fastest 4 cylinder cars

fastest 4 cylinder cars

Fastest 4 Cylinder Cars

You know times have changed when the fastest 4-cylinder cars in America wear badges from Audi, Mercedes-Benz, and Alfa Romeo. These newcomers to the 4-cylinder performance game stand alongside stalwarts from Mitsubishi, Honda, and Subaru as quick and nimble compact cars that can flex their muscles alongside larger V8s and not get laughed off of the starting grid. The 4-cylinder revolution might have begun long ago, but it’s reached its apex with the current crop of modern ruffians. Let’s take a quick look at 10 of the fastest 4-cylinder cars currently available.
fastest 4 cylinder cars 1

Fastest 4 Cylinder Cars

Photo Credit: Ford Page 1 of 12 You know times have changed when the fastest 4-cylinder cars in America wear badges from Audi, Mercedes-Benz, and Alfa Romeo. These newcomers to the 4-cylinder performance game stand alongside stalwarts from Mitsubishi, Honda, and Subaru as quick and nimble compact cars that can flex their muscles alongside larger V8s and not get laughed off of the starting grid. The 4-cylinder revolution might have begun long ago, but it’s reached its apex with the current crop of modern ruffians. Let’s take a quick look at 10 of the fastest 4-cylinder cars currently available.
fastest 4 cylinder cars 2

Fastest 4 Cylinder Cars

The fastest 4-cylinder cars have caught up to their V-6 and, in some cases, V-8 rivals when it comes to all-out performance. You can blame the popularity of turbocharging and the age of lightweight vehicle design for this sudden burst of speed from 4-cylinder cars, along with a desire to better balance sporty driving with overall fuel efficiency.Whatever the reasons, there’s no doubt that the ultimate winners are the buyers seeking the best blend of acceleration, handling, and affordability. Let’s take a quick look at the 10 fastest 4-cylinder cars under $40,000.
fastest 4 cylinder cars 3

Fastest 4 Cylinder Cars

Page 1 of 12 The fastest 4-cylinder cars have caught up to their V-6 and, in some cases, V-8 rivals when it comes to all-out performance. You can blame the popularity of turbocharging and the age of lightweight vehicle design for this sudden burst of speed from 4-cylinder cars, along with a desire to better balance sporty driving with overall fuel efficiency.Whatever the reasons, there’s no doubt that the ultimate winners are the buyers seeking the best blend of acceleration, handling, and affordability. Let’s take a quick look at the 10 fastest 4-cylinder cars under $40,000.
fastest 4 cylinder cars 4

Fastest 4 Cylinder Cars

1 of 10 2016 Chevrolet Camaro 2.0 – 275-hp Even though the 2.0-liter four is the base engine in the new Camaro, it’s still powerful enough to warrant inclusion on this list. While purists might scoff at a four banger in a Camaro, they shouldn’t: It’s more than enough power for the car’s 3300 lbs, and it handles beautifully. Chevrolet Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 2 of 10 2016 Audi S3/Volkswagen Golf R – 292-hp They wear different badges and bodywork, but under the skin, the Audi S3 and Volkswagen Golf R are almost the same car. Both get a 2.0-liter turbo inline-four making 292 horsepower, but you can get the Volkswagen with a manual. Sadly, the Audi only comes with a dual-clutch automatic. Audi Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 3 of 10 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster – 300-hp The Boxster may have lost two cylinders when it became the 718 Boxster, but it gained a healthy increase in power. Equipped with a new 2.0-liter flat-four, the base 718 Boxster is good for 300 horsepower. Porsche Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 4 of 10 2016 Subaru WRX STI – 305-hp When the WRX STI first came to the U.S. in 2004, its 300-horsepower flat-four mind-blowing—a V8 Mustang of the same vintage only mustered 260. Now, the world has moved on and the STI has the same engine, albeit with five additional horsepower. Even still, it’s good enough to earn a spot on the list. Subaru Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 5 of 10 2016 Ford Mustang Ecoboost – 310-hp Ford made a bold choice in making the 2.3-liter EcoBoost the upgrade engine over the base-model V6 in the Mustang, so it had to have the goods to back it up. Thankfully, it does. Its 310 horsepower is more powerful than the V8 Mustang of 2005. And it’s not even the most powerful version of this engine that Ford makes. Ford Advertisement – Continue Reading Below Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 6 of 10 2016 Volvo XC90 T6 – 316-hp All of the other engines on this list benefit from turbocharging, but the four-cylinder in the XC90 T6 also gets a supercharger. This twin-charged engine, in various states of tune, will make its home in nearly all cars Volvo will sell in the future. Volvo Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 7 of 10 2017 Ford Focus RS – 350-hp Starting with the 2.3-liter EcoBoost found in the Mustang, Ford Performance cranked everything up for the Focus RS, resulting in an impressive 350 horsepower. Combine that power with a trick all-wheel-drive system, and you’ve got one of the best enthusiast cars on sale today. Lee Brimble Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 8 of 10 2017 Porsche 718 Boxster S – 350-hp Unlike the new 911 Carrera and Carrera S, which use the same 3.0-liter flat-six in different states of tune, the 718 Boxster and Boxster S use two different engines. Where the base Boxster gets a 300-horsepower 2.0-liter, the Boxster S gets an extra half-liter of displacement and 50 more horsepower. Don’t balk at the notion of a four-cylinder Boxster either, because this car is brilliant. Porsche Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 9 of 10 2017 Volvo S60/V60 Polestar – 367-hp For its blue-tastic Polestar models, Volvo started with the twin-charged four used in the XC90 T6, installed a bigger turbo, new connecting rods, a new camshaft, and a bigger intake to make 367 horsepower. It’s more powerful than the outgoing straight-six-powered car, and we can’t wait to drive it. Volvo Advertisement – Continue Reading Below 10 of 10 2016 Mercedes-AMG CLA45/GLA45 – 375-hp When they debuted, the Mercedes-AMG CLA45 and GLA45 were the most powerful four-cylinder production cars ever, with 355 horsepower on tap. Feeling the pressure from the competition, AMG cranked things up to a ridiculous 375 horsepower for 2016. Even five years ago, this sort of power would have been unthinkable in a factory four-cylinder. Mercedes-Benz Advertisement – Continue Reading Below Advertisement – Continue Reading Below
fastest 4 cylinder cars 5

Fastest 4 Cylinder Cars

The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro brings turbocharged 4-cylinder power to the table for the first time in the history of GM’s premier muscle car. Offered in both convertible and coupe editions, the Chevrolet Camaro 2.0L Turbo generates 275 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque from its 4-cylinder motor, and given that the car is lighter after its most recent redesign, this translates into 5.4 seconds on the sprint to 60 mph (when equipped with its six-speed manual transmission – the autobox is a tick slower). Chevrolet claims that the new turbo in the Camaro offers better performance than the 8-cylinder SS model from the early ’90s – an astonishing indication of just how far 4-cylinder cars have come.
fastest 4 cylinder cars 6

Fastest 4 Cylinder Cars

6) 2016 Chevrolet Camaro Page 1 of 12 6) 2016 Chevrolet Camaro The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro brings turbocharged 4-cylinder power to the table for the first time in the history of GM’s premier muscle car. Offered in both convertible and coupe editions, the Chevrolet Camaro 2.0L Turbo generates 275 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque from its 4-cylinder motor, and given that the car is lighter after its most recent redesign, this translates into 5.4 seconds on the sprint to 60 mph (when equipped with its six-speed manual transmission – the autobox is a tick slower). Chevrolet claims that the new turbo in the Camaro offers better performance than the 8-cylinder SS model from the early ’90s – an astonishing indication of just how far 4-cylinder cars have come.
fastest 4 cylinder cars 7

Fastest 4 Cylinder Cars

6) 2016 Chevrolet Camaro The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro brings turbocharged 4-cylinder power to the table for the first time in the history of GM’s premier muscle car. Offered in both convertible and coupe editions, the Chevrolet Camaro 2.0L Turbo generates 275 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque from its 4-cylinder motor, and given that the car is lighter after its most recent redesign, this translates into 5.4 seconds on the sprint to 60 mph (when equipped with its six-speed manual transmission – the autobox is a tick slower). Chevrolet claims that the new turbo in the Camaro offers better performance than the 8-cylinder SS model from the early ’90s – an astonishing indication of just how far 4-cylinder cars have come.
fastest 4 cylinder cars 8

The 2016 Volkswagen Golf R can be thought of as the Focus RS’ more genteel counterpart. Although the formula is similar – compact hatchback, turbo 4-cylinder engine, all-wheel drive – the implementation is just a little bit softer, with the availability of a dual-clutch automated manual transmission to balance out its also-offered six-speed manual gearbox, and a suspension system that is more grand touring than track-day warrior. Still, with 292 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of twist on tap, the Golf R counts itself as one of the fastest 4-cylinder cars under $40,000, with launch control placing 60 mph within reach in the space of 4.5 seconds.
fastest 4 cylinder cars 9

The 2016 Ford Fiesta ST might not be one the fastest 4-cylinder cars in a straight line, but its low mass design and well-tuned suspension system make it a menace on an autocross course. 197 horsepower from a 1.6-liter turbocharged EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine is no joke, of course, and neither is the requirement that you order the car with a six-speed manual transmission. Off the line the Ford Fiesta ST zips to 60 mph in 6.7 seconds, and it boasts a top speed of 143 mph. An added bonus: you can order the hatchback with Recaro sport seats to help stay supported through your afternoon cone slalom.

Published on Apr 28, 2017 | Under Car | By michael ellis
please edit your menu