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Old 28-02-2014   #1
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What is better - Turbo or Supercharger?

We had a debate today about which is better
Super or Turbo chargers

Wondered what your view are
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Re: What is better - Turbo or Supercharger?

Both. Mazda have been using a pulley initiated charger turbo combination for years called the Comprex Supercharger. The belt provides boost up until the exhaust back pressure is enough for it to take over. Lovely progressive boost and a near perfect torque curve.



Sadly due to the heat from Petrol engines it was only properly put to good use on the 626 Diesel.

I'd like one for my Fiorino.
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Re: What is better - Turbo or Supercharger?

Volkswagen twin charger set ups have a bit of a name for being pretty unreliable and complex and nightmarish to fix. Although that's down to daft design and german build quality.

Regards turbo or supercharger, it depends on the base characteristics of the engine its being applied to and what you want it to do, if you want mid range go and instant low end response supercharger, if you have an engine that has those things already but you wanna go faster turbo it, although modern turbos do spool up much faster. When I was looking at modding the swift I wanted a supercharger to fill the torque curve out at the bottom end.
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Re: What is better - Turbo or Supercharger?

So as "Both" isn't an option I'll go for a Turbo. Okay it's a little more involved than a Supercharger and the 20% or so friction the charger generates is evened out under boost but for efficiency sake the Turbo is and always will be the better option.

Long gone are the laggy days where waiting for a Turbo was like watching a V-Tech on a dynograph in slow motion. Variable profile fins, dual spline shafts and infinitely variable waste gates mean modern turbos can produce the flat torque curves at low boost everyone needs and impressive peak output at higher rpm than superchargers would allow the engine to rev' to.
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Re: What is better - Turbo or Supercharger?

I'll go for turbo, they are more effcient than super chargers and modern turbos, esp the variable ones like on our Citroen DS4 1.6 turbo 200thp have next to no lag, spins up very quick and is still giving plenty of boost when you get near the red line, plus I prefer the sound, while a loud whining SC sounds good, it would get tiring living with it day to day.
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Re: What is better - Turbo or Supercharger?

I wouldnt complain on what the car had tbh, turbo or super

If i had a low grunter - long throw engine - super all the way

If it was good all round engine , turbo all the way hands down

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Re: What is better - Turbo or Supercharger?

Well I would've said turbo but after experiencing the supercharger on a 4.2 range rover vogue- supercharged all the way!!!
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Re: What is better - Turbo or Supercharger?

Horses for courses really: low end torque - go supercharged. Revvy little thing = turbo.

however, modern computer controlled engines with variable vane turbos have upturned this theory somewhat evening out boost through the range with little of the lag of old. In terms of efficiency a turbo leads the way by using waste energy for its propulsion - superchargers absorb quite significant amounts of power.

Still think supercharges sound better - anyone else remember the two stroke supercharged Commer TS3 and Foden FD4 / FD6 diesels ?

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Re: What is better - Turbo or Supercharger?

Yea - i think you hit the nail on the head tbh
Super for torqey - long throw engines

Turbo's for revvy engine that will benifit

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Re: What is better - Turbo or Supercharger?

An old thread, I know, but in the 1980s (really showing my age now...) I had three new Fiat Uno Turbos - one at a time of course! From 2005-2012 I had a BMW MINI Cooper S (R53) which is supercharged.

Both were great cars, but I think the Uno was more efficient at modest speeds/around town/etc - partly because it's a much lighter car, but also a supercharger has to be driven all the time, even when you don't need it. That said, the MINI had a more seamless power delivery.

I really enjoyed driving both, and I wish I'd kept one of the Unos...
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Re: What is better - Turbo or Supercharger?



I've no experience of either in fairness - NA wooo. I like big turbos that make a woosh. That's all I have to offer this debate.
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Re: What is better - Turbo or Supercharger?

How about a bit of both 😉
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