TTE550 Turbochargers

Reason:

The Turbo Engineers TTE550 turbocharger is another in a series of evaluations I am engaging in to determine what is the best stock motor turbocharger for my Audi B5 S4.

Picture of TTE 550 Compressor Housing and Wheel
TTE 550 Compressor Housing & Wheel

 

Picture of TTE 550 Turbine Wheel
TTE 550 Turbine Wheel

Considerations:

The TTE550 is a K04 hybrid turbo that is advertised to have K04-like spool but better top end.  This claim aligns well with my goals.  The TTE550 is one of the most expensive turbocharger options that I have encountered in the K04-hybrid category.  TTE advertises placing a strong emphasis on reliability through the use of quality parts.  I found their customer support prior to purchase to be excellent.

Options Available:

The TTE550 is essentially similar to placing an RS6 center into a RS4 housing.

  • BW RS6 in RS4 housing – should have similar performance characteristics to the TTE550.
  • FrankenTurbo F21 – A less costly K04-hybrid that utilizes a mixed flow turbine.  Already evaluated.
  • Silly Rabbit Motorsport RS4+ – A less costly K04-hybrid that utilizes a clipped K04 turbine wheel.

Decision:

The TTE550 was promising enough to purchase for evaluation.

tte 500 turbocharger compressor housing

Satisfaction:

The TTE550 has performed well given the size of the compressor and turbine wheels.  While K04-like response has not been achieved, it has been a satisfactory performer.

Audi B5 S4