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Difference Between Turbocharged and Supercharged
What is the difference between "turbocharged" and "supercharged" engines?
-- Paul Herrell, Ooltewah, TN
These two types of engines are very different from each other. But they serve a common purpose, which is to deliver more horsepower. But the difference lies in the way they do it. The supercharged engine is powered by the engine through a belt/pulley system. The belt rotates the impeller inside the supercharger, which pushes more air into the combustion chamber. On the other hand, a turbocharger uses the exhaust pressure to increase air to the combustion chamber. When the engine gets revved up, the exhaust pressure hits the turbocharger impeller creating a turbine-like effect. Watch our video to learn more about turbocharged engines.