What Are Your Top Five Sports Sedans?

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After catching a replay of High Fidelity we're in the mood for top five lists this week. Turn on your sad bastard music and get out your pencils: what are your top five sports sedans?


When we say super sedans we don't just mean a Ford Tempo with a 302 V8 stuffed under the bonnet. We mean cars that maintain the comfort and convenience of a luxury sedan while also offering the motorist more connection with the driving experience. Mix that with a touch of a "sporty" look and you've got yourself a sports sedan.

Here's our list of the top five sports sedans that entice the left foot while cradling the posterior in soft, fine leather.


5. Alfa Romeo Milano
It's fast, it's Italian, it can handle a trip to the Nürburgring as well as a trip to Nice.

4. Cadillac CTS-V
A big American V8 in the best-handling Cadillac sedan ever plus that touch of old person luxury.

3. Jaguar XJR
A big American V8 in a classic-looking, understated Jag.

2. E39 BMW M5
One of our favorite BMWs ever, if it's good enough for Dave Grohl it's good enough for us.


1. Mercedes 300 SEL 6.3
Arguably, the first mainstream sports sedan — and the great-grand-daddy for the C63 AMG that Wes Siler will drive to victory against GM's Bob Lutz piloting a CTS-V — Mercedes got the idea to drop the insane-for-the-era 6.3-liter V8 into a regular sedan. The result was 0-to-62 MPH in 6.5 seconds... in 1968.

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