[200q20v] Re: RE : [200q20v]how do you like the IA stage 3?

Vztante at aol.com Vztante at aol.com
Mon Apr 2 14:34:40 EDT 2001

I'm loving the extra oomph.  It has made a very significant improvement 
throughout the same power range. Ned Ritchie says that the torque comes on 
strong at 2500 rpm. He doubts Audi's claim of the stock torque plateau 
beginning at 1900 rpm. In other words, he said that with his chip, the 
low-end kick is very close to or equally as low on the rpm band as on the 
stock car. There isn't any difference according to my butt-o-meter. 

The added power is a kick. In fact, I keep trying to think of excuses for 
"errand runs." The down side is that driving a serious sleeper may get me 
into trouble.  It's hard to resist surprising M3s, Mustangs and such when 
given the all too infrequent opportunity.

Ned uses his 200tq to tow his 450 hp 4000 race car to the track. He runs it 
at higher boost, I believe with his stage 3+ or more (and different turbo?). 
He'd be the guy to ask about which chip to use for such and such towing 
capacity. He encouraged me to go with the Stage 3 verses the 3+, given that 
the latter pushes the turbo to its maximum capacity, thus risking greater 
wear and tear.  The 2 programs are rated at 277-280 hp, with the 3+ adding 
more to the mid-range without loss down low.


Mitch Frey
'00 A6 2.7t
'91 200tq20v IA Stage 3

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