Thought I would be rid of my posting virginity here with a few words of my impressions of the remap I have just had done by Shark Performance (via GNJ Motorsport).
I have a 2007 A6 Quattro Le Mans Avant with the glorious 3.0 TDI and 6-speed Tiptronic, and despite it be a totally awesome family car, I just felt it could be a little more deserving of the "Le Mans" badges on the front wings, so, after much lurking and researching on numerous forums for months, I had decided that Shark seemed to be offering the kind of remap that would best suit me (no sacrificing drivability for big top-end bhp numbers, just nice smooth delivery of grin-inducing torque) and a very good reputation to boot.
Fortuitously, right when I got the urge to pull the trigger, I noticed GNJ Motorsport (new dealer for Shark maps - great service BTW) was doing a promo deal, so that pretty much cinched it... one map with an STS unit please sir!
As it has been absolutely p!ssing down with rain where I am (Oxfordshire), I haven't been able to really give it a bootful on anything twisty, but let me assure you... if you have been considering a Shark remap, just calmly reach for your wallet and start throwing money at them. Yes, it has breathed new life into the car, and completely refreshed my enjoyment of it!
Initially when I set out for work this morning, I tootled along the side-streets thinking "well, this doesn't feel that different... I hope I haven't wasted my money here". Then I got to the on-ramp to get onto the main road, and figured I'd give it a prod to check for signs of life (bearing in mind I had the wife and nipper on board), and got a happy little tingle as it surged up the ramp as if it was going downhill...
Once I had dutifully delivered the clan to work and nursery respectively, I got a bit more lively with the loud pedal, and oh. my. god. This is how the car was meant to be! A super-smooth wave of torque just flings you to the top of the rev counter (where it used to just kind of "deflate" past a certain point), and with the tiptronic gearbox doing the shifting in Sport mode, I very quickly (and completely by accident, you understand :P) found myself in the socially irresponsible part of the speedometer.
It has genuinely made the car feel quite a bit lighter than its 1900-odd kilos, and I have been told that I can expect it to get better as the map "beds in"... joy!!
Anyway, sorry for having a bit of a ramble, but figured it might be useful reading for anyone trying to decide whether it is worth doing a remap.
PS: I'll post again with some more impressions of how things improve performance-wise, as well as some figures for fuel economy, once I have sampled it over a period of a few weeks (in case anybody actually gives a crap )