Part 13 (Tuning Software) of the DAP MK7 GTI Build
Tuning software is the lowest of the low hanging fruit when it comes to modifying a MK7 GTI. This gives you the best bang for your buck as far as Horsepower per $ spent. Check out our Dyno video at the bottom of this page to see the real world results of our MK7 tune.
Choosing which software to go with can be a tiresome search that to be completely honest is a waste of time and energy. All reputable companies who make software for these vehicles are going to net similar power and driveability results. There are a few things that from my perspective people tend to miss when buying software.
Things to consider when selecting tuning software.
- Distributor – Make sure you have a reputable local distributor of the software you chose. You might need to make changes or get support from them so convenience and reliability are going to be a factor here. This is less important if you plan to use software you are going to install and maintain on your own (Ex Uni Connect)
- Features of the product – The larger tuners offer your a turn key program that has been properly vetted. Going with a tune that has adjustability could mean having to work through bugs on your own if you don’t want to work through things like this you shouldn’t consider one of these tunes.
- Warranty Implications – We put out a video with a lawyer talking about the Magnuson Moss act which is commonly talked about as protection from warranty claim denial. Video HERE
- Modification Plans – Everyone has different plans for their vehicle, since that is true the tuning software you install on your MK7 should be able to be upgraded as you go. So if you just want to go Stage 1 and leave it or go wild and do a big turbo. Having options could save you in the future.
Here are the Dyno Numbers Put down by our MK7 GTI with a Stage 1 + Unitronic Tune
Why did we go with Unitronic Software?
Most importantly because we are a Unitronic dealer, and its important for us to know the product we offer to our customers. But we became a Unitronic dealer because I felt good about the product and support offered by the brand.
How Can I Install a Performance Tune on my Own?
Unitronic is one of the few vendors that offers you the ability to tune your own car. The Uni Connect allows you to install performance software on your own. This means you can install the tuning software as well as put your vehicle back to stock in the comfort of your own garage.
What Kind of Power Should I Expect?
The MK7 is such an awesome platform when it comes to tuning. The Unitronic numbers at the crank on the MK7 are +100hp and +89lbft of torque. Compared to every previous GTI model those numbers are insane.
Will it void my warranty?
This simple answer to this question is yes any modification to your vehicle has the potential to void your warranty. It has become even more of a debate now that many dealers are offering software. One thing to keep in mind that no matter who installs performance software on your vehicle it has the potential to have warranty issues. Keep in mind the dealer does not back the warranty on your vehicle, VW or Audi of America does. If this is an important topic for you have you want to understand all the intricacies of this take a look at this video. Video HERE
Take a look here to see what our Dyno Numbers were like on our MK7 GTI
Mods for this Dyno – Unitronic Stage 1+, VWR Cup Intake
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