Top 50 Most powerful 4-cylinder cars 2021

Inline 4 cylinder is most popular engine layout for use in passenger cars throughout the world.

They are cheaper to produce than "V" type engines which require complex block shape and two cylinder heads and camshafts. They also require less material and moving parts then longer 5 or 6 cylinder inline engines.

Modern 4 cylinder engines with turbochargers can still produce more than enough power for any passenger vehicle requirements, even for very high performance cars.

The list compiled here includes all road-legal 4 cylinder cars (inline or "V" type), leaving out notable racecar exceptions, like the Porsche 919 LMP1 which has famously powerful V4 engine (well over 1000 PS in combination with electric motors).

This list is limited by available data and new vehicles will be added as new data arrives.

Rank Make and model Power
1. Rezvani Beast X 710 ps
2. Polestar 1 628 ps
3. Rezvani Beast 507 ps
4. KTM X-BOW RR+ 456 ps
5. Porsche 944 Turbo GTR 450 ps
6. Aeon GT3 Spyder 436 ps
7. Mercedes - AMG A45 S (W177) 421 ps
8. Mercedes - AMG CLA 45 S 421 ps
9. Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG S shooting brake 421 ps
10. Mercedes - AMG GLA 45s 4MATIC+ (H247) 421 ps
11. Porsche 924 Carrera GTP "Le Mans" 410 ps
12. Volvo XC60 T8 Twin Engine 408 ps
13. Apex AP-1 406 ps
14. Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine 405 ps
15. Volvo XC60 T8 Twin Engine Polestar 405 ps
16. Volvo V60 T8 Polestar (Mk II) 405 ps
17. Range Rover P400e 404 ps
18. Subaru Cosworth Impreza CS400 400 ps
19. Praga R1 R 395 ps
20. Volvo V90 T8 Twin Engine 390 ps
21. Volvo XC60 T8 Twin Engine 390 ps
22. Volvo S60 T8 Twin Engine 390 ps
23. Volvo XC 90 T8 Twin Engine 390 ps
24. Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG Shooting brake (X118) 387 ps
25. Mercedes - AMG GLA 45 (H247) 387 ps
26. Mercedes - AMG CLA 45 (C 118) 387 ps
27. Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG (W177) 387 ps
28. Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake 381 ps
29. Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG 4Matic 381 ps
30. Porsche 924 Carrera GTR 375 ps
31. Volvo S60 Polestar (367 PS) 367 ps
32. Audi Q5 55 TFSI e 367 ps
33. Radical Rapture 365 ps
34. Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake 360 ps
35. VW Golf R360S (Mk VII) 360 ps
36. Peugeot 508 PSE Hybrid4 (II) 360 ps
37. Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG 360 ps
38. Zenos E10 R 355 ps
39. Grinnall Scorpion IV 355 ps
40. Porsche 968 Turbo RS (350 PS) 350 ps
41. Porsche 718 Boxster S 350 ps
42. Ford Focus RS 350 ps
43. Donkervoort D8 RS 350 ps
44. Subaru WRX STI S209 346 ps
45. Volvo XC60 T6 Recharge 340 ps
46. Porsche 968 Turbo RS (337 PS) 337 ps
47. Abarth Stola Monotipo 336 ps
48. Ford Mustang Ecoboost 2.3 High Performance 335 ps
49. Mercedes-Benz GLE 350 e 333 ps
50. Subaru WRX STI 330S 331 ps
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Hans  1y ago

Polestar at 2?
It have 2.0l with "only" 304 ps...

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DrDuke  1y ago

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X FQ-440 MR is a tuned version of the lancer (like all other FQ...). The uk importer of Mitsubishi modified thes cars not the factory. This is the reason why these models were only available in uk. IMHO not a production car.


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Mark   1y ago

You see a lot of weird things in the stats and comparison stuff on here, I've been hillclimb racing for the last 20 years and I can tell you that unless the cars are running the same tyres you are not going to get any kind of useful information because the same car on pilot s4's is going to be a lot quicker than the same car on average budget tyres, and tyres have more effect on lap times than a 20 to 30bhp power increase would, trust me, look at F1 when the tyres are wearing out the car is much slower than it is on fresh rubber and it's bsdi the same principle as cheap tyres vs premium performance tyres

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SpeedKing  1y ago @Mark

In addition to tyres there's also driver ability which also makes a significant difference to lap times...

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FastestLaps  1y ago @Mark

Tyres don't affect acceleration data (almost no effect) and with track times, once there is sufficient amount of laptimes between any given cars, these effects of different tyres cancel out.

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SpeedKing  1y ago @FastestLaps

"Tyres don't affect acceleration data (almost no effect)" that statement is a contradiction. Hate to burst your bubble but tyre compounds do affect acceleration even with cars that have both launch/traction control(albeit to a lesser degree). Certain tyres have superior longitudinal grip in both braking and acceleration over others. The braking differences have been proven on tyre tests and many drag racing supercars use Toyo R888r's for superior traction from the dig.

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FastestLaps  1y ago @SpeedKing

No. Tyres have some effect only when launching, first couple seconds. It's not like you have wheels spinning at 150 kph if you have worse tyres :)

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SpeedKing  1y ago @FastestLaps

Yes (lol) it's the launch ie. whether there is wheelspin and how much which determines whether a supercar runs an 11 sec quarter mile or even an 11.5. Therefore traction, in which tyres play a role, is paramount or you get a skewed figure all the way to the car's maximum speed :)