Why naturally aspirated engines are good

 

There is a purity to naturally aspirated engines. They produce their ponies without any help. It is like going to a gym and being able to lift 100kg with your own muscles. Turbocharging or supercharging would mean injecting yourself with lots of steroids so you could lift 200kg. You'd be strong, but it wouldn't be because of your own natural strength.

Now, forced induction may be superior in many ways, especially with regard to how they can boost a small engine's horsepower output. But there's no getting around the fact that when it comes to sports cars, a naturally aspirated motor is the way to go.

A sports car has to do more than just go fast. It must also handle well. But more importantly, it must always respond in a crisp and linear manner. Being caught out by a sudden boost of power, or waiting for the right rpm for the boost to arrive does not equate to driving pleasure. It does not matter how well-engineered turbocharged or supercharged engines are.

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