Who doesn’t want a cool Camaro with more power than stock? Frankly, no one would say no. But the fact remains, not everyone can afford to go all out with outfitting their cars into a dream ride.
But there’s help, and it’s not all that costly. It’s called chip-tuning. Instead of fitting turbo or superchargers into cars, you can command the ECU to help your car achieve its ultimate potential. Here’s how you can do the same to a Chevrolet Camaro, with the help of a German company.
Stage 1 Software Performance For Chevy Camaro 2.0-liter Turbo
For the first time, the sixth-generation Chevy Camaro 2.0 Turbo now comes wearing a 2.0-liter four-pot turbo engine, one of the best four-cylinder engines ever, that makes 275 horses and 295 lb-ft torque. This is not bad for a car, per se, but Camaros usually do better — and do.
But there is hope yet, for the Camaro, in the form of Chip Tuning by MCChip-DKR that increases the power by gently coaxing more from the Engine Control Unit, as in ECU. It’s a software optimization trick that lets this very Camaro jet 305 horses, 30 more than its previous turnout. It also lets the Camaro make 330 lb-ft of torque, a near 35 lb-ft improvement. Top speed also improves from 149 MPH to more than 156 MPH making your Camaro look stock but be better than the rest.
This chip is available for both the coupe and the convertible and costs upwards of $1,130. The same company also offers performance upgrades for the more powerful Chevy Camaro version that bears the 6.2-liter LT1 V8 engine.
What is Chip Tuning?
Technically, chip tuning is a process by which you can change the erasable programmable read-only memory chip in a vehicle and help it achieve better or optimum performance. This way, you get better power from the same engine although you may experience decreased fuel efficiency. That said, an engine with chip tuning is more sensitive to fuel quality and is likely to perform best on only high-octane fuel.
Your service costs also may go up because you may need oil changes more frequently, with the engine giving its best to the car. Also remember, chip tuning stresses the engine of the car, enough to reduce its life and cause unnecessary breakdowns if you do not get it done from someone who knows their way around engines.
But then again, you do get a kick out of the same old engine that you have, and suddenly, your daily driver is not so boring.
The build is in progress and has a digital rendering to tease what’s to come.
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