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Long established vehicle remapping specialist Superchips Ltd has unveiled a new, warrantied performance ECU upgrade for the MkVI Golf GTi featuring the 2.0-litre, 16-valve, turbocharged TSI powerplant.
A number of performance compromises within the Golf GTi’s MED17 ECU was found after a thorough analysis of the engine management parameters by Superchip’s in-house technicians.
The efforts enabled the Buckingham based electronics experts to create a new, optimised calibration for the GTi’s engine management system, which was validated using the firm’s in house chassis dynomometer and extensive road testing.
It has resulted in an ECU map that is expected to improve the Golf’s response and provide a sharper, more rewarding and enjoyable drive., Superchip believes its work increases the MkVI Golf GTI’s power by 25bhp at peak, while torque jumps 47lb.ft.
The Superchip’s Bluefin upgrade allows for a rev pick-up of 44bhp at 4737rpm and 53lb.ft @ 4450rpm, facilitating flexibility and response of the converted Golf GTi MKVI.
Volkswagen quotes 210PS (208bhp) and 206lb.ft for the standard MkVI Golf GTi (although dyno runs have proven that this is a conservative claim,) meaning that in practice a Superchip’s upgraded car will boast no less than 233bhp and 253lb.ft.
For comparison, the new £28,930 Golf R boasts 267bhp and 258lb.ft, meaning the Superchip’s MKVI Golf GTi comes close to matching the ‘R’ in terms of torque output.
Crucially the MKVI Golf GTi weighs in at 1271kilos, whereas the Golf R is reported to weigh 1475 kilos, equating to a power to weight ratio of 183bhp per ton for the Superchip’s upgraded car, versus 181bhp per ton for the ‘R.’
On the road this will enable the £23,015 MkVI Golf GTi to worry the four wheel drive Golf R for £435.00 including VAT and what’s more, Superchip’s Volkswagen Bluefin remap is designed to deliver this performance using regular 95 octane petrol.
The new Superchips Golf MK VI GTi ECU remap is available in two formats for customers. Firstly, they have the option of visiting one of approximately 100 Superchips dealerships in the UK who will install the upgrade.
Secondly, they can purchase the product and self upload it in minutes using the innovative, market leading Bluefin handset. No technical skills are required as customers simply plug in the Bluefin handset to the Golf GTi’s ECU OBDII diagnostics port, follow the on screen instructions and in a few minutes the Superchips program upload is complete.
As part of this process the original factory Golf GTi ECU map is stored on the Bluefin handset for future use and converting the car back to standard is a swift and simple ‘plug ‘n’ go’ task.
Superchip’s conversion comes with a full Customer Service Guarantee and an industry leading warranty.
Suitable for both manual and DSG gearbox equipped variants of the MKVI Golf GTi, the Bluefin ECU remap is available now directly from Superchips and its UK dealer network, priced at £435.00 including VAT.
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