Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Bergerac, France
When standard factory chips are written for cars, they have to take into account lots of factors, the possibility the owner lives halfway up a mountain, the possiblity the car won't be serviced for 5 years, the possibility that poor quality fuel will be used, lots of things like that.
If you are confident that you aren't going to try to drive the car at 10,000ft, you are going to get it serviced, and you are going to use at least half decent fuel, then getting a chip written for your car can bring decent sized gains to both power and torque.
Trying to Turbo a normally aspirated engine can be done, but on something as complex as the 2.0l 16v it is going to cost a shed load of money. btw, the 2.0 v6 turbo that was sold in Italy was produced for tax reasons in Italy (ferrari have done the same thing in the past as well), much better to go for the 3.0 v6 over here.
As for fuel, I'd just stick to a decent brand of unleaded (95 ron) at present. I did post a link up to an article about Optimax recently, and it was quite an eye opener.
Anything else, just ask. We are a good natured bunch on here for the most part.