The 8 Fastest 4 Cylinders in the World
Check out our list of the fastest four cylinder cars on the planet
Updated September 18, 2017
Just because you are driving a 4 cylinder doesn’t mean you don’t like to crank it up on the highway or racetrack. While most high-end sports cars have a V-6 or V-8 under the hood, when properly tuned, a four banger can put out plenty of power and speed, often at a much more affordable price point. If you are in the market for the fastest 4 cylinder car, you have come to the right place.
We have compiled a list of the fastest 4 cylinder cars available in the market today. Shockingly, the fastest 4 cylinder car on our list has a top speed of 165 mph and the quickest zero to 60 mph time is 4.1 seconds. While not in Lamborghini territory, performance like that will certainly turn heads.
In addition to being fast, most of these cars are fairly affordable, with a few exceptions. The cheapest car starts at around $25,000 while the most expensive one comes in around $56,000.
We have listed both the top speed as well as the zero to 60 times so you can choose what is most important to you. Here is a spoiler for you, the Ford Focus RS is the fastest 4 cylinder car on the list, who would have thought?
Here are the fastest 4 cylinder cars in no particular order:
Subaru BRZ – Top Speed: 145 mph
The BRZ is Subaru’s version of a sports car and it is a doozy. While many of Subaru’s offerings are comfortable on and off the road, the BRZ is designed to stay firmly on the road. It has a 2.0 liter horizontally opposed SUBARU BOXER engine that has been retuned to crank out 205-hp and push the BRZ up to a top speed of 145 mph. The six speed transmission and a low curb weight helps the BRZ get up to 60 mph in a mere 6.7 seconds.
The BRZ is available in two trims, the Premium and Limited. Pricing starts at $25,495 and runs up to $27,645 for the Limited.
Ford Focus RS – Top Speed 165 mph
While power and handling are not necessarily the words that jump to mind when you think of a Ford Focus, the RS will change your perception. The RS is a power packed hatch that has a 2.3L EcoBoost I-4 under the hood that produces 350- hp and 350 lb.-ft. of torque. The RS is the fastest 4 cylinder car on the list and can go zero to 60 in 4.7 seconds and has a top speed of 165 mph. The Ford Performance All-Wheel-Drive system helps keep all of that power on the road where it belongs.
If you want one, now is the time, the 2018 model year will close the doors on the RS. Pricing starts at $36,995.
Alfa Romeo 4C Coupe – Top Speed 160 mph
The 4C is one of the most beautiful cars on the list and has the lines of a true sports car. According to Alfa Romeo it was inspired by the 1967 33 Stradale and the 4C continues its lovely tradition. A 237-hp inline 4 engine cranks the extremely light 4C up to 160 mph and turns in a zero to 60 time of 4.1 seconds.
The 4C is a driver’s car with a sport suspension, self-ventilated brake discs and an advanced ride control system that makes it a pleasure to drive. The 4C is available as a Coupe or Spider and pricing starts at $56,600.
Chevrolet Camaro 2.0 Turbo – Top Speed 155 mph
While the top of the line Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 will almost hit 200 mph, the base model with a turbocharged 2.0 liter four cylinder can hit a very respectable 155 mph.
The Chevy four banger puts out 275-hp and 295 lb-ft of torque and can go zero to 60 in 5.1 seconds.
The Camaro comes with either a six-speed manual or optional eight-speed automatic and while the interior can be a bit tight, its pure muscle car look is a winner in everyone’s book. The base model starts at a very affordable $25,905.
Ford Mustang EcoBoost – Top Speed 145 mph
The Mustang puts another American muscle car on the list and while it’s not as fast as the Camaro, it can still put the rubber to the road. A 2.3-liter turbocharged EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine provides 310-hp and 320 lb-ft of torque. The Mustang can get up to 60 mph in less than six seconds and tops out around 145 mph.
In addition to an impressive engine, the Mustang EcoBoost has a very affordable starting price. The base model runs $26,195 so driving one of the most beautiful muscle cars made today is an affordable option for most.
Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG – Top Speed 155 mph
If you are looking for a bit more luxury in your high-speed four cylinder, the CLA45 has you covered. The handcrafted 2.0-liter twin-scroll turbo four cylinder engine is very quick, getting up to 60 mph in a mere 4.1 seconds and from there it heads up to a top speed of 155 mph. The AMG tuned power plant puts out 375 hp.
As you would expect with a Mercedes, the interior is pure luxury with 14-way power front seats with memory, dual-zone automatic climate control and remote start via the mbrace mobile app all coming as standard equipment.
The Benz is a bit more expensive than some of the other vehicles on the list with a starting price of $50,400.
Volkswagen Golf R – Top Speed155 mph
The VW Golf R offers the convenience of a hatchback but can still get you where you need to go very quickly. A specially tuned 2.0-liter engine puts out 292 hp and will push the Golf R up to a very impressive 155 mph. It will burn through a zero to 60 mph run in 4.5 seconds, all while having the room to haul plenty of gear or cargo.
In addition, the Golf is a good-looking hatch that makes a great daily driver due to its high performance attitude, powerful four-cylinder engine and class leading handling.
The Golf R starts around $39,000.
2017 FIAT 124 Spider Abarth
While the Fiat 124 is not the fastest 4 cylinder car on our list, it is a real beauty. The Fiat Spider was originally introduced in 1966, and Fiat recently brought this best seller back into production. Its Italian styling shines though and the 1.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine cranks out 164-horsepower. This results in a very quick 5.9 0 to 60 time and a top speed of 143 mph.
The Spider is not only fast, it is luxurious, loaded with technology and affordable. It is available in four trims, pricing starts at $24,995 and climbs up to $28,195 for the top of the line Abarth.
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