The solution? Turbocharging technology has advanced to where automakers are offering smaller four-cylinder engines with V6 power, without having to worry about reliability issues or concerns. Many of these turbocharged four-cylinder engines can pump out more than 300 horsepower. Not too shabby!
So, which engines stand out among the crowd? Here are 5 Cars with Powerful Four-Cylinder Engines.
5.) Audi S3
The Audi S3 is a formidable, high-performance, entry-level sedan that is popular and trusted among luxury car buyers. This sedan is powered by a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 290 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque.
4.) Volvo XC90 T6
The Volvo XC90 T6 is not your run-of-the-mill SUV, powered by a turbocharged and supercharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine with 320 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Not bad for a four-cylinder vehicle that will also take the kids comfortably to soccer practice and bring home a weeks worth of groceries.
3.) Ford Focus RS
The Ford Focus RS was one of the most talked about cars of 2015, and is now heading to dealerships. The Focus RS sports a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine with 350 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque, featuring other unique technologies like an advanced torque vectoring all-wheel drive system.
2.) Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG
Mercedes-Benz increased the performance of its CLA45 AMG offering, boasting that it has the world's most powerful four-cylinder engine in the world. This 2.0-liter mill cranks out 375 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque, pushing Mercedes ahead of the competition for the time being. And competition is sure to get fierce, with Volkswagen planning to release a monstrous 400-hp four-cylinder engine in the near future.
1.) Audi TTS
The stunning sports coupe that is the Audi TTS satisfies any motor enthusiasts (or everyday drivers) hunger for performance. This sleek model is powered by a 2.0-liter turbo-four engine, sporting 292 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque to match its head-turning aesthetic profile.