The most recognized and common automobiles are sedans. They bear a simple exterior, usually lack flash, and serve owners with a bare-bones driving experience.
Sedans tend to have a versatile body style that allows room for passengers and their cargo. Able to do long journeys, they’re best suited for daily commutes. The more performance-geared versions tend to come with two doors, while ones more suited for families have four.
In light of these common elements that make up the sedan, they're typically viewed as hum drum vehicles. Car enthusiasts want something with more power, while tuners won’t accept sedans as they are without making tweaks. In a market where SUVs and pickup trucks are hot, it’s hard for sedans to carve their own niche.
Automakers are wisely focusing on new features to attract car buyers to sedans, such as luxury and performance. There’re even high-performance sedans on the market today that exceed enthusiasts’ expectations. It’s not unheard of anymore to find a sedan with an engine robust enough to do 500 hp. Even more, they’re reasonably priced for what buyers get in return.
Although many still cost six figures, the ones detailed below go no higher than $200,000. While the price is situational to every buyer’s financial situation, to pay less than $200,000 for a brand new sedan that can do 500 hp could be worse. Compiled below are some of the fastest sedans out there that can do at least 500 hp without costing someone their savings or inheritance.
20 Tesla Model S P100D
These large sedans are all the rage these days, and the Model S P100D is proof the praise is worthy. Not only do these come with all the luxuries a driver could want, but it comes equipped with a feature called "Ludicrous Speed."
According to Road and Track, the P100D is capable of spitting out 588 hp, which they can confirm after running it through a track test. These cars are costly, but owners will see where their money went as soon as they sit in the driver’s seat. In a report by U.S. News, the cars start at $135,000.
19 Maserati Quattroporte
As fans come to expect with Maserati, here’s a luxury sedan that has the horsepower to boot. According to Supercars.net, the Quattroporte has a variant that can do an astounding 523 hp. It’s made possible by a 3.8-liter V8 that compliments in quality the Quattroporte’s stylish exterior.
For just a little more than $107,000, buyers can take home a Maserati that’s able to reach 60 mph in a mere 4.2 seconds.
The same source even notes that it’s able to do a top speed of 182 mph. With style, luxury and above all, performance, this Maserati manages to check the right boxes at a decent price.
18 BMW M5
The BMW M5 is a luxury sedan that’s going to offer drivers the thrill of a wannabe supercar. These may not look like much on the outside, but what’s under the hood packs a punch.
Autobytel reports that they can reach 60 mph in a mere 4.2 seconds, all thanks to a turbocharged V8 that can put out 560 hp. While the price is going to set buyers back over $90,000, what the same source notes is that consumers are paying $168.04 for every 1 horsepower. When distilling its value comparative to its performance, it’s easier to swallow the price tag.
17 Mercedes-AMG GT
There are a lot of Mercedes-AMG sedans on the list, and it all starts with this GT. The look of these cars is enough to attract interest, but the performance seals the deal.
Barely making the cut at 503 hp, as Supercars.net reports, the Mercedes-AMG GT comes packed with a 4.0-liter V8 engine. The same source even gives it high marks for its handling, which only capitalizes on its power. With a top speed of 193 mph, handling that’s on point might just be exactly what’s needed. This car is so fast, it can go 0 to 60 mph in just 3 measly seconds.
16 Cadillac CTS-V
Many of these high-performance sedans offer plenty of luxury features. While the interior features and capabilities often get marketed to consumers, it’s the performance that attracts the diehards.
Autobytel reports that this sedan can do an astounding 640 hp for an affordable price. A price of $85,595 will get buyers a new CTS-V for $133,74 per hp, according to the same source.
Another noteworthy spec is the 200 mph top speed it’s capable of hitting. In a market where SUVs and pickup trucks continue to dominate the spotlight, it’s powerful sedans like the Cadillac CTS-V that continue to entice consumers.
15 Jaguar XE CV Project 8
It’s hard to believe some of these sedans aren’t spending most of their time on a race track, let alone that they're road legal in the first place. Jaguar likes to remind the public that not only is it road legal, but it’s the most powerful Jaguar yet, as their website declares. These can do an impressive 592 hp.
There’s a reason Jaguar only made 300 of these, considering how much power and care went into making them. Though in spite the limited quantities, they’re available for an affordable price. Road and Track confirms a Jaguar XE CV Project 8 can be yours for the price of $187,500.
14 Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S
Although it’s called a coupe, the GT 63 S technically has four doors, making this a sedan on paper. Road and Track reports that automakers took the motor out of the E63 S, made some changes and put it in a stylish car.
According to the same source, this car is able to do 630 hp, making this one unbelievably fast ride. To match its performance is an impressive exterior. As a compliment to how nice the car looks, it doesn’t fit on a race track. The only downside is the price at $195,000, making the GT 63 S the most expensive car on the list.
13 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid
The Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is a mouthful to say, and it’s also a performance-driven vehicle. Even among Porsches, the Panamera Turbo stands apart, as it’s able to put out what Road and Track confirms is a massive 680 hp.
At the end of the day though, it’s a Porsche, which means it’s going to cost an arm and a leg. Being one of the pricier cars on the list, Porsche’s website notes that it starts at $186,200. Regardless, for a stylish Porsche that can go as fast as 192 mph, it’s a mystery it doesn’t start at $200,000.
12 Audi RS7 Performance
With some welcome changes, the Audi RS7 continues to stand out among powerful sedans. Road and Track reports there’s a newer Performance version that makes it one of the fastest cars on the list. The RS7 Performance model is capable of doing 605 hp. While it only slightly edges out some of the BMWs on the list, its price tag is significantly less.
According to Car and Driver, a new one starts at only $114,875, which is relatively affordable considering all the horsepower it generates. The sportier styling also makes this a standout vehicle that will attract the gaze of jealous onlookers.
11 Mercedes-AMG E63 S
The Mercedes-AMG E63 S may not be what its big bad GT brother is, but it’s good enough for a lot cheaper. While it suffers from having 30 hp less, what remains still makes it one of the most powerful on the list.
Road and Track confirms that it's able to do as much as 603 hp. In a surprising detail, the same source also points out that all this power comes from a smaller-sized V8 motor. The good news concerning the E63 S has to do with its price tag. Unlike the GT version—which is closer to $200,000, this one is half the cost at $104,400.
10 BMW M760i xDrive
BMW manages to notch a few places on this list with impressive sedans. While carrying the traditional brand of luxury they’re known for, these BMW sedans manage to exceed expectations with their performance. The M760i xDrive manages to edge out its Alpina sibling when it comes to power.
The M760i xDrive can do a whopping 601 hp thanks to its V12 engine.
In years past, it was hard to imagine a 600 hp vehicle being anywhere within an affordable range. Today, as Edmunds reports, the 2018 M760i xDrive model goes for about $156,700, making this a great value for all the power owners get.
9 Audi A8
Turning the perception about sedans being poor performers on its head is the Audi A8. This is one of the cheaper cars on the list that still manages to impress with its raw power. According to YouTube channel Automotive Territory, this car is able to do 577 hp. A new one will set back owners about $83,000, according to the same source.
What they get in return is what owners have come to expect with Audi: a nice interior that doesn’t make any shortcuts. There’re even infotainment systems to entertain passengers sitting in the back over the course of a trip.
8 Mercedes-AMG GT C
Another Mercedes-AMG to make the list is the GT C, which easily makes the cut for its high-performance. This car aspires to be great and succeeds in every way. Supercars.net reports that it can do 550 hp, and even more on the R version. This is possible through a turbocharged 4.0-Liter V8 engine, which makes people rethink their preconceived notions towards sedans.
With a spoiler and sleek design, this is a car that strives for speed, satisfying those with a need for speed in their weekend getaways. The price tag isn’t the cheapest, but still attainable, starting at $145,995.
7 Jaguar XJR
Leave it to Jaguar to make a performance sedan that’s also a bargain. While XJL has competent variants able to do 340 hp and 470 hp, as Edmunds reports, it’s the XJR that manages to impress the most. The same source points out that the V8 on the XJR is able to do a respectable 550 hp, making it an easy candidate for this list.
The starting price comes out to $118,000 for a new 2017 model.
While the car manages to score a worthy performance level at a decent price, there are some drawbacks, including some lacking interior features.
6 BMW Alpina B7
Although 500 hp is the standard to which all the cars on this list have to measure up to, the BMW Alpina B7 manages to go above and beyond that in performance. According to Road and Track, the Alpina B7 is capable of 600 hp, which is noteworthy for a sedan - along with a modest price of a little over $135,000.
On the outside is a beautifully crafted machine that backs up the powerhouse engine underneath the hood. As with a BMW, owners can expect all the luxury features to come with it. This is a great middle ground for speed freaks who still need a family car to get around in.
5 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio
One of the beautifully styled sedans to make it on the list is the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio. With an iconic front grille and sleek exterior, it adds sophistication to the high-performance class. It’s also one of the more affordable cars on this list, with an estimated price of $70,000 new, as per Autobytel.
The Giulia Quadrifoglio barely makes the cut with 505 hp according to the same source, which is possible through a turbocharged V6. This is a car that manages to hit all the right notes from luxury to performance to style. Few cars manage to excel in so many areas with an affordable price.
4 Mercedes-AMG S63
The Mercedes-AMG S63 manages to balance both performance and affordability in one package. As Supercars.net details, the S63 costs $148,495 and gives owners 603 hp. In spite having a smaller engine than older AMG 5.5-liter engines, this 4.0-liter puts out even more horsepower.
Although it’s not the cheapest one on the list, its performance manages to thrill with a top speed of 155 mph. It can also go to 60 mph in just 3.4 seconds. For even more money and more thrills, buyers can look at the S65 models. This is a vehicle that proves sedans are still viable performance options.
3 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat
A car that’s going to be a favorite on high-performance lists is the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. Branded with the powerful SRT Hellcat upgrade, this Challenger is capable of what Autobytel confirms is an impressive 707 hp.
With a new Challenger SRT Hellcat priced at $64,195, consumers are getting more bang for their buck.
The same source reports that it comes out to $90.80 for every 1 horsepower. On top of that, owners get the iconic styling on the outside that stand out as performance features like the hood scoop and muscle car appearance. This is one of the more affordable and popular cars on the list for a good reason.
2 Mercedes-AMG C63 S
The Mercedes-Benz AMG C63 S has a coupe version, though we’ll just be focusing on the regular four door sedan. Autobytel reports that this capable of putting out 503 hp. The car is on the cheaper end of the spectrum when it comes to price, amounting to $72,800 for a new one.
In Autobytel’s breakdown, that means car buyers pay $144.73 for every 1 horsepower of the car. When it comes to high-performance sedans on a budget, this is a great way to go. Not only will it make the family happy, but it’ll satisfy speed addicts too.
1 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
Like its Challenger sibling, the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat manages to impress on all the same accounts. Autobytel reports that a new one costs $67,645, putting it slightly higher than the Challenger. While the price per horsepower is also slightly adjusted up, the car still packs the same 707 hp for an affordable price.
With the ability to go 0 to 60 mph in a mere 3.5 seconds, this is a car that roars.
While these belong more on a race track, they’re road legal and turn plenty of heads. No matter how popular the Charger is, it’s hard for even diehard enthusiasts to write them off.
Sources: Road and Track, Edmunds & Car and Driver