There’s nothing wrong with a naturally aspirated mill but the notion of being able to slap on a turbo and charge the hell out of the intake air always gets the devil inside you smirking and even though we’re fans of naturally aspirated mills, the use of a light turbo here makes it justifiable to us.
To further prove this point, we gave the friendly guys over at Speedworks a call and they were more than happy to let us have some seat time in their newly completed Satria Neo that had their turbo kit fitted and was boosting lightly.
First things first though, the Speedworks intercooled turbo kit is a complete deal, meaning you get everything and more that is necessary for fitting. The turbocharger is an AXT unit with the rest of the pieces comprising the intercooler, AXT blow-off valve, actuator, Hot Bits extractor and all the required piping.
It is truly one of the few plug-and-play turbo kits for the Campro mill on the market today and believe us, the level of attention to detail and fitment borders OEM standards, making the engine bay look clean and tidy.
ECU and mapping are handled courtesy of an SS Turbo USA ECU and four larger 550cc fuel injectors to squirt in all the extra juice needed to be mixed with the intake air sucked in through the K&N air injection kit.
Out back, the spent gases are channeled out via the Hot Bits extractor and through the custom exhaust system that lets out a deep growl right from idle.
The car we tested came with all the recommended add-ons from Speedworks to make the lucky Satria Neo a complete all-rounder, this included the Hot Bits coilovers with external canisters to suit the additional power of the car as well as larger AXT cross drilled and slotted rotors up front for increased stopping power.
Speedworks kept the boost levels conservative at just 07.-bars and the low-end response has benefitted tremendously from this. Right from idle, the car is very responsive and eager to go. Prod the throttle ever so slightly and it’s apparent that pick-up won’t be an issue.
The powerband is very generous and climbs steadily all the way to 6,000rpm while the torque curve is almost flat all the way at its peak from 3,5000rpm to 5,500rpm, giving the driver a wide range to play with on the road.
Pity the transmission was a slushbox though as it started to taper off around the 5,500rpm mark but the positive thing is that you’ve already got access to 90 per cent of the performance by then anyways so it isn’t that much of a bother.
After proper tuning on the dyno, this car managed to lay down peak power figures of 156.5hp@6,233rpm with some monstrous torque of 211.6Nm@4,207rpm. That translates to an increase of 63hp and 98Nm of torque over the stock Neo, hardly numbers to be jeered at and the on-road performance certainly shows its pace.
Coupled with the Hot Bits coilovers that were specifically tuned to meet the demands of a turbocharged Satria Neo, the turbokit could really let loose and strut its stuff. Braking was more than adequate as well with the oversized AXT rotors.
Our time behind the wheel of the Speedworks turbocharged Satria Neo was quite the eye-opener and is a good demo on the virtues of going with a light turbo to really bring the Campro mill to life.
For more information, contact Speedworks at 03-7955 5533 or drop by their garage at Lot 2, Lorong 51A/227B, 46100, Petaling Jaya, Selangor. Their available online at www.speedworks.com.my.
|Performance Parts fitted|
|K&N Standard Element|
|Hot Bits Extractor & Exhaust System|
|Hot Bits Extractor & Exhaust System + K&N Standard Element|
|Hot Bits Extractor & Exhaust System + K&N Injection Kit|
|Standard Car (Against Turbo)|
|SPEEDWORKS Turbo Kit|