Originally Posted by DSMer
Easy? I don't know about you, but anything that cost in excess of $4K for a 60HP increase is'nt exaclty easy. Well not in my eyes that, you may have deep pockets. Tuning Audi's is'nt a bolt on process, its a science that must be carefully performed. These cars cost arround $40K-$50K brand new. They have very delicate ECU's, and come from the factory tuned to Audi-like perfection. Theres room for improvement, but it comes at a great cost.
Delicate ECUs? What the hell are you talking about? There's not a single 'fact' in this reply.
VW shoved this engine in everything from Skodas to Audis: it's not a unique engine to Audi by any means. And many European turbocharged engines respond well to remaps: you may then be outside the emissions regulations, but that's why a lot of them are switchable (just stick the old map on for your MOT test, or equivalent).
There's nothing 'delicate' about software, and many of the remaps are well-proven:
- Revo can get 200 bhp out of the BMW 320d, which is about the same as a 330d in factory tune.
- Jabbasport can release 188 bhp from the VW 1.9 TDi, which has 130 bhp as a factory set-up.
- You don't want to know what they can do the JTDi engines that Fiat use...
This isn't a 'bolt-on' mod: it's just a case of altering fueling and boost. You may lose a little driveability, and produce a bit more pollution, but hey, it's still cheap performance.
Give it a try. If you don't like it, you can always go back to the standard map. Hell, Revo even produce a 'trial' map, that lasts for a few hours then reverts to standard, so you can decide whether you like it before paying for it.