NZ Performance Car - - Scrapyard Gains - WORDS: RENE VER­MEER PHO­TOS: RENE VER­MEER

With so many af­ter­mar­ket tur­bos avail­able at the mo­ment, many are buy­ing up large, and for­get­ting that Ja­panese car man­u­fac­tur­ers ac­tu­ally re­leased some very ag­gres­sive tur­bos on their ve­hi­cles from the fac­tory.

We had a chat with the ex­perts at All­tech Diesel and Tur­bocharger Ltd to find out the real po­ten­tial of OEM tur­bocharg­ers. Not only are they read­ily avail­able, they are usu­ally a lot cheaper and bet­ter suited to the power lev­els and boost re­sponse peo­ple are aim­ing for.

The amount of re­search and devel­op­ment that went into th­ese tur­bos to make them per­form as well as they do, for as long as they do, is as­ton­ish­ing. You are get­ting OEM re­li­a­bil­ity, su­per-quick boost re­sponse and very good power gains with th­ese tur­bos. Why buy a low-qual­ity replica turbo which won’t per­form as well, will fail sooner, and re­quires a heap more cus­tom fab­ri­ca­tion?

We de­cided to take you through our pick of the top OEM tur­bocharg­ers, the max­i­mum power they’re ca­pa­ble of, and which cars they’re best suited for.

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