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Top 10 boosted 4-cylinder engines

Have you noticed that many carmakers are shying away from normally aspirated V6 engines and turning towards turbocharged 4-cylinder gasoline engines in their stead? The reasons are quite easy to figure out.

Generally speaking, these smaller engines are lighter – weight is always the enemy. As well, they are typically far more frugal in normal driving conditions than a V6. And lastly and most importantly, they produce equal or much more power.

Another undeniable factor is their tunability. A same single engine can be used to motivate a compact hatchback, a small SUV and sports car from the factory. Specialty tuners can unlock gobs more power with the right programs without modifying internals or affecting reliability.

Here are ten of the best turbo 4-pots available on the North American market today

BMW 2.0-litre turbo

The highly flexible B48 engine might very well be one of the busiest in the industry. Not only does it power all manners of gasoline and hybrid BMW cars and SUVs but does double duty for MINI products as well.


Ford 2.3-litre turbo

This engine’s potential is growing as it will sooner rather than later turn into a workhorse as it returns with the new Ranger and probably with the Bronco. It is currently offered in the Focus RS and Mustang.


GM 2.0-litre turbo

The LTG demonstrates the versatility of a good boosted 4-cylinder. It can serve a FWD, AWD and RWD sedan including a large luxury version, a sports car, and a pair of midsize luxury SUVs.


Honda 2.0-litre turbo

This fan favorite has enthusiasts excited. Whether you purchased a Civic Type R or an Accord 2.0, there’s plenty of room for more power with the right Hondata plugins.


Hyundai 1.6-litre turbo

We’ve sampled the new Veloster turbo and think very highly of it. The 1.6-litre provides the right power and torque for each application including the Kona and other vehicles.


Mazda 2.5-litre turbo

Currently offered in the Mazda6 and CX-9, this engine was conceived with torque in mind. We’re secretly hoping for a next-generation Speed3 to join this list…


Mercedes 2.0-litre turbo

Many think the M133 DE20 LA might be the best engine of its kind and we tend to agree. This handcrafted piece generates 375-horsepower and is explosive on a track.


Porsche 2.0-litre and 2.5-litre turbo

Available with the 718s, both engines generate equal parts power and efficiency. We think the 2.5-littre might find its way elsewhere in the not too distant future.


Subaru 2.4-litre turbo

Introduced with the new Ascent CUV, the 2.4-litre is creamy smooth, torque-rich and efficient. We drool at the thought of finding it in other Subie products.


Volkswagen 2.0-litre turbo

VW’s EA888 engine is an extremely adaptable mill as it serves the Tiguan, Passat, GTI and Golf R in very different states of tune. Speaking of tuning, this one’s got loads of potential too.

The 2019 Volkswagen Golf R comes in 40 colors

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Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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