The growing popularity of turbo-petrol engines

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The latest innovation in car engines is the introduction of turbocharged engines in mass cars. Read on to find out why these engines are growing in popularity.

The era of affordable turbocharged engines has arrived. Every gasoline enthusiast’s dream has come true in recent years, with mass manufacturers embracing turbocharged engines that were previously exclusively reserved for sports cars. Manufacturers are moving away from conventional engines to offer better performance in the same family car. This is also why these engines are gaining popularity, even before the launch of the car.

Why the switch to turbocharged engines?

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Turbocharged engines were initially adopted as a result of emissions regulations that are gaining momentum given today’s climate conditions. It started with the implementation of BS6 standards. And the upcoming CAFE 2.0, the second phase of enterprise-average energy-efficiency CO2 emissions, will need to be mastered. Under these standards, the CO2 emissions of the fleet will have to drop from 130.2 g/km to 113.1 g/km. Additionally, other standards such as the adoption of WLTP (Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Protocol) and RDE (Real Driving Emissions) standards will further regulate the emissions that new vehicles can emit.

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Who takes the lead in this change to turbocharged engines?

Although turbocharged engines were nothing new, affordability issues meant that most Indians had never even thought of them. Hyundai India was the first to offer customers a locally made turbocharged engine, bringing it within reach of the middle class. The first Hyundai car to feature a turbo engine was the 2019 Venue SUV, which featured a 120 hp, 1.0-liter three-cylinder. It was followed by the Aura compact sedan, the Grand i10 Nios Hatchback and the second generation Creta. Other manufacturers like Nissan, Kia, Volkswagen and Skoda are closely following Hyundai’s lead and bringing this state-of-the-art engine.

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Why are turbo engines gaining popularity in mass cars?

Turbocharged engines have been in the eyes of motorheads and F1 fans since their introduction to racing. These engines are popular because they pack more horsepower into each stroke of the piston compared to naturally aspirated engines, in the same size engine. This means the motors pack more power into the compact size, which is also more economical.

Owning a turbocharged car doesn’t mean you can rev it at race car speed, it means a smaller, more economical engine can be used to generate the power of a large, naturally aspirated engine.

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Moreover, turbocharged engines generate more torque than naturally aspirated engines, which gives the car good performance. It also makes the engine more refined at high speeds and allows for a smooth gear transition. They are also quieter than large naturally aspirated engines, giving you a great driving experience and also controlling noise pollution.

Turbocharged engines dominate engine enthusiasts’ wish lists and are all set to become the technology of the future. With increasing demand from consumers and manufacturers innovating in their cars, the future is all about efficiency and high performance in compact sizes.

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