A DECISION that seems to be an inevitable one between regular consumers and car enthusiasts alike. For the turboboffins on the other hand, we do know that good feeling of expressing the “Yeah, my car is turbocharged” line to someone and getting a worthy adversary in return, but could it really be a sensible choice for the long run?
Unlike naturally aspirated engines, all turbo motors do require some extra attention when it comes to maintenance and servicing (thanks to its higher air intake and engine pressure). Yes, turbocharged engines are in fact less reliable, but there are some modern-day examples that actually match the same lifespan of some naturally aspirated engines currently in the market.
For example, Volkswagen began their engine development programme by ensuring all of their vehicles are turbocharged in the near future, while Ford has stunned the world with the groundbreaking 1.0-litre Ecoboost engine. So why did all of this began? Well it all started through a series of stringent Co2 emissions rating enforced in most countries and rising oil prices, which steers most manufacturers back to the developing board to build more efficient and eco-friendly engines with smaller displacements. But to some loyalists, it seems to be a growing concern that soon turbocharging will put the good old naturally aspirated engine to history.
As with my previous review on the latest Suzuki Swift Sport, there are still lots of fun to enjoy with naturally aspirated engines. To put it on an even clearer picture, the Swift Sport is also currently the only car in its class that is non-forced inducted as well. So could it be the very last hot hatch that is naturally aspirated alternative within its masses? I hope not, and it’s quite tragic to see it veer into the path of turbocharging like the new Honda Civic Type-R.
Of course, a turbocharged vehicle performs better in many ways than a conventional naturally aspirated alternative. There’s none that can rival its
sheer pull and engaging feel that most would appreciate it – let alone tuning a turbo motor is even much easier to crave for either better power or efficiency in comparison. So let’s take a quick breather about this, without the basis of a naturally aspirated engine, turbos would have never been this advanced as how it used to be years ago. It could just be my very own personal view, but let’s just enjoy driving something that is pretty much basic to run before it’s entirely gone (with a stick shift and third pedal of course).