If you’re the owner of a 2009 or later Volkswagen Golf with the 1.6-litre TDI engine, how does the promise of GTI-rivalling power sound? That’s what Superchips are offering with what they claim could be their best remap yet.
Admittedly the GTI they’re talking about is the Mk4 Golf with the 148bhp 1.8-litre turbo, but what you have to consider is that the 1.6 TDI only starts off with 103bhp. Well, officially it has 103bhp, but Superchips were surprised to find that it recorded 108bhp on their rolling road. On top of that they have somehow managed to squeeze an extra 41bhp from the unit for a total output of 148bhp, a huge 40% increase over standard.
The maximum power gain is delivered at 4,070 rpm but the remap delivers improvements from as low as 2,000rpm. Torque rises by 70Nm at 2,356rpm for a total of 3-7Nm. Even the Mk6 GTI only has 280Nm of torque. On top of that, Superchips reckon you could see a 7% economy improvement if you drive the chipped Golf in the same way as you normally would.
The ECU remap will work on both 5-speed manual and 7-speed DSG versions of the 1.6 TDi Golf, including the Bluemotion model, and can be fitted at one of Superchips approved performance centres for £455.00. The work is covered by a full Guarantee and an a 12 month / 30,000 mile supplementary warranty.