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.
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.
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.
The TTE550 was promising enough to purchase for evaluation.
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.