Best four-cylinder mid-engined sports cars

Last updated 11:13 07/04/2014

Related Links

Porsche confirms four-cylinders for Boxster/Cayman

Relevant offers

News

ACC levy cut plan benefits drivers Parents 'gamble' over seatbelts Car challenge: Blacked out backing Device to protect cars from cyber attacks Special edition adds value to BMW hatch Tax rises hurt diesel car ownership US cars we don't get here, but should Basin Reserve flyover bid turned down Basin Flyover draft decision due today Most popular 'American-built' cars

With news that Porsche is to produce a new flat four for the Boxster and Cayman, here's our list of what we think the best four-cylinder mid-engined sports cars are:

Lotus Europa

Lotus Europa

Using Renault running gear at first, before moving on to proper Ford/Lotus power, the Europa still offers world class handling and performance almost 50 years after its inception. It may not be the best looker on this list but it's a wonderful drive and remarkably engaging.

VW Porsche 914

VW Porsche 914

This VW-Porsche joint venture may have looked quirky in the late 60s, but it seems as fresh as a daisy right now. The four wasn't as quick as the much rarer flat-six version but the car was beautifully balanced and if you’re lucky enough to find a RHD one, they're reasonably cheap.

Fiat X1-9

Fiat X1-9

Possibly not developed as well as it should have been with tiny engines and rather insubstantial body parts, the wee Fiat was a delight to drive and if looked after can be good long-term prospect. The car's looks have aged well in the 42 years since it was first built.

Lotus Elise

Lotus Elise

The Elise has grown up from its Rover-powered beginnings and has spawned all manner of four cylinder and V6 Toyota-powered beauties. It also supplied the body and chassis for the world's fastest car, the Hennessey Venom, which used a massive blown GM V8.

Alfa Romeo 4C

Alfa Romeo 4C

This is the car that the new four-cylinder Boxster and Cayman are aimed at. Using a mid-mounted turbocharged Giulietta engine, it employs alloys and composites and is a super-light car which is as quick as the six-cylinder Porsches and just as slick in the curves.

Also considered:
Lancia and MG also built some good mid-engined cars.

Ad Feedback

- Stuff

Comments

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content