Bought a 2014 V6. Been there, done that.
If you plan on keeping the car forever/till the wheels fall off, a supercharger can be a good way to get V8 performance for less money than buying a V8.
- Provided you do the work, get a deal on the parts, and are handy with tools. $5-6K if you go this route. Closer to $7-8K for a typical first-timer having to use someone else's shop.
I'd keep the V6. Here's what to do to it:
- 3.73 gears if it doesn't already have it. 4.10s are actually past optimal for the V6 - 3.73 are where it's at if you have manual.
- Shifter bracket kit.
- One piece driveshaft.
note - this will increase the car's 0-60 to the almost same as the previous generation V8. Top speed if you disable the limiter will now be a bit over 150mph. (3.73 gears top out at about 150) Faster you don't need.
- Add fog lights if it doesn't have it.
- Add whatever aesthetic upgrades you want. Side louvers and a spoiler are a good low-cost start.
Total would be around $2K. The car will be noticeably faster and drive better as well.
Note - if it's about people giving you "it's not a V8" grief, I'd just ignore it. I got 34mpg going from Los Angeles to Vegas this last weekend and flew up the 4000ft mountain passes. 5th gear, 5% grade, 70mph. A/C on and cruise control. Car didn't budge from the set speed. No worries about overheating, either. Just ate up the miles.
And I got plenty of double-takes from people in hybrids and mini-vans.
The V6 is perfectly fine after you fix the gears and shifter. More car than most people can handle at that.