Ever since the first mass-produced V8 started rolling off the assembly lines, this engine configuration has become synonymous with performance and power. Yes, the V8 is still the king of the hill in terms of displacement, torque, and power. But it is not the only powerful engine type out there.
In recent years, car manufacturers have started producing more four-cylinder engines. They are not only compact and light, but also powerful and fuel efficient, as well. In fact, the modern four-cylinder engine with a turbocharger or supercharger can deliver enough ludicrous power to outrun most V8-powered cars. So, read on to learn about the 30 four-cylinder cars that are giving those V8s a serious run for their money.
Ford Focus RS
The RS is one of the most powerful four-cylinder cars on the market. But for the first time, it is available as a regular production model to U.S. buyers. The new Focus RS has a 2.3-liter turbocharged unit that delivers 345 HP to all four wheels, making it a capable hot hatch beast.
Also, the performance is incredible. To go from 0 to 60 mph, it takes the RS only 4.7 seconds with top speeds of 165 mph. This kind of performance deserves special packaging. So the Focus RS has a unique front spoiler, bulged fenders and side skirts. Just looking at this furious compact will tell you this is a genuinely fast Ford.