su·per·charg·er | \ˈsü-pər-ˌchär-jər \

Definition of supercharger 

: a device (such as a blower or compressor) for pressurizing the cabin of an airplane or for increasing the volume air charge of an internal combustion engine over that which would normally be drawn in through the pumping action of the pistons

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In its most docile form, the tidy engine makes 260 horsepower, but when fitted with a turbocharger, a supercharger and a pair of electric motors, Volvo increases the output to 400 horsepower. Kyle Stock,, "Replacement for displacement has arrived in small engines making a whole lotta horsepower," 19 June 2018 Others, like the four-outlet exhaust, supercharger badging, and front-end styling changes, are cosmetic. Al Haas,, "2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk: A supercharged pleasure to drive," 28 Apr. 2018 Jaguar owners also won’t have access to Tesla’s supercharger network that simplifies all-electric cross-country travel. Robert Duffer,, "Jaguar I-Pace undercuts and outperforms Tesla Model X," 7 Mar. 2018 Bloomberg News reporter Dana Hull in San Francisco on Tesla’s supercharger network in Boston and other cities., "The Bloomberg Baystate Business Hour: Tesla and College," 12 Sep. 2017 That’s a lot faster than the outlet in your garage, but slower than a Tesla roadside supercharger, which tops out at 120 kW. Keeping the current lower limits how hot the batteries get. Jack Stewart, WIRED, "VW's Electrifying Bid to Dominate a Mountain Race," 22 June 2018 Any Tesla owner can repower using the supercharger network, according to a company spokesman. Carrie Blackmore Smith,, "New Tesla supercharger station is taking shape on Greater Cincinnati's West Side," 8 Mar. 2018 Maybe Mazda will employ a small supercharger like that fitted to the Skyactiv-X engine, or a similarly compact turbocharger, although neither is mentioned in the NHTSA filing. Alexander Stoklosa, Car and Driver, "2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata Could See 26-HP Bump to 181 Ponies," 1 Mar. 2018 Some of them are practical, like substituting cold air intakes for the fog lamps to increase the supercharger’s oxygen ration. Al Haas,, "2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk: A supercharged pleasure to drive," 28 Apr. 2018

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1917, in the meaning defined above

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