Sports cars represent some of the most desirable vehicles on the market, but they are also some of the least practical. Cramped rear seats - if any - and a tight squeeze to access them often see shoppers skipping over svelte coupes in search of more user-friendly sedans. Automakers have realized that there is a growing market for high-performance sedans that offer at least as many driving thrills as their two-door cousins. As a result, there are now a number of vehicles out there that could be termed “four-door sports cars.” Let’s take a look at 10 of the most appealing four-door sports cars currently available in the United States.
1) 2015 Ford Taurus SHO
The 2015 Ford Taurus SHO is a high-performance version of the brand’s mainstay sedan, powered by a powerful version of the EcoBoost drivetrain. The twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 found under the hood of the Taurus SHO produces 365 ponies and 350 lb-ft of torque. This full-size sedan also features Ford’s all-wheel drive system as a standard feature, which dramatically improves its launching ability and plays a large role in its 0-60-mph time of 5.8 seconds. The only transmission available is a six-speed automatic with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters is the only transmission available with the Ford Taurus SHO.
2) 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
The 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution owes a huge debt to Mitsubishi’s long history in the World Rally Championship, where small sedans featuring big power slug it out on rally stages across the globe. The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution offers a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that pumps out 291 ponies and 300 lb-ft of torque thanks to the use of a turbocharger. The Evolution also features computer-controlled all-wheel drive system that can actively manage torque between individual wheels, adjusting not just to prevent traction loss but also in order to improve cornering ability, and power is put to the ground thanks to a five-speed manual transmission or a twin-clutch automatic. The Lancer Evolution can sprint to 60 mph in just 4.9 seconds.
3) 2015 Subaru WRX STI
Like the Lancer Evolution, the 2015 Subaru WRX STI also draws from rally heritage, with Subaru historically having been an active participant in this segment of the motorsports universe. The 2015 Subaru Impreza WRX STI employs a turbocharged, four-cylinder engine that generates 305 horsepower and 290 lb-ft of twist from its 2.5 liters. Matched with a six-speed manual transmission and all-wheel drive, the vehicle is able to blow past 60 miles per hour in 5.1 seconds. The automobile features Brembo brakes and a race-inspired suspension system, and the STI’s all-wheel drive system offers an active center differential that can be controlled by the driver from within the vehicle in order to adapt to various traction situations.
4) 2015 Cadillac CTS-V
The 2015 Cadillac CTS-V is a mid-size luxury sedan that boasts 640 horsepower and 630 lb-ft of torque from its 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 engine. Though the CTS-V is a large car, the extra two doors definitely don’t hold it back from achieving peak performance. An eight-speed automatic transmission handles power management to the CTS-V’s rear wheels, and a magnetic suspension automatically adjusts for the best handling and performance. The CTS-V can hit the 60-mph mark from a standstill in just 3.7 seconds, and can hit a top speed of 200 mph.
5) 2015 Volkswagen GTI Four-Door
The 2015 Volkswagen GTI is the pocket rocket edition of the Volkswagen Golf compact hatchback. Setting the Volkswagen GTI apart from the standard Golf are several important changes that have been designed to give the small car a sporty punch, including the installation of a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 210 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Also along for the ride is an optional six-speed dual clutch automated manual transmission (with a traditional six-speed manual provided as standard equipment), and a tighter suspension system that is more in tune with transmitting road feel through the steering wheel and responding to driver inputs.
6) 2015 Jaguar XFR-S
The 2015 Jaguar XFR-S, the high-performance version of the brand’s luxury sedan, grafts serious sports car features onto the four-door automobile’s already taut platform. The Jaguar XF R-S sees its standard V-8 engine replaced with a supercharged version that cranks out 550 horses and 502 lb-ft of torque from its 5.0 liters of displacement. An eight-speed automatic transmission is only available gearbox for the XFR-S, and it provides a manual shifting option by way of steering wheel-mounted paddles. The 2015 Jaguar XFR-S can reach 60 miles per hour in 4.4 seconds, which places the comfortable sedan squarely in sports car territory. Oversized brakes, an adaptive suspension system and a limited-slip rear differential also contribute to the sedan’s aggressive character.
7) 2015 BMW M3 Sedan
The 2015 BMW M3 sedan is the four-door edition of one of the most popular premium sports cars on the market. The BMW M3 sedan provides all of the same creature comforts and interior room as the standard BMW 3 Series sedan, but also injects a significant amount of performance that elevates the vehicle above its more pedestrian sibling. The 2015 BMW M3 sedan offers a locking rear differential, a track-tuned suspension system and other track-ready features. The vehicle is powered by a 425-horse, twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 engine that also generates 406 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is included free of charge with the BMW M3, but buyers can also elect to sample the brand’s seven-speed dual clutch automated manual for even faster gear changes.
8) 2015 Audi S4
The 2015 Audi S4 is the German luxury brand’s hot rod edition of its popular A4 sedan. The Audi S4 is known for its quattro all-wheel drive system, which sends 60 percent of engine torque to the rear wheels in order to give the vehicle a more sporting feel without compromising traction. The vehicle also offers a stiffer suspension system than the standard A4, as well as more aggressively-sized brakes. Motivating the 2015 Audi S4 is a 3.0-liter V-6 that makes use of a supercharger to grind out 333 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque. The Audi is offered with either a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional seven-speed dual clutch automated manual. The sedan can reach 60 miles per hour from a standing start in just under five seconds.
9) 2015 Dodge Charger SRT8 Hellcat
The 2015 Dodge Charger Hellcat ups the ante for domestic sedans, offering full-size accommodations and a healthy degree of comfort. The Charger Hellcat derives much of its menace from a Hemi 6.2-liter V-8 that produces 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque, good for a top speed of 204 mph. The Charger Hellcat’s two rear doors don’t hold back this impressive sedan as it speeds from 0 to 60 in just 3.7 seconds.
10) 2015 Lexus IS 350 F
The 2015 Lexus IS 350 F represents the first effort by Lexus to break into the high performance four-door premium sports car club that has been traditionally dominated by German manufacturers. The Lexus IS F transforms the Lexus IS entry-level sedan platform through the introduction of upsized brakes, an aggressively-styled body kit, a lowered suspension system and a great drivetrain. The 2015 Lexus IS 350 F is powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 that produces 306 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque, and comes in both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. An eight-speed automatic transmission manages the power for this sporty sedan.