Super saloons: 30 of the world’s fastest four-doors

Super saloons: 10 of the world’s fastest four-doors

Super saloons: 30 of the world’s fastest four-doorsSports cars and supercars are all well and good, but what if you fancy taking somebody along for the ride? Better still, what if you want to do it in full ‘gangsta’ mode? You need a stupidly quick saloon, which is why we’ve assembled 10 of the fastest four-doors you can buy today.

Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio Verde: 191mphSuper saloons: 30 of the world’s fastest four-doors

It warms the cockles of your heart to see an Alfa Romeo listed in the upper echelons of the performance saloon world. The Giulia Quadrifoglio Verde offers proper giant-killing credentials, with 510hp on tap, a 0-62mph time of 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 190mph. Yep, all that from a rear-wheel-drive Alfa costing £55,000. The Giulia QV: because the Italians say ‘no grazie’ to speed limiters.

Maserati Quattroporte GTS: 190mphSuper saloons: 30 of the world’s fastest four-doors

You could order a Maserati Quattroporte S for £81,670 and enjoy a top speed of 177mph. But for maximum Italian underworld effect, you really need the GTS. Its 3.8-litre V8 engine delivers 530hp, enough to provide a top speed of 190mph. Yours for a smidgen over £110,000.

Bentley Flying Spur W12: 199mphSuper saloons: 30 of the world’s fastest four-doors

The Bentley Flying Spur V8 S (pictured) offers a hefty 521hp and 502lb ft of torque to provide a top speed of 190mph. But why settle for ‘just’ 190mph when the Flying Spur W12 can deliver 616hp and 590lb ft of torque to provide a speed knocking on the door of 200mph. It’s all thanks to that mighty 6.0-litre W12 engine.

Cadillac CTS-V: 200mphSuper saloons: 30 of the world’s fastest four-doors

What does $83,995 (£64,684) buy you these days? How about the fastest and most powerful Cadillac in history? The CTS-V is powered by the beating heart of a Corvette Z06 – a 6.3-litre supercharged V8 engine with 640 horses galloping forward to top the magic 200mph. Track-focused yet road-legal… where do we sign?

Aston Martin Lagonda: 200mphSuper saloons: 30 of the world’s fastest four-doors

Although aimed at the Middle East market, the Aston Martin Lagonda Taraf is available in the UK. If a Bentley is too ‘Premier League’ and a Rolls-Royce a bit too obvious, the Lagonda could be the saloon for you. Who needs a Rapide S when you can have a £685,000 Lagonda capable of 200mph?

Aston Martin Rapide S: 203mphSuper saloons: 30 of the world’s fastest four-doors

Because the Rapide S will outpace you, that’s why. As you sit there, gracefully crossing the desert at a leisurely 200mph, don’t be surprised to see a Rapide S edge past you on its way to 203mph…

Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat: 204mphSuper saloons: 30 of the world’s fastest four-doors

Meanwhile, edging even further ahead is the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. Forget all that graceful and luxurious nonsense, this American says ‘to Hellcat’ with all that, before taking a sledgehammer approach to performance. Dodge claims it’s the most powerful, quickest and fastest sedan ever built. And with 707hp on tap and a quarter-mile time of 11.0 seconds, who are we to disagree? All this for $64,990 – the equivalent of £50,000.

Alpina B5 Biturbo: 204mphSuper saloons: 30 of the world’s fastest four-doors

In Alpina’s world, speed limiters and the word ‘standard’ are for other people to worry about. We could have featured a number of Alpina-enhanced BMWs, but we’ve chosen to concentrate on two. This is the 600hp Alpina B5 Biturbo, which offers a top speed of 204mph…

Alpina B7 Biturbo: 205mphSuper saloons: 30 of the world’s fastest four-doors

Meanwhile, this is the 608hp Alpina B7 Biturbo, which offers a top speed of 205mph. But anything Alpina can do, Brabus can do… differently.

Brabus 900 Maybach 600: 217mphSuper saloons: 30 of the world’s fastest four-doors

Spend a few moments browsing the Brabus catalogue and you’ll discover all number of bonkers creations. We’ve chosen to showcase just the one: the 900 Maybach 600, complete with a terrifying top speed of 217mph. Darers go first…

Cholmondeley Power and Speed

Top 10 fastest supercars around the Cholmondeley track

Cholmondeley Power and SpeedCholmondeley Power and Speed 2016 takes place on 10-12 June at Cholmondeley Castle in Cheshire. Tickets are available from the website.

This year, the theme is ‘Supercars Past, Present and Future’ – so what better excuse to count down the 10 fastest supercars around the Cholmondeley track since the event began in 2008? Fasten your seatbelts…

Cholmondeley Power and Speed10. Aston Martin Centenary Vanquish – 68.46 seconds

Aston Martin’s 100th birthday present to itself, this special-edition Vanquish set a lap time of 68.46 seconds in the marque’s centenary year of 2013. What a way to mark the occasion.

With a 570hp V12, the Vanquish launches to 62mph in 4.1 seconds, while carbon-ceramic brakes scrub off speed for the corners. It also looks and sounds fantastic – a real treat for the Cholmondeley crowd.

Cholmondeley Power and Speed9. Ford GT – 68.08 seconds

This retro-remake of the 1960s Ford GT40 was another real crowd-pleaser at Cholmondeley. It was brought along by the Ford Special Vehicle Team in 2014.

The GT lapped the track in 68.08 seconds, putting it in ninth place overall. Its mid-mounted 5.4-litre supercharged V8 delivers 558hp and 0-62mph in 3.9 seconds.

Cholmondeley Power and Speed8. Bentley Continental Supersport – 67.09 seconds

Until the GT Speed and GT3-R versions of the Continental GT arrived, the 630hp Supersports was Bentley’s fastest and most powerful production car ever.  

You might not expect the big Bentley to be especially quick around a racetrack, but a 67.09-second lap time, set back in 2010, proves otherwise. It also hits a top speed of 204mph.

Cholmondeley Power and Speed7. Jaguar XJ220 – 67.05 seconds

The Jaguar XJ220 is another supercar leviathan that confounds expectations around a racetrack. Only 271 XJ220s were made, and one set a 67.05-second lap.

It might not hold the Cholmondeley record, but the XJ220 was the first production car with more than 500hp – and fastest car in the world when launched in 1992. So it deserves a place in history.

Cholmondeley Power and Speed6. Ferrari 458 Italia – 66.59 seconds

Moving into the modern era, the Ferrari 458 Italia is widely seen as one of the best driver’s cars ever made. There has been more than one 458 at Cholmondeley over the years, but the best time of 66.59 seconds was achieved in 2012.

The 458 Italia has a howling 570hp 5.5-litre V8 and a seven-speed semi-automatic gearbox with paddle shifters behind the steering wheel. It was recently replaced by the turbocharged 488 GTB.

Cholmondeley Power and Speed5. Porsche Carrera 4S – 65.28 seconds

With 400hp to the Ferrari’s 570hp, the Porsche 911 has done well to lap the Cholmondeley track more than a second quicker. Perhaps it helped that this Carrera 4 version had four-wheel drive.

The Carrera 4S packs a 3.8-litre flat-six engine and sprints to 62mph in 4.1 seconds. However, it’s still not the fastest Porsche 911 here, as we shall discover…

Cholmondeley Power and Speed4. Nissan GT-R – 64.99 seconds

The car the Japanese call ‘Godzilla’ takes fourth place in the Cholmondeley rankings. Its time of 64.99 seconds was set in 2012 by Jann Mardenborough, the first British winner of Nissan’s GT Academy.

Mardenborough’s GT-R boasted 550hp, although the latest 2017 car is even more powerful – with 570hp. Use the launch control and it will reach 60mph in just 2.7 seconds.

Cholmondeley Power and Speed3. Porsche 911 Turbo S – 64.81 seconds

Here’s that other Porsche 911 we talked about. The mighty twin-turbocharged 560hp Turbo S just pipped its rival Nissan GT-R, with a lap time of 64.81 seconds.

The seventh-generation ‘991’ Turbo S can hit 62mph in 2.9 seconds – considerably quicker, it should be noted – than a McLaren F1. Still not enough to top the Cholmondeley leaderboard, though…

Cholmondeley Power and Speed2. McLaren 650S – 63.87 seconds

McLaren has five decades of F1 experience, although it didn’t launch its current range of road cars until 2011. Three years later, the 650S set a stunning 63.87-second lap time.

Interestingly, the McLaren 675LT – a modified ‘long tail’ version of the 650S – has recently set the fastest time ever around the Top Gear test track. This car has slightly less power, but will still reach 207mph…

Cholmondeley Power and Speed1. Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4 – 63.54 seconds and 62.64 seconds

Holding the TWO fastest Cholmondeley lap times is no mean feat for the Lamborghini Gallardo LP570-4. The four-wheel-drive Italian supercar really is as fast as it looks.

In 2011, the Gallardo Spyder Performante set a time of 63.54 seconds. Two years later, the lightweight Superleggera version went nearly a second quicker. Will anything beat the Lamborghini in 2016?

Fastest hot hatches

The 10 fastest hot hatches around the Nurburgring

Fastest hot hatcheshe Nurburgring is the world’s most notorious racetrack. Its 13 miles of tortuously twisty tarmac serve as a proving ground for new cars – with manufacturers competing to set the lowest lap times.

As Volkswagen launches its new track-oriented new Golf Clubsport S, we’re celebrating the 10 fastest hot hatchbacks ever to lap the Nurburgring. Let the countdown commence…

Fastest hot hatches10. Volkswagen Golf R32 

Lap time: 8min 53.0sec

Golf GTI not fast enough? In 2003, Volkswagen launched the 240hp Golf R32, with the 250hp Mk5 version seen here following in 2005. It boasted a 3.2-litre VR6 engine and four-wheel drive.

Lapping the Nurburgring in less than nine minutes is no mean feat for a car as comfortable and family-focused as the Golf R32. Interestingly, the car was actually faster to 62mph (6.2sec) when fitted with Volkswagen’s DSG semi-automatic gearbox.

Fastest hot hatches9. Vauxhall Astra VXR Nurburgring

Lap time: 8min 35.0sec

A dedicated Nurburgring special edition? Yep, and Vauxhall built 835 of them to celebrate the car’s 8min 35sec lap time. A Corsa VXR Nurburgring followed in 2011.

For £1,500 more than the standard VXR, you got an extra 15hp, a Remus exhaust, white alloy wheels and lots of stickers. Alternatively, replicate the look yourself with one of those two-quid Nurburgring stickers off eBay…

Fastest hot hatches8. Ford Focus ST (2005)

Lap time: 8min 35.0sec

Fast and (usually) orange, the original Focus ST matched the 8min 35sec time of its arch-rival Astra. Its 225hp five-cylinder engine came from Volvo and is famously thirsty when driven hard.

Today, you can buy estate and diesel versions of the ST, but the 2005 original remains our favourite. Like many fast Fords, it’s a bit rough around the edges, but it’s more characterful than a contemporary Golf GTI.

Fastest hot hatches7. Ford Focus RS

Lap time: 8min 26.0sec

Brightly-coloured fast Fords, you say? Meet the daddy. The Mk2 Focus RS is a modern classic, with in-yer-face styling and a mighty 305hp turbocharged four-pot.

Ford hasn’t attempted the ’Ring in the latest (Mk3) Focus RS yet. However, with 350hp, it’s likely to be even quicker. We reckon the Ultimate Green paint seen here is worth a least 10 seconds off the lap time….

Fastest hot hatches6. Renault Megane RS R26.R

Lap time: 8min 16.90sec

Meet the first in a string of ever-faster Renault Meganes competing for top honours at the Nurburgring. The R26.R was the most extreme version of the ‘shaking that ass’ Mk2 Megane. Only 450 were made.

This isn’t your typical hot hatchback. The stripped-out R26.R has no rear seats, passenger airbags or radio. Crucially, it came shod with super-sticky Michelin or Toyo tyres, which were biased for track (and dry weather) use.

Fastest hot hatches5. Renault Megane RS Trophy

Lap time: 8min 7.97sec

Another Megane, this time the – even faster – third-generation car. The limited-edition RS Trophy boasted 265hp and a top speed of nearly 160mph. Heady stuff for a hot hatch.

More impressive, though, was the Trophy’s ability to go around corners. It lapped the Nurburgring in 8min 7.97sec – without resorting to the extreme weight-loss measures of its R26.R predecessor.

Fastest hot hatches4. SEAT Leon Cupra

Lap time: 7min 58.4sec

Spanish carmaker SEAT is known for breaking ’Ring records – its Leon ST Cupra 280 is currently the fastest estate to lap the track. The hatchback Cupra can’t make that claim, but it still edges under eight minutes.

The record-breaking (at the time) Leon was fitted with beefed-up Brembo brakes and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres – both available as part of SEAT’s Performance Pack option. The Cupra has since gained an extra 10hp, potentially making it even quicker.

Fastest hot hatches3. Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy-R

Lap time: 7min 54.36sec

Our third Megane – and the fastest to date – is the RS 275 Trophy-R. The car was developed in response to SEAT breaking the front-wheel-drive record with the Leon Cupra 280, and it succeeded in taking the title back.

The 2014 Trophy-R was a serious performance machine with race-style Ohlins dampers, bigger front brakes and polycarbonate Recaro seats. With no air conditioning or radio, it’s more suited to track days than trips to Tesco.

Fastest hot hatches2. Honda Civic Type R

Lap time: 7min 50.63sec

As a statement of intent, launching a new hot hatch by setting a 7min 50.63sec Nurburgring lap time takes some beating. The bodykitted Civic really is as fast as its furious styling suggests.

Honda set its lap time with a car ‘in a standard state of tune’. However, it did admit removing ‘equipment such as air conditioning, the front passenger seat and audio equipment’ in order to ‘offset the additional weight of a full roll cage (installed specifically for safety reasons and not to add rigidity)’.

Fastest hot hatches1. Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S

Lap time: 7min 49.21sec

That brings us to the current Nurburgring record-holder: the VW Golf GTI Clubsport S. Built to mark 40 years of the Golf GTI, the 310hp hatchback has been dubbed ‘the GT3 of GTIs’.

The Clubsport S is even quicker than the four-wheel-drive Golf R and only 400 will be made. Thank a strict weight-saving diet, including a smaller battery, less sound deadening and no rear seats. Hey, nobody said giant-killing hot hatches had to practical.