Most enthusiasts would love to have a sleek, two-door, two-seat supercar to fling around a racetrack, but that just isn’t the reality of life for many. Fortunately, four-door vehicles of all shapes and sizes are beginning to put down some seriously fast lap times around the Nurburgring, which tells us that in 2018, you really can have speed and practicality all in one package.
Here are some of the fastest.
2018 Audi RS4 Avant
Surely few thought a wagon would make it onto the list, but the newest RS4 Avant was able to lay down a 7:58 thanks to the car’s massive amount of grip from its Quattro system and low-RPM torque.
2011 Subaru WRX STI
The Subaru STI has always been focused on handling over raw power, and as a result, they tend to be nimble through the corners. Rally legend Tommi Makinen was able to get a 7:55 out of the 2011 STI.
2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio
Alfa Romeo promised that the Stelvio would be the fastest SUV around the Nurburgring, and they kept that promise. With an impressive 7:51.7, it beat out the Range Rover Sport SVR and took the crown for the fastest SUV.
2017 Honda Civic Type R
The new Civic Type R is the first Type R to come to US shores, and Honda knocked it out of the park. Not only is the 7:43 lap time quick in general, it is the fastest FWD car to ever lap the Nurburgring.
2018 BMW M5
The newest M5 is a monster, nearly besting the Porsche Panamera Turbo in the hands of a factory driver with a time of 7:38.92.
2017 Porsche Panamera Turbo
Porsche made an extra effort to improve the Panamera’s looks for the second generation of the car, and they also made it much quicker around the track. It managed a 7:38 around the ‘Ring, making it the third-fastest sedan ever around the track.
2018 Jaguar XE SV Project 8
Jaguar pulled out all the stops on this custom version of the XE sedan. The car is outfitted with bespoke carbon fiber body panels, aggressive aero, and a 592-horsepower supercharged V8. All of these changes resulted in an astonishing 7:21 lap time, making the Project 8 the fastest sedan around the Nurburgring by far.