There’s a certain sector of the car-buying public — real-estate agents shuttling clients, parents carting kids to myriad activities, dog owners requiring paw space – who might be dreaming of zipping around town in a fun sports coupe, but current life conditions don’t allow for the sporty experience of a 2-seater. If reality forces you to choose a car that will actually carry four bodies (or paws) at a time, the need for a sedan doesn’t mean you have to leave all hope of performance behind. Today many 4-door sedans compete head-to-head with sports cars in terms of performance while providing the room you need. They may not look the same, but from the driver’s seat you might think you’re in the 2-seater of your dreams.
2015 Subaru WRX/WRX STI
Price: Starting at $26,295
Redesigned for the 2015 model year, the Subaru WRX is even more of a sport sedan value than the previous version with a stiffer, more agile chassis, a new 268-horsepower 2.0-liter direct-injection turbocharged boxer engine and standard all-wheel drive. The WRX offers a new 6-speed manual transmission, new Sport Lineartronic transmission with manual mode, and Active Torque Vectoring to enhance the vehicle dynamics system. The WRX STI takes things up a notch with a 305-horsepower 2.5-liter turbocharged boxer engine, driver-controlled center differential and enhanced aerodynamic package.
2015 Chrysler 300S
Price: Starting at $35,070
As the sport-oriented version of Chrysler’s redesigned 300 sedan, the 300S has unique blacked-out accents, large 20-inch Hyper Black finish wheels, more sculpted side sills and a decklid spoiler. The standard engine is the high-output Pentastar V6 that produces 300 horsepower and 264 lb-ft of torque, combined with the eight-speed Torqueflight automatic transmission. The 5.7-liter HEMI V8 is optional, putting out 363 horsepower and 394 lb-ft of torque. A “Sport” button allows the driver to select sport-tuned steering, engine response and transmission mode, as well as rear torque bias with all-wheel drive.
2015 Volkswagen Golf R
Price: Starting at $36,595
Okay, okay, it’s a hatchback, not a sedan, but now that it is offered with four doors, we had to include the Golf R. The hottest car in the Golf lineup, the new Golf R is powered by a 2.0-liter TSI engine that produces 292 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque, driven through the new 4Motion all-wheel-drive system with a fifth-generation Haldex coupling. The Golf R features a new sport suspension, progressive variable-ratio steering system and the ESC Sport stability control system, which can be deactivated for track driving. The 6-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission includes launch control, helping the Golf R accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds.
2015 Audi S3
Price: Starting at $41,100
The high-performance version of Audi’s A3 sedan, the new S3 sport sedan is almost dimensionally identical to the original A4. The S3 is powered by a high-output 2.0-liter TFSI 4-cylinder engine that produces 292 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque with a 6-speed S tronic transmission and standard quattro all-wheel drive. Standard equipment includes sport suspension, a sport brake system, S-design 18-inch wheels, a trunk lip spoiler, Aluminum-optic mirror housings, aluminum door sill plates, quad exhaust and a Platinum Gray matte grille with chrome struts.
2016 Ford Focus RS
Price: Not yet released
The Ford Focus RS may be a hatch rather than a sedan, but it does have four doors so we’ve included it here. The newest model from the Ford Performance Group, the Focus RS will be at the top of the Focus lineup with a sophisticated all-wheel drive-system and a new EcoBoost engine expected to deliver more than 320 horsepower. The all-wheel-drive system offers four different settings, including “drift mode.” The Focus RS will be distinguished by a bold grille, rear spoiler, large brakes and unique alloy wheels.
2015 Chevrolet SS
Price: Starting at $45,745
The SS is Chevrolet’s front-engine, rear-wheel-drive high-performance sport sedan powered by a 6.2-liter LS3 small-block V8 engine that produces 415 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque. The SS now offers a Tremec 6-speed manual transmission as well as a paddle-shift 6-speed automatic. Brembo brakes are now standard for all four wheels, and Magnetic Ride Control is standard with driver-selectable Touring, Sport and Performance modes.
2015 Audi S4
Price: Starting at $48,400
The S4 is Audi’s high-performance 5-seat premium sport sedan based on the A4, powered by a supercharged 3.0-liter TFSI V6 engine that produces 333 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque. Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive is standard with either a 6-speed manual transmission or a 7-speed S tronic automatic transmission. The S4 Nogaro Blue special edition recognizes Audi’s history with pearl-effect paint and includes 19-inch 7-spoke double-spoke wheels. Inside, the Nogaro Blue special edition includes S sport seats with black leather, Cobalt Blue Alcantara inserts and aluminum inlays.
2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG
Price: Starting at $48,500
The CLA-Class is the newest model from Mercedes-Benz with a sloping coupe-like roofline similar to the CLS sedan and aggressive styling to attract new buyers. The CLA 45 AMG is the top performance model, powered by a transverse-mounted turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that produces 355 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque, delivered through the AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed sport transmission and AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive, which features three drive modes, rev matching and Race Start. Standard equipment includes AMG Sport exhaust, 3-stage ESP and AMG Sport suspension.
2016 Volvo S60 Polestar
Price: Starting at $59,300
The high-performance version of the S60 sport sedan, the Volvo S60 Polestar draws on Volvo racing experience and includes aerodynamic upgrades, increased chassis rigidity, high-performance Ohlins shock absorbers, large front brakes with 6-piston Brembo calipers and 20-inch Polestar wheels. Volvo’s T6 engine has been developed with a new twin-scroll turbocharger and intercooler to produce 345 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. The 6-speed automatic transmission has a new paddle-shift system and Polestar has modified the Haldex all-wheel-drive system. The S60 Polestar will accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds and reach a limited top speed of 155 mph.
2016 Cadillac ATS-V
Price: Starting at $60,465
The Cadillac ATS-V is the new high-performance version of the ATS, available in both sedan and coupe versions. The ATS-V is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces 464 horsepower and 444 lb-ft of torque, mated with either a 6-speed manual transmission with Active Rev Match, no-lift shifting and launch control, or a paddle-shift 8-speed automatic transmission with launch control and Performance Algorithm Shift. The ATS-V also features Brembo high-performance brakes, third-generation Magnetic Ride Control and three driving modes: touring, sport and track.
2015 BMW M3
Price: Starting at $62,000
As the high-performance version of BMW’s iconic 3 Series sport sedan, the BMW M3 is all-new for 2015 with a reduction in weight over the previous model and a return to a 6-cylinder engine. The new M3 is powered by a new BMW M TwinPower Turbo 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder that produces 425 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque from 1850-5500 rpm, combined with a standard 6-speed manual transmission or an optional 7-speed M Double Clutch Transmission (M-DCT). The M3 will accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds when equipped with the M-DCT, and 4.1 seconds with the 6-speed manual. The Active M differential is standard and Adaptive M suspension is optional. The aggressive design features aluminum front fenders and hood for weight savings.
2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
Price: Starting at $62,295
The Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat is an awe-inspiring machine from SRT, powered by the supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI Hellcat engine that produces 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque, combined with a new TorqueFlight 8-speed automatic transmission designed to handle all that grunt. The Charger SRT Hellcat achieved 11.0 second NHRA-certified elapsed time in the quarter mile and is capable of a top speed of 204 mph. The suspension is specially-tuned with adaptive shocks, and the front-brake package is the largest ever offered by Chrysler Group with 15.4-inch Brembo two-piece rotors and 6-piston Brembo calipers.
2015 Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG
Price: Starting at $63,900
Redesigned for 2015, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class line includes the C63 AMG at the top of the model range, powered by a new turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine that produces 469 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque delivered through the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed sport transmission with multiple shift modes. Standard equipment includes AMG Adaptive Suspension with 3 modes, AMG 3-Stage ESP system, 18-inch staggered alloy wheels and AMG Dynamic Exhaust. The C63 S AMG boosts to 503 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque and adds 19-inch staggered alloy wheels, dynamic engine mounts, Nappa leather and red brake calipers.
2015 Maserati Ghibli
Price: Starting at $69,800
Maserati’s new sedan that debuted as a 2014 model, the Ghibli is smaller, lighter, more dynamic, less expensive and more economical than the flagship Maserati Quattroporte sedan. The Ghibli is powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that develops 345 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. The Ghibli S Q4 is powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that develops 404 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque.
2015 Tesla Model S
Price: Starting at $69,900
The Tesla Model is a premium EV sedan that delivers a luxurious, performance-oriented driving experience with up to 270 miles of range on a single charge. Late in 2014 Tesla added a dual-motor all-wheel-drive system with the addition of a second small electric motor to drive the front wheels, along with the high-performance motor to drive the rear wheels. The 2-motor system eliminates the complex drive system needed to provide power to both axles from a single motor, and independently controls torque to the front and rear wheels to maximize traction in varying conditions. All-wheel drive is standard on Model S 70D and optional on Model S 85. Model S P85D can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 3.1 seconds.
2016 Audi S6
Price: Starting at $70,900
The 2016 Audi S6 receives a new front fascia with a new LED headlight design, wider Singleframe grille and a new bumper. At the rear, new LED taillights are added and trapezoidal exhaust outlets get integrated into the bumper. The turbocharged 4.0-liter engine now produces 450 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque — a 30-horsepower increase over the 2015 model. Power is delivered through a 7-speed S tronic transmission with quattro all-wheel drive. A new optional Sport exhaust has black exhaust outlets.
2015 Porsche Panamera
Price: Starting at $78,100
The Panamera is Porsche’s four-door hatchback, the first 4-door model from Porsche since the Cayenne SUV. Panamera comes in a broad range of trim levels powered by a variety of drivetrains including a 3.6-liter V6, a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6, a turbocharged 4.8-liter V8 and an S E-Hybrid gas-electric powertrain that combines a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 and an electric motor. The 3.6-liter V6 produces 300 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, and the turbocharged 4.8-liter V8 in the Panamera Turbo S produces 550 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. The combined output for the Panamera S E-Hybrid is 416 horsepower with 435 lb-ft of torque. The Executive versions add 5.9 inches to the wheelbase for more rear-seat passenger room.
2016 Cadillac CTS-V
Price: Starting at $83,995
This third-generation CTS-V has 640 horsepower, 630 lb-ft of torque and a top speed of 200 mph. If the first CTS-V felt like a 4-door Corvette, the new version keeps pace with the new Corvette Stingray. Power comes from a new supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine combined with Cadillac’s 8-speed automatic transmission with launch control and Performance Algorithm Shifting. Brembo high-performance brakes and third-generation Magnetic Ride Control are standard, and integrated chassis controls balance performance between touring and the track. A carbon fiber hood is standard and optional carbon components include vent, front splitter, rear spoiler and rear diffuser. The performance-oriented interior includes suede microfiber accents, matte-finish carbon fiber trim and available Recaro seats.
2015 BMW M5
Price: Starting at $93,600
The M5 is BMW’s hot-rod sedan which dates back to the 1980s, and the latest version gets power from a 4.4-liter BMW M TwinPower Turbo V8 engine that produces 560 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque, combined with either a 6-speed manual transmission or a 7-speed M Double Clutch Transmission with Drivelogic. The Competition Package adds 15 horsepower, more aggressive suspension tuning, 20-inch M light-alloy wheels and a sport exhaust with quad outlets finished in Black Chrome.
2015 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG 4MATIC
Price: Starting at $93,600
The top model of the E-Class, the E63 AMG received more power, standard all-wheel drive and a more powerful S model for 2014. The E63 AMG 4MATIC is powered by a bi-turbo 5.5-liter V8 engine that produces 550 horsepower and 531 lb-ft of torque combined with the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed transmission. Standard equipment includes AMG Adaptive Sport Suspension, 19-inch staggered alloy wheels, AMG instrument cluster with Racetimer, AMG leather interior with stitching on dash and door panels, AMG front sport seats and AMG steering wheel with aluminum shift paddles. The E63 AMG S 4 MATIC increased power output to 577 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque.
2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG S 4MATIC
Price: Starting at $106,550
The Mercedes-Benz CLS receives a styling update for 2015 and the CLS 63 AMG S 4MATIC is at the top of the line powered by a twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V8 engine that develops 577 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque combined with the AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed transmission and standard 4MATIC all-wheel drive. Standard equipment includes AMG instrument cluster with Racetimer, AMG Adaptive Sport Suspension, AMG 3-Stage ESP, 19-inch staggered alloy wheels, Nappa leather, AMG heated front sport seats and AMG performance steering wheel with Alcantara.
2015 Maserati Quattroporte
Price: Starting at $106,900
The Quattroporte S is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that produces 404 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque and the S Q4 adds all-wheel drive. The new Maserati Quattroporte GTS is the fastest four-door Maserati ever built, powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V8 engine that produces 523 horsepower and 524 lb-ft of torque. The new Quattroporte is larger, lighter and even more luxurious than its predecessor, with spacious interior volume to carry passengers in comfort with sports car performance.
2016 Audi RS 7
Price: Starting at $108,900
The Audi RS 7 is the top performance version of the A7 line of 4-door sedans with a sloping coupe-like roofline. The RS 7 is powered by a turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine that produces 560 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque, delivered through an 8-speed Tiptronic transmission and quattro all-wheel drive. For 2016 the RS 7 offers an available Carbon Package with a carbon front splitter and rear diffuser, and a Dynamic Package that includes dynamic steering, DRC suspension system, red brake calipers and a sport exhaust system with black exhaust outlets. A flat-bottom 3-spoke steering wheel is also added.
2015 Audi S8 / A8 L W12
Price: Starting at $114,900
Audi offers two high-performance versions of its flagship A8 sedan: the regular-wheelbase S8 and the long-wheelbase A8 L W12. The S8 is powered by a turbocharged direct-injection 4.0-liter V8 engine that produces 520 horsepower and 481 lb-ft of torque and can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds. The $137,900 A8 L W12 is powered by a 6.3-liter W12 twelve-cylinder engine that produces 500 horsepower and 463 lb-ft of torque, with a zero-to-60 mph time of 4.4 seconds. The S8 and A8 L W12 both include standard eight-speed Tiptronic automatic and quattro all-wheel drive.
2015 Jaguar XJR
Price: Starting at $116,000
The XJR is the high-performance version of Jaguar’s flagship XJ sedan, powered by a supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine that produces 550 horsepower and 502 lb-ft of torque combined with an 8-speed automatic transmission. The XJR can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds, with a top track speed of 174 mph. The Electronic Active Differential and Dynamic Stability Control systems have been calibrated to match the sporty handling characteristics of the XJR.
2016 BMW M6 Gran Coupe
Price: Starting at $116,200
The M6 is BMW’s high-performance coupe and convertible, so what’s it doing on this list? The 6 Series now includes the Gran Coupe, which is a 4-door with a coupe-like profile, and there is an M6 version. The M6 Gran Coupe is powered by the same drivetrain as the other M6 models and the M5: the 4.4-liter BMW M TwinPower Turbo V8 engine that produces 560 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque, combined with either a 6-speed manual transmission or a 7-speed M Double Clutch Transmission with Drivelogic. The Competition Package adds 15 horsepower, more aggressive suspension tuning, 20-inch M light-alloy wheels and a sport exhaust with quad outlets finished in Black Chrome.
2016 BMW ALPINA B6 xDrive Gran Coupe
Price: Starting at $121,200
The BMW ALPINA B6 xDrive Gran Coupe is the fastest car sold by BMW with zero-to-60 mph acceleration in 3.6 seconds and top speed electronically-limited to 200 mph. The ALPINA B6 xDrive Gran Coupe is powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 engine producing 600 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque, combined with an ALPINA-tuned 8-Speed Sport Automatic transmission and BMW’s xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive system. The BMW ALPINA B6 xDrive Gran Coupe features a full stainless steel exhaust system with ALPINA trademark elliptical twin tailpipes. The B6 Gran Coupe body is manufactured in the BMW 6 Series factory and hand finished by ALPINA with powertrain components and interior equipment at the ALPINA factory in Buchloe, Germany.
2015 BMW ALPINA B7
Price: Starting at $128,300
The BMW ALPINA B7 is BMW’s high-performance large sedan, offered in regular and long-wheelbase versions, and both available with xDrive all-wheel drive. The ALPINA B7 is powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 that produces 540 horsepower and 538 lb-ft of torque combined with a standard 6-speed automatic transmission. Full LED lights and automatic high beams are now standard and new 19-inch ALPINA Dynamic wheels with all-season tires are available as a no-cost option.
2015 Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG 4MATIC / S65 AMG
Price: Starting at $141,450
Mercedes-Benz has a long history of high-performance models, including its flagship S-Class sedan that now offers both S63 AMG and A65 AMG versions.
The S63 AMG sedan is powered by a bi-turbo 5.5-liter V8 engine that develops 577 horsepower and 664 lb-ft of torque combined with AMG SPEEDSHIFT MCT 7-speed Sport transmission and AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive. The $222,000 S65 AMG sedan is powered by a bi-turbo 6.0-liter V12 engine that produces 621 horsepower and 738 lb-ft of torque paired with the AMG SPEEDSHIFT PLUS 7G-TRONIC transmission.
2015 Aston Martin Rapide S
Price: Starting at $203,295
For the Aston Martin Rapide S, the name really says it all — this is one fast four-door. The 2015 Rapide S receives a new more aerodynamic rear decklid and a new single-piece aluminum grille as design updates to this beautiful Aston Martin. The 6.0-liter V12 engine now produces 552 horsepower and is combined with the new Touchtronic III ZP 8-speed automatic transmission. The Rapide S will accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 4.2 second and reach a top track speed of 203 mph.
2016 Bentley Flying Spur W12
Price: Starting at $222,300
The new Bentley Flying Spur W12 is the fastest, most-powerful Bentley sedan ever, powered by Bentley’s twin-turbo 6.0-liter W12 engine that produces 616 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. Power is delivered through an 8-speed quick-shift ZF transmission and Bentley’s all-wheel-drive system with a standard torque split of 60 percent of the power to the rear axle and 40 percent to the front, but can vary the split up to 85 percent rear or 65 percent front, depending on conditions. The new Flying Spur design is sleek and elegant with a more refined suspension for added comfort. Inside the Flying Spur features a contemporary design with traditional handcrafted luxury.
2016 Bentley Mulsanne Speed
Price: Starting at $335,600
Bentley’s fastest ultra-luxury sedan, the Mulsanne Speed is powered by a 6.75-liter twin-turbo producing 530 horsepower and 811 lb-ft of torque. The Mulsanne Speed will accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 190 mph. The transmission is recalibrated for the higher torque and includes a Sport mode to give the driver more control and keep engine speed above 2000 rpm so the turbos are ready to deliver instant performance. The air suspension offers Bentley, Comfort and Sport modes to tailor the ride from refined and relaxing to responsive and dynamic. The stainless steel grille has a dark tint finish and the 21-inch wheels are the first directional wheels on a Bentley.