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Last week I took my Mk4 R32 down to R-Tech in Hickley to have it custom mapped.

For those of you who haven't heard of R-Tech, here is there website: -

http://www.r-techpower.co.uk/

And some feedback from the uk-mkivs.net forum: -

http://uk-mkivs.net/...s/t/270216.aspx

This is the 3rd car I've had remapped by [email protected], the first being a Fabia vRS with a hybrid turbo and the second being a Bora 4motion with a 1.8T AMK conversion. It was my previous experiences that brought me back for a 3rd time with the R32.

I arrived at R-Tech around 9am and shortly after the car park started filling up. Another customer happened to be a fellow R32 owner (R8B WG) from R32OC.com who managed to grab a last minute appointment. Was great to meet you mate, was a cracking day (not weather wise!) and a good laugh.



While Niki set to work mapping Rob's R32, Ben set to work swapping out my stock air box for an R-Tech induction kit and heat shield.



Out with the old.



In with the new.





By the time the filter was fitted, Niki had finished mapping Rob's car and it was time to go for a test drive to see the difference it had made. I'll let Rob fill you in with the details on his own review








As Niki was driving us around in Rob's R32 it felt so strong and pulled right through the rev range, I couldn't wait for my turn.

On the ramp it goes for a pre inspection.



Ben and Markus doing what they do best lol [:D]



A couple of under car shots starting with the decat pipe.





After it passed the inspection it was play time!



A couple of hours later and the results were in!

Parkers Guide Figures - 237 BHP / 236lb-ft (320Nm)
Stock Map Figures - 245 BHP / 221lb-ft (300Nm)
Remapped Figures - 264 BHP / 267lb-ft (362Nm)
Gains - +19 BHP / +46lb-ft (62Nm)

Horizontal Graph



Vertical Graph



Figures



After seeing the results I couldn't wait for a test drive so off we went.

As Niki pulled out of R-Tech he planted it in 2nd. Holy s**t! It's the first time I've ever been pinned to the seat in an R32, it just kept pulling and pulling up to the limiter.

As part of the map the limiter was raised to 7,200rpm so it can now hit 60mph in 2nd gear and when you change in to 3rd it drops you right back in to the power band.

This is how they should have left the factory.

Niki also applied a partial linear throttle map in order to calm the throttle down because anybody who has driven a stock one will know how sensitive (crap) the throttle feel is. The difference in the throttle feel is instantly noticeable when maneuvering around car parks and it is now far more predictable and controllable.

Something else to point out is the change in exhaust note. You can instantly tell once the remap has been applied because the exhaust sounds so much sportier and it mostly kills that raspy/rattle noise that the decat creates.

Finally, Niki also raised my hot idle speed ever so slightly to stop the glove box and ash tray vibrating and rattling as they did before.

This is the 3rd car I've brought down from Aberdeen to R-Tech and it's the 3rd time I've come home absolutely delighted with the R-Tech service. The whole team can't do enough to help you out both before, during and after the remap.

They don't stick you in a waiting room whilst working on your car and because of that you get to join in with the endless banter (mostly at Ben's expense lol) not only with the R-Tech team but with the other customers as well. All this helps make for a great day out.

This is most definitely the best modification I've made to this car and for £250 it's absolutely fantastic value for money.

If/when I change cars in future I won't think twice about making the journey down South for a 4th time.
 

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Hmmm if this APr map doesn't settle down and produce a little more next time i dyno, i may just bite the bullet and go R-Tech and send more money getting nick to redo it all for his map!

Its only money!

Wez
 
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I've heard the APR ones are good maps and you've noticed the improvement in how the car drives so it must've been money well spent.

Every engine is different and there are so many factors which can affect the power made i.e. service history, age of plugs, types of plugs, types of fuel used, humidity and temperature on the day it's dyno'd, the type of dyno used, the mods you have, the type of map etc.

I guess you can only try the two maps back to back and see which you prefer.
 

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Good write up mate. My Mk5 will be getting the R-Tech service on the engine and DSG mapping, so your experience is good to read.

It's interesting to see that they only run the front wheels on the dyno and also that the peak bhp figure is around the same RPM as the stock map. It's not surprising you were pinned in you seat either, the way the torque comes in between 2.2k and 3k RPM. Yikes!

I was quoted 2 to 3 days to do a custom engine ecu and DSG ecu re-map. I can't be without the car for that long so will go up there twice to get the work done. It's good to see the engine mapping could be done in a day!

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I've heard the APR ones are good maps and you've noticed the improvement in how the car drives so it must've been money well spent.

Every engine is different and there are so many factors which can affect the power made i.e. service history, age of plugs, types of plugs, types of fuel used, humidity and temperature on the day it's dyno'd, the type of dyno used, the mods you have, the type of map etc.

I guess you can only try the two maps back to back and see which you prefer.
Well i was going to buy a new induction at some point, i have only a panel filter currently....apart from that and a decat and cat back system its stock, so ill get a induction kit and then maybe go get it dynoed locally and go from there ....

There has been a noticeable improvement in the way the car runs and drives so i cant complain at all!

Wez
 
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Well i was going to buy a new induction at some point, i have only a panel filter currently....apart from that and a decat and cat back system its stock, so ill get a induction kit and then maybe go get it dynoed locally and go from there ....

There has been a noticeable improvement in the way the car runs and drives so i cant complain at all!

Wez
The induction kit really seemed to open mine up at the top end. The heat shield works really well, if you blast it then pull over and open the bonnet then the engine bay is hot and the area surrounding the filter is as cool as the outside air temp
 
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Niki only sells the induction kit and heat shield at a fitted only price normally.

are you running high flow manifolds Yohan?
Nope, standard manifolds.

Only mods are R-Tech induction setup, blueflame decat pipe and a Milltek resonated cat-back system.
 

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good review, great price and nice numbers, i cant tell much difference when i had my apr stage 2 done, the only way i could tell was that my dads r32 was quicker before, now im slightly quicker but may be due to weight etc.
 
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good review, great price and nice numbers, i cant tell much difference when i had my apr stage 2 done, the only way i could tell was that my dads r32 was quicker before, now im slightly quicker but may be due to weight etc.
Are you saying your Dad has put on weight?


I could tell the difference instantly on this, when we first went for a test drive and Niki floored it I was pinned to the seat.

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Are you saying your Dad has put on weight?


I could tell the difference instantly on this, when we first went for a test drive and Niki floored it I was pinned to the seat.

Wild
im not saying he has put it on, but he definately has more of it lmao, I'm 11 stone so im skinny
 
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