Back in the 60s and 70s when muscle cars ruled the world, we would have never imagined that the future would be small turbocharged engines. After the oil crisis of the 70s, a lot of things changed, including the introduction of the catalytic converter and the end of the muscle car era, for the time being at least. It was then the imports time to shine, once considered to be a bit of the black sheep of the car industry, people were starting to take advantage of these little fuel-efficient cars, especially since they were starting to figure out how to make a decent amount of power with them.
I guess maybe Dodge was wrong when they said that “there is no replacement for displacement.”
As of now in the current day, it seems the V8 is becoming harder and harder to come by as car manufacturers have figured out how to pump just as much power out a smaller turbocharged engine while getting significantly better gas mileage. Dodge is still one of the very few manufacturers that still use a V8 in a majority of their performance cars.
Here are 25 examples of 25 tiny turbocharged cars that can outrun a supercar.
25. TOYOTA SUPRA
What’s most impressive about the Toyota Supra was it was making ridiculous numbers over two decades ago when it was discontinued in 1998. According to Top Speed, the turbocharged inline-six could churn out 320 hp at 5600 rpm and 315 lb/ft of torque at 4000 rpm, making the Supra capable of doing a quarter mile in just 13.1 seconds, needing just 4.6 to get to 60.
Lucky for us, we can expect the Supra’s return to the market next year!
24. ALFA ROMEO 4C
The rear-wheel-drive 4c Spyder is a serious lightweight. The 4C weighs in at just 2,504 lbs. due to a carbon fiber body, which is one of the reasons why it is so quick.
The turbocharged 1.7-liter engine is the smallest non-hybrid to make the list but packs a mean little punch. The 4C makes 237 hp and 258 lb/ft of torque, making the 4C capable of getting a quarter mile done in just 12.9 seconds, getting to 60 in just 4.3.