Anyone that’s tried to squeeze every horsepower they can out of a stock Audi or Volkswagen turbo knows that they run out of breath way too soon. For years the “k04” was our go to option. Reliable zero-lag power from a factory turbo, plug-n-play, little to no customization needed; But roughly the same cost, if not more, of a big turbo setup (Let’s not forget trying to find the right tuner). Not anymore. There is a solution: daily drivable, reliable power without the lag. What’s not to love?
Meet your new best friend.. the hybrid turbo. Whether you start with your stock turbo, or an upgraded stock,(commonly referred to as K04) it’s possible to get more flow from the turbine (hot) side and the compressor (cold) side of the turbo. But how do I do that? With a little machine work, and careful selection, it’s possible to stuff bigger internals into your small frame turbo. This isn’t something new though, it’s just more recently caught on in the performance world as turbo technology and tuning has advanced a lot since the famous turbo cars of last century.