The Top Ten Most Powerful Sedans You Can Buy New

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Enthusiasts might love useful wagons, sporty coupes, open-air convertibles, and capable off-roaders, but sedans are still the go-to choice for buyers in the U.S. Make no mistake though, not all four-doors are doomed to grocery toting and commuting. Some sedans beg for more. Some sedans have an appetite for asphalt and a mean streak to boot. These top ten most powerful sedans you can buy here in the States can do it all, from laying down hot laps at the track to picking up the kids from school. Dive in and you'll see the ten most powerful four doors in their standard condition--that means no special tunings or performance packages that are added on at a premium.

10) Jaguar XFR-S, XJR: 550-hp 5.0-liter supercharged V-8

2014 Jaguar XFR S Front Right View

Starting off our list is a pair of feisty felines from across the pond. Given that both the mid-size XFR-S and full-size XJR use Jaguar's same 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 that emits thunder in the sonorous F-Type R, we thought it best to let the two sedans share the bottom spot on our list. Don't write off these Jags just because they finished last in this muscle-measuring contest--the XFR-S can rocket from 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds on its way to a top speed of 186 mph. It's definitely good to be bad.

9) Aston Martin Rapide S: 552-hp 5.9-liter V-12

2015 Aston Martin Rapide S Front Three Quarter In Motion 04

Although the Aston Martins of the future will likely wield their bonkers power from turbocharged AMG units, you can still find a natural-breathing V-12 under the extra-sexy Rapide's hood. The endless onslaught of twelve-cylinder power coming from the Aston's 5.9-liter is a thing of beauty, and the new ZF eight-speed automatic transmission in the 2015 Rapide S means you can savor every last one of its 552 horses with enough road ahead. Go on, pretend you're 007 escaping capture. Just keep an eye on that speedometer.

8) Audi RS7: 560-hp 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8

2014 Audi RS 7 Rear Three Quarters

If your internal car-geek light is flashing red to the accompaniment of wailing sirens and cold sweats, take a deep breath. Yes, the Audi RS7 lacks an enclosed trunk. Yes, it in fact has a handy rear hatchback instead. But buyers interested in the RS7 will effectively use it like it's a regular sedan, it has four doors, and Audi doesn't consider it a real hatchback. The RS7 does not 100 percent fit into the mold of sedan, hatchback, or wagon, but we love its insane all-wheel-drive performance too much to ignore it.

7) BMW M5, M6 Gran Coupe: 560-hp 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8

2014 BMW M5 Front View Low

Car nuts spend an awful lot of time blabbering about the iconic BMW M3, and it's easy to forget that the larger BMW M5 is a serious contender. 4.1 seconds from 0-60 mph is no joke. If that's not going to cut it, you can always opt for the M5's Competition Package which bumps up horsepower to 575. For true M5 fanatics, the 30th Anniversary BMW M5 packs a riotous 600 hp. Sound enticing? Sadly there are only 30 examples bound for U.S. shores, and they're all spoken for.

6) Rolls-Royce Ghost: 563-hp 6.6-liter twin-turbo V-12

2014 Rolls Royce Ghost Profile View

You'd only find a Rolls-Royce Ghost on a track with a psychopath (read: automotive journalist) behind the wheel, but that doesn't mean it's short on performance. Top speed is (wisely) limited to 155 mph, but the sensation of speed is most definitely apparent at all times. The luxo-sedan's towering 575 lb-ft of torque is fully available at only 1500 rpm.

5) Porsche Panamera Turbo S: 570-hp 4.8-liter twin-turbo V-8

2014 Porsche Panamera Turbo S Executive Front

Like the RS7, the Panamera Turbo S has a hatchback and an open trunk, but Porsche calls it a sedan anyway. Porsche definitely went a little crazy on the Panamera Turbo, jacking up output by 50 hp over the Panamera Turbo with new turbos, specially coated piston rings, and aluminum-alloy pistons. Porsche diehards probably still scoff at the beefy Panamera, but it's tough to argue with 570 hp, sensational comfort, and a usable trunk.

4) Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG, E63 AMG S, CLS63 AMG S: 577-hp 5.5-liter twin-turbo V-8

2015 Mercedes Benz CLS63 AMG S 4Matic Front Three Quarter In Motion

This trio of tri-starred Benzes all share the brand's spectacular twin-turbo V-8, singularly hand-assembled and personally stamped by one of AMG's engineers. Each of these three sedans succeeds at feeling expertly smooth and livable, but rest assured, there is a wallop of German engineering just waiting to be unleashed every time your foot graces the pedal. As unbelievably powerful as these Benzes are, they still lie in the shadow of an even more terrifying four-door that's further down on our list.

3) Bentley Flying Spur: 616-hp 6.0-liter twin-turbo W-12

2014 Bentley Flying Spur Front Right View

Our first taste of the Flying Spur's ferocious W-12 was that it was "a mastodon of an engine." And it has to be to send the massive 5451-lb Bentley from 0-60 mph in 4.3 seconds. The W-12 is so powerful that even if you were to split it into two V-6 engines, each half's 308 hp would outpower the Mustang's 305-hp V-6 and the Challenger's 305-hp V-6. Something tells us Crewe's engineers politely stifle their laughter when they hear us boasting about American "muscle."

2) Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG: 621-hp 6.0-liter twin-turbo V-12

2015 Mercedes Benz S65 AMG Rear Three Quarters In Motion

The S-Class is a sedan with so much cachet and character that it can bear not one, but two AMG models on its capable shoulders. Just when 577 hp seemed like overkill, the S65 AMG enters with a baffling 621 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque. Because it sends its power to the rear wheels rather than all four, as it does in in the S63 AMG, the S65 is not actually any faster than its V-8 sibling. But at the end of the day, it's feeling like the mack-daddy of engines bows to your will that leaves a wry and knowing smile lingering on your face.

1) Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat: 707-hp 6.2-liter supercharged V-8

2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Front Three Quarters

And so we have arrived. Take the time to scroll up this list and you'll notice a common theme: European luxury. With even the most affordable of these previous powerhouse sedans costing $94,550 (cost of a base BMW M5), it takes a lot of means to have access to sedans of this caliber. Or least, it used to, anyway. You can now laugh all the way to the bank while the Charger SRT Hellcat's infernal bark strikes fear into the hearts of its European wanna-be's. Prices are not official yet, but the Charger Hellcat shouldn't deviate much from the $60,990 Challenger Hellcat. It's positively absurd for a sedan to have 707 hp, but to do so while so prodigiously outmatching the second-place S65 is the icing on the cake.

Honorable Mention: Cadillac CTS-V: 556-hp 6.2-liter supercharged V-8

2013 Cadillac CTS V Sedan Front Three Quarters View In Motion

With the overhauled Cadillac CTS sedan already in our midst, the beloved CTS-V sedan is not available for the 2015 model year. The 2015 Cadillac CTS-V coupe will be offered with a Special Edition package, but the most high-powered version of the CTS sedan will remain the 420-hp CTS Vsport. The outgoing CTS-V sedan's exceptional supercharged V-8 would have placed it ninth on our list,just behind the BMW M5 and Audi RS7.

RaCer Mittelsachsen
Wir suchen noch Leute die 1:10 Autos cool finden. Wenn das der fall ist bitte die Seite liken. :)
Kevin Griffin
Jeep GC SRT Hellcat please. From a current Jeep GC SRT owner.
Robert May
Sure, it's all marketing. But the editors need to know when enough is enough. I don't care which publication you work for. When they take a story and beat it to a pulp, it gets annoying. Especially an ill-conceived product such as this. I'm not impressed.
Robert May
Haters?? You mean realists, aka car enthusiasts.
Craig Stishenko
It's called marketing man. Suck it up. The Hellcat twins are the most talked about things in Automotive news, why would one of the greatest car magazines in the world not mention these cars repeatedly... Marketing.
Shawn Daybell
Can you guess which car on this list is going to break down first? I bet it'll be the dodge.
Amit Mukherji
Dodge charger
Romit Bansal
Charger Hellcat
Ahmad Zamzam
Yahya M Hussain Tarek Sawaf
Phoenix Fury
G Nirmal Kumar
Shashank Jain
dodge charger srt hellcat... loving it
Dil Franklin
Dave- its 4,600 pounds you inbred. oh sorry i was off the total by what you probably weigh. Epic fail!! HAHA $60 fat overweight POS. What else can Dodge think of?
Dave Foley
It's funny how every time a Charger's weight gets brought up, it gets heavier. 5000+ lb Charger? Get real. Maybe when it included the owner and his 3 friends, and all of their golf clubs. Haha!!! Epic fail!
Danny Baker
Justin Taylor
Michael Anderson
Id rather have anyone of these cars over the hellcat, regardless of cost because like robert pointed out above, you take away the engine and its a rental car, and it looks hideous.
Sameer Sukhe
Robert May
No BRO, I'm not JELLY. What I am, is sick of seeing basically the same story, over and over and over and over and over. We get it. This dodge has 707hp!!! It's quicker than an M5!! It's the cheapest way to go fast!! They've shoved it down our throats everyday since the news broke. It's like all the major car magazine publications thinks all their readers have short term memory loss. Maybe I should move on? Thanks for the witty comeback.
Robert May
But sheer hp figures, while impressive, are not as impressive today as they used to be....even 10 years ago. Any manufacture can make a car with that much hp today. ANY of them. But there comes a point when it's too much. It doesn't matter how much hp a car has. What matters is what the car can do WITH that hp. If the chassis can only handle 500, or 600 even, then why go past that? Certain cars out there can handle all of their power, because they're meant to. But a dodge charger (which was never designed to be an M5, or a Panamera, or ANY type of sports sedan) that has 707hp is asked to put that torture onto its chassis? It's laughable. Take away all the hellcat stuff, and what you're left with is a fleet rental car. The 650s may have less, but there's the P1 The 458 may have less, but there's the F12 and the LaFerrari
Ross Mazin
Charger Hellcat
Craig Stishenko
U JELLY BRO?? if it bothers you so much, maybe you should move on?
Craig Stishenko
Kyle Rein
Dammy Onafowokan
I'd rather own a hellcat than an M5 less pretentious
Andrew Hernandez
Gin Rogas
Chris Story
The Hellcat does it's job well. It goes fast. The M5 does it's job well. I'd rather own the M5, but I'd rather drive the Hellcat if given a choice.
Mike Latimer
And more weight than the moon
Dil Franklin
The m5 will run circles, squares, triangles around the hellcat, what's your point??
Lee Klein
Why does anyone care?
Brian Michael
The Honda Fit???
Bill Bortz
the crapbox that just lost around the track to the Camaro in another magazines report?
Chris Story
Thanks for the update, Robert. Just making a point, but.. Let me rephrase this. The sedan that is more powerful than a: McLaren 650S, Ferrari 458 Speciale or Lamborghini Aventador.
Robert May
The Enzo is ancient history. There are a lot of cars with more hp than an Enzo. Not to mention those same cars being able to go around a track faster than an Enzo.
Robert May
The M5 isn't a one trick pony. It's a SPORTS SEDAN. It's a luxury car, a 1/4 mile rocket, and a car that can go around corners....because it was built to.
Michael Keil
too bad nobody can afford to buy them
Robert May
Probably the same sedan that every car magazine has been posting about everyday for the past 2 weeks. Give it a rest! Stop talking about this damn dodge. MOVE ON!
Chris Story
The one with more horsepower than a Ferrari Enzo?
Cameron Wingate
Top 10 my ass its number one
Lee Wayne Ryder
it weighs 138lbs more than an M5 and yet, you're not bitching about the M5's weight.
Mahmoud Saeed Hammad
Dil Franklin
5000+ pound hellcat??
Azat Tachmuradov
charger srt :o

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