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Location: Yukon, OK
Vehicle: '07 SLK 280; '04 C 320, '01 Honda S 2000, '98 Ford Ranger truck.
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Well, turbos have been around for a long time, and they do offer the advantage of giving power when wanted and economy when not. Imagine, for example, the current MB 3.0 liter V6 engine (rated conservatively at 228 hp) with twin turbos and producing a max of 320 hp or so -- with little increase in weight. The same technology might get around 400 hp out of the current 3.5 liter engine.
And all this would give you the option of "granny driving" your car and getting the same mpg as the current SLK 280 and 350. There is no downside here.