Chrysler PT Cruiser Performance: Superchargers and Turbochargers
The PT Cruiser Turbo greatly diminished interest in the bolt-on turbo kits! However, we are maintaining our old (2001-2002) list below.
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- Whipple's supercharger system uses the Whipple screw compressor.
- Motor Trend reviewed the Whipple Cruiser and wrote that the kit costs $3,650, and takes about 5-8 hours to install. Motor Trend was able to get a 15.27 second quarter mile from the five-speed, a savings of about 1.3 seconds - more significantly, zero-to-sixty times declined from 8.8 seconds to 7 seconds flat, a respectable performance.
- Whipple claims the supercharger raises output to 226 hp and 244 lb-ft of torque (similar to the Spirit R/T), but requires premium gasoline.
- As Motor Trend pointed out, the supercharged Cruiser is still quite reasonably priced.
- Note that the tested vehicle also included replacement 18 inch wheels and high performance tires, along with 1.5 inch lowering springs.
- The Kenne Bell Twin Screw Supercharger kit has a mild 6 psi boost, available at a low 2000 rpm. They claim it is legal everywhere, and increases horsepower and torque about 40%. (909) 941-6646. (We've since heard from Suzanne that this supercharger is about $4,000 plus installation).
- Stedebani Enterprise Company's turbo was listed in September 2000's Car and Driver.
- According to the article, the kit sells for $2500 and takes about eight hours to install. Driveability is said to be good, and power goes to 203 hp / 217 lb-ft.
- With the automatic, 2.9 seconds drop off 0-60 times, bringing them down to a good 8.0 seconds. (posted by Joe Cruiser). (Motor Trend has somewhat more favorable stock automatic times).
- Jan Sven-Erik Harde added a turbo to his EuroCruiser, "we approximate the horsepower at somewhere around 238 and the 0-60 at around 5.8 sec, without the intercooler it is at 6 seconds flat..."
- (Courtesy Motor Trend) Hennessey Motorsports' planned $200,000 650 hp "PT Crusher" uses a modified V-10 from Hennessey's Venom 650R Viper (stored in the back). If built, which will require ten pre-orders, it would probably come near the Venom's 0-100-0-in-under-12-seconds performance. 0-60 times are estimated at 3.5 seconds.
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