WRX turbo is plain as day when it's fully engaged, it's also obvious when the boost starts to start.The turbo is powered by exhaust. Press gas pedal, exhaust is generated, turbo starts to spin, more air and fuel is pushed into the engine, power increases. This starts to happen right off idle and you can feel it when starting from a stop. Press the pedal and a second or two later you feel the turbo kick in. Once under way, the turbo is spinning and the ECU controls the throttle plates, fuel, and turbo waste gate to provide smooth power response. I haven't heard turbo chargers in any of the modern turbo cars I've driven.
Oh, you are going to feel it in your wallet, mostly!!This is my first car with a turbo (or cvt even).
Is there an RPM range where the turbo kicks in and can you feel it?
While we have a bigger turbo, ours is mounted in front of and below the engine, so, the sound is muffled.WRX turbo is plain as day when it's fully engaged, it's also obvious when the boost starts to start.
I think for this particular vehicle, this was Subaru's goal. The Ascent isn't a WRX, it's a vehicle that appeals to a mostly different demographic. The turbo in my old Nissan 240sx with the JDM SR20DET was quite a bit more raucous as well, and required higher octane fuel, and got that little RWD beast runnin like a scalded cat These days I'm lookin for something a bit more sedate, but still with enough get up and go when I need it. The Ascent has so far fit the bill, and for such a big beast gets decent MPGs.And I'd argue if you can hear it. It doesn't sound like any turbo I have ever heard. I wouldn't have even known it had one unless I looked at the specs.
...and from your wallet.The surest sign that the turbo has kicked in fully is that sucking sound you hear through the fuel line from the gas tank... . You know, kinda like that sound a straw makes when you get to the bottom of the milkshake...
For a heavier vehicle like the Ascent that might not work very well, unfortunately, given the smaller displacement engine. Even for a very light foot driver like me, I suspect I'd seriously notice the need for folks to push the back of the vehicle to get it moving.Turbos need a switch like traction control. I'd turn it off most of the time....lol