If you own a BMW 318d, you can now increase your car’s power and torque by an astounding 35 bhp and 77 Nm. This will give you performance comparable with a 320d, which costs at least £1,000 more to buy, but at just over £500 including VAT, the conversion costs only half that amount.
This is the latest addition to Superchips’ ever-growing repertoire of car engine conversions, which already includes virtually every make and model on the market, whether diesel or petrol powered. As the world leader in engine management system tuning, Superchips is constantly finding ways to optimise engine performance, which car manufacturers deliberately limit to allow for extreme eventualities such as the car being filled with poor quality fuel or going an extremely long distance without a service.
In the case of the BMW 318d, by reprogramming the engine control unit (ECU), Superchips has boosted the car’s maximum power output from 116 bhp at 4,362 rpm to 150 bhp at 4,037 rpm. That’s an increase of 34 bhp, while at 3,919 rpm the difference is slightly greater, at 35 bhp. Peak torque is increased from 249 Nm at 2,590 rpm to 320 Nm at 2,736 rpm, an increase of 71 Nm, while the biggest difference is found at 3,237 rpm, where torque goes up by 77 Nm.
This and many other conversions can be carried out at any one of 85 Superchips dealers nationwide, or at the company’s headquarters in Buckingham. In some parts of the country, it can also be done at the customer’s home or place of work, courtesy of one of the network’s mobile units. In each case the job only takes around 45 minutes to complete. If required, Superchips can even arrange favourable insurance via its specialist broker, Firebond.
Details of Superchips’ 700-plus conversions and the location of the dealers can be found by visiting www.superchips.co.ukPublished 8 October 2004