember about the Astra, a coupe was a 4 seater ie no centre seatbelt in the back.

I may be wrong though
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#91712 - 28th Jan 2005 11:13pm Re: What is Coup'e?
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coupe means different things!!!!take the mazda rx8 4 example its a coupe and a 4 door 4 1!!!!so cant mean 2 doors
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#91713 - 29th Jan 2005 1:07am Re: What is Coup'e?
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Madness, seems you've got a great question there mr 125, any more ideas? I really haven't got a clue myself.
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#91714 - 29th Jan 2005 2:00am Re: What is Coup'e?
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Originally posted by dj_russell_plays_trance:
coupe means different things!!!!take the mazda rx8 4 example its a coupe and a 4 door 4 1!!!!so cant mean 2 doors
The '92 shape mazda 323 is like that too. I'm stickin by my theory smile

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#91715 - 29th Jan 2005 2:59am Re: What is Coup'e?
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Quick Definitions for 'coupe'
noun: a car with two doors and front seats and a luggage compartment
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary

Quote:

Coup'e \Cou`p['e]"\ (k[=oo]`p[asl]"), n. [F., fr. coup['e], p.
p. of couper to cut. See Coppice.]
1. The front compartment of a French diligence; also, the
front compartment (usually for three persons) of a car or
carriage on British railways.

2. A four-wheeled close carriage for two persons inside, with
an outside seat for the driver; -- so called because
giving the appearance of a larger carriage cut off.

"coupe" wn "WordNet (r) 2.0"

coupe
n : a car with two doors and front seats and a luggage compartment
"hatchback" wn "WordNet (r) 2.0"
hatchback

Quote:
n 1: a car having a hatchback door
2: a sloping rear car door that is lifted to open

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#91716 - 29th Jan 2005 11:29am Re: What is Coup'e?
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I think it may just be a word that sells cars?

The polo coupe, as above is a hatchback, i am guessing they may have been poor sellers, and coupe is quite an attractive word?

Like GTI, people assume GTI means a car is dead fast, but in the case of an escort, isnt the GTI the same engine as an SI?
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#91717 - 29th Jan 2005 11:40am Re: What is Coup'e?
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the gti is actually about 0.8 seconds slower 0-60 that the Si

it has a few little extra bits such as half leather seats (identical seats with a bit of leather)

Side skirts
15" Alloys in a different style to the Si alloys
The rear bumper has "spats"
Air Conditioning (Which some Si models had anyway)

Same engine with more weight it what makes it that tiny bit slower (this is according to fords book figures anyway)

So theres not really enough difference between them i dont think. If you buy a GTi escort second hand you will pay more just because it says GTi lol. The interiors can be bought for £150-£200 in excellent condition and are dead easy to find too!!

Anyway back on topic....yes maybe its just a word used to sell them....
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