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Mk2 N/A or Turbo

Post by Mica98 » 10/08/18 23:47

Hi guys,

I'm new to the forum and was looking for advice on whether to purchase a N/A mk2 or a Turbo. It will be my first mr2 but I do have experience driving other fast RWD's. As a young driver, would it be better to purchase a N/A and possibly do a forced induction conversion later or should I just get a turbo to start. I will only be using the car on occasion, as I have another car to daily. I'm not to bothered on power but more interested in the handling dynamics.

Any advice would be appreciated.

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Re: Mk2 N/A or Turbo

Post by peteV6R5 » 10/08/18 23:59

REV 3 NA is pretty strong once above 4500rpm but wont stand a chance on a tubby on pure acceleration.
I have seen a few properly driven NA s on the annual highland drive (twisty roads) that have not been shamed at all.

depends what you want... A well sorted 300 bhp tubby is a dam fine road car.
my choice was to go V6 after the REV5 NA was found to be a tad slow.

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Re: Mk2 N/A or Turbo

Post by martin42006 » 11/08/18 0:06

Firstly, welcome to the forum :clapping:
Secondly, i would say it very much depends on what you want from the car and how much you have to spend.
The handling on either car i believe is very similar and you only really notice a difference in power.
If you dont have much to spend the i would say to get a good clean N/A the engines are still good and have plenty of poke. If you have a bit more to spend then you could start looking for a good condition turbo. I would make chassis condition the number one priority however.

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Re: Mk2 N/A or Turbo

Post by Mica98 » 11/08/18 0:18

Thanks for the quick responses, I currently have £3500 to spend on the car but am in no rush to buy. Personally I'm thinking of getting a turbo, but the prices are shooting up. My main concern was if the turbos are worth the extra few thousand.

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Re: Mk2 N/A or Turbo

Post by angpozzuto » 12/08/18 15:56

I've found that I always seem to want a bit more power as it starts to feel a bit normal. My car currently has a supercharged v6 engine fitted and I'm still thinking about ways to get more power out of it.

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Re: Mk2 N/A or Turbo

Post by ayresyboy » 12/08/18 21:49

Are you buying to drive or for investment or both? +1 for purchasing a decent chassis as priority. £3.5k may not get you a decent rev3+ tubby anymore. A turbo conversion if you can't do it yourself could become quite costly. Andy
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Re: Mk2 N/A or Turbo

Post by MR2DI4 » 12/08/18 22:39

The best idea is to test drive both.

I would suggest however if your used to cars with power and are the sort of person that then seeks more power once you have got used to it, then a Turbo is the only way to go.

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Re: Mk2 N/A or Turbo

Post by Gazza_DJ » 13/08/18 8:56

angpozzuto wrote:
12/08/18 15:56
I've found that I always seem to want a bit more power as it starts to feel a bit normal. My car currently has a supercharged v6 engine fitted and I'm still thinking about ways to get more power out of it.

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Re: Mk2 N/A or Turbo

Post by d-peg » 13/08/18 9:13

In all honesty, you're best plan will be to find a VERY CLEAN car to start with - whether it be Turbo or N/A. Turbo conversions are not that challenging and with a lot of MR2's becoming subject to tin-worm, if you buy an N/A - a turbo with a ratty shell will not be too far away.

As you say, Turbo's (and N/A's to a lesser extent) are now appreciating in value. so finding a great tubby for £3.5k may be challenging.

The handling of either car is much the same, just with the extra turbo power. A tintop chassis is much stiffer than a t-bar - that I will say. :th:
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Re: Mk2 N/A or Turbo

Post by angpozzuto » 13/08/18 12:59

Gazza_DJ wrote:
13/08/18 8:56
angpozzuto wrote:
12/08/18 15:56
I've found that I always seem to want a bit more power as it starts to feel a bit normal. My car currently has a supercharged v6 engine fitted and I'm still thinking about ways to get more power out of it.

Also welcome to the club
Haltech/Link and a smaller pulley when? :clapping:
I've already got the smaller pulley, bigger injectors and piggyback ecu :D
The next step would be a rotrex charger, better cooling and standalone ecu aka a lot of money

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