Top Six Cars to Remap
Posted 03/10/21 by Joe Mckay
For those of you who have never heard of a remap, it’s a way of reprogramming your car’s computer in order to increase the performance. In particular your vehicle torque and brake horsepower. Also, depending on how you drive it can improve your car’s fuel efficiency meaning you could actually save money in the long run. Finally if you plan on towing a heavy load such as a caravan the added torque and power can make your life easier.
Although remapping is a great way to boost your car’s performance, it is highly recommended the remap is carried out by a qualified specialist to avoid the risk of engine damage. The procedure usually only takes about half an hour and, if done properly, you should get a noticeable improvement in your vehicle’s performance almost straight away.
The reason remaps are possible is because manufacturers often limit a vehicle’s performance in order to meet product planning objectives or economy and efficiency targets.
Are there any disadvantages to remapping?
Yes, in a word but they are out-weighed by the gains. Here are some of the disadvantages of a remap.
Only turbo-charged engines will fully benefit from a simple engine remapping. If your car is a non-turbo petrol, you might not notice much of a change in BHP from a remapping.
More BHP also means more stress on your engine. Be ready to have your car serviced regularly, as some parts of the vehicle, such as the clutch, may suffer a higher level wear from day to day use.
With more horsepower you may find yourself getting speeding tickets.
Remapping your car may affect your insurance. Some insurance providers charge a premium on cover for remapped vehicles.
In order to carry out a remap to improve your car’s performance, it is simply a factor of a skilled technician plugging into your vehicle computer system via the Onboard Diagnostics Port (or OBD for short) who then reprograms the Engine Control Unit to remove any manufacturer limitations with the help of a laptop and some specialist software. Now that we have covered the basics of what a remap is it’s time to see which cars can benefit most from a remap.
VAUXHALL CORSA – 1.4T PETROL (2018-PRESENT* *2019)
The new Vauxhall Corsa can be retuned with an extra 30 BHP and 50 newton meters of torque so if you want to get some gains from your Vauxhall then a remap is definitely an option. Corsa are often overlooked but these compact cars pack a serious punch.
BMW 116D — (F‑chassis) 2.0 litre diesel
This diesel engined BMW is well worth remapping, it will increase fuel efficiency and performance. A remap on this vehicle can gain an extra 34 BHP and another 60nm of torque on top of the manufacturer’s standard of 150BHP and 270nm of torque leaving the vehicle with 184 horsepower and a great deal of extra torque.
The BMW 1 Series (F‑Chassis) 1.6T Petrol 2019
The 1 series is one of the top of the list of cars worth remapping, gaining up an additional 61 BHP on the 116i models. Not only does it gain a decent amount of power but additionally it’s torque is increased from 180nm to 280. So if you have a 1 series a remap is well worth the money.
Ford Fiesta Mk 8 EcoBoost
The Ford Fiesta is another that makes into the higher rankings of our list of cars that can benefit from a remap. This Model can benefit from an increase of BHP from 85 to 135 horsepower alongside a boost in torque of up to 60 newton meters.
BMW M5 F90 Petrol (2017> to present)
This BMW comes in close to the top of the list due to the massive increase in BHP that can be gained from a remap. The M5 already comes in at a staggering 600BHP but can be increased by a further 80 horsepower until it comes to nearly 680 BHP.
AUDI RS6 – 4.0 TWIN TURBO PETROL (2019 ‑PRESENT* *2020)
An Audi RS6 is definitely one to watch when it comes to tuning, you can gain up to 110 BHP which will see you flying quicker than all the above at 710BHP. The remap will also get you an additional 150nm of torque to make sure that your motor really moves.
If you want to remap any of the above vehicles or any others in fact we can give you a detailed description of what you can gain in terms of BHP and torque. Find out more about our vehicle remap services here
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