Originally Posted by DVS_06
with the money you would spend on a DEV 6 you can turbo charge you 6. You get better drivability, can run a boost controller to adjust different levels of boost, and overall you will be much happier. A 6 psi turbo kit will increase your power approx 50%. It is a little more stuffing around to setup but give a couple of people a call and make some enquiries. If you want to do it cheaper you can probably source a fair few parts yourself. A guy on performance forums was selling a T04 for $1800, that saves you about 1000 straight up. Good Luck.
You could however that has its own issues. There is no doubt a good turbo setup will give far more power than a NA setup and, dollars to KW is probably the way to go if you are after the ultimate setup but, as with everything, there are other things to consider.
Firstly, a turbo is not as easy to hide as a modified NA engine. So if asked to pop the hood you dont have to worry about the Police giving you a free (or not so free) trip to the EPA testing station.
Also, the cost of turboing a car is often very understated. It can be done cheap but, as is often the case, this brings its own problems that can often be expensive to resolve.
Finally, not everyone wants to go turbo. As in my case, the car is a daily driver and I do not want the fuel bills or the "explosive" launch a turbo setup can provide.
Agreed, turbos can be fun but they dont suit all situations.