The Truth About Cars » supercharger http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Mon, 08 Feb 2016 15:00:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars » supercharger http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Porsche Announces Mission E Tesla Fighter at Frankfurt, Drops Mic http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/porsche-announces-mission-e-tesla-fighter-frankfurt-drops-mic/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/porsche-announces-mission-e-tesla-fighter-frankfurt-drops-mic/#comments Tue, 15 Sep 2015 16:00:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1171562 Porsche announced its all-electric four-door concept sedan at the Frankfurt Auto Show, complete with 15-minute charging (to 80 percent) and 310-mile overall range. There’s also some holographic and emoticon blather, but we’ll get to that later. According to Porsche, the Mission E will use two electric motors with a combined output of 600 horsepower to […]

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Porsche announced its all-electric four-door concept sedan at the Frankfurt Auto Show, complete with 15-minute charging (to 80 percent) and 310-mile overall range. There’s also some holographic and emoticon blather, but we’ll get to that later. According to Porsche, the Mission E will use two electric motors with a combined output of 600 horsepower to […]

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Yamamoto: This MX-5 Is All You’re Getting, Take It or Leave It http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/yamamoto-this-mx-5-is-all-youre-getting-take-it-or-leave-it/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/yamamoto-this-mx-5-is-all-youre-getting-take-it-or-leave-it/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1104809 First it was the Toyobaru triplets. Now it’s the MX-5. Nobuhiro Yamamoto, program manager for the Mazda MX-5 Miata, has crushed the dreams of those looking for more factory horsepower from the fourth-generation roadster. In short, if you want to “get hung up on numbers,” look elsewhere. Speaking with the folks at TopGear.com, Yamamoto has […]

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First it was the Toyobaru triplets. Now it’s the MX-5. Nobuhiro Yamamoto, program manager for the Mazda MX-5 Miata, has crushed the dreams of those looking for more factory horsepower from the fourth-generation roadster. In short, if you want to “get hung up on numbers,” look elsewhere. Speaking with the folks at TopGear.com, Yamamoto has […]

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Weekend Roundup: Top Gear Show, F1 Show and New Subaru Blue is All Show http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/weekend-roundup-top-gear-show-f1-show-and-new-subaru-blue-is-all-show/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/06/weekend-roundup-top-gear-show-f1-show-and-new-subaru-blue-is-all-show/#comments Mon, 08 Jun 2015 14:45:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1086473 As Richard Hammond and James May wrap up the “lost episodes” of Top Gear sans Jeremy Clarkson, the three are rumored to be heading to Netflix with the unsuspended pair turning down deals worth 4 million GBP. Here’s what caught our eyes over the weekend. I Don’t Need A Monster Truck (WIRED) Small trucks were virtually […]

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As Richard Hammond and James May wrap up the “lost episodes” of Top Gear sans Jeremy Clarkson, the three are rumored to be heading to Netflix with the unsuspended pair turning down deals worth 4 million GBP. Here’s what caught our eyes over the weekend. I Don’t Need A Monster Truck (WIRED) Small trucks were virtually […]

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Junkyard Find: 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP “JuggaLambo” http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/junkyard-find-2002-pontiac-grand-prix-gtp-juggalambo/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/junkyard-find-2002-pontiac-grand-prix-gtp-juggalambo/#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 13:00:06 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1070418 We had Volkswagen Junkyard Finds all last week, and this week we’re going to have 21st Century Junkyard Finds. To start things off, how about a genuine, numbers-matching, 240-supercharged-horses-havin’ sixth-gen Pontiac Grand Prix? Eric Rood, who lives in Illinois and understands the local culture, dubbed this car the JuggaLambo, because Juggalos— who tend to be […]

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We had Volkswagen Junkyard Finds all last week, and this week we’re going to have 21st Century Junkyard Finds. To start things off, how about a genuine, numbers-matching, 240-supercharged-horses-havin’ sixth-gen Pontiac Grand Prix? Eric Rood, who lives in Illinois and understands the local culture, dubbed this car the JuggaLambo, because Juggalos— who tend to be […]

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Hyundai, Tesla In Spat Over Funding Of Supercharger Network http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/hyundai-tesla-in-spat-over-funding-of-supercharger-network/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/hyundai-tesla-in-spat-over-funding-of-supercharger-network/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:00:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=866874 Hyundai’s head of U.S. product planning Michael O’Brien may have written a check his mouth can’t cash when he claimed Tesla’s Supercharger network was paid with taxpayer dollars. Green Car Reports says during a discussion of his employer’s view on hydrogen fueling infrastructure, O’Brien stated that Hyundai has not received any funding from the federal […]

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Hyundai’s head of U.S. product planning Michael O’Brien may have written a check his mouth can’t cash when he claimed Tesla’s Supercharger network was paid with taxpayer dollars. Green Car Reports says during a discussion of his employer’s view on hydrogen fueling infrastructure, O’Brien stated that Hyundai has not received any funding from the federal […]

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TTAC Long-Term Tesla Part 3: (Super)Charging http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/ttac-long-term-tesla-part-3-supercharging/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/ttac-long-term-tesla-part-3-supercharging/#comments Fri, 02 May 2014 12:00:02 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=813305 Here’s a blunt statement for you: If you don’t have at least a 240V charger in your home, or plan on getting one very quickly, or live very near (10 minutes or less) to a Supercharger, do not buy a Model S. I hate to say that because I love this car. But charging without […]

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Here’s a blunt statement for you: If you don’t have at least a 240V charger in your home, or plan on getting one very quickly, or live very near (10 minutes or less) to a Supercharger, do not buy a Model S. I hate to say that because I love this car. But charging without […]

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Musk: Tesla Will Build Cars In China Within Next Few Years http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/musk-tesla-will-build-cars-in-china-within-next-few-years/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/musk-tesla-will-build-cars-in-china-within-next-few-years/#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:00:56 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=807330 Though Tesla is now just delivering new vehicles to China, CEO Elon Musk predicts his company will build luxury electric vehicles in the burgeoning market within the next three to four years. Bloomberg reports the move to localized production would allow the automaker to sell their wares while also avoiding China’s 25 percent import tariff. […]

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Though Tesla is now just delivering new vehicles to China, CEO Elon Musk predicts his company will build luxury electric vehicles in the burgeoning market within the next three to four years. Bloomberg reports the move to localized production would allow the automaker to sell their wares while also avoiding China’s 25 percent import tariff. […]

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Tesla S Goes AWD, Comes With Cheaper Batteries, Upgraded Firmware http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/tesla-s-goes-awd-comes-with-cheaper-batteries-upgraded-firmware/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/tesla-s-goes-awd-comes-with-cheaper-batteries-upgraded-firmware/#comments Mon, 10 Feb 2014 16:03:58 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=738425 During a Tesla townhall meeting at the automaker’s European headquarters in Amsterdam, CEO Elon Musk announced to owners that an all-wheel drive version of the vaunted S would arrive in showrooms by the early months of 2015 at the latest. The arrival comes on the heels of the Model X SUV, which will come standard […]

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During a Tesla townhall meeting at the automaker’s European headquarters in Amsterdam, CEO Elon Musk announced to owners that an all-wheel drive version of the vaunted S would arrive in showrooms by the early months of 2015 at the latest. The arrival comes on the heels of the Model X SUV, which will come standard […]

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Twincharging Is Volvo’s Replacement For Displacement http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/twincharging-is-volvos-replacement-for-displacement/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/twincharging-is-volvos-replacement-for-displacement/#comments Wed, 29 Jan 2014 14:00:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=724490 Engine downsizing is all the rage. Making the engine smaller increases fuel efficiency, reduces emissions and cuts vehicle weight. With ever tightening fuel economy legislation in the United States and CO2 emissions regulation in the European Union, mainline manufacturers are turning to turbochargers like never before. In 2009 just 5% of cars sold in America […]

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Engine downsizing is all the rage. Making the engine smaller increases fuel efficiency, reduces emissions and cuts vehicle weight. With ever tightening fuel economy legislation in the United States and CO2 emissions regulation in the European Union, mainline manufacturers are turning to turbochargers like never before. In 2009 just 5% of cars sold in America […]

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Piston Slap: Son, You’re Gonna Drive Me to Drinkin’ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/piston-slap-son-youre-gonna-drive-me-to-drinkin/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/piston-slap-son-youre-gonna-drive-me-to-drinkin/#comments Mon, 01 Jul 2013 11:10:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=493693 Justin writes: Sajeev, Last October I was able to purchase a car I had been swooning over for about 15 years: A ’98 Lincoln Mark VIII LSC. It has about 108000 miles and is my daily driver. During the summer months I generally prefer to ride a motorcycle, so I need to do something with […]

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Justin writes: Sajeev, Last October I was able to purchase a car I had been swooning over for about 15 years: A ’98 Lincoln Mark VIII LSC. It has about 108000 miles and is my daily driver. During the summer months I generally prefer to ride a motorcycle, so I need to do something with […]

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Tesla Confirms Battery Swap For Model S http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/tesla-confirms-battery-swap-for-model-s/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/tesla-confirms-battery-swap-for-model-s/#comments Tue, 18 Jun 2013 17:13:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=492564 Tesla’s long-rumored battery swap technology will get its first reveal Thursday night, according to a Tweet from Elon Musk himself. The Tesla battery swap project has been in the works for some time, with the Model S apparently having the capability for battery-swapping from the get-go. There are a few issues that come into question […]

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Tesla’s long-rumored battery swap technology will get its first reveal Thursday night, according to a Tweet from Elon Musk himself. The Tesla battery swap project has been in the works for some time, with the Model S apparently having the capability for battery-swapping from the get-go. There are a few issues that come into question […]

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Musk Promises Triple The Superchargers, Transcontinental EV Trips http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/musk-promises-triple-the-superchargers-transcontinental-ev-trips/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/musk-promises-triple-the-superchargers-transcontinental-ev-trips/#comments Thu, 30 May 2013 13:20:02 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=490028   Tesla “will triple its network of superchargers for electrical vehicles by the end of next month,” Elon Musk told Reuters. Musk, who has a fixation on the Big American Road Trip (which is not what I would do in an EV), said “vehicles will be able to travel from Los Angeles to New York […]

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  Tesla “will triple its network of superchargers for electrical vehicles by the end of next month,” Elon Musk told Reuters. Musk, who has a fixation on the Big American Road Trip (which is not what I would do in an EV), said “vehicles will be able to travel from Los Angeles to New York […]

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The Most Expensive Supercharger Kit…In The Wuuurrrlllllllddd http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/the-most-expensive-supercharger-kit-in-the-wuuurrrlllllllddd/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/the-most-expensive-supercharger-kit-in-the-wuuurrrlllllllddd/#comments Fri, 22 Mar 2013 15:35:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=482013 Have you ever seen a supercharger kit that costs more than the car in question?  TRD’s new supercharger kit for the Scion FR-S costs an astonishing $26,000, more than the MSRP of the FR-S itself. The supercharger is meant primarily for the SCCA Prielli World Challenge Series, but for it to be legal, it must […]

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Have you ever seen a supercharger kit that costs more than the car in question?  TRD’s new supercharger kit for the Scion FR-S costs an astonishing $26,000, more than the MSRP of the FR-S itself. The supercharger is meant primarily for the SCCA Prielli World Challenge Series, but for it to be legal, it must […]

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Junkyard Find: 1998 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/junkyard-find-1998-pontiac-grand-prix-gtp/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/junkyard-find-1998-pontiac-grand-prix-gtp/#comments Wed, 01 Aug 2012 13:00:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=454982 The General produced quite a few not-so-quick front-drive cars with sporty-looking graphics and spoilers during the 1990s (e.g., the Beretta Z26), but the addition of an Eaton supercharger to the good old Buick V6 engine resulted in some fairly fast 90s machinery. Here’s a Grand Prix that had 240 horsepower at the front wheels during […]

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The General produced quite a few not-so-quick front-drive cars with sporty-looking graphics and spoilers during the 1990s (e.g., the Beretta Z26), but the addition of an Eaton supercharger to the good old Buick V6 engine resulted in some fairly fast 90s machinery. Here’s a Grand Prix that had 240 horsepower at the front wheels during […]

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Junkyard Find: 1990 Ford Thunderbird Super Coupe http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/junkyard-find-1990-ford-thunderbird-super-coupe/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/junkyard-find-1990-ford-thunderbird-super-coupe/#comments Wed, 04 Jul 2012 13:00:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=451188 The Thunderbird got an independent rear suspension in the 1989 model year, and Ford added a supercharger to its 3.8 engine and created the Super Coupe. Motor Trend, probably still smarting from the Renault Alliance fiasco earlier in the decade, awarded its Car of the Year award to the Super Coupe, and we can assume […]

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The Thunderbird got an independent rear suspension in the 1989 model year, and Ford added a supercharger to its 3.8 engine and created the Super Coupe. Motor Trend, probably still smarting from the Renault Alliance fiasco earlier in the decade, awarded its Car of the Year award to the Super Coupe, and we can assume […]

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Junkyard Find: 1993 Pontiac Bonneville SSEi http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/junkyard-find-1993-pontiac-bonneville-ssei/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/junkyard-find-1993-pontiac-bonneville-ssei/#comments Wed, 18 Jan 2012 14:00:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=427062 Yesterday’s Junkyard Find from 1993 wasn’t the kind of car most of us would find interesting enough to seek out today (though I’m considering buying a Dynasty, caging it, and starting a new race series: Spec Dynasty). Today’s ’93 car is a different story. A Bonneville with 205 supercharged horses under the hood? I’ll take […]

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Yesterday’s Junkyard Find from 1993 wasn’t the kind of car most of us would find interesting enough to seek out today (though I’m considering buying a Dynasty, caging it, and starting a new race series: Spec Dynasty). Today’s ’93 car is a different story. A Bonneville with 205 supercharged horses under the hood? I’ll take […]

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Because 454 Cubic Inches Just Isn’t Enough: AMC Marlin Racer Gets Twin Superchargers http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/because-454-cubic-inches-just-isnt-enough-amc-marlin-racer-gets-twin-superchargers/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/because-454-cubic-inches-just-isnt-enough-amc-marlin-racer-gets-twin-superchargers/#comments Tue, 28 Jun 2011 15:00:06 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=400231 The Speed Holes Racing AMC Marlin took home the Organizer’s Choice award at last year’s Colorado 24 Hours of LeMons race, because A) it has a 454 yanked from a wrecked GMC truck set back about three feet from the Marlin’s normal engine location, B) it has a Jaguar XJ6 rear suspension and differential, C) […]

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The Speed Holes Racing AMC Marlin took home the Organizer’s Choice award at last year’s Colorado 24 Hours of LeMons race, because A) it has a 454 yanked from a wrecked GMC truck set back about three feet from the Marlin’s normal engine location, B) it has a Jaguar XJ6 rear suspension and differential, C) […]

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We Live In the Golden Age of Cheap Superchargers http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/01/we-live-in-the-golden-age-of-cheap-superchargers/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/01/we-live-in-the-golden-age-of-cheap-superchargers/#comments Sat, 01 Jan 2011 16:00:06 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=378949 Back in the day, where could you go for a cheap supercharger? Maybe grab a grungy 8-71 off a million-mile transit bus? Thanks to GM’s decision in the early 1990s to plop Eaton blowers on all manner of 3800 V6-powered machinery, the going rate on a junkyard supercharger is well below a C-note. I spotted […]

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Back in the day, where could you go for a cheap supercharger? Maybe grab a grungy 8-71 off a million-mile transit bus? Thanks to GM’s decision in the early 1990s to plop Eaton blowers on all manner of 3800 V6-powered machinery, the going rate on a junkyard supercharger is well below a C-note. I spotted […]

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Review: 2011 Ford Mustang GT500 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/06/review-2011-ford-mustang-gt500/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/06/review-2011-ford-mustang-gt500/#comments Mon, 28 Jun 2010 15:00:47 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=359622 If you read my Mustang GT introduction and Performance Pack on-track test articles, you know that I am an unabashed fan of the 2011 Mustang GT. On a road course, it is very probably the fastest normally-aspirated ponycar in history; it’s certainly the best-conceived, best-assembled, and most satisfying ponycar I’ve ever had the pleasure of […]

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If you read my Mustang GT introduction and Performance Pack on-track test articles, you know that I am an unabashed fan of the 2011 Mustang GT. On a road course, it is very probably the fastest normally-aspirated ponycar in history; it’s certainly the best-conceived, best-assembled, and most satisfying ponycar I’ve ever had the pleasure of […]

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