We’d actually buy these 4-cylinder cars over any muscle car

V8-powered muscle cars began to be threatened by the 4-cylinder cars of this new, hyper-efficient era. Even the gas-guzzling monsters of yesteryear are turning to turbocharged four-cylinders, and we’re not complaining. These new cars use forced induction to replace engine displacement. While there’s something special about hearing the bellows of a traditional V8, these engines die out slowly.

While many 4-cylinder engines can’t produce enough power to challenge muscle cars, some can. Yet these engines are lighter and more modern than most V8 models. The weight difference and modern technology make them great choices, especially what you’re looking for is affordable performance. Today’s 4-cylinder forced induction motors produce a good amount of power and incredibly low fuel consumption. Fuel efficiency has been of exponential importance in the times we live in due to fuel prices and stringent emissions requirements. If you’re a fan of powerful cars but don’t want American muscle, you can get some awesome 4-bangers instead. If you are interested, you should read on.

Related: 10 most powerful four-cylinder engines on the market in 2021

8 Honda Civic Type R


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Honda’s Civic Type R has long been a crowd favourite. In addition to looking like a spaceship, the Type R is equipped with a 2-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that produces an incredible 306 horsepower. All that power is sent to the front wheels via a six-speed manual transmission. With 295 lb-ft of torque available between 2,500 and 4,500 rpm, the Civic Type R easily beats many of the older muscle cars.


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While there’s a new Civic on the road this year, the fifth-generation Type R is a great choice if you want a reliable yet fun car. The Civic also has three drive modes for ultimate customization. Drivers can choose between comfort, sport and “mode + R”. This system offers drivers a Comfort mode for a more relaxed drive for the street, a Sport mode for sharper driving dynamics and the famous +R mode, which unleashes the beast on track days. The Civic Type R is very capable and can be driven every day thanks to its more practical liftback design.


seven Ford Focus RS


Focus RS front 3/4 view
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The Ford Focus RS Powered by a 2.3-liter turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder that produces 350 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque, the Focus RS outperforms all others in its class and is capable of serious speed on any surface . The Focus RS has a six-speed manual transmission that can keep up with quick and precise shifts. The Focus RS accelerates to 60mph in 4.6 seconds and has a top speed of 165mph.


Ford Focus RS-front
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The Focus RS also has a torque-vectoring four-wheel-drive system capable of sending up to 70 per cent of the power to the rear wheels and 100 per cent to each side to ensure lateral action is controllable. The best part is that you can get one used in the United States.


6 Volvo V60 Polestar Design


Volvo V60 T8 Polestar designed
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Volvo is an interesting brand. Although they are known for producing some of the safest cars on the market, they also make fire-breathing monsters. Volvo V60 T8 is one of the best examples of Volvo duality. Powered by a hybrid powertrain that uses nearly every engine technology under the sun, Volvo has managed to cram 415 horsepower into that handsome station wagon body. The main focus of the powertrain is both turbo and supercharged inline-4.


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This beautiful beast is fun for the whole family. While the V60 T8 can propel you and your passengers from a standstill to 60 in 4.4 seconds, it can be tamed. Volvo offers a reserved driving experience in comfort mode if you don’t want to use all that power all the time. Volvo has done something special with the V60 T8 Polestar Engineered, and we’re very intrigued by this car.


5 Porsche 718 Cayman/Boxster


2022 Porsche 718 Cayman
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When Porsche dropped two of the new “982” platform cylinders from the 718 Boxster and Cayman, Porsche enthusiasts were concerned. Some were quite furious. Yes, while Boxster/Cayman have lost two cylinders, they have gained power.


Porsche 718 Boxster - FRONT QUARTER
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Right now you can go to your local dealership and pick up a Cayman T with a turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 300 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque, which is more than enough for fun in a light car like the Cayman. This beautiful machine can also sprint to 60 in 4.9 seconds, pair that with excellent handling characteristics and you’ve got yourself a heck of a deal.

Related: These 4-Cylinder Cars Have Nothing to Be That Fast

4 Subaru WRX STI


Ken Block's 2021 Subaru WRX STI
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Bred on tough rally stages, Subaru’s WRX in all its guises is a great contender for any automotive enthusiast. However, if you like your cars to be visceral, you should opt for a Subaru WRX STI.


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This fire-breathing, manual-transmission-only beast isn’t for everyone. Even if you’re a Subaru fan, you might give it a pass because this car has almost no refinement. The WRX STI produces 305 horsepower and 290 lb-ft of torque, all transferred to the road via a 6-speed manual transmission and Subaru’s legendary all-wheel drive. All in all, a visceral car for Subaru fans.


3 Kia Stinger


Kia Stinger GT - Front
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Kia’s Stinger engine upgrade to a 368-hp twin-turbo V6 might steal the show, but Kia’s base engine offering is no slouch either. A 2-5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder from the base Stinger produces 300 horsepower and 311 lb-ft of torque. That’s more than enough if you want a fun sedan for everyday driving.


Kia Stinger GT - Side view
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The Stinger is a fantastic machine. It looks great, has a great interior design, the quality of materials is more than good enough, and its price is more reasonable than most of its competitors. As mentioned, if all you need is a nice looking car with a bit of pep, you can’t go wrong with a Kia Stinger.


2 Alfa Romeo Giulia


Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce - Front quarter
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Much like the Kia Stinger, the Alfa Romeo Giulia’s base engine option is eclipsed by its fierce twin-turbo V6 sibling. While the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is excellent, you can’t go wrong with the base engine option, which is a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 producing 280 horsepower with a 0-60 time of 5. 1 seconds.


Dynamic photo of a 2020 Alfa Romeo Giulia
Via: Stellantis

What differentiates the Alfa Romeo Giulia from others is its style and driving characteristics. Alfa Romeo makes glorious cars and they did a fantastic job on the Giulia. This machine is also a great rider with its nice suspension system. If you need a little Italian flair in your life, you’ll love what Alfa Romeo has to offer with the Guilia.

Related: 10 cars that are surprisingly equipped with a 4-cylinder engine

1 Mercedes-AMG CLA-45

When you see a Mercedes-AMG car, your heart starts beating faster, regardless of the number of cylinders in the engine. At this point, we’re expecting V8 and V12 engines from AMG’s legendary tuners/mechanical brains, but the CLA-45 delivers the goods while packing only a four-cylinder.


A gray CLA 45.
By: Mercedes-Benz

This little sedan has the soul of a warrior. A lively, screaming 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder produces 382 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque ensures there’s never a dull moment while driving this car. Mated to a responsive 8-speed automatic, this aggressive powertrain makes this car one of the most capable sedans on the market, despite only having 4 cylinders.


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