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Sports sedan

A sports sedan (also known as super saloon or sports saloon in British English) is a subjective term for a sedan car that is designed to have sporting performance or handling characteristics.


The term was initially introduced in the 1930s. Early examples include the Sports Saloon versions of the Rover 14 and Rover 16.

From the 1960s, the term sports sedan was increasingly applied by manufacturers to special versions of their vehicles that allowed them to enter production cars in motor races. These cars contained modifications not usually permitted by the regulations, which therefore required cars to be homologated typically by selling them in minimum numbers to the public. Some of the earlier examples were the Alfa Romeo 1900, Renault R8 Gordini, Triumph Dolomite, and Lotus Cortina.

In the twentieth century, sports sedans used a manual transmission and rear-wheel drive. However, as other transmission types and drivetrain layouts have become more widespread for sedans in general, sports sedans have also used these.

North American usage

The term "sport sedan" was initially used in North America for luxury import sedans (i.e. BMW, Audi, and Mercedes-Benz). These cars prioritized handling more than the domestic luxury sedans (i.e. Cadillac and Lincoln), which were more focused on comfort. However, since the 2000s, the domestic brands have begun producing sports sedan models such as the Cadillac CTS and Lincoln LS.

Another term sometimes used to describe sports sedans in the US is muscle car, but that normally refers to V8-powered two-door coupe American cars.



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Media related to Sports sedans at Wikimedia Commons


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