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Fastest Sedan in the World

The CTS-V: best-performing sedan you can actually afford?

There are many ways to look at this question. If you define the world’s fastest sedan by top speed alone, then you will get one answer. If you look at it by the quickest quarter-mile, you get another. If you look at getting around an oval, then you have a third answer. Throw in affordability for the general masses, you will get yet another answer. So, let’s have a look at all of the aspects mentioned.

Fastest Sedan:  Top Speed

From a strict top speed view, the Bentley Continental Flying Spur tops the list, but some argue for the BMW M5. The Bentley Continental Flying Spur features a 6L W12 engine that can catapult it to a top speed of 200 mph. The argument for the M5 is that it can reach 205 mph if you remove the speed limiter.

Fastest Sedan:  Quarter Mile

When you look into the sedan with the quickest quarter-mile, you will find the Mercedes S65 AMG tops the list. The S65 can run the quarter in 11.66 seconds at 124 mph, with the Porsche Panamera S just behind at 11.8 seconds at 118 mph.

Fastest Sedan:  On the Track

Then there are those of you who may think that a fast car can only be defined on the track over a bit of a distance. If you think along those lines, then you know that the Nürburgring is the king of lap tests. The fastest production sedan around the ‘Ring was a 2011 Subaru WRX STI with a time of 7:55. However, it had a turbocharger from the non-US R205 WRX, as well as a number of lightweight components, and it was driven by Tommi Mäkinen–one of the best drivers in the world. So good luck hitting that same lap time.

Fastest Four-Door You Can (Maybe) Afford

All of the cars mentioned are a bit on the pricey side, so out of reach for the masses around the world. The Cadillac CTS-V is a bit more affordable at around $63,000. The 2013 CTS-V offers a top speed of 191 mph and can hit 0-60 in 3.9 seconds according to General Motors, and it’s hit a Nürburgring lap of 7:59. Those numbers can only be achieved if you opt for the factory 6.2L Supercharged V8 that delivers 556hp and 551 lb-ft of torque.

Do you have a different way of looking at what defines the world’s fastest sedan? Tell us about it in the comments section.


About the author: Jerry Coffey


Jerry Coffey is the financial expert here at A recovered "debtaholic," he now preaches frugal-living and sound money management here and at, where he is the chief contributor. He works for a major automaker.


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