Welcome to Craigslist Crapshoot, our weekly search for the most bizarre, awesome, and/or terrible vehicles that the online classifieds has to offer.
When did you learn your multiplication tables? Did you think back then, in between sips of your juice box and efforts to order your animal crackers by genus, that you would ever need to use that skill you were developing? Well, it turns out that multiplication is important. In fact it’s super important when you need to determine just how much added power a turbo can provide an engine. Add to that multiplicative factor the need to do so multiple times and you have what we were looking for last week: cars equipped with multiple turbos. We’ll see which one most adds up in just a sec. First however, this week’s quest.
Turbos are good, but sometimes there’s just no substitute for cubic inches. That’s why this week we’re on the hunt for the largest displacement engines money can buy. The only stipulation is that we’re only looking for consumer cars and trucks, not commercial vehicles.
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So, I was pretty surprised that the call for multiple turbos resulted in responses that didn’t include even a single Audi. That’s got to be some sort of record. What we did get were a lot of surprising multiple turbo-havers. Those included a cool Mitsushi Legnum VR4 found by oldcarjunkie and a year-old Ford Expedition rocking an Ecoboost twin-snail V6 found by ptschett. That latter was noteworthy for being offered up by a place called “repairablevehicles.com” Who knew such a thing existed?
We all do now, and also we know that the Volvo S80 T6 offered two turbos, but as pointed out by Alff, you wouldn’t know it by looking at it. Our winner last week took the crown for sheer audacity. Found by Wayne Moyer, this 2014 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe has been imbued with a pair of honkin’ big turbos and turned into a drag strip contender. The ad claims mid 9-second runs at nearly 150 miles per hour. That’s the kind of repositioning the Cadillac brand needs if you ask me.
Congrats to Wayne, and thank you all for playing. Now, let’s go big or go home.