As with any other vehicle-related purchase, there is a multitude of factors that determine what the upgrade will cost. This is no different when looking at the cost of turbocharging a car. Continue reading to look at what factors influence the overall cost of this upgrade.
Does Your Car Already Have Turbo?
Replacing an existing turbocharger is going to cost much less than buying(adding) a new one (onto a naturally aspirated engine). Whether you need to upgrade because the previous turbocharger isn’t working properly or you simply want a more powerful model, replacing a turbocharger will have a much lower overall cost. Not only is replacing an existing turbocharger less time-consuming for the mechanic, but it also costs much less for parts and supplies. Truthfully, this is the best way to go.
Naturally Aspirated Engines
Most of the time, individuals want to add a turbocharger because it is the most effective way to generate horsepower. The best way the go about this is by adding a turbocharger to a naturally aspirated engine. When considering the overall price for this upgrade, you are looking at anywhere between $500 and $2,000 for a turbocharger. Don’t forget, you can also buy a used (or reman) turbocharger.
While you might be thinking that price isn’t so bad, it is not the only cost you will need to consider when adding a turbocharger to a naturally aspirated engine. You also must consider adding a forced induction system to your vehicle. To do this, you will need to buy an adapter kit for the turbocharger so you can make sure it has all the right parts to work efficiently and successfully.
Cost After Installation
Whether you added a turbocharger to your naturally aspirated engine or you simply upgraded your old one, you are going to have additional costs after installation. No matter the situation, you will need to have your engine tuned by a professional so they can calibrate the fuel injectors to match the increased airflow from the turbocharger. While some people could do this part themselves, we recommend that you spend the extra couple hundred dollars to make sure it is done correctly. This way, your investment isn’t damaging or a waste of money.
In conclusion, depending on the car you have, the situation you are in, and the resources available to you, the overall cost of adding a turbo will range anywhere from about $500 to $5,000. Try to find a balance between getting as low a price as possible and making sure everything is done to the highest quality. Nobody wants to spend a large sum of money for something not to work correctly.
If you are looking to make this addition or upgrade to your vehicle, you don’t have to look any further. When considering all your options, give us a call at TurboTurbos. Not only will we educate you on the cost of turbocharging a car, but we have the perfect products to get the job done. Take a look at this Mitsubishi turbocharger and see if it is the right fit for you!