Turbocharged and Naturally Aspirated (non-turbo) cars. What's your experience?
My only experience with turbo cars is the year 2009 Pug 308 THP which has a 1.6L direct injection turbocharged engine. This is the first batch car and has 140 hp and 240 nm of torque coming in from 1400 rpm.
The power is not higher than my current Ford Focus Sport 2.0L (non-turbo) which has 170 hp. The torque is much higher than the Focus' 202 nm though. What this means is the the smaller turbo car is quicker off the line but given enough road the 2.0L car, with more hp, will achieve a higher top end.
The Pug is not a light car. It is in the same C segment and weight class as the Focus. It is also a lemon, a French lemon and I sold it, looking like new, with only 32,000 km on the odometer.
Turbo cars run hotter, has more parts and components. It also mean higher wear and tear resulting in higher maintenance cost. I read on a car forum the Pug's turbo unit alone costs 14k. That's what you'll have to pay if you are an owner out of warranty.
Though the power and torque of a turbocharged car is awesome I will most probably not buy another one.
" In the land of the blind the one-eyed-jack is king."