European consumers have a history driving smaller displacement engines due partly to the costly taxes imposed by their governments and the price of fuel across the pond. So it is no surprise that Volkswagen’s 1.4 Liter power plant has been quite a sales success in that market. However there is the problem of less than stellar performance from the TSI four banger as it comes from the factory. That is where the aftermarket comes in to play.
The English tuning house APS Sportec has just come out with a power package for the 1.4 Liter TSI Volkswagen Golf GT that brings output up from 160 HP and 177 lb-ft of torque all the way up to 200 HP and 211 lb-ft of torque with only a stage 1 ECU upgrade. The added power allows the Golf to go from 0 to 60 MPH in just 6.8 seconds, this is quite impressive considering the stock vehicle does the sprint in a much more lackadaisical 8.2 seconds.
One of the best parts of the upgrade is the price. For only £550.00 APS will not only sell you the reprogrammed computer, but also install it and road test the car to make sure that everything is working, as it should. So if you are looking to get some more oomph out of you Golf without breaking the bank, give the boys at APS Sportec a ring and let them turn your TSI powered VW into a truly hot hatch in only a few hours time.
Press release after the jump.
Automotive Performance Services (APS) Ltd, UK importer for the Swiss based Sportec range of vehicle performance enhancements, is pleased to announce the launch of a new Stage 1 ECU upgrade package for the latest version of the 1.4 – liter TSI MkVI Volkswagen Golf GT.
In standard form the turbo / supercharged 1.4 – liter TSI Volkswagen Golf MkVI GT produces a respectable 160bhp and 177lb.ft of torque, enough to merit ‘warm hatch’ status, but not to really excite.
Sportec’s careful recalibration of the fuel, ignition timing and boost pressure settings via an extensively proven ECU remap sees power output leap to 200bhp at 5000rpm and 211lb.ft of torque at 1800rpm, delivering marked performance improvements which greatly increase the driver enjoyment of the smaller engined Volkswagen Golf.
For example, the TSI’s 0-100 kmh (0-62mph) acceleration time is reduced from 8.2 to 6,8 seconds, while the 0-180 kmh (111mph) time arrives 3.2 seconds earlier.
By comparison the new range topping MkVI Volkswagen Golf GTi produces 207bhp and 207lb.ft, which highlights the effectiveness of Sportec’s work, as this cost effective upgrade transforms the performance of the turbo / supercharged 1.4 –liter TSI variant into a true small engined ‘hot hatch.’ Emissions compliance is retained, as is the 1.4-litre TSI’s excellent fuel consumption, which increases slightly from 44.8mpg to 42mpg, although the conversion does require the use of higher octane Super Unleaded fuel.
Suitable for both six speed manual and seven speed DSG versions of the MKVI TSI GT, the Sportec Stage One conversion is available now from UK Sportec importer APS, priced at £550.00 including installation, road testing and VAT @ 15%.
A full range of Sportec Volkswagen Golf MKVI performance and styling enhancements, including exhausts, suspension and braking components, is now available and is showcased on Sportec’s SC200 1.4 TSI demonstrator car.