Sadly, the five-cylinder engine is facing a dim future. Fewer and fewer carmakers are using them, despite their burbly V10-ish noise. Demand for higher efficiency and lower cost has favored the turbocharged four-cylinder. Regardless, here are some cool and quirky five-cylinder cars worth remembering, according to you.
The V70R checks a lot of boxes. It's a wagon. It's available with a manual transmission. It comes it all sorts of cool colors. It's all-wheel drive. Most importantly, it has a lovely turbocharged inline-five making 300 horsepower.
Audi's original Quattro maintained the five-cylinder engine of the race car to bring some of that rally magic to the street.
This second generation Ford Focus RS sported a robust five-cylinder engine and tragically never made it to the U.S.
The Land Rover Defender was in 1998. It replaced the former Tdi engine because it was able to meet emissions regulations of the time.
A throwback to the Audi Quattro, the RS3 that gives it the sounds of the Audi rally cars of the 1980s.
The Acura Vigor of 1991 had the little-known Honda 2.5 liter five-cylinder engine. The engine was mounted pretty far back, giving the car a .
Audi's famed 2.5 liter five-cylinder sat snugly in the hood of the first-gen TT RS, which also came exclusively with a six-speed manual.
In 1976, Mercedes introduced the four door W123. It had a 3.0 liter five-cylinder diesel engine and was tremendously popular.
The 850 R came as either a sedan or a wagon, and it is estimated that between 5,000 to 7,000 of these cars were made and sold globally. The 850 R was later replaced by the S60 and V70 R.
We called these "hair-trigger war-wagons." The RS2 had a 315 bhp and monstrous amounts of grip, making it a straight-line beast.