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Volkswagen Passat Turbochargers and Parts

Give your Volkswagen Passat a power boost with a supercharger. Forced induction devices give your Volkswagen sedan up to an additional 150 horsepower while maximizing fuel efficiency. If you need forced induction equipment like twin-turbos, superchargers, or twinchargers, the right power combination awaits.

What is a Volkswagen Passat turbocharger?

These devices are examples of forced induction vehicle motor systems. Forced induction may sound like a complicated engineering term, but it simply refers to an easy way to boost the power of your Passat's motor without sacrificing gas mileage.

Forced induction systems deliver air to your Volkswagen powertrain at a pressure greater than atmospheric pressure. This process is so effective that a minor pressure boost of 8 pounds-per-square-inch (PSI) often results in gains of up to 150 horsepower.

The turbo members of the forced induction family get their operating power from the hot engine exhaust gasses. The exhaust stream spins turbines, which then rotate impeller-driven shafts. These shafts deliver air to intercoolers, which route it into the cylinders at high pressures.

What is a supercharger on a VW?

Superchargers are the other forced induction sibling. These devices get their operating power from belts connected by pulleys to the motor. When you hit the gas and the revolutions per minute (RPM) rate goes up, the supercharger sends pressurized air into the piston chambers, boosting power in the process. This belt-driven design provides quick feedback, and it results in immediate increases in power output.

How do twinchargers work?

When used on their own, turbo boosters and superchargers produce some inefficiencies. They rely on exhaust gases for power, and they often experience a lag between gas pedal engagement and acceleration. Due to their direct connection to motors, Superchargers do not experience such lag. They do, however, take some power from the Volkswagen vehicle's engine itself.

Twinchargers solve both issues by using both types of forced induction boosters in the same motor. You get immediate, low-end power from the supercharger, while the turbo booster kicks in at higher speeds.

How can parallel twin-turbo motors help your Volkswagen Passat?

Twin-turbo motors do just what their names suggest: they pack two distinct turbo boosters into the same Volkswagen Passat motor. This configuration often results in shorter lag times and even greater air-pressure.

What should you know about electric turbo boosters?

These devices combine electric motors with traditional turbo boosters. The electrical motor runs the unit at low RPM’s while the main exhaust-driven unit kicks in at higher motor speeds.

Do you need MLS head gaskets?

Sometimes you do. Forced induction systems result in higher internal motor pressures. These unusual pressers often prove to be too intense for regular head gaskets, and this is where multi-layer steel (MLS) gaskets come into play on your model VW. These components include up to five layers of steel and synthetic rubber in their construction, factors that increase their pressure-resisting abilities. Thus, if your Passat's motor includes older head gaskets, you may want to replace these with MLS systems before installing forced-induction devices.