2011 Audi A1 gets a power boost from Superchips

Article by Christian A., on September 8, 2011

The in-house engineers at Superchips have taken on the challenge of improving the engine performance of the Audi A1, which is already recognized for its frugality, build quality and style. And now, owners of the 122 PS Audi A1 1.4 TFSI Sport can experience the performance that results from the launch of a performance-boosting ECU remap.

The performance electronic experts at Superchips have thoroughly examined the A1’s direct injection, 1390cc, turbocharged engine as well as the Audi’s Bosch MED17 ECU. This allows them to determine opportunities to safely enhance engine performance through a high-performance ECU remap.

Rigorously tested on Superchips’ in-house chassis dynamometer as well as on real-world driving conditions, the Audi A1 1.4 TFSI Sport ECU remap provides impressive gains. Power is enhanced by a maximum of 26 bhp at 6168 rpm, with increases beginning 2000 rpm right throughout the operating range, up to the rev limiter at 6500 rpm.

The torque of the Audi A1 increased by 28 Nm at just 1917 rpm, coupled by a boost from 1500 to 6500 rpm, emphasizing the versatility of the conversion.

This makes the vehicle ideal for daily use whether on open roads or around town. In practice, the Audi A1 1.4 TFSI Sport upgraded by Superchips feels significantly faster. Independent testing has revealed that the Superchips upgrade cuts off a massive 1.1 seconds from the Audi A1’s quoted 8.9 seconds 0-60 mph time, timing the run in just 7.8 seconds.

In-gear acceleration is also altered, with testing proving that the Superchips remapped Audi A1 encompasses the 50-70 mph 5th gear increment 1.1 seconds more rapid than the ordinary vehicle. Top speed is still untested, but should go beyond the factory A1’s 126 mph maximum, where conditions allow.

Topping up Audi’s grand model series is an elite top-of-the-line variant. With limited production of 333 units, the Audi A1 quattro sits at the top of the compact class. Its turbocharged engine holding two liters generates 188 kW (256 hp) and 350 Nm (258.15 lb-ft) of torque, which controls all four wheels of the car. The A1 quattro of the Audi can go from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 5.7 secs and has a max speed of 245 km/h (152.24 mph).

A 2.0 TFSI engine powers the Audi A1 quattro. The four-cylinder engine holding 1,984 cc, puts together turbocharging with gasoline direct injection like a standard Audi. Among the perks the car offers are two balance shafts and an intake cam shaft that is fully adjustable, ensuring a smooth operation. The max torque of 350 Nm (258.15 lb-ft) is constantly available ranging from 2,500 and 4,500 rpm, and the maximum power (188 kW/256 hp) is at 6,000 rpm.

Each detail of the masculine, booming, 4-cylinder engine has been developed for top performance and minimal fuel consumption. A typical rail injection, a turbocharger with intercooler and a controlled oil pump are worthy to cite. The Audi A1 quattro is set to use around 8.5 liters of fuel or less for every 100 km (27.67 US mpg). But it functions like a top-of-the-line sports car: The typical run to accelerate takes only 5.7 secs, and the maximum speed is 245 km/h (152.24 mph).

The 2.0 TFSI gives its control to the A1 quattro a stable all-wheel drive system via an accurately shifting 6-speed transmission, carrying the Quattro to the small-vehicle class with a Vorsprung durch Technik. The center of this system is a hydraulically actuated and electronically controlled multi-plate clutch whose group of plates goes around an oil bath.

In a typical drive, the clutch puts majority of the engine’s power to the front wheels of the car. If traction is reduced there, the clutch can move torque effortlessly to the rear axle in only a number of milliseconds by forcing the plate packages together by an exact amount. A pressure reservoir aids the electric pump to improve the oil pressure. If an axle wheel should slip accidentally, the car can be stopped by brakes by an electronic differential lock (EDL).

Press Release

Audi's 122PS A1 1.4 TFSI Sport Boosted By Superchips

  • Superchips' high performance ECU remap gains 26 bhp and 28 Nm of torque on the Audi A1 1.4 TFSI Sport variant 
  • 0-60 mph time drops from 8.9 to 7.8 seconds 
  • Available now from Superchips' 80 strong UK wide dealer network 
  • Backed up by Superchips' industry-leading warranty 

The Audi A1 has won plaudits for its build quality, style and frugality. And now thanks to the performance electronic experts at Superchips, owners of the 122 PS Audi A1 1.4 TFSI Sport can enjoy the performance to match with the launch of a performance boosting ECU remap.

Superchips' in-house engineers have undertaken a detailed examination of the A1's 1390cc, direct injection, turbocharged engine and the Audi's Bosch MED17 ECU, enabling them to identify opportunities to safely increase engine performance via a high performance ECU remap.

Thoroughly tested in both real world driving conditions and on Superchips' own in-house chassis dynomometer, the Audi A1 1.4 TFSI Sport ECU remap produces impressive gains. Power is boosted by a maximum of 26 bhp at 6168 rpm, with increases from as low as 2000 rpm right throughout the operating range, up to the rev limiter at 6500 rpm.
The Audi A1's torque jumps by 28 Nm at just 1917 rpm, accompanied by a increase from 1500 - 6500 rpm, highlighting the flexibility of the conversion, making it ideal for everyday use whether around town or on the open road.
In practice the Superchips upgraded Audi A1 1.4 TFSI Sport feels considerably more rapid. Independent testing has shown that the Superchips upgrade shaves a massive 1.1 seconds from the Audi A1's quoted 8.9 seconds 0-60 mph time, clocking the sprint in just 7.8 seconds*.

In-gear acceleration is also transformed, with testing proving that the Superchips remapped Audi A1 covers the 50-70 mph 5th gear increment 1.1 seconds faster than the standard car. Top speed remains untested, but should exceed the factory A1's 126 mph maximum, where conditions allow.

This extra performance doesn't compromise the A1's widely praised fuel economy. Testing has proved that the Superchipped Audi sips fuel with an average consumption of 45 mpg being recorded. Indeed, if aSuperchips remapped Audi A1 1.4 TFSI Sport is driven in a ‘like for like' manner, fuel consumption will not be adversely affected.

Requiring installation by trained technicians at one of approximately 80 Superchips performance centres, the Superchips' conversion for the Audi A1 1.4 TFSI Sport is covered by a full Customer Service Guarantee and an industry-leading 12 month / 30,000 supplementary full vehicle warranty.**

Suitable for both six speed manual and seven speed semi-automatic S-Tronic variants of the 120 bhp (122 PS) Audi A1 1.4 TFSI produced from May 2011 onwards, the Superchips' ECU remap is available now directly from Superchips and its UK dealer network, priced at £455.00, including VAT @ 20%.

Topics: audi, audi a1, superchips

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