Is it Time to Embrace Turbocharging
Turbocharging used to be a bad word and for those of us who are called purists it still is. The use of turbo to improve the power of a vehicle, which also improves the overall fuel mileage, seems to be rampant in the automotive world, especially for cars that are meant to be sports models. Thankfully, for those who love a naturally aspirated engine, there are still some great cars to drive when it comes to actual horsepower from these engines that seem to be dying out. Here are several that you can find and still enjoy the old-school charm of cars that are powered by a more original form of propulsion.
Porsche 911 GTS – This is the 911 you really want to drive if you don’t want to have turbocharging. This 911 is meant to fit right between the Carrera S and the GT3 to give a total of 430 horsepower from the 3.8-liter flat six-cylinder engine. This setup give you the added revs and awesome responsiveness you expect from a 911 while enjoying the fun of an engine that works on its own power with added boost from a turbocharger to give you vintage driving fun.
Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 SV – The Superveloce gives you a 6.5-liter V12 engine that can produce a full 704 horsepower. The car features sharp angles and a great look that makes it a car that will cost over $500,000 while offering a massive top speed of 217 mph. If you somehow thought the bull would not be able to continue to be impressive with a naturally aspirated engine, this is certainly the car that dispels that thought and gives you an aggressive and amazing car to drive if you have the guts and the money to make this one yours.
Lamborghini Huracan – We loved the Gallardo, but this car was ready to head into retirement, but we needed to have an appropriate replacement for the long running model. The Huracan is such a car and gives you an amazing car to drive with a dual-clutch automatic transmission along with a 602 horsepower V10 engine which will force you to the back of your seat. This is actually the same engine that was in the old Gallardo but somehow this new version offers forty more horsepower than before in a car that looks smaller than the outgoing model even though it’s actually longer; quite an interesting trick.
Ferrari F12berlinetta – What can this car do? Let start with reaching 100 mph in only 6.6 seconds and finishing the quarter mile in only 10.9 seconds. The speed at the quarter mile mark is nearly 130 mph. You might expect this car to stop adding power and acceleration at 170 mph but it keeps on pushing for more from the 6.3-liter V12 engine that produces a wonderful 730 horsepower from the naturally aspirated engine. This has become one of the quickest RWD production cars that has ever come off any assembly line to be a wonderful car to drive.
Audi R8 V10 Plus – Most vehicles redline much lower than this one as it comes to the redline at 8,500 rpm rather than at or below 7,000 like most vehicles. The 5.2-liter V10 shows off at 610 horsepower using the Quattro AWD that Audi offers for your driving excitement. Using a dual-clutch automatic transmission and a large set of brakes to make sure this car can stay under control. This is the car that is the latest version of the Audi supercar to give us an impressive and amazing luxury car for the fun of driving that we want to own.
Ferrari F12tdf – Thinking the F12berlinetta wasn’t fast enough, Ferrari needed to make something even faster but still stuck to the naturally aspirated engines for the job. This car uses a 6.3-liter V12 that makes a full 770 horsepower and can hit the marks the F12berlinneta hit but a full two seconds faster when put on the Fiorano track. This is not a car that is made for the faint of heart but for those with true skill and ability for driving to enjoy the drive around a track to have the ride of their lives.
Porsche 911 GT3 RS – With more to be offered in the lineup this car has and increased displacement to reach 4.0-liter and bring us 493 horsepower that can be revved up to 8,250 rpm. There are intakes that are normally put on models that have turbocharging, but this one does not. This is a true race car in a sports car body that you will want to toss all over the road on a wonderful canyon run or take it to the track and let the engine really sound off for you in a way that you haven’t heard before.
Porsche 911 GT3 – As the model just below the RS on the lineup of the 911’s, the GT3 continues on with the 3.8-liter flat six-cylinder engine that gives it a full 475 horsepower and wonderful sounds. This beauty is still naturally aspirated even though there have been talks of changing that in the future. At a 9,000 rpm redline this is a car that you will want to abuse on the track and take through the mountains to see exactly what it can do and how quickly it can do it. This car wants to be driven and taken to the road or to the track.
Ferrari 458 – As one of the smallest Ferraris on the market the 458 gives us a great 4.5-liter V8 engine that is naturally aspirated. Putting out 570 horsepower this car can reach some great speeds and be a lot of fun to drive for anyone who is looking for a great sports car to drive on the road but won’t have a lot of time for the track. This engine can even handle the redline of 9,000 rpm to give you the most power possible for you to push this beast to its limits on those days when you do schedule track time.
Porsche 918 Spyder – This may very well be cheating when it comes to naturally aspirated engines because this car has two electric motors helping it reach the 600 horsepower mark. The engine is not turbocharged and comes in as a 4.6-liter V8 that pushes the rear wheels hard to give you one of the quickest sports cars to ever make its way on the roads or tracks. Although this car is close to being a cheater on this list it still follows the rules that were put in place, no turbocharging.