Add horsepower:

Consider this advice before increasing engine horsepower.

Add horsepower: engine horsepower is not the only factor in the performance equation.

Performance simply boils down to power vs. weight.

A turbocharged four cylinder sport compact will run circles around most mid-sized V-8s. A turbo diesel pickup will out-pull most gas engines and get nearly twice the fuel mileage.

Getting the right engine package requires you to honestly evaluate your needs. If you want increased power for its entertainment value, consider a small engine with a turbo or supercharger. These power-on-demand systems are the perfect compromise: power when you want it, fuel efficiency when you don’t.

If you’re towing or need a heavy vehicle, get the largest engine available -- a diesel if possible.

Stuck with the vehicle you already have? Advance Auto Parts has the bolt-on parts you need to unlock that hidden engine horsepower, along with a full line of other quality auto parts for your needs.

Ready to add horsepower? How much?

The horsepower war has raged for years. Cars like the 405hp Corvette, the 500hp Viper SRT-10 and the 660hp Ferrari Enzo have raised the bar to extreme levels.

But how much horsepower do you really need? If you’re going to add horsepower, what’s required to give you the performance you want?

That depends upon what you drive, and how you drive. Having excess power is not only fun, it can provide a huge safety factor when merging onto freeways and passing on two-lane roads. It’s usually better to have too much power than not enough.

Torque vs. horsepower: which engine is right for you?

It’s important to understand torque vs. horsepower. Automakers brag about engine horsepower numbers but engine torque is what accelerates your vehicle. Properly matching your engine’s torque curve to the vehicle is extremely important.

  1. There is an old saying that there is no replacement for displacement. Companies like GM agree, and have offered large V-8 engines in their vehicles for many years.
  2. On the other end of the scale, this turbocharged/ intercooled 2.0L Mitsubishi makes huge engine horsepower. It rockets the tiny Lancer around but wouldn’t power an SUV very well.
  3. Whatever you drive, it can produce more power and be more fuel efficient with a handful of bolt-on upgrades. Air filters, exhausts and computer chips all make a difference.
  4. Don’t ignore diesels, especially if you are towing. Modern diesels make an incredible amount of torque (up to 600 lbs. ft.) and are easily modified with bolt-on parts for big gains.
  5. If you need a large power increase, consider a supercharger or turbocharger. Engine horsepower increases of 50% or more are possible. Expect to pay $5,000-$7,500 installed.
  6. When sheer acceleration is your game, consider a bolt-on nitrous oxide system, if these are legal in your area. It provides the biggest kick for the lowest cost. Typical systems add 150hp for $500.

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