Top 50 Most powerful 4-cylinder cars 2020

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. MTM Bimoto 1002 ps
2. Rezvani Beast X 710 ps
3. Polestar 1 628 ps
4. Rezvani Beast 507 ps
5. KTM X-BOW RR+ 456 ps
6. Porsche 944 Turbo GTR 450 ps
7. Aeon GT3 Spyder 436 ps
8. Mercedes - AMG A45 S (W177) 421 ps
9. Mercedes - AMG CLA 45 S 421 ps
10. Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG S shooting brake 421 ps
11. Mercedes - AMG GLA 45s 4MATIC+ (H247) 421 ps
12. Porsche 924 Carrera GTP "Le Mans" 410 ps
13. Apex AP-1 406 ps
14. Volvo V60 T8 Polestar (Mk II) 405 ps
15. Subaru Cosworth Impreza CS400 400 ps
16. Praga R1 R 395 ps
17. Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake 381 ps
18. Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG 4Matic 381 ps
19. Porsche 924 Carrera GTR 375 ps
20. Volvo S60 Polestar (367 PS) 367 ps
21. Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake 360 ps
22. VW Golf R360S (Mk VII) 360 ps
23. Peugeot 508 PSE Hybrid4 (II) 360 ps
24. Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG 360 ps
25. Zenos E10 R 355 ps
26. Grinnall Scorpion IV 355 ps
27. Porsche 968 Turbo RS (350 PS) 350 ps
28. Porsche 718 Boxster S 350 ps
29. Ford Focus RS 350 ps
30. Donkervoort D8 RS 350 ps
31. Subaru WRX STI S209 346 ps
32. Porsche 968 Turbo RS (337 PS) 337 ps
33. Abarth Stola Monotipo 336 ps
34. Subaru WRX STI 330S 331 ps
35. Cadillac CT4-V 330 ps
36. BMW 740Le xDrive (G12) 326 ps
37. Melkus RS 2000 Black Edition 325 ps
38. Mercedes-Benz GLC 300e 4Matic (X253 facelift) 320 ps
39. Porsche 924 Carrera GTP 320 ps
40. Volvo XC60 T8 Twin Engine 320 ps
41. Subaru Impreza WRX STI R205 320 ps
42. VW Arteon R 320 ps
43. Volvo XC60 T6 320 ps
44. VW Golf R (Mk VIII) 320 ps
45. Radical SR3 Turbo 320 ps
46. Subaru Impreza WRX STI WR1 320 ps
47. Volvo V90 T6 AWD 320 ps
48. Subaru Impreza WRX STI S206 319 ps
49. Ford Mustang Convertible Ecoboost 317 ps
50. VW Golf GTI Clubsport S (Mk VII) 310 ps
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Hans  9m 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   9m 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  9m 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  9m 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  9m 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  9m 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  9m 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 :)