When most people think of all-wheel drive, their minds naturally gravitate to Crossover and sport utility vehicles. The outstanding benefits of all-wheel drive to that genre of vehicle are many—given they are designed to deal with off-road situations, mud, snow, and sand.
Many mainstream drivers who live in less than ideal climates also value all-wheel drive for its ability to provide reassuring security on rain-soaked roads, or when dealing with snowy winters. The superior traction afforded by an all-wheel drive powertrain is, in fact, absolutely perfect for that as well.
However, there is another category of driver for whom all-wheel drive holds tremendous appeal. Today’s more capable high performance automobiles have incorporated all-wheel drive into their games for the same reasons the drivers listed above prefer the drivetrain.
Of course, while they love the effect, their application is somewhat different.
In a performance car, all-wheel drive’s superior tractability lets you get power down to the ground a lot sooner in a turn, making your exits faster. It 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.
Thus, it should come as no surprise to learn a collection of the best all-wheel drive coupes would be dominated by performance-oriented cars. After all, if a manufacturer is going to go to the trouble and expense of fitting an all-wheel drive powertrain to a coupe, you can bet they’re going to do all they can to make sure that coupe is fast too.
Thus, our list of the Best AWD Drive Coupes for 2012 is one fast group of terrific-looking cars.