Superchips Gives Polo GTI Golf-Rivalling Power
Superchips have announced a performance boosting ECU remap for the latest Volkswagen Polo GTI.
As I discovered recently the supercharged and turbocharged 1.4-litre Polo GTI isn’t exactly lacking in the performance department. In standard trim it has 178bhp and can hit 60mph from a standstill in under seven seconds, but that’s not enough for the tuners at Superchips. After some careful work on the Polo’s ECU they have managed to extract another 27bhp from the tiny engine.
The remap picks up the extra power from just 2500 rpm, with the full power increase available at 5,885 rpm. Maximum torque is also increased from 2,400 rpm upwards, with a gain of 35lb/ft appearing at 4,315 rpm, giving the Polo a total of 194lb/ft.
With a lively 205bhp the Polo GTI now stands a good chance of outshining its bigger, heavier and more expensive cousin, the Golf GTI. The Superchips upgrade costs £455 in total and is covered by a full guarantee and a 12 month/30,000 mile supplementary warranty.
Evo magazine recently drove the chipped Polo and found that it ‘gives the GTI a bit more fun and fizz’ but unfortunately reveals the limitations of the Polo’s standard chassis. Not to worry though, as they also said that could be easily sorted out with a few chassis tweaks and a set of stickier tyres.