Who says you can't have fun with a four-door? These vehicles are more sports car than family sedan, but that won't stop them from moving four people in comfort.
Dodge Charger SRT8
Still miffed that Dodge dares to slap the Charger name on a four-door sedan? The 2012 SRT8 may well earn Dodge absolution from muscle car enthusiasts. The 2012 SRT8 might not fix the historical problem, but some extra performance might be a worthwhile consolation prize.
All Chargers pay homage to their forebears with sweeping rear fenders, a C-shaped swage line, and vintage-looking taillights, but SRT models play up the muscle car lineage with a blacked-out grille, a blistered hood with functional heat extractors, and a deck-lid spoiler. Like its greatest ancestors, the SRT8 packs serious Hemi power: a new 6.4-liter V-8 cranks out 470 hp and a stout 470 lb-ft of torque.
That's enough to muscle the 4365-pound sedan from 0 to 60 mph in just under five seconds and through the quarter mile in less than thirteen ticks, according to SRT. But, unlike its distant relatives, the SRT8 does more than just hustle in a straight line. Wide tires provide great grip, adaptive dampers help keep body roll in check, and the car is more receptive to midcorner corrections than previous SRT8s -- or, for that matter, any other vehicle to have worn the Charger badge.
ON SALE: Now| PRICE: $46,620 | 0-60 MPH: 4.8 sec (est.) | TOP SPEED: 175 mph
Chrysler 300 SRT8
Want the aptitude of the Charger SRT8 but not the attitude? Turn to Chrysler's 300 SRT8. Subtler sheetmetal and softer damper tuning lend the 300 more of a relaxed feel, but it's definitely no slouch. Expect a top speed of 175 mph and quarter-mile times in the high-twelve-second range.
ON SALE: Now | PRICE: $47,995 | 0-60 MPH: 4.8 sec (est.) | TOP SPEED: 175 mph
The fifth iteration of BMW's executive express is the first M5 to sport turbochargers. The twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 will top the outgoing V-10's output with 560 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque. Power meets the pavement through a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic and an electronically controlled limited-slip differential.
ON SALE: Early 2012 | PRICE: $90,000 (est.) | 0-62 MPH: 4.4 sec | TOP SPEED: 190 mph
Porsche Panamera Turbo S
The letter S is your clue that the Panamera Turbo has an additional 50 hp and 74 lb-ft for a total of 550 hp and 590 lb-ft. Porsche asks a $38,000 premium for the Turbo S but includes standard equipment such as the Sport Chrono package and active antiroll bars. Mighty generous of them.
ON SALE: Now | PRICE: $174,175 | 0-60 MPH: 3.6 sec | TOP SPEED: 190 mph