Why do turbo Mazda models have two horsepower numbers?
More and more Mazda models are getting turbocharged engines, but some car shoppers may have noticed these turbo engines are unique in the Mazda lineup as they come with two horsepower ratings. Why do turbo Mazda models have two horsepower numbers? We have answers.
Do you have to run premium gas in your turbo Mazda?
What type of gas does a turbo Mazda require? In actuality, it can run just fine on either regular or premium gas. This is definitely not the case with all engines, as most engines are optimized for one or the other. Interestingly, this ability to run either type of fuel is actually the key to the two horsepower ratings on turbocharged Mazda engines.
How to get max horsepower out of a turbocharged Mazda
At this point, you may have guessed it already. The secret to getting all the horsepower out of your turbocharged Mazda engine is to put in premium 97-octane gas. We’ll talk more about how much power in a moment.
What Mazda models currently have a turbocharger?
As of this writing, there are three Mazda models that have a turbocharged engine. A turbo is available in the 2019 Mazda6 and the 2019 Mazda CX-5. A turbocharged engine also comes standard in the 2019 Mazda CX-9.
Regardless of which turbocharged model you get, you will actually be getting the same turbocharged engine. Specifically, you will have a 2.5-liter powerplant with a dynamic pressure turbo. This engine initially debuted in the Mazda CX-9 back in 2016 and it has filtered down into more Mazda models over the years.
How much more power does premium gas give your turbo Mazda?
With regular gas, the 2.5-liter turbocharged Mazda engine currently produces 227 horsepower which is respectable in its own right. If you treat your Mazda to premium gas, then that power number goes up to 250 horsepower. In all, it’s approximately a 10% increase.
Regardless of which fuel you run in your turbocharged Mazda, you get to enjoy the snappy feeling of 310 pound-feet of torque. In other words, turbo spells fun with either premium or regular gas, but it will be a little more fun on premium.