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Alfa 147 1.6TS Remap

So I was looking to add to probably the other 100 topics of the same name and asking likely the same annoying questions.

I recently bought the 147 1.6TS on a 2007 (07) plate, and I got what I fully expected. I really do enjoy my car and I am glad I went through two years of looking to get what I wanted.

I am contemplating later in the year upgrading the car with an ECU remap, as I have no desire to have any invasive work carried out of the car. My last (and first) car was a 1.25 Fiesta, and hence I have no experience of these topics. I was just looking for some advice regarding what can be done with the 1.6. Really it is probably something where the obvious answer would be "Get a bigger engined car", but I would also like to know if it is practical to have some remapping carried out?

I am in Lancaster, so I would almost certainly have to go to Alfatune for such a service. I have read many great wonders worked with lots of engines, and so I am just asking for the usual advice on such upgrades.

I notice the car can have issues on some types of hill, for example I notice the torque issue on the M6 incline getting out of Preston. I really enjoy the free engine, but it would be nice to have a tweak.

I know I should expect a cost of 300-400, and I should not expect a miracle (1000HP 1.6!!), and to be honest I don't feel experienced enough to drive a stupidly powerful car, but I would like to know if it is worth the upgrade on the 1.6 and what experiences people have had with this particular engine on upgrade.

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PS : Perhaps it is worth collecting all of these particular threads into one sticky thread directing to previous threads with advice on each engine in the top post? I have noticed many difference threads feature the same engine with similar advice. Just a thought.
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PS : Perhaps it is worth collecting all of these particular threads into one sticky thread directing to previous threads with advice on each engine in the top post? I have noticed many difference threads feature the same engine with similar advice. Just a thought.
Your intentions are noble, but then there is a search function that gets all the thread topics on one screen that you can click through.

The 1.6 is a nice revvy engine, but when it comes to rolling hills - yes the 1.6 lack of torque shows it head

For Turbo motor tuning helps ALOT, but for N/A mapping costs more than the power they deliver. To get decent power out of a N/A engine you need to do the old-school tuning route - de-cat (or at least sports cat) + free flow exhaust, intake optimization (and here are more pitfalls than solutions TBH) , re-profile cams, THEN a remap to make the most of the previous steps. That is the only true way to optimize a particular engine without "buying a bigger motor" / "slap on a turbo"

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Depends on how much mechanical knowledge you have and if you are handy with a spanner.

But a remap can give up to 10% so you will notice a difference. It won't work miricles. But an extra 5-10hp is quite a bit and you can achieve that. It will be expensive to get that though. Gus will be able to give you values and advise though. So give him a call.

The thing is as there are the same cars with bigger engines. Its better to opt for those as it works out cheaper in the long run.

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Sure thing. Thanks for the advice, it is much appreciated! I shall have a long think about how to go about it and when.

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Now THATS how you ask a question

Spot on, young man. The chaps above me here are bob on. You're not gonna end up in "max power" (is it still going?) with a remap but there's supporting mods that should ensure a very mad 1.6 experience!
I understand the non invasive bit, hell, even I'm bored with getting greasy!
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