There was a time when 300 horsepower was a milestone for cars, and when any car hit that milestone then it was a big deal. But nowadays it is not a big thing and almost every performance hatch or sedan easily generate that power.
4-cylinder is replacing six and eight-cylinder cars well, because of the benefit of forced induction. So more and more powerful four-cylinder vehicles and its benefit that in a low budget there are more powerful and performance packed cars on the market.
There are lots of 4-cyl cars with 300hp+ cars, but here are some cars that are never disappointing to any performance seeker or enthusiast.
1- Ford Focus RS
2.3L turbocharged I4, 350 hp
Focus RS is the all-wheel-driving machine with the turbocharged engine. With the 2.3 Litre EcoBoost I4 engine, Focus RS can cross 0-60 mph in just 4.6 seconds and generates 350 horsepower. Focus RS is a performance hatchback and it is the true rival of the Honda Civic Type R. Its EcoBoost engine has a powerful industrial growl and it is made for minimal turbo lag in the car. Ford has taken high-tech engineering for the RS with the ability of lots of power and fun in the lighter and small car.
2- Honda Civic Type R
2.0L turbocharged I4, 306 hp
Civic Type R is stuck with front-wheel drive and joined 300hp hatchback club, so for now, Civic Type R is one of the most powerful front-drive vehicles on the market. This wicked wing vehicle has 2.0L turbocharged engine direct power 300bhp and 295lb-ft torque to the front wheels with the 6-speed manual transmission. It reaches 0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds which is a slightly back from the Focus RS, but Civic Type R is the car that you never failed to the find in the parking or fire the streets or race tracks.
3- Volvo S60/V60 Polestar
2.0L turbocharged and supercharged, 362 hp
Polestar was standalone motorsport engineering company but now it is working with Volvo and for making power-packed performance Volvos like BMW M and Mercedes AMG. These cars crossing 6- miles in just 4.4 seconds and they have one of the most capable brakes and adjustable dampers. The 2.0-liter engine is twin-charged means it is turbo and supercharged as well with 4-cylinders. Cars’ chassis and suspension are perfect setups and for all day for road or track and totally well-balanced vehicles for road curves. Polestar cars production is limited so they are rare on the road than AMGs and M.
4- Subaru WRX STI
2.5L turbocharged H4, 305 hp
This compact sports car is staying in the mainstream for the many years. Don’t care about snow, mud, sand, straight or curvy roads when you are in this car. Subaru WRX STI has always become favorite for the car enthusiast. For 2018, WRX STI got the all-wheel-drive system and improvement in brakes. Its 2.5L turbocharged engine produces 305hp under the hood and crossing 0-60 mph in 5.3 seconds. Its chassis is great for sporty, fun and enjoyable driving on any kind of road. WRX STI is a truly daily driver car for any enthusiast.
5- Mercedes AMG CLA45/GLA45
2.0L turbocharged I4, 375 hp
CLA45 and GLA45 are the world’s most powerful four-cylinder AMG cars. They have hot road styling and pocket rockets with compact sizes but powerful enough engine. They got a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that produces ridiculously 375 horsepower and 350lb-ft torque. Both cars reach 60 mph in nearly 4.2 seconds. As like power, these cars have one of the best infotainment systems in the class and straight-forward navigation system. This luxury compact sedan and compact SUV/hatch are best if you want luxury and performance together.