Since the disappointment of the 9G Type R I've decided to keep the 8G and spend the difference on tuning it.
I've already decided on Tein with the EDFC, Stoptech and a few other things but I'm stuck with the engine.
I've been talking to TDI about a turbo conversion and it seems the best value way of getting a significant power increase however I'm torn as I can't make up my mind.
My dilemma is that it's basically going to completely change the way the car drives and that's going to change the feel of the car. I know I won't get as much power by spending the same money in NA tuning the engine but I think that might stay more truer to the type of the car?
Have any people got experience of NA tuning Vs Turbo in particular the driving, I'm not so bothered about figures if that makes sense
If you're happy with every other aspect of your FN2 and still enjoy driving it, then a tdi north turbo conversion is a compromise IMO... I mean it's still far cheaper than buying a brand new one! It's kind of the decision I made, except i've bought a supercharger kit for mine.
I'm not sure how fast you were considering with an NA setup... 260-270bhp is not hugely expensive but if you want K24/300BHP then I believe it's much much more and into turbo territory as far as the price is concerned. Whilst 270bhp would be fun, personally I feel it would be too slow once i'm used to it.
Rotrex supercharging can get up to 400bhp with virtually the same power delivery as NA, so if that's truly what you want to maintain then that may be perfect for you. I have an aftercooled CT charger which, whilst somewhat linear power, it offers a lot more low down and mid range power/torque which is what I wanted personally. And there's the charger whine which was a big factor for me.
If you did go with the tdi north turbo kit, obviously the power delivery would be completely different, but in a good way. I cannot speak from experience but I really believe you'd be more than pleased with it, as it would be ridiculously fast and with boost by gear, very good drivability. If you sell up in a few years then you can expect to get 2-3 grand for the turbo kit second hand.
As you said, few cars can offer the same exicitement and value for money as an 8G type R so I can totally see where you're coming from