Mean & Lean: High-Performance 4-Cylinder Cars

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2016 Volkswagen Golf GTI
Price: Starting at $24,995
One of the original hot hatches, the GTI has relied heavily on 4-cylinder power over the years, although V6 versions have been offered as well. The current Golf GTI was redesigned for the 2015 model year and is powered by a turbocharge 2.0-liter 4-cylinder unit producing 210 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque from 1500 to 4500 rpm. The available Performance Package adds an additional 10 horsepower, increases the torque curve and includes an electronically-controlled torque-sensing limited-slip differential.

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