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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Neuspeed Effect (Audi A4 2.0T FSI ECU Upgrade)

It’s been a week since I had Neuspeed install the ECU and engine management software upgrade for my B7 2006 Audi A4 2.0T FSI. After an extremely pleasant experience at the Neuspeed facility in Camarillo, CA – my “chipped”, “tuned”, or “modified” Audi A4 2.0T has been quite an experience.

The changes in the performance of the car were immediately apparent taking the car out of the Neuspeed parking lot. Depending on what you read and your vehicle, the engine management program (ECU upgrade) gives you somewhere between a 30-45 horsepower increase at peak RPMs, and as much as 50-60 horsepower at lower RPMs. I cannot confirm or deny those numbers, but I can tell you it is significant.

The greatest noticeable difference in the car is at the lower RPM range. Previously, with the stock program – the car needed to see 4500+ RPMs for the power band and the turbo to kick in. Now, the power starts around 2,000 RPMs and grows through-out the entire band until you near red-line. The car actually gives you the sensation of pushing you back in your seat a little under heavy acceleration – it never had that before.

Along with the extra power come a couple of additional notes I wanted to make. One, I need to learn to shift better. Within the first two days of having the ECU upgrade, I had already mis-shifted twice – missing 3rd gear once and the other time throwing the car into first. Luckily, not significant problems with that. Then, the other “problem” is that traction control has kicked on a few more times than I would prefer changing gears.

However, all-in-all the car is a lot more fun, and as Neuspeed mentioned – it is the way the car should have come! Thanks Neuspeed for putting together a great product.

By now means is the car rocket-ship or even 335i coupe quick at this point, however for approximately $500, plus taxes – it is the best bang you can get for your vehicle and relatively safe. In fact, the horsepower it adds is all the Front-wheel drive (Front Trak or FWD) Audi A4 2.0T can take. More on that in an upcoming article.