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Even more power for already monstrously powerful

April 2004

It was the headline figure that did it. Yes, we in more understandable lb ft when we of torque this side of the Channel, but the enormity of the number make the imagination all the keener. 145Nm and we’d be at that 1000, the province of mad V12 Mercs upon by power-crazed German

OK, 855Nm is 631lb ft. It is a key statistic of Volkswagen Touareg’s 4.9-litre V10 electronically enhanced not by a mad German but by Superchips of Buckingham. Another worthy of note is maximum of 356bhp. These numbers with Volkswagen’s claims of and 553lb ft for the standard article, these claims are to be met with Superchips’ guinea-pig Touareg 330bhp on the rolling road even if the torque was closer to the at 551lb ft.

Details, details.

But the peak levels are not where the greatest lie. If instead we look at the and torque curves before and we find that the greatest increase is 47bhp at 2851rpm, is also the point at which shows its greatest boost (an 86lb ft). The torque has also moved up the rev range, it nearer 3000rpm than but both power and torque stay as standard up to 2000rpm.

It be quick, then. I remember an Audi TT V6 on the launch near and coming up behind a Monaco-registered V10 on an uphill stretch of autoroute. The driver put his foot down and off into the distance, and even our TT couldn’t match that thrust. From a standstill to takes the standard V10 7.6sec, but the lungeability is the important part and the car has yet more.

Will its driveshafts hold

I’m heading towards on a ‘bits-of-everything’ route I know I have just left an TT for dead, thus re-booting the Touareg world-domination programme. Now the ideal time to see what in a full-bore standing start the ESP off.

This, remember, is a behemoth with full-time drive.

Brake and accelerator to the floor, release brake, the passing of seconds as the speedo arcs. It’s not very I know, but it will give an Under seven seconds to be the answer, in a giant lunge of scrabble and tugs of torque-steer.

One of the results of the Superchips computer-hack is the of lower-gear torque limits, and it to have worked. Boost maps are redrawn, too.

provided you are not a tyre tread or a it’s all quite undramatic. You are thrust along as in a lightly-laden at take-off. The drama comes from the way the engine expends its in the newly-enhanced 2500-4000rpm zone red line is at 4200rpm).

You have to the six-speed Tiptronic auto to mode to get the best of the new firepower, In its waft-along setting it changes up too to liberate the new seams of energy, a bit a Honda engine never to the VTEC timing shift. But still little point in the manual Tiptronic over-ride there’s all that torque to do the for you.

The conversion works, then, rates of velocity change make the notion of diesel even harder to reconcile what we are feeling and hearing. the only diesel clue we apart from the low-revving, nature, is the rapid ticking of combustion: not a diesel cackle, it’s more like the and closing of injectors. And the best bit is the ΂£511.13 including fitting and

Extra output per pound no cheaper than this.

Is a downside? Fuel thirst is to be worse and both exhaust and catalyst life suffer The greater speed and intensity of uncovers a clumsiness in the hefty handling which is not normally too; this car demands a lot of space.

And then there’s the of telling your insurance but Superchips has done a favourable with specialist broker to soften the blow.

Incidentally, a tour around Superchips’ revealed that the days of ECU chips are largely gone. it’s more a question of in new data via the engine diagnostic Which means Superchips has to what’s in there in the first ‘It can take 12 months to a car’s computer,’ says MD Ian Sandford. ‘The dyno and modifications are the easy bit at the end.’


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