Top Ten Fastest Four-Cylinder Vehicles

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10. FORD FOCUS ST

Top Speed – 154 mph
Zero to Sixty – 6.3 seconds

The Ford Focus ST is powered by a turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16 valve 4-cylinder engine, mated to a 6 speed manual transmission. With 252 horsepower, the Ford Focus ST is capable of a zero to sixty time of 6.3 seconds, and a quarter mile time of 14.9 seconds.

Ford Focus ST

When pushed to it’s limits, the Ford Focus ST reaches a top speed of 154 mph in 38.7 seconds. It’s stiff subframe and springs give the Ford Focus ST a tight, smooth ride; capable of handling sharp curves with ease. Electronically assisted steering, actuated via a flat-bottom steering wheel, adds to the smoothness of the ride. This car handles like a dream at all speeds!

9. MERCEDES-BENZ SLK250

Top Speed – 155 mph
Zero to Sixty – 6.3 seconds

The Mercedes-Benz SLK250 comes equipped with a 201 horsepower turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16 valve 4-cylinder paired to a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic transmission. The SLK250 is able to go zero to sixty in 6.3 seconds and reaches a top speed of 155 mph in 33.0 seconds.

Mercedes Benz SLK 250

An optional Dynamic Handling package is available, which includes active dampers with sport and comfort modes. These features give the SLK250 responsive handling when cornering or hitting bumps. With perfectly weighted steering and well built chassis, the SLK250 powers through corners with ease, as long as you don’t over do it. Braking is no problem with the SLK250, should you need to stop quick, as it’s able to go from 70 to zero in roughly 160 feet.

8. BMW Z4

Top Speed – 155 mph
Zero to Sixty – 5.7 seconds

BMW Z4 sDrive 23i

The BMW Z4 is a sporty little two-seat soft top convertible with a top speed of 155 mph. With a turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16 valve 4-cylinder engine, coupled with either a 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic under the hood, the BMW Z4 can hit zero to sixty in 5.7 seconds and makes it to 155 mph in 31.0 seconds. Producing 240 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, the BMW Z4’s motor sits a bit farther behind the front axle, improving weight distribution and handling. The sleek look of the BMW Z4 adds to the fun of driving it, with it’s long front end and aggressive stance you are sure to turn heads as you rip by other drivers on the highway.

7. AUDI TTS

Top Speed – 155 mph
Zero to Sixty – 5.2 seconds

Audi TTS

The Audi TTS is a little European rocket ship, capable of crushing most muscle cars that line up next to it. Powered by a turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16 valve 4-cylinder engine mated with a 6-speed transmission, the Audi TTS puts out 292 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Hitting zero to sixty in 5.2 seconds and reaching 0 – 100 in 13.0 seconds flat, the Audi TTS is a powerhouse on the road. The transmission is the VW group’s DQ250 “wet” six-speed dual-clutch automatic, providing ultra quick and seamless shifts and a powertrain tuned to respond quickly to throttle commands. Add in the standard all-wheel drive and the Audi TTS screams down straightaways and around corners with ease.

6. VOLKSWAGEN GOLF R

Top Speed – 155 mph
Zero to Sixty – 4.5 seconds

The Volkswagen Golf R is the Volkswagen company’s high end sports car. The turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16 valve 4-cylinder engine puts out 292 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. With a zero to sixty time of 4.5 seconds and a zero to 155 mph time of 29.5 seconds, the Volkswagen Golf R earns it’s place among the fastest 4-cylinder cars. The transmission is a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic that can be manually shifted.

2015 VOLKSWAGEN GOLF R

To get the full experience of the power the Volkswagen Golf R is capable of, it’s best to manually shift the transmission, as the automatic gearbox seems to lag when trying to select the correct gear for the situation.

5. AUDI S3

Top Speed – 155 mph
Zero to Sixty – 4.3 seconds

The saying “good things come in small packages” certainly applies to the Audi S3. With a small frame and a hood and fenders made of aluminium, the Audi S3 is very lightweight for a sedan. Additionally, a turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine, puts out a whopping 292 horsepower with 280 lb-ft of torque. The Audi S3 is like lightning on wheels. With a zero to sixty speed of 4.3 seconds and a top speed of 155mph, the Audi S3 is no slouch. The Audi S3 also features a lowered suspension and performance tires to optimize handling, and all-wheel drive for those tight corners.

2014 Audi S3

4. SUBARU WRX STI

Top Speed – 157 mph
Zero to Sixty – 4.8 seconds

The Subaru WRX STi is one of the better known four-cylinder cars capable of high speeds. Commonly seen in films involving street racing. Originally built for rally car racing, the Subaru WRX Sti has earned the praise it’s given. With a turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine under the hood, that puts out 305 horsepower and 290 lb-ft of torque, the Subaru WRX STi hits zero to sixty in 4.8 seconds with a top speed of 157 mph.

IMG_1306 WRX STI 2016

The only transmission available for the Subaru WRX STi is a 6-speed manual. The suspension is fine tuned for hard cornering, and the all-wheel drive keeps the vehicle moving in all weather conditions.

3. MITSUBISHI LANCER EVOLUTION X

Top Speed – 158 mph
Zero to Sixty – 4.9 seconds

The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X is the final incarnation of the Lancer model line. The Lancer Evolution X may appear to be a sporty looking sedan, but under the hood is a 291 horsepower turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder monster.

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With 300 lb-ft of torque, the Lancer Evolution X can beat most cars off the line. With a zero to sixty of 4.9 seconds and top speed of 158 mph, not many cars can keep up. The all-wheel drive and fine tuned suspension allows the Lancer Evolution X to navigate corners with ease. Instead of a manual transmission, the Lancer Evolution X comes equipped with a six-speed twin clutch automatic with launch control.

2. MERCEDES-BENZ CLA45 AMG

Top Speed – 158 mph
Zero to Sixty – 4.2 seconds

The Mercedes-Benz CLA AMG is the steroid enhanced version of the Mercedes CLA class sedan. The Mercedes-Benz CLA AMG comes standard with a turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine, mated to a seven speed dual clutch automatic with a manual shifting mode. Pumping out 355 horsepower and 332 ft-lb of torque, the Mercedes-Benz CLA AMG does zero to sixty in 4.2 seconds and flies to 120 mph in 15 seconds.

2014- Mercedes Benz Cla 45- Amg 4 Matic

The Mercedes-Benz CLA AMG tops out at 158 mph. The Mercedes-Benz CLA AMG is capable of these speeds due to a twin scroll turbocharger, which force feeds the engine 26.1 pounds of boost. To ensure the motor can handle all that pressure, Mercedes used a special crankshaft, pistons, and a sand-cast aluminium block.

1. ALFA ROMEO 4C

Top Speed – 160 mph
Zero to Sixty – 4.3 seconds

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C Spider

With an exterior that looks like a high end italian supercar, the Alfa Romeo 4C is quite the head turner. This mid-engine, rear wheel drive beast comes equipped with a turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine, putting down 237 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. While it may might not have as much horsepower as others on this list, the Alfa Romeo 4C makes up for it by weighing only 2,500 pounds. This gives it a much better power-to-weight ratio, allowing for a zero to sixty of 4.3 seconds and a top speed of 160 mph. A six-speed manual transmission is the only option available for the Alfa Romeo 4C.

(carophile.com)

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