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A3 1.8T maximum tuning potential

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by corbypete, Mar 16, 2006.

  1. corbypete

    corbypete New Member

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    Woops didnt see this section, so heres my repost in the correct section:


    How far can the 8L A3 1.8T engine be pushed stock?

    I'm seeing bolt on ECUs and turbos ranging up to 350bhp... surely the engines not this strong?

    Im thinking of to begin with, an induction kit, uprated oil pump, sports exhaust to start

    Then either a turbo or ECU upgrade

    Now, theres a 200bhp ecu, and a 225bhp upgrade, and a 350bhp turbo. I presume an intercooler would also need to be ordered about the same time.


    How good is the clutch/gearbox? What do you think the engine can take without any engineering?

    I want to reach the best performance i can achieve without replacing the whole car, naturally. I also dont want it to blow up in a week of tuning.
     
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  3. Ryanc

    Ryanc Active Member

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    what is your engine code?
     
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    I think RichA3Turbo is pushing around 320bhp out of his 1.8T isn't he?
     
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    god_thats_quick Numptie of the highest order

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    I think RichA3Turbo is pushing around 320bhp out of his 1.8T isn't he?

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    Yep and has been for ages without any power related problems. RyanC has an S3 with around 340bhp that's been working for ages too.
     
  6. RichA3Turbo

    RichA3Turbo ...Watching you!
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    Been beaten to it! Yep 320bhp with no probs whatsoever!
     
  7. Ryanc

    Ryanc Active Member

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    1.8t is a extremely strong engine for stock.Me and Rich do have stronger varieties of the engine.
     
  8. corbypete

    corbypete New Member

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    what do you have? uprated rods and pistons?
     
  9. Ryanc

    Ryanc Active Member

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    Standard engine.
    Although i am now upgrading a few bits.
     
  10. mattyboy199

    mattyboy199 Active Member

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    what does this mean ?

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    Me and Rich do have stronger varieties of the engine.

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  11. RichA3Turbo

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    what does this mean ?

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    Me and Rich do have stronger varieties of the engine.

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    The earlier versions of the 150bhp engine and the 210bhp engine used stronger parts than their successors...

    Rich
     
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    successors being what a 225 engine ?
     
  13. AndyMac

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    They get 350bhp out of the 1.8T engine used in the Formula Palmer Audi single seaters, but I guess that's not really a stock scenario, but gives you an idea what the real top end is I suppose.
     
  14. Ryanc

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    apy=20mm pins,forged pistons
    agu=20mm pins,forged crank,largeport head.
    There's plenty of bam,amk engines running around with 350bhp.
     
  15. olekvi

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    apy=20mm pins,forged pistons
    agu=20mm pins,forged crank,largeport head.
    There's plenty of bam,amk engines running around with 350bhp.

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    What about the ARX engine?
     

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