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World's Greatest Drag Race 4 - With Reversed Finish Order

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 10/20/2014 Motor Trend Staff, Erick Ayapana

The fourth edition of the World's Greatest Drag Race is in the books, and this round didn't disappoint. As in the past, this year's starting line was occupied by cars that competed in the Best Driver's Car competition. A total of 10 cars attacked the quarter-mile dragstrip at wide-open throttle, and it was a varied bunch.

The Ford Fiesta ST was the cheapest car that ran alongside the futuristic and carbon-fiber-laden BMW i8 hybrid. The Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 is pure American muscle, while the U.K. had a strong contender in the Jaguar F-Type R Coupe. The iconic Porsche 911 Turbo S was also present along with the hard-to-beat Nissan GT-R. That said, the winner of the World's Greatest Drag Race 4 wasn't surprising. Following are all 10 cars in the field:

2015 Ford Fiesta ST

© Provided by MotorTrend The Fiesta ST Is powered by a 1.6-liter turbo I-4 that makes 197 hp. That might not sound like much, but it's the second-lightest car here, tipping the scales at just 2,741 pounds. Its race time of 14.9 seconds (at 94.9 mph) doesn't showcase the scrappy hatchback's unbeatable combination of value and performance. "When it comes to fun, the Fiesta ST is a giant-killer," we noted during BDC.

2015 Volkswagen GTI DSG

© Provided by MotorTrend We've always been a fan of the Volkswagen GTI, and this seventh-generation model could be the best iteration yet. It pulled a 14.1-second time on the dragstrip thanks to an eager 2.0-liter turbo-four that makes 217 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. Also contributing to its speedy ways is its fast-shifting dual-clutch six-speed automatic, which is one of the best gearboxes in the business.

2015 Subaru WRX STI

© Provided by MotorTrend All-wheel-drive grip and a 305-hp, 2.5-liter turbocharged flat-four help make the Subaru WRX STI a fun toy whether you're on a track or a dirt road. In our drag race, the STI clocked in at 13.1 seconds. However, the Subaru really impressed us during the BDC competition, where we praised it for feeling "like a proper supercar disguised as an econosedan."

2015 Alfa Romeo 4C

© Provided by MotorTrend We've waited a long time for the Alfa Romeo 4C to reach our shores, and it has proven to be an excellent track car. Yes, it's tiny, but it's also potent. Mounted behind the driver is a 1.7-liter turbo-four that makes 237 hp and 258 lb-ft, which was enough to propel the 2,440-pound coupe through the quarter mile in 12.8 seconds.

2015 BMW i8

© Provided by MotorTrend The new BMW i8 wasn't the fastest car on the strip, but it was definitely the coolest-looking. Constructed of mostly carbon fiber, the i8 weighed in at just 3,378 pounds, which is very light considering its hybrid hardware. For starters, there's a mid-mounted 1.5-liter turbo I-3 that makes 228 hp, which is supplemented by a 129-hp electric motor up front and a smaller 8-hp motor in the back.

2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28

© Provided by MotorTrend The Camaro Z/28 landed in the middle of pack in the drag race, but it was a different story at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, where it proved to be an athletic beast. In fact, the Camaro Z/28 was the winner of our 2014 Best Driver's Car competition. Here, it ran the quarter mile in 12.3 seconds (at 117.2 mph) thanks to its high-revving 7.0-liter, 505-hp V-8.

2015 BMW M4

© Provided by MotorTrend There's a lot to like with the new 2015 BMW M4, including what's under the hood. BMW's M division has created a 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-six that is simply one of the most impressive six-cylinders out there. It creates 425 horses and 406 lb-ft of torque. The powertrain certainly feels much more powerful, especially when it's propelling the coupe to a 12.2-second time on the quarter-mile dragstrip.

2015 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe

© Provided by MotorTrend Jaguar's reputation for docile and staid sedans goes out the door when you fire up the F-Type Coupe R. The noise its 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 makes is borderline scary and so is its at-the-limit behavior on the track. Point it in a straight line, however, and its 550 horses will pull the coupe through the quarter mile in an impressive 11.8 seconds.

2015 Nissan GT-R NISMO

© Provided by MotorTrend No other car intimidates on the dragstrip like the Nissan GT-R. Its 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-6 (600 hp/481 lb-ft in NISMO form) is a beast, and its all-wheel-drive system is so advanced, it's practically magic. It'll keep up with cars twice its price while being relatively practical enough to use as a daily driver. Assuming there's no traffic (and no cops), you'll rarely be late to work, because the GT-R demolishes the quarter mile in just 11.1 seconds.

2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S

© Provided by MotorTrend The Porsche 911 Turbo S comes into the drag race with a lot of advantages. Its 3.8-liter, twin-turbo flat-six makes a whopping 560 hp and 516 lb-ft. Its seven-speed dual-clutch auto shifts quickly, and an advanced all-wheel-drive system ensures optimal power delivery at all four corners. And with a curb weight of just 3,689 pounds, the 911 Turbo S is lugging around just 6.4 pounds per horsepower. It's enough to speed through the quarter mile in just 10.9 seconds, the only car in the group to complete it in the 10-second range.

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