Only a few years ago, you had to choose between sedan practicality and sports-car performance. Even in the 1990s, buying something like a BMW M5 meant you were getting a fast sedan, but not necessarily a near-sports-car-fast sedan. These days, however, the lines are blurred. Certain sedans are now ridiculously fast, and not just in a straight line; many will rival or beat sports cars around race tracks, reducing the need for people to own one practical car for daily use and one fun car for the weekends. Some of the fastest sedans are even luxury vehicles, offering endless equipment to go along with their performance and practicality. Here are five examples of new sedans that offer luxury amenities, rear-seat practicality and a sports-car driving experience.
The Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is one of my favorite luxury sedan-sports car combinations. While it may not have a big, brawny V8 like the other cars on this list, its (relatively) small 2.9-liter turbocharged V6 makes an amazing 505 horsepower, rocketing this car from zero to 60 in under 4 seconds, which is truly amazing for a practical sedan. It’s especially amazing considering the long list of equipment offered by the Giulia, and considering its price tag — while a starting MSRP of $73,000 may seem high, it’s a lot cheaper than everything else on our list. This particular Giulia Quadrifoglio is offered by Fullerton Auto Group in central New Jersey for just under $90,000. Find an Alfa Romeo Giulia for sale
OK, so the Audi RS 7 isn’t exactly a sedan in the traditional sense, as it has a sloped rear end and a hatchback. But as this "sedan coupe" form becomes more popular (see the Porsche Panamera and BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe), our definition of "sedan" may have to change to fit cars like the RS 7. Whatever you call it, the RS 7 is a beast: It offers upwards of 560 horsepower (605 with the Performance package, like this model), and it touts a 0-to-60 time that can reach as low as 3.6 seconds, which is truly incredible for a sedan (or, really, any car). It’s the fastest and most powerful car on this list, but it isn’t cheap: RS 7 pricing starts around $112,000, but you’ll want to spring for some options; this one is listed by Audi of Fort Myers in Florida for an eye-popping $159,250. Find an Audi RS 7 for sale
Here’s a rarity: one of the few brand-new BMW M5 models currently listed for sale on Autotrader. The M5 is currently out of production, awaiting the arrival of a new model based on the latest 5 Series — which should be arriving in the next few months. But drivers who still want a new M5 can pick this one, which is offered by Long Beach BMW in Southern California for $109,964 — a huge discount compared to the original MSRP of more than $137,000. This M5 touts at least 560 horsepower and tremendously composed steering and handling; it’s also loaded with all the BMW luxuries you’d expect at this price point. Find a BMW M5 for sale
The latest Cadillac CTS-V is one of the most impressive sedans on the market. In addition to offering a wide range of luxury equipment and features, the CTS-V touts the supercharged V8 engine from the Chevy Corvette Z06 — an engine that makes an almost unbelievable 640 horsepower and 630 lb-ft of torque. The result is a 0-to-60 time of around 4 seconds, though (obviously) the CTS-V doesn’t come cheap. The starting price for a CTS-V is around $86,000, and this particular example — offered by Cadillac of Naperville, near Chicago — is listed for $107,685, which is in the realm of many other CTS-V models once options are added. Find a Cadillac CTS for sale
The Mercedes-AMG C63 is one of my favorite sport sedans on the market today, largely due to its size: While most of the other models on this list are midsize or full-size sedans, the C63 shares "small-sedan" duties with the Giulia Quadrifoglio — and that makes it more tossable, sportier and more fun on the rare occasions when C63 owners might hit the racetrack. The C63 AMG S shown here touts 503 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque, along with a 0-to-60 time of around 3.8 seconds. And while it boasts a starting MSRP of around $74,000, the C63 can get pricey with options: This one is listed at Mercedes-Benz of Naples in Naples, Florida, for $91,605. Find a Mercedes-AMG C 63 for sale
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