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10 Cars In Dire Need Of A Turbocharger (But Didn’t Get One)

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Car enthusiasts yearn for naturally aspirated engines, especially powerful ones, but for the most part, this results in a lack of power when compared to cars with engines that use forced induction. Take, for example, the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ, it has a mid-mounted 6.5-liter V12, which is good at 759 horsepower and 531 pound-feet of torque, now just imagine if a turbo or two was thrown into the mix …

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Ferrari has been immersing itself in the turbocharging scene for some time, with some of its newer V8-powered sports cars redefining what the brand is known for. The SF90 is an excellent example of this, it uses a twin-supercharged 4.0-liter V8 and three electric motors to produce a total of 986 horsepower, and Ferrari even modified the Ferrari V6 with the 296 GTB.

And while naturally aspirated engines tend to sound better and produce better throttle response, they’re also slowly becoming a thing of the past. There’s a good reason for that too, as turbocharged engines are able to squeeze more power and more miles per gallon. We don’t mind the classic appeal of these naturally aspirated engines, but every car on this list desperately needs more power from forced induction.

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10 Mitsubishi Mirage

The Mitsubishi Mirage isn’t meant for the average car enthusiast, after all, its 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine making 78 horsepower and 74 pound-feet of torque. In the real world, that means this budget-friendly passenger car starting at just over $16,000 can hit 60 mph from a standstill as soon as 11 seconds pass.

Sure, it was never meant to be so fast, but we can’t help but wonder what a turbocharged Mirage would be if it provided an enjoyable driving experience without costing more than $20,000.


9 Mazda Miata

We get it, the Miata’s turbocharging may seem like a sin, but don’t forget Mazda did it first with the NB Miata in 2004, and they called it the Mazdaspeed Miata. After adding the turbo into the mix, the NB Miata produced a total of 178 horsepower, 38 more horsepower than the base four-cylinder model.

Now, imagine this… the latest ND Miatas have a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 181 horsepower, so what if Mazda repeats history and throws a turbocharger into the ND engine compartment, surpasses the 200-hp milestone, and calls it a Mazdaspeed Miata once other. We’ve already reviewed the current ND Miata RF, and we can say that adding a bit of optional power won’t hurt anyone!

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8 Toyota GR86 / Subaru BRZ

Speaking of lightweight analog sports cars, here we have the latest addition to the market, the Toyota GR86 and Subaru BRZ. We mention these two cars under the same entry because they are nearly identical and come equipped with the same 2.4-liter four-cylinder boxer engine, which produces 228 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque.

Adding a turbocharger to these cars might seem superfluous, but just imagine a lightweight Japanese sports car with a manual gearbox and about 300 hp without spending the Supra money. Oh, and how can we forget, this move might steal some sales from Porsche compact sports cars, too!


7 Lexus RC-F

Lexus has created some incredible sports cars over the past few years, the most unique being the Lexus LFA, and for the majority of these cars they’ve all been equipped with a naturally aspirated engine, but as we mentioned up front, it can of course. It just takes you that far. The RC-F is by no means a car that lacks power, with its 5.0-liter V8 producing 472 horsepower and 395 pound-feet of torque.

There is one downside to the RC-F, however, and it does need to be dieted… The RC-F in its standard form weighs 4,017 pounds, and in its “insulated” form, weighs nearly 2,800 pounds, this vehicle needs power to make up his weight.


6 Chevrolet Spark

At the time of writing, the Chevy Spark is the cheapest new car on sale, and once you see any heart beating under the hood, you understand the $14,595 price tag. Although the Chevrolet name might lead you to believe it uses some kind of hybrid technology, the Chevrolet Spark is actually powered by a 1.4-liter engine that makes 98 horsepower and 94 pound-feet of torque.

Compared to the aforementioned Mitsubishi Mirage, the Spark is worlds ahead of it, but because the Chevy weighs 2,305 pounds, about 250 pounds heavier than a Mitsubishi, it needs the extra power. It could certainly do with more, and we think adding a turbocharged Spark to Chevy’s lineup will boost its sales.

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5 Caterham Seven 420

Caterham creates many iterations of the Seven, all based on the Lotus Seven. Basic models usually come with turbocharged engines, the most expensive ones have supercharged engines, and between them lies their naturally aspirated models, in this case, the Seven 420.

The Caterham 420 features a Ford Duratec 2.0-liter four-cylinder under the hood that generates 210 horsepower and 203 pound-feet of torque, and because it weighs just 1,234 pounds, it can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds. However, these numbers can be greatly improved by connecting a turbo to the Duratec engine, don’t you think?


4 Lexus LC500

Once again here we have a Lexus sports car that has been praised but not necessarily for its speed, But rather because of the song’s 5.0-liter N/A V8 with 471 hpand his appearance. Want to learn why the LC500’s 0-60 time is only 4.7 seconds? Well, you see, the LC500’s curb weight is rated at 4,371 pounds, earning it the title of being one of the heaviest sports cars on the market today.

But we don’t want to dismiss the LC500’s obvious exhaust note, but we’ve discovered that by adding a turbocharger to the V8, the LC500 will perform just as well as it sounds and looks.

3 Jaguar F-Type P450

Interestingly, Jaguar used to offer the F-Type in its base form called the P300 with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, but they decided to cut it out, offering the F-Type with only a V8 from now on out. These aren’t any ordinary V8s either, they have 5.0 liters in displacement, and they come with superchargers.

The P450 is still capable of 444 horsepower, but because it weighs about 4,000 pounds, its 0-60 time of 4.4 seconds is less than optimal, while the Model R has a time of 3.5 seconds. We think Jaguar should keep the supercharged V8 in the F-Type R, but replacing the P450 supercharged with one or two turbochargers to raise the stakes.

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2 Suzuki Jimny

Now here’s an interesting one. Suzuki Jimny is sold in many parts of the world, but not in the United States, so if you know nothing about Jimny, let’s get you up to speed. Jimny first saw life in 1970, however, it wasn’t until 1985 that they caught the public’s attention when they started selling Jimny models in the US but their name was changed to Samurai. Nowadays, Jimny still sums up what it was doing back in the day—it’s a retro-styled mini SUV with the ability to conquer terrain that some off-road fanatics wouldn’t have.

There’s a slight downside though, in town, its 100-horsepower 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine lacks a certain oomph. While we understand the importance of having a naturally aspirated car when it comes to climbing hills, we can’t help but yearn for a turbocharged, gritty little SUV.

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1 Lamborghini Huracan

This entry is the wildest we’ve had yet, but hear us out. for ages now, The tuning community loved taking the Lamborghini Huracán and Audi R8, adding two turbines to the 5.2-liter V10, and removing the rear bumper. To show off their prized possession – a mid-mounted V10 engine boasts more than 1,000 horsepower.

Now, we wouldn’t recommend Lamborghini to do exactly the same, but we think that before stopping the Huracán it needs a proper farewell…and what better way to do that than by squeezing as much power as possible out of the powertrain.

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