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I can think of several reasons... (archive)

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Posted by Michael Fox on May 15, 2001 at 02:32:16:

In Reply to: Why go to 2.5L when... posted by Sam Ashford on May 14, 2001 at 15:49:25:

1. The S-14 engine is not a good candidate for forced induction (check archives, talk to Turner, et. al for reasons).

2. For the purist/enthusiast, forced induction on an S-14 is "unnatural" and unacceptable (subjective, I know, but, there's something special about driving this car in it's Euro/Evo form -- if you just want raw power, buy a Corvette).

3. It's illegal under BMW club racing rules.

I was asking around about going to a 2.5L and everyone is quoting me like $10,000-$15,000 for the conversion. Why in the world would anyone do that when you can get an ERT supercharger (~290 HP) with installation for about $6,000?

I had a supercharged VW Corrado awhile back and I beat the hell out of that thing and it ran great for years. Surely the S14 is a better quality motor and wouldn't have any problems with a supercharger? What am I missing?

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