V6 and V8 engines have long been the choice of the North American motorist, however, some four cylinder cars are extremely powerful, as well as efficient and reliable too. Japanese car manufacturers have long used four cylinder motors in performance cars. This includes the legendary SR20DET motor which has had a permanent home in the Nissan Silvia since 1988. Although fuel efficiency of a four cylinder motor is usually superior to that of a V6 or V8 engine, this does not necessarily mean power will be compromised. Check out the 10 most powerful four-cylinder cars on the market today.
2016 Chevrolet Camaro 2.0
Many Chevrolet fans will wonder why the company would use a four cylinder engine in one of their flagship vehicles which have always had a V6 or V8. At a lighter 3,300 pounds than previous models of the Camaro, the 275 horsepower is more than enough to get the frame moving. Great torque from the engine gives the turbo little to no lag when spooling up and providing the extra power to the wheels. Reviews of this rear wheel drive vehicle describe it as fun, responsive, and surprisingly powerful. Slightly sluggish in the 0-60 miles per hour category at 5.4 seconds, the Camaro makes up for it with great fuel economy and reliability, perfect for a daily driver. A Camaro 2.0 can be usually be purchased for between $25,000 and $33,000 USD, which is a bargain for a performance vehicle that is good to go from the factory.