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. Rezvani Beast X 710 ps
2. Polestar 1 628 ps
3. Rezvani Beast 507 ps
4. Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X FQ-440 MR 446 ps
5. Aeon GT3 Spyder 436 ps
6. Mercedes - AMG A45 S (W177) 421 ps
7. Mercedes - AMG CLA 45 S 421 ps
8. Volvo S60 T8 Polestar Engineered 415 ps
9. Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X FQ-400 411 ps
10. IFR Aspid Super Sport 408 ps
11. Apex AP-1 406 ps
12. Mitsubishi Evo VIII FQ400 405 ps
13. Volvo V60 T8 Polestar (Mk II) 405 ps
14. Subaru Cosworth Impreza CS400 400 ps
15. Praga R1 R 395 ps
16. Mercedes-Benz GLA 45 AMG (381 PS) 381 ps
17. Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG 4Matic 381 ps
18. Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX MR FQ-360 371 ps
19. Volvo V60 Polestar (Mk I facelift 367 PS) 367 ps
20. Volvo S60 Polestar (367 PS) 367 ps
21. Porsche 718 Cayman GTS 365 ps
22. Porsche 718 Boxster GTS 365 ps
23. KTM X-BOW RR 365 ps
24. VW Golf R360S (Mk VII) 360 ps
25. Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG 360 ps
26. Mercedes-Benz GLA 45 AMG 360 ps
27. Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG 360 ps
28. Mitsubishi Evo X FQ 360 359 ps
29. Zenos E10 R 355 ps
30. Grinnall Scorpion IV 355 ps
31. Porsche 718 Boxster S 350 ps
32. Ford Focus RS 350 ps
33. Donkervoort D8 RS 350 ps
34. Melkus RS2000 GTS 350 ps
35. Subaru WRX STI S209 346 ps
36. Mitsubishi Evo IX FQ 340 345 ps
37. Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII MR FQ 340 345 ps
38. Mitsubishi Evo IX MR FQ 320 331 ps
39. Subaru WRX STI 330S 331 ps
40. Subaru WRX STI S208 329 ps
41. Subaru WRX STI Type RA-R (2018) 329 ps
42. Mitsubishi EVO X FQ330 329 ps
43. Subaru Impreza S203 328 ps
44. Subaru WRX STI S207 328 ps
45. Mitsubishi Evo VIII MR FQ 320 326 ps
46. BMW 740Le xDrive (G12) 326 ps
47. Ariel Atom 4 324 ps
48. Volvo XC90 320 ps
49. Subaru Impreza WRX STI R205 320 ps
50. Honda Civic Type R (FK8) 320 ps
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Hans  19h ago

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

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DrDuke  5m 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   19h 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  19h 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  18h 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  10h 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  8h 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  8h 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 :)