Top-3 most powerful cars with a 3-cylinder engine

Shaun · Apr 15, 2020 03:26 PM

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Previously, we’ve explained why manufacturers continue the use of 3-cylinder engines. Fuel-efficiency and emission are among the top reasons, but what if they decide to extract every bit of performance from a 3-cylinder engine?

So without further ado, here are the current top-3 most powerful cars, which are either on sale or will be on the market, with a 3-cylinder engine.

BMW i8, from RM 1,408,800

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The BMW i8 is actually more than 6 years old now and it still looks like it belongs in a sci-fi movie. Power comes from a turbocharged 1.5-litre 3-cylinder engine that is supplemented by an electric motor to produce a total output of 374 PS.

But based on the combustion engine alone, the 3-cylinder engine makes 231 PS and 320 Nm of torque. Given the engine size, the outputs are quite remarkable.

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The hybrid powertrain propels the i8 to 100 km/h from a standstill in 4.4 seconds, and the top speed is limited to 250 km/h.

Toyota GR Yaris, est. RM 300,000

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The Toyota GR Yaris is one of the most exciting cars to come from Toyota in a long time. It is a homologation special of Toyota Gazoo Racing’s World Rally Championship (WRC) car.

Underpinned by the much-praised TNGA platform, it utilizes double wishbones suspension in the rear for better lateral stability as it maintains consistent wheel camber through the corners.

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Motivation comes from a turbocharged 1.6-litre 3-cylinder engine that produces 272 PS and 370 Nm of torque, sending power to all four wheels through a 6-speed manual transmission.

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0-100 km/h time was not provided by Toyota, but it does have a power to weight ratio of 212.5 PS per tonne. For comparison’s sake, the Honda Civic Type R (FK8)’s power to weight ratio is 223 PS per tonne and 202.5 PS per tonne for the Renault Megane RS. Both the Civic Type R and Megane RS are able to manage sub 6 seconds century sprint.

Koenigsegg Gemera, est. RM 8,000,000 before tax and options

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Koenigsegg is a Swedish supercar/hypercar manufacturer and the Gemera is their first four-seater hypercar, or as they call it – a Mega-GT. 

It has the smallest engine ever fitted into a Koenigsegg, a turbocharged 2.0-litre 3-cylinder engine that makes a whopping 600 PS and 600 Nm of torque. Combined with 3 electric motors, the total output of the Gemera is 1,700 PS and 3,498 Nm of torque.

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Not only is it the most powerful production 3-cylinder engine, it’s also the most powerful production 2.0-litre engine, surpassing Mercedes-AMG’s M139 engine with 421 PS and 500 Nm of torque.

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It is also the first Koenigsegg to have all-wheel drive and according to them, 0-100 km/h takes just 1.9 seconds with a top speed to 400 km/h. It’s the fastest 4 persons will ever be in a car. And it’s a car with a 3-cylinder engine.

Shaun

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The quest for automotive knowledge began as soon as the earliest memories. Various sources information, even questionable ones, have been explored including video games, television, magazines, or even internet forums. Still stuck in that rabbit hole.

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