3 Ways to Bring Out the Real Power of Your BMW 318ti
Your BMW 318ti may not be the kind of BMW that most consumers would want to have. Its power, performance, style, and luxury were already left behind what the rest of the manufacturer's lineup offer. Nevertheless, you can do your best to keep everything about it as impressive as how it was years earlier. And if you don't want your car to be undermined by the newer models, you can always make improvements from its most vital powerhouse down to the smallest details of your car's least significant accessories. Here are three ways how:
- Kick-up a notch with more powerful engine.
If you don't have the money for a larger and more expensive engine, installing a supercharger is the most effective way to achieve the power boost that you've always wanted. By sucking more air to supply the combustion chamber with, it permits the engine to mix in more fuel for burning, resulting in a boost in power. A supercharger can generate between 30 to 50 percent horsepower that the engine originally produces, depending on the kind of supercharger you equip your car with.
The full potential of your supercharger is not yet revealed after simply installing it under the hood. Upgraded exhaust system or an added intercooler will unlock the supercharger's utmost potential in bringing out the real blast. You're thinking that such a boost is too costly, right? True. But it is one of the best ways to tradeoff money for power. Plus, your car also gets an increased torque to add more excitement on the road.
- Match the engine's power with performance wheels.
Why do you think race car drivers prefer driving with shorter wheels over the factory-installed ones? The reason lies behind the science that shorter wheels require lesser power to spin fast as compared to bigger ones, which are laid a little aback due to their height and weight. The result is improved car speed. Now, if partnered with a supercharger or a turbocharger, expect them to deliver better performance as they will be running with a higher amount of power.
Will your BMW 318ti have stability problem with the altered wheels size and extra power boost? Should you be worried? No. When shorter wheels are installed, the vehicle's body is lowered nearer to the ground, thus decreasing the ground clearance that directly affects stability. For this very reason, the probability to roll-over is also decreased while speeding even on curves and turns.
- Get better performance with improved aerodynamics.
Drag is the force that resists the movement of the automobile through the air. It increases force in about a square of the speed of the vehicle. But with a more streamlined body or by altering its shape, air resistance or air drag is significantly reduced. You cannot, however, change the shape of your BMW 318ti just like that. What you can do to improve aerodynamics is by adding accessories that can reduce drag, such as spoiler and window air deflectors, or better yet install a body kit.