How do I make a 4-cylinder faster?

I have a car with a 4-cylinder engine under the hood. While it’s not super slow, it’s a bit sluggish off the line. What are some things I can do to make a 4-cylinder a bit faster?

Eric Schad · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
The speed of a 4-cylinder comes down to many different factors—some of which you can easily change and others that are a bit more difficult or almost impossible to change.
Still, you should be able to make a 4-cylinder faster by following a few of these tips and suggestions:
  • Lighten the weight of your car by switching to lighter wheels and tires, removing non-essential components such as AC, or taking out the spare tire and car jack.
  • Get a tuneup—especially if your car hasn’t had one within the past 50,000 miles.
  • Add a turbocharger or supercharger to the engine.
  • Add a cold-air intake.
  • Tune the engine with a chip in the OBD (on-board diagnostic) port.
Since you’re modifying your car, you should also contact your
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company to report the change. A policy won’t necessarily cover car modifications unless they’re reported.
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