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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
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    [Mar 16, 2006]
    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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    [Mar 16, 2006]
    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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    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.
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    Been beaten to it! Yep 320bhp with no probs whatsoever!
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    1.8t is a extremely strong engine for stock.Me and Rich do have stronger varieties of the engine.
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    what do you have? uprated rods and pistons?
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    Standard engine.
    Although i am now upgrading a few bits.
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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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    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 ?
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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.
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    [Mar 17, 2006]
    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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    [ QUOTE ]
    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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