So many beautiful sports coupes are also hardcore performance cars. An auto enthusiast might balk at applying that term too liberally, but it’s certainly true that sporty style usually comes with sporty performance. And sporty performance often gets in the way of everyday livability — for instance, with a stiffer ride, a smaller interior, or a higher price tag.
When you want a healthy dash of sporty flavor without giving up too much comfort and luxury, two relatively affordable options are the Infiniti Q60 and the Lexus RC. These luxury two-door coupes are each priced from the low $40,000s but look like they cost more. They’re both available with at least 400 horsepower. And both of them surround their quiet, leather-lined cabins with racy-looking sheetmetal. If that sounds like your type of car, keep reading as we compare the RC and Q60 across eight categories and then name our overall winner.