Fastest Sedans of 2020

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.

What sets the Fast Sedan apart?

There are many types of automobiles in the world, but certain specifications set the performance models apart from the hum-drum configurations.

  • Power - From 0 to 60 to the quarter mile, how quickly these machines get around is their defining characteristic.
  • Handling - All the power in the world means very little if you have no ability to rein it in. Steering, aerodynamics, body roll, and brakes; every part is carefully engineered to deliver the best driving feel.
  • Comfort - When you’re hurtling down the road, the last thing you want ruining your fun is a sore backside. Both the seat cushions and suspension should be carefully configured to optimize support.

Some of the best Fast Sedans

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.

Fastest Production Sedan

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.

What to consider before buying

Performance often comes at a price, so you should weigh the strengths and weaknesses of these adrenalin pumpers before you buy.

Pros

  • They are engaging and thrilling drivers
  • Plenty of style, both inside and out
  • Comfort is generally excellent
  • They draw glances of unadulterated envy

Cons

  • They cost an arm and a leg, and sometimes a kidney
  • Fuel economy is laughable
  • Passenger and trunk space is often sub-par

FAQs about sporty sedans

What is the best sports car?

We hold the Porsche Taycan in the highest esteem. It’s pricey at over $100k, but its electric powertrain achieves excellent mileage figures. This is pretty rare in a cruiser that makes the 0-60 sprint in just 3.8s. The Italian masterpiece is gorgeous, and feels absolutely indulgent.

What is the quickest production sedan in the world?

In reference to the quickest acceleration times for cars in this segment, both the Tesla Model S Performance and Porsche’s Taycan Turbo S boast a manufacturer-claimed 2.4-second sprint to 60 mph.

Are there any affordable sport sedans?

Generally, high performance and luxury go hand-in-hand, so finding a cheap sports vehicle can be tricky. These automobiles place performance above high tech amenities, so you won’t miss out on much if you buy a used model from 2018 and 2017, or as far back as 2016 or 2015.
BuzzScore
Design
Performance
MPG
Interior
Infotainment
Reliability
Safety
Value
#1
2020 Porsche Taycan
9.6
BuzzScore
10
Design
10
Performance
10
MPG
10
Interior
9
Infotainment
10
Reliability
10
Safety
8
Value
#2
2020 Porsche Taycan Turbo
9.5
BuzzScore
10
Design
10
Performance
10
MPG
10
Interior
9
Infotainment
10
Reliability
10
Safety
7
Value
#3
2021 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe
9.3
BuzzScore
10
Design
9
Performance
7
MPG
10
Interior
10
Infotainment
8
Reliability
10
Safety
10
Value
#4
2020 Mercedes-AMG S63 Sedan
8.9
BuzzScore
8
Design
10
Performance
7
MPG
10
Interior
10
Infotainment
8
Reliability
10
Safety
8
Value
#5
2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost
8.9
BuzzScore
10
Design
9
Performance
6
MPG
10
Interior
10
Infotainment
9
Reliability
9
Safety
8
Value
#6
2020 Audi RS7
8.8
BuzzScore
10
Design
10
Performance
6
MPG
10
Interior
10
Infotainment
8
Reliability
8
Safety
8
Value
#7
2021 BMW M8 Gran Coupe
8.8
BuzzScore
10
Design
10
Performance
6
MPG
9
Interior
9
Infotainment
8
Reliability
9
Safety
9
Value
#8
2021 Audi S8
#8
Audi S8
8.8
BuzzScore
8
Design
10
Performance
7
MPG
9
Interior
10
Infotainment
7
Reliability
10
Safety
9
Value
#9
2020 Mercedes-AMG GT 63
8.8
BuzzScore
10
Design
10
Performance
6
MPG
10
Interior
10
Infotainment
7
Reliability
9
Safety
8
Value
#10
2020 Porsche Panamera Turbo
8.8
BuzzScore
8
Design
10
Performance
7
MPG
10
Interior
9
Infotainment
9
Reliability
9
Safety
8
Value
#11
2020 Mercedes-Maybach S
8.8
BuzzScore
8
Design
9
Performance
7
MPG
10
Interior
10
Infotainment
8
Reliability
10
Safety
8
Value
#12
2020 Rolls-Royce Phantom
8.8
BuzzScore
9
Design
10
Performance
6
MPG
10
Interior
10
Infotainment
9
Reliability
10
Safety
6
Value
#13
2020 Mercedes-AMG C63 Sedan
8.6
BuzzScore
9
Design
10
Performance
6
MPG
9
Interior
9
Infotainment
8
Reliability
10
Safety
8
Value
#14
2020 Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid
8.6
BuzzScore
8
Design
7
Performance
9
MPG
10
Interior
9
Infotainment
9
Reliability
9
Safety
8
Value
#15
2020 Bentley Flying Spur
8.6
BuzzScore
10
Design
9
Performance
7
MPG
10
Interior
10
Infotainment
7
Reliability
9
Safety
7
Value
#16
2020 Mercedes-AMG E63 Sedan
8.5
BuzzScore
9
Design
10
Performance
6
MPG
9
Interior
10
Infotainment
7
Reliability
9
Safety
8
Value
#17
2020 Cadillac CT6-V
8.4
BuzzScore
8
Design
9
Performance
8
MPG
8
Interior
8
Infotainment
8
Reliability
9
Safety
9
Value
#18
Karma Revero GT
8.4
BuzzScore
10
Design
8
Performance
9
MPG
8
Interior
8
Infotainment
8
Reliability
8
Safety
8
Value
#19
2020 BMW Alpina B7
8.4
BuzzScore
8
Design
9
Performance
7
MPG
9
Interior
9
Infotainment
7
Reliability
10
Safety
8
Value
#20
2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
8.3
BuzzScore
10
Design
10
Performance
4
MPG
8
Interior
10
Infotainment
9
Reliability
7
Safety
8
Value