When you want more white-knuckle power, and lots of it, the easiest and most effective way is by installing forced induction, turbochargers and superchargers provide the biggest horsepower improvement. But, that brings us to our million dollar question—which is better, a supercharger or turbocharger?
Choosing between turbochargers and superchargers comes down to personal preference. And, it’s important that you first understand the differences between the two before you make a decision. First off, let’s go over their similarities. Superchargers and turbochargers are both forced induction systems. They compress the air that flows into your engine, which allows the engine to stuff more air into a cylinder. More air means more fuel can be stuffed in too, and that equals more power. With both options depending on how far you push the motor, considering upgrading your internal engine components, such are your connecting rods may be necessary.
Why Purchase a Supercharger or Turbocharger?
The main difference between a supercharger and a turbocharger is its power supply. Something has to supply the power that runs the air compressor, and in a supercharger, there is a belt that connects directly to the engine. It gets its power the same way your water pump and alternator do. A turbocharger, on the other hand, gets its power from your exhaust stream. The exhaust runs through a turbine, which in turn, spins the compressor.
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So what does it matter where the power comes from? Well, it doesn’t really. But, some may argue that a turbocharger is more efficient because it’s using the “wasted” energy from the exhaust stream. On the other hand, a turbocharger causes some back pressure in the exhaust system, and therefore, tends to provide less boost until the engine is really revvin’. Centrifugal superchargers are also among the most efficient forced induction systems, attaching to the front of the engine rather than the top. Also, a supercharger tends to be easier to install, but can also cost you a bit more.
Choosing the Best Supercharger and Turbocharger
When it comes time to make your final decision, check out our website for a huge selection of top-notch bolt-on superchargers and turbochargers. You’ll find the most trusted brands in the biz, like Edelbrock superchargers and Whipple supercharger kits.
In addition, be sure to check out our customer reviews. You’ll find everything you need to know about the different styles and brands. Search for a specific product, like Paxton superchargers. Or, you can conduct a vehicle-specific search for your exact vehicle. Find out which supercharger kits for the Pontiac G8 are the easiest to install, or what truck enthusiasts recommend for a 2011 GMC Sierra supercharger.