As you know by now I got my Bella remapped by Jano (Autodelta) last Sunday morning. After an unbelievable weekend it even got better.
Iíll try to describe the feelings I had before and what I get now without being to much complex. You might think itís a matter of opinion but(!) this is beyond opinions as itís real.
My view about my Twin Spark was always very positive. I think itís a great engine compared with the others 1.6 on the market and some Tdiís. One of the things I enjoy when driving is that, I can do it in 2 different ways: trashing or relaxing. I like to have both worlds.
Before the remap I had a lot of pleasure reving this engine. It likes and he asks you for more revs every time, cutting around 6.800rpm. The rpm rise is very consistent and linear after the 3000rpm. Below that it needs more work, and shifting one low gear makes it happily grow.
On the other hand, below 3000rpm it can be very relaxing but you need to be alert not to let it go to low or youíll jump from a relaxing time to an embarrassment. After all itís not a diesel and torque is perfect at 4000rpm.
I drive mainly in national roads, sometimes with traffic where picking up from low and overtake is normal. Sometimes I drive on the motorway too and I must say... clean the exhauster and the dust with wind is nice wink
I knew Autodelta even before I knew AlfaOwner. It always impressed me for the solutions founded and the results achieved and, frankly, the Turbo makes me excited and as you understand, the remap is not such an expensive solution. So, why not?
Being with Jano and Ian, made me feel the professionalism thatís on that work. It was an investment that I was not thinking at the time (even it has crossed my mind mainly for curiosity months ago). So... I went for it.
And I donít regret at all!
If it was nice to pick it up from 3000rmp, now, after the remap it picks away below! I know it sounds incredible but I never thought it would be so noticeable. With no hesitation it grows fast and any poor throttle response it could have before it doesnít have any more. Think of this: when you press the accelerator thereís a leap between your foot movement and the engine response. Now thereís nothing like that. You press the accelerator you have an immediately response. Itís like drive without shoes if you know what I mean: itís sharp and more sensible Ė you ask, you got.
Iím thinking about a term of compare, for example with an air intake. Because from the way it breathes now (and if I didnít knew) I could think it had a new intake. But it has nothing to do with it and I doubt you could have such difference with the best air intake. Iím surprised how the electronics can make such big difference.
Now if I drive relax in 4th gear I wont be embarrassed. If I press the accelerator I will have a prompt answer and it doesnít have to be near 3000rmp.
It doesnít have torque as a diesel but it reves and it picks from low reves better than ever.
About the petrol consumption, I can say I had a long journey to test it. In fact I had a long journey to test everything. I arrived Amsterdam with an average of 7.8L/100km
I arrived home (after the remap) with an average of 8.0L/100km and I canít say I was driving slowly, legally but not slowly. I was concentrated in every aspect (including fuel economy) and what I had in 4th and 5th gears.
One of the tricks for get a better average is to change to a higher gear when ever its possible. Now itís possible to change earlier so, even if I donít see a very noticeable improvement for now at least I can drive more relaxed and have more power under my right foot.
Just for the record, today I went out to buy some things. While on the speed way I saw a typical Portuguese boy racer (in his Ibiza 130bhp, very low suspension, metal gray) approaching to my rear until he was 1 meter from me. No traffic aheadÖ Why not? 3rd gear down and pedal to the metalÖ I left him eating my dust and the biggest revelation was that I gave him at least 2 meters from the start. Then I got out the speed way but he couldnít ever overtake me on the contrary and it was an Ibiza (lighter) and with 130 bhp. Iím surprised and satisfied.
By the way, I didnít post this report before because I would like to have it tested not just on the motorway but also on the roads I do ever days.
Excellent work Jano. Thank you Ian for all the support. wink
What are you waiting for guys? Go to the shop!
(2011) Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1.6JTDm, Pack Sport 17", Pack Comfort
(2009) Alfa Romeo 159 1.9JTDm 16V QV, 170hp+360nm, Bilstein B4+TI springs, ConnectNav G2, Autodelta Air filter, Brembo Disks, Satin Mirror Caps
(2002/2009) Alfa Romeo 147, 1.6TS QV, Autodelta Remap, Autodelta Air filter, Eibach Pro System Kit
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