Sedans, or saloons, are one of the most common car body styles in the world. They are vehicles with a three-box configuration, with a separate compartment specifically articulated for the engine, cargo and passengers. Though two-door sedans exist, this car body style is more associated for vehicles with four doors.
To find out the most powerful sedans in the world today, we have to take a look at each car’s horsepower. Horsepower is the measurement used to gauge the power output of a car engine. It is called that way because when James Watt conceptualized it, he used horses as basis for the power of the steam engine that he had invented.
Needless to say, the more horsepower that a sedan has, the more powerful it becomes. Here now is a list of the top 10 most powerful four-door sedans in the world today.
1. 2013 Mercedes Benz S65 AMG – 624 horsepower at 4,800 rpm
The 2013 Mercedes Benz S-Class comes in seven different styles that you can choose from. The S400 Hybrid and S350 BlueTEC both have V6 engines. The S550, S550 4MATIC and S63 AMG come in V8-powered engines. The S600 and the S65 AMG both have V12 engines. The top of the line is the S65 AMG that sells for $212,000, while the S400 Hybrid costs around $92,350. Except for the AWD drive train of the S350 BlueTEC and the S550 4MATIC, the S-Class sedans all have RWD drive trains.
2. 2012 Mercedes Benz S-Class – 624 horsepower at 4,800 rpm
This obviously preceded the 2013 model. The 2012 Mercedes Benz S-Class, however, was the model that introduced the diesel engine into the S-Class lineup. The S-Class is the flagship vehicle of the German giant known for its luxury and performance. It has now become a standard as well for fuel economy and reduced emissions. Yet, despite these new environmentally friendly introductions, this car still delivers the high horsepower that you desire. Styles to choose from include the S400 Hybrid V6, the S350 BlueTEC V6, the S550 V8, the S550 4MATIC V8, the S63 AMG V8, the S600 V12 and the S65 AMG V12. The prices can range from the $91,850 of the S400 Hybrid to the $210,900 of the S65 AMG.
3. 2012 Maybach 57 – 620 horsepower at 4,800 to 5,100 rpm
The 2012 Maybach 57 comes with a V12-powered engine. It can run up to 12 miles for every gallon. Sticker price may range from $376,300 to $412,000. This vehicle has a RWD drive train. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 5.1 seconds.
4. 2012 Maybach 62 – 620 horsepower at 4,800 to 5,100 rpm
The 2012 Maybach 62 also comes with a V12-powered engine. Its sticker price can range from $423,500 to $463,000. Like its sibling, the Maybach 57, this car can also go up to 12 miles for every gallon of gasoline. The Maybach 62 also has a RWD drive train. It can accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 4.8 seconds. This is especially noteworthy because the car is more than 6,000 pounds.
5. 2012 Bentley Continental Flying Spur – 600 horsepower at 6,000 rpm
The 2012 Bentley Continental Flying Spur has an AWD drive train and comes in either the regular Sedan or the Sedan Speed. The four-door Sedan can fetch up to $184,200, while the Sedan Speed can be as expensive as $209,600. Its fuel economy has been measured to be at 13 miles per gallon. The car features a Mulliner Driving Specification with drilled alloy foot pedals, 21-inch seven-spoke wheels, diamond cross-stitched seats and a headrest that automatically moves up when a passenger enters. The headrest also has an embossed logo of Bentley on it.
6. 2013 Rolls Royce Ghost – 563 horsepower at 5,200 to 6,000 rpm
The 2013 Rolls Royce Ghost has two different styles. These are the four-door Sedan and the four-door Sedan EWB. Both come in V12-powered gasoline engines. Both have RWD drive trains as well. The regular Sedan costs $246,500, while the Sedan EWB is slightly more expensive at $290,000. It has an eight-speed automatic transmission and the engine can accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 4.7 seconds. The car, however, has a built in top speed limit of 155 miles per hour.
7. 2012 Rolls Royce Ghost – 563 horsepower at 5,200 to 6,000 rpm
This 2012 version of the Rolls Royce Ghost is pretty much similar to the 2013 release of the vehicle. There are also two styles to choose from, namely the Sedan and the Sedan EWB. They both come with a V12 engine and runs on gasoline. Both styles also use a RWD drive train. Price range is also the same at $246,500 for the Sedan and $290,000 for the Sedan EWB.
8. 2013 BMW M5 – 560 horsepower at 6,000 to 7,000 rpm5 sedan comes in RWD drive train. It runs on gasoline and can cost $89,900. It has a 4.4-liter, twin turbo V8 engine. While it definitely has a racing and sporty edge, the vehicle can be rightfully classified as a sophisticated executive car.
9. 2013 Cadillac CTS-V – 556 horsepower at 6,100 rpm
The 2013 Cadillac CTS-V comes with a V8 engine and RWD train drive. It costs $63,215. It has a 6.2-liter engine with a curb weight of 4,250 pounds. Leather seats and alloy wheels are standard fares for this vehicle. There are also LED flash tracers that tell the driver when to shift. The car can accelerate from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 3.9 seconds. Its top speed is 198 miles per hour.
10. 2012 Cadillac CTS-V – 556 horsepower at 6,100 rpm
The 2012 Cadillac CTS-V comes in a V8 gasoline engine. It has a sport-tuned chassis and cutting edge styling. Along with its elegant interior design, this car can be favorably compared to similar sized sport sedans from Europe and Japan.