10 Turbocharged Cars That Rival America’s V8 Muscle | Taza Khabre

Inside the womb of forced induction, a couple of guys from time immemorial argued about who sucks more – turbo and supercharged. Today, one is synonymous with America, while the other is a European affliction. Not all American V8s are supercharged, but what chance do naturally aspirated ones have when the competition uses a faster snail type? Turbochargers are a guaranteed complete set that corresponds to modern times car performance, now without the clichéd delay gain and left-field power dump. Also, today’s turbo engines are actually a more efficient alternative to the naturally aspirated standards of the past. The question is which sane fools are willing to fight an American muscle fasten? Let’s find out.

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9 2019 BMW M340i

BMW

BMW M340i VS Dodge Charger Scat Pack Comparison

Producer

BMW

Dodge

Model

M340i

Scat Pack Charger

Body style

Sedan

Sedan

Engine configuration

TT I6

N/A V8 HEMI

Moving

3.0

6.2

Horsepower

382 hp

485 hp

0-60 mph

3.8 s

4.5 s

Price

57,600 USD

51,300 USD

Anything with a BMW B58 engine will really do, but the M340i is best prepared to take on Dodge’s four-door mom, the Charger Scat Pack. You get a single twin-scroll turbocharger mated to three liters of BMW’s famous straight-six engine. Power tops out at 380bhp, but the M340i shoves passengers into their seats like it has jet engines ready for the moon. It’s a string theory-like torque slingshot that paradoxically creates power and torque seemingly out of nowhere to achieve otherworldly performance. In fact, it’s just not as bloated as its two-and-a-half-ton competition. Turns out 380 horses vs. 4,000 pounds is better than 480 vs. 5. Who knew?

8 Porsche 911 GT2RS MR

Porsche 911 gt2rs manthey racing nürburgring package
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Extreme comparison of Porsche 911 GT2RS MR VS Dodge Viper ACR

Producer

Porsche

Dodge

Model

911 GT2RS

Viper ACR-E

Body style

Track-Coupe

Track-Coupe

Engine configuration

TT F6

N/A V8

Moving

3.8

8.0

Horsepower

612 hp

645 hp

0-60 mph

2.6 s

3.0s

Price

360,000 USD

264,000 USD

IN standard The GT2RS — if you can even call it that — already has a high enough fender to sink it into the NBA, but Manthey’s aero kit really puts up a fight with Dodge’s Viper ACR Extreme. The airfoil itself doesn’t sit much higher on the brackets in the GT2RS MR, but end plates are much larger. This design traps more free airflow between the top and bottom sides of the wing, creating a more efficient airflow to generate significant downforce. It’s literally a jet fighter on wheels, with enough control over the surrounding air to obliterate the standard GT2RS lap record of 6:47 by a dizzying 7 seconds. The ACR, armed with more power, more torque, and the same heretical need to destroy pavement, doesn’t even crack the 7:00 minute mark.

7 2020 Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing

CT4V Blackwing - Rear
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Cadillac CT4V Blackwing vs. Cadillac CT5-V Comparison

Producer

Cadillac

Cadillac

Model

CT4-V Blackwing

CT5-V Blackwing

Body style

Sedan

Sedan

Engine configuration

TT V6

S V8

Moving

3.6

6.2

Horsepower

472 hp

670 hp

0-60 mph

4.0 s

4.5 s

Price

$59,900

51,300 USD

While the Blackwing’s latest knighthood honors yet another American sedan, the CT4-V Blackwing is definitely not a muscle car. A pair of cynical Vs—the CT4 and CT5, respectively—represent the most discerning track-rat offering in Cadillac’s revised sports lineup. The supercharged V8 in the CT-5 V shows where the muscle car has been, while the turbo six in the CT4-V Blackwing is more of a premonition of where it’s headed. The car in question gets a twin-turbo 3.6-liter V6 engine — about half a liter more than the standard CT5-V engine — worthy of a SWB flagship. With around 470 horsepower and 445 lb-ft of torque, the CT4-V Blackwing gets pretty smoky on the supercharger, which extends throughout the rev range. Why do we mistake it for its supercharged V8 sibling? Sometimes an Oppenheimer bomb is too big for a family sedan. The CT4-V is a lesson in “just right”.

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6 2021 Audi TT-RS

Audi TT RS
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Audi TT-RS VS Dodge Challenger Hellcat comparison

Producer

Audi

Dodge

Model

TTRS

Challenger Hellcat

Body style

Compartment

Compartment

Engine configuration

TT I5

S V8

Moving

2.5

6.2

Horsepower

400 hp

717 hp

0-60 mph

3.6 s

3.7 s

Price

73,200 USD

68,600 USD

Hellcat’s whiny gimmick got old faster than Madonna on her fifth comeback tour. At $70,000, the Audi TT-RS offers more bang for your buck than a boatload of cheap plastic, incredible weight and a desire to be stolen. Visually, it’s as cool as the Challenger, with wide-body fender flares to accentuate its curvaceous figure. Ever since Audi acquired Lamborghini, refinement has found its way into every performance Quattro, and the TT-RS is no different. More in the front than the back, you get razor shapes and swallow holes. But it is already visible. You care about the meat under the bones RS. Under the hood there is a brave five cylinders, the power of which is 397 horses, and almost the same torque.

5 2018 BMW M2 Competition

The white 2021 BMW M2 Competition on the trackBMW M2 VS Ford Performance Shelby Mustang GT350 Comparison

Producer

BMW

Ford

Model

Competition M2

Shelby GT350

Body style

Compartment

Compartment

Engine configuration

TT I6

N/A V8

Moving

3.0

5.2

Horsepower

405 hp

526 hp

0-60 mph

4.0 s

4.2s

Price

63,000 USD

61,000 USD

When you click the “Competition” badge on the back of the M2, it means the engine isn’t just tuned, it’s what the youngest M platform was meant to be. The S55 is based on the N55’s blueprint with maximum performance in mind. The S55 engine block supports a closed deck structure which strengthens the coolant airways around the cylinders, adding structural rigidity to produce more power. And it delivers more power by using an additional turbocharger reinforced internal components to produce 405 hp and the same amount of torque. To get the most out of all this restrained aggression, we suggest going with BMW’s DCT, which is already out of production. Don’t get us wrong, any car that still offers a manual transmission should be celebrated in all its three-pedal glory, but M shifters have been pretty vague, bland affairs of late. You’d better switch the petal changes in this thing.

4 2020 Porsche 911 GTS

Orange 2023 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS on the track
Porsche

Porsche 911 GTS VS Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Comparison

Producer

Porsche

Chevrolet

Model

911 GTS

Corvette Z06

Body style

Compartment

Compartment

Engine configuration

TT F6

N/A V8

Moving

3.0

5.5

Horsepower

473 hp

670 hp

0-60 mph

2.8 s

2.6 s

Price

63,000 USD

61,000 USD

It didn’t take long for the 992 to become etched in the long-standing Porsche lineage of great generations. For the first time, the entire 911 Carrera catalog limits the engine offering to turbocharged engines. Passion for the sports icon is as high as ever. The the silhouette is still distinctly 911. The headlights are still round and the face has a precise purpose; but unless you’re a keen observer of Porsche’s design language, you probably won’t notice any changes until you get to the rear. Now there’s a wide LED panel that illuminates the tail from thighs to chest. The 911 GTS uses a 3.0-liter twin-turbo six-cylinder engine that is now mated to an 8-speed PDK. It doesn’t wail or scream “look at me” like the Z06, but it also doesn’t explode at high revs and doesn’t rely on cheap plastic and childish dreaming to charm its drivers. It’s without a doubt the best sports car outside of the GT3, with all the day-to-day features we’ve come to love on the Carrera platform.

3 2023 Alfa Quadrofoglio

2023 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrofoglio drifting on the racetrack, side view
Alfa Romeo

Alfa Quadrofoglio vs Chrysler 300 S V8 Comparison

Producer

Alfa Romeo

Chrysler

Model

Julia QV

300 S V8

Body style

Compartment

Compartment

Engine configuration

TT V6

N/A V8

Moving

2.9

5.7 HEMI

Horsepower

505 hp

363 hp

0-60 mph

4.0 s

4.2s

Price

81,855 USD

$45,500

It’s probably a better idea if we call it the Alfa Giulia QV out of the gate, given that the acronym is impossible to say unless your name is Francesco or you don’t know the Italian finger wallet. It’s an Italian M3 with stunning aesthetics, a Ferrari-sourced twin-turbo V6, and the kind of handling roughness that would leave most sports cars scratching their heads in disbelief. Like any Italian car, long-term users will admit that the electrical system is prone to issuing all sorts of warnings and the occasional Christmas lights of death. With all the problems with Alfa’s current revival, it’s still a trillion times better than a V8-powered Chrysler 300.

2 2018 Porsche 718 Cayman S

A gray Porsche 718 Cayman parked indoors under studio lighting
Porsche

Comparison of Porsche 718 Cayman S vs Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE

Producer

Porsche

Chevrolet

Model

718 Cayman S

Camaro SS 1LE

Body style

Compartment

Compartment

Engine configuration

Turbocharging I4

N/A V8

Moving

3.0

6.2

Horsepower

405 hp

455 hp

0-60 mph

4.4s

4.0 s

Price

68,300 USD

45,000 USD

Mid-engine, flexible and turbocharged. A playful little recipe that didn’t catch on when it was first released. Understandable, given that the noisy, high-revving flat-six was ditched in favor of a rather uninspiring turbocharged four-cylinder. At 2.5 liters and 350 horsepower, performance has increased, as has operational efficiency. The weight of the engine has been reduced, which means that the car’s central engine balance is much more playful, and the sequential jump of the turbo is easy to lean on. It’s sports nirvana transformed into something you feel with your hands and feet more than your ears and heart. And while the SS 1LE impresses with its bassy V8 and sharp handling, it has nothing against the Cayman’s effortless refinement.

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1 2020 Mercedes AMG GTR

Can it dethrone the Porsche 911 GT3 RS?Mercedes-AMG GTR VS Shelby GT500 Comparison

Producer

Mercedes

Ford

Model

AMG GTR

Shelby GT500

Body style

Compartment

Compartment

Engine configuration

TT V8

Supercharged V8

Moving

4.0

5.2

Horsepower

585 horsepower

760 hp

0-60 mph

3.6 s

3.3s

Price

$162,900

$80,795

Perhaps the most grumbling orchestra of any turbocharged V8 resonates from the GTR’s center stack. It’s a deep, muscular bass that rises from some guttural source, not unlike a typical American V8. Unlike the average American V8, it’s not all bark and bite. The satin-finish ‘Green Hell Magno’ reveals to you the car’s true purpose, to slay Porsches on the hill Sub-7 stars of the Nürburgring. The 4.0-liter V8 with a central location of the engine BiTurbo it’s more than just a sip—it’s an absolute force of nature even more than its 585 hp figure. While we know the GT500 is no slouch on a straight or a series of wobbles, it can’t hide its weight well enough on challenging circuits like the Ring, or offer the level of luxury that Mercedes managed to achieve with the GTR. .

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