Back in the 60s and 70s when muscle cars ruled the world, we would have never imagined that the future would be small turbocharged engines. After the oil crisis of the 70s, a lot of things changed, including the introduction of the catalytic converter and the end of the muscle car era, for the time being at least. It was then the imports time to shine, once considered to be a bit of the black sheep of the car industry, people were starting to take advantage of these little fuel-efficient cars, especially since they were starting to figure out how to make a decent amount of power with them.
I guess maybe Dodge was wrong when they said that “there is no replacement for displacement.”
As of now in the current day, it seems the V8 is becoming harder and harder to come by as car manufacturers have figured out how to pump just as much power out a smaller turbocharged engine while getting significantly better gas mileage. Dodge is still one of the very few manufacturers that still use a V8 in a majority of their performance cars.
Here are 25 examples of 25 tiny turbocharged cars that can outrun a supercar.
What’s most impressive about the Toyota Supra was it was making ridiculous numbers over two decades ago when it was discontinued in 1998. According to Top Speed, the turbocharged inline-six could churn out 320 hp at 5600 rpm and 315 lb/ft of torque at 4000 rpm, making the Supra capable of doing a quarter mile in just 13.1 seconds, needing just 4.6 to get to 60.
Lucky for us, we can expect the Supra’s return to the market next year!
The rear-wheel-drive 4c Spyder is a serious lightweight. The 4C weighs in at just 2,504 lbs. due to a carbon fiber body, which is one of the reasons why it is so quick.
The turbocharged 1.7-liter engine is the smallest non-hybrid to make the list but packs a mean little punch. The 4C makes 237 hp and 258 lb/ft of torque, making the 4C capable of getting a quarter mile done in just 12.9 seconds, getting to 60 in just 4.3.
The all impressive Ford Focus RS was unfortunately discontinued earlier this year, but according to Motor1, it could be making a return sooner than we all expected and could be expected as early as 2020.
Rumor has it that the new improved model will be a hybrid and we can expect it to make over 400 hp and 425 lb/ft of torque. Unfortunately, it will only be available as an automatic, not like that is such a terrible thing.
The Alfa Romeo Giulia is a relatively new car to their already amazing lineup, just making its debut to the world last year in 2017.
According to Car and Driver, the rear wheel drive sedan comes packed with a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine under its hood that is good for 280 at 5200 rpm and 306 lb/ft of torque at just 2000 rpm. The Giulia can get a quarter mile done in 14.3 seconds, needing 5.7 to get to sixty.
Another car to make the 10-Best car list is the Honda Civic Type R. According to the Car and Driver, the Type R has a turbocharged 2.0-liter that can push out 306 hp at 6500 rpm and 295 lb/ft of torque at 2500 rpm. This made it capable of getting a quarter mile in at 13.5 seconds, getting to 60 in just under five.
The thing that sets the Type R apart from the others is the fact that it is a front wheel drive vehicle, and the only one to make this list.
The BMW i8 is a very futuristic looking vehicle, which also plays the part as its technology seems to be way ahead of its time. According to Car and Driver, the i8 is hybrid that is paired with a 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine, making it good for a combined total of 369 hp and 420 lb/ft of torque.
The i8 was able to get a quarter mile in at 12.5 seconds, needing just 4.1 seconds to get to 60. Not bad for a hybrid!
John Cooper is the founder of the original Mini Cooper, Michael Cooper is his son who follows in his footsteps, the founder of John Cooper Works (JCW) manufacturers performance parts for the new Mini.
The JCW Mini Cooper was made to commemorate this family’s greatness. According to Car and Driver, the JWC comes stocked with a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine can churn out 228 hp at 5000 rpm and 258 lb/ft of torque at an impressive 1450 rpm.
Audi is one of the very few car manufacturing companies that make a five-cylinder engine, which is what you can find under the hood of the RS3. According to Car and Driver, the turbocharged 2.5-liter is capable of making 400 hp and 354 lb/ft of torque at just 1800 RPM!
The snotty like RS3 can put down a quarter mile in 11.9 seconds, making it faster than both the M2 and Mercedes AMG CLA45, both in which are mentioned on this list. Talk about some bragging rights!
Next on the list is the Chevy Camaro 2.0T, which is more formally known as the Camaro LTE. The LTE is the newest edition to Camaro family, and the only one that comes with a little four-cylinder, that packs a mean little punch.
According to Car and Driver, the LTE comes standard with a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that is good for 275 hp and 295 lb/ft of torque. The LTE is capable of getting to 60 in 5.4 seconds.
The Subaru 22B is a legend amongst Subaru enthusiasts, and for really good reasons too. According to Car and Driver, the 22B was released two decades ago, which means it will be available for import in five years. The turbocharged 2.2-liter was good for 300 hp and 267 lb/ft of torque back in 1998!
The 22B was able to get a quarter mile done in 13.5 seconds, getting to sixty in just 4.7. It’s safe to say that Subaru enthusiasts will be looking to import one of these the day it turns 25, if you can find one for sale that is.
The BMW three series comes in a plethora of different engine options, from diesel to couple different turbocharged versions and even rumors of a hybrid soon. According to Car and Driver, the 330i comes stocked with turbocharged size that’s good for 255 hp and 295 lb/ft of torque.
If you are in need of some more power look to the turbocharged V6 makes 383 hp and 369 lb/ft of torque. Both cars come with the option to upgrade to an all-wheel-drive suspension.
If there is one thing that Subaru loves it’s awesome special edition cars. According to Car and Driver, the WRX STI Type RA was limited to just 500 models, to celebrate STI’s 30th birthday.
The RA gets the same turbocharged 2.5-liter engine, making a bit more power at 320 hp at 6000 rpm and 290 lb/ft of torque at 4000 rpm, getting a quarter mile done in 14 seconds flat, but weirdly enough the standard STI is faster by .02 seconds.
Once upon a time in the mid-90s, the Lotus Espirit came with a four-cylinder that was able to make up to 300 hp! According to Car and Driver, the turbocharged 2.2-liter was capable of getting to sixty in just 4.4 seconds.
Built like a true race car, the pedals are so close together that racing boots are almost required to drive one, and why Julia Roberts in the movie "Pretty Woman" explains why it was easier for a woman to drive one, as their feet tend to be smaller.
The Audi A3 is a quick little car and shares the same engine as the Volkswagen Golf R, also mentioned on this list. According to Car and Driver, the A3 puts out the same numbers making the same numbers at different rpm; 292 hp at 6200 rpm and 280 lb/ft of torque at 1900 rpm.
Surprisingly, the A3 also performed slightly better than the Golf R getting a quarter mile done in 13.3 seconds, getting to 60 in 4.6.
According to Motor Trend, the Evo X was released back in 2008, coming stocked with a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that was good for 295 hp at 6500 rpm and 270 lb/ft of torque at 3500 rpm.
Mitsubishi announced in 2015 that sadly they would be discontinuing the Evo X, but instead of just slowly fading into the darkness they decided to go out with a bang and releasing the Evo X Final Edition. The Final Edition had upgraded all around and yielded 303 hp and 305 lb/ft of torque.
Volvo has always been known for their luxury wagon, but recently they're making a name in the luxury sedan world as well. New to Volvo’s lineup last year is the Volvo S90, which comes with a few powertrain options.
According to Car and Driver, the 2.0-liter is both turbocharged and supercharged, and paired with the all-wheel-drive suspension can make 316 hp and 295 lb/ft of torque. The s90 needed 14.5 seconds for the quarter miles, getting to 60 in just under six.
The SRT4 was one of those cars that were just a bit too ahead of its time. Making its debut to the world in 2003, most people didn’t know what to think of it.
According to Motor Trend, the SRT4 packed a mean little punch, with its turbocharged 2.4-liter engine that was good for 215 hp and 245 lb/ft of torque. The SRT needed 14.2 seconds to get a quarter mile in, getting to 60 in 5.6.
Next on the list is the Mustang EcoBoost, which could sound like a bit of an oxymoron. The Mustang is known for its big and powerful 5.0-liter engine, but the EcoBoost's little four-cylinder is just as impressive, considering its size.
According to Car and Driver, the Eco Boost’s 2.3-liter inline-four engine is good for 310 hp and 350 lb/ft of torque. The Ecoboost can get a quarter mile done in 13.7 seconds, needing just 5.1 to get to 60.
According to Car and Driver, the VW Golf R took home the title for 10-Best winner for 2018. The turbocharged 2.0-liter engine can churn out 292 hp at 5400 rpm and 280 lb/ft of torque at just 1800rpm.
The all-wheel-drive Golf R is capable of getting a quarter mile in at 13.4 seconds and can get to sixty in just 4.8, with the automatic transmission surprisingly better the faster of the bunch, but apparently was not as fun to drive.
Believe or not the next car on the list is a Porsche. According to Motor Trend, the 718 Porsche Boxster S comes stocked with a turbocharged 2.5-liter engine that is able to push out an impressive 350 hp and 309 lb/ft of torque.
The 718 Boxster unlike most Porsche’s you won’t find the engine in the trunk, is actually a mid-engine car which means it has a trunk in both the front and rear, making plenty of storage room despite its small size
One of the newest cars to Mercedes lineup is their little roadster that they are calling the SLC. According to Auto Trader, the SLC 300 comes stocked with a turbocharged 2.0-liter is paired with a 9-speed transmission, together they can make 241 hp and 273 lb/ft of torque.
If you're in need of some more power, the SLC 43 comes standard with a turbo V6 and with the same transmission, making it good for an impressive 362 hp and 384 lb/ft of torque.
Weirdly enough BMW doesn’t offer a turbocharged-four cylinder in any of their M-Series, the M2 offer the least powerful engine of the bunch. The M2 comes stocked with a turbocharged 3.0-liter, which is toned down version of both the M3 and M4 engines.
The M2 still makes a respectable 405 hp and 406 lb/ft of torque, paired with the options seven-speed transmission will get you to sixty in just four seconds flat.
The CLA45 AMG was kind of a big deal, as it was the first AMG that received a four-cylinder and an impressive one, to say the least. According to the Mercedes website, the CLA45 AMG comes stocked with a handcrafted turbocharged 2.0-inline four that is capable of making 375 hp at 6000 rpm and 350 lb/ft of torque at 2500 rpm.
The CLA45 AMG needs just 4.1 just to get to 60, making it the most powerful 4-cylinder that is currently in production.
Another one of those cars to make that list that is still worth talking about many decades later is the Audi Rs2 Avant - enthusiasts are counting down the days until they can be legally imported into the US.
According to Road and Track, the Avant was a collaboration between Audi and Porsche and the result was something really special. The Avant came standard with a turbocharged five-cylinder that was good for 311 hp, needing just 4.8 seconds to get to 60, which was all the more impressive back in 1994!
The Jaguar F Type comes with a plethora of powertrain options, with the four-cylinder obviously being the smallest of the bunch. According to Car and Driver, the Jaguar F-type 2.0T is capable of making 296 hp at 5500 rpm and 295 lb/ft of torque at just 1500 rpm.
This makes the 2.0T capable of getting a quarter mile in at 14.9 seconds. While Jaguar claims their 0-60 time of 5.4 seconds, Car and Drivers claims the best was 6.4.
Sources - Car And Driver, Motor Trend, & Jalopnik