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Q: Outside of an engine rebuild, what can I do to get high-end horsepower rather than the low-end torque inherent with american cars?

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I bought my Mustang, (first car) back in June. I searched for a V6 because I am personally more interested in tuners than the muscle car scene. I soon realized that the high-rev capability present in a lot of Japanese cars is just not there with my Mustang, and I need that high-end power to get the most out of a turbocharging assembly. Do you have any suggestions as to how I could reframe my engine in that way? Thanks!!

Gavin

My car has 191000 miles.
My car has a manual transmission.

Hello.

Due to the design of the engine, there’s not much that can be done, aside from completely rebuilding the engine, to achieve high rpm power. Typically V layout engines are designed to provide low end torque and a smooth power band.

The best thing you can do to increase high rpm power is do anything you can to provide better airflow into the engine, as well as a custom tune that will provide adequate fuel and timing to get high rpm power.

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