If you’re after a thrilling driving experience, then you’ll probably end up looking at a fast sedan. No other style of car is quite so suited cutting through the air and hooning down the road at break-neck speeds. Whether you’re interested in a fast 4-door sedan or a 2-door roadster, we’ve already done the legwork for you.
Our expert reviewers have compiled a list of the fastest sedans on the market, covering key figures like engine outputs, 0-60 times, top speeds, and the all-important price tag. But how these sexy athletes look, both inside and out, is almost as important. We also evaluate the features lists, creature comforts, and practicality of these daredevils. With no stone left unturned, we should be your one-stop-shop for all your high-performance sedan needs.
There are many types of automobiles in the world, but certain specifications set the performance models apart from the hum-drum configurations.
There are a number of strong contenders within this segment, but as tough as the competition is, someone needs to have the title of the best fast sedan. And, in our opinion, that spot goes to Porsche. The Taycan and Taycan Turbo are separated by a mere 0.1 points in our BuzzScore.
Aside from being generally gorgeous, the Italian four-door roadster is elegantly appointed inside. Plush leather adorns the seats and wraps the sport-styled steering wheel. Plenty of high-tech features come standard, but if you want the interference of driver-assistance systems, you actually need to pay extra. You also have to pay extra to access the more powerful 93.4 kWh battery, which allows the motor to deliver its impressive maximum outputs of 483 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque. This allows the Taycan to make the 0-60 sprint in just 3.8 seconds, although the Turbo does it in under three. It’s a little more compact than the competition, though, so it does not make for a good family hauler.
The BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe takes the last spot on the podium, but still scoring over 9.0 points. With a slightly lower starting price of $84,900, the 8 Series is a more mainstream entrant. It has a more spacious interior and a more practical trunk. It also puts more focus on modern tech, with forward collision avoidance and adaptive cruise control coming standard. It still drives well, though, thanks to refined handling and a turbocharged six-cylinder, or the optional twin-turbo V8. This specimen of reliable German engineering gets up to speed in just 3.7 seconds in its fastest iteration, maxing out at 155 mph without its limiter.
A close runner up is the Mercedes-AMG S63. Although this full-size cruiser focuses a bit more on luxury, it is still more than able to give its sporty rivals a run for their money. Powered by a twin-turbo V8, the Merc gets up to speed in the mid-three second range despite its 5,000-pound weight. Inside, the spacious cabin is appointed with only the finest materials, and the cockpit is eminently stylish. It should be considered a sin to rocket down the road in such style.
In the arena of fast sedan cars, the title of the world’s fastest three-box car was claimed by the 2020 Alpina B7, the reworked variant of BMW’s 7 Series. With a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 that puts out 600 hp, this beast is touted to manage a top speed of 205 mph, staying just ahead of the Dodge Charger Hellcat that comes in at 204.
Performance often comes at a price, so you should weigh the strengths and weaknesses of these adrenalin pumpers before you buy.