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Some Of The Fastest 4-Cylinder Cars

Some 4-bangers aren't just eco-friendly commuters anymore; these 10 can easily embarrass a V8.

Four-cylinder engine configurations have been adopted by auto manufacturers everywhere since it gives motorists the perfect balance between performance and light fuel consumption.

On top of all that fuel-efficiency, one other reason as to why automakers have started to implement smaller engines with fewer cylinders in their cars is for weight saving. Logically, when lightening a car's weight, acceleration will be much more impressive than before, and that also translates to sharper handling.

Renault Mégane R.S. Trophy-R

Renault's Mégane R.S. Trophy-R isn't your ordinary hot hatch plastered with R badges, it comes with actual carbon-ceramic brakes, carbon fiber wheels, a pretty noticeable carbon diffuser, 10-way adjustable Ohlins coilovers, and almost 221kw (300 hp).


MINI's JCW division is known for embracing their lightweight, nippy handling, and exciting FWD-drivetrain to keep drivers on edge, and the new GP-version cranked all of those attributes to the max.

Pushing out more than 221 kw (300 hp) to the front wheels from its turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four. The JCW GP fits the part of being a fast MINI, after all, it looks like a proper race car with lots of red bits, fender flares, and a gargantuan rear wing.

Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S

The CLA is to the A-Class what the BMW X4 is to the X3; almost identical under the skin, but the one is more stretched out and curvier than the other. The CLA 45 S receives its power from a maniacal 2.0-liter engine that squeezes out 310 kw (416 hp), deeming it the most powerful 4-cylinder motor to ever be featured in a production vehicle. Couple that vigorous power figure with Mercedes' astonishing AWD apparatus called the 4MATIC+ system, and 370 lb-ft of torque.

Volkswagen Golf R 

Finally, the Golf R has reached its true potential overthrowing every other hot hatch the market has to offer with some unimaginable stats like a sub-4-second 0-60 time and a 230 kw (315 hp) power output. What once was a contender, is now a victor, the AWD super-Golf's appearance might be a bit tame, and not to everyone's liking, but that's exactly what makes it such an excellent sleeper to embarrass supercar owners.

Subaru WRX STI

The WRX STI sticks to this golden rule: rewarding AWD configuration and a turbocharged 4-cylinder alongside a fun manual gearbox. Their extremely capable AWD system makes sliding around in snow or ice a possibility, or even some mediocre rallying if you dare. But their plans did not end there, they wanted to make a blisteringly fast WRX,and gave it a top speed of 280km/h.

Porsche 718 Cayman S

Who would have thought the "poor man's Porsche" would be the fastest car to be powered by a little 4-cylinder engine to date. The gorgeous Cayman S receives its energy from a mid-mounted 2.5-liter flat-four engine that spits 260kw (350 hp) to the rear wheels, complemented by a manual gearbox.

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