Chiptuning for your AudiWhat are the benefits, costs and power gains? In this article we not only list the advantages of chiptuning, but we also compare three providers. This article is informative in nature. We have no experience with the companies mentioned. Therefore it is wise to carefully read the warranty conditions of the chiptuner and the manufacturer, so you won't have any surprises later on.

What is possible with Audi chiptuning

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Realistically, a performance improvement of up to 25% is possible. Experience has shown that in practice it comes down to 20%.

Theoretically, increases of more than 30 to 60% are possible. This is especially true for engines with a turbo, for example the tdi models. Whether this is wise is debatable as the standard software in your Audi is a compromise between power and life. An increase in power with 60% will of course not contribute to the longevity of the engine and in particular the turbo.

Why doesn't Audi assemble these chips themselves?

As far as the software is concerned, Audi often fails to exploit the full potential of an engine.

There are two reasons for this:

  • The manufacturer wants a 'safety margin' for processing errors and durability. In addition, they may choose to include the same engine in the range with different power outputs. The TDI models of an Audi are a good example of this. For example, the Audi A3 2.0 TDI came with 140 and 170 hp, but these engines are identical, just with different software.
  • With a chiptuning you can relatively easily tap into the power reserves. Audi (especially the turbo charged engines) has very high safety margins, that's why chiptuning with Audi doesn't have to influence the life span of your car.

Which Audi models are suitable for chiptuning?

Especially for the Audi A6, Audi A5, Audi A4, Audi A3 and the Audi TT series, there are many chiptuning providers. In the overview below you will find the different power gains per provider. If there is a price listed on the website of the provider, we have added it as well.

Chiptuning Audi A3

The Audi A3 has been available since 1997. Because the 8L (the first generation) is appearing less and less on the streets, we did not include it in the comparison. The successor to the 8L is the 8P, which was in production from 2004 to 2012 (a facelift took place in 2009). The 8V became the successor to the 8P in 2013. We compare VAGTechniek with Unlimited Tuning.

Power gain Audi A3 8P year of manufacture 2004 to 2012

Power gains at VAGTechniek

Audi A3 1.4 TFSI 125hp (Stage 1)

Power: 125hp > 145hp

Torque: 200Nm > 250Nm

Price: € 385,- incl. VAT

Power gains at Unlimited Tuning

Audi A3 1.4 TFSI 125hp (Normal)

Power: 125hp > 155hp

Torque: 200Nm > 270Nm

Price: € 399,- incl. VAT

Power gains at VAGTechniek

Audi A3 1.8 TFSI 160hp (Stage 1)

Power: 160hp > 200hp

Torque: 250Nm > 310Nm

Price: € 385,- incl. VAT

Power gains at Unlimited Tuning

Audi A3 1.8 TFSI 160hp (Normal)

Power: 160hp > 205hp

Torque: 250Nm > 330Nm

Price: € 399,- incl. VAT

Power gains at VAGTechniek

Audi A3 2.0 TFSI 200hp (Stage 1)

Power: 200hp > 255hp

Torque: 250Nm > 380Nm

Price: € 350, - incl. VAT

Power gains at Unlimited Tuning

Audi A3 2.0 TFSI 200hp (Normal)

Power: 200hp > 245hp

Torque: 250Nm > 370Nm

Price: € 399,- incl. VAT

Power gains at VAGTechniek

Audi A3 2.0 TFSI 265hp (Stage 1)

Power: 265hp > 300hp

Torque: 350Nm > 410Nm

Price: € 385,- incl. VAT

Power gains at Unlimited Tuning

Audi A3 2.0 TFSI 265hp (Normal)

Power: 265hp > 305hp

Torque: 350Nm > 440Nm

Price: € 399,- incl. VAT

Power gains at VAGTechniek

Audi A3 1.9 TDI 105hp (Stage 1)

Power: 105hp > 140hp

Torque: 250Nm > 310Nm

Price: € 259,- incl. VAT

Power gains at Unlimited Tuning

Audi A3 1.9 TDI 105hp (Normal)

Power: 105hp > 145hp

Torque: 250Nm > 340Nm

Price: € 399,- incl. VAT

Power gains at VAGTechniek

Audi A3 2.0 TDI 140hp (Stage 1)

Power: 140hp > 170hp

Torque: 320Nm > 390Nm

Price: € 259,- incl. VAT

Power gains at Unlimited Tuning

Audi A3 2.0 TDI 140hp (Normal)

Power: 140hp > 185hp

Torque: 250Nm > 400Nm

Price: € 399,- incl. VAT

Power gains at VAGTechniek

Audi A3 2.0 TDI 170hp (Stage 1)

Power: 170hp > 200hp

Torque: 350Nm > 410Nm

Price: € 315, - VAT incl.

Power gains at Unlimited Tuning

Audi A3 2.0 TDI 170hp (Normal)

Power: 170hp > 205hp

Torque: 350Nm > 420Nm

Price: € 399,- incl. VAT

Chiptuning Audi A4

The first Audi A4 (B5) was born in 1995 and was the successor to the popular Audi 80. The A4 had to compete with the BMW 3 and the Mercedes C-class. Initially, it was able to keep up well with this competition, but lost ground with the arrival of the e46, which was the benchmark from that moment on. The B6 was the second generation (2001-2004) and had to replace the 3 series. Although the A4 sold well, the 3 series remained market leader. Audi introduced the new B7 in 2004, although this car contained many parts of the B6. The B8 had a longer life cycle, from 2008 to 2015, and was a completely newly developed car. The last model series was launched in 2015 and had the model name B9.

Capital gains from B6

Most engines of the Audi A4 can achieve nice power gains when chiptuning them. In the overview below, these gains are described, including price. We have chosen to start the overview from the B6, because most B5's have already done so many kilometres that chiptuning is no longer recommended.

Power gains at VAGTechniek

Audi A4 1.8 20VT 150hp (Stage 1)

Power: 150hp > 180hp

Torque: 210Nm > 290Nm

Price: € 315, - VAT incl.

Power gains at Unlimited Tuning

Audi A4 1.8 20VT 150hp (Normal)

Power: 150hp > 195hp

Torque: 210Nm > 305Nm

Price: € 399,- incl. VAT

Power gains at VAGTechniek

Audi A4 1.8 20VT 163hp (Stage 1)

Power: 163hp > 195hp

Torque: 225Nm > 300Nm

Price: € 315, - VAT incl.

Power gains at Unlimited Tuning

Audi A4 1.8 20VT 163hp (Normal)

Power: 163hp > 204hp

Torque: 225Nm > 310Nm

Price: € 399,- incl. VAT

Power gains at VAGTechniek

Audi A4 1.8 20VT 190hp (Stage 1)

Power: 190hp > 210hp

Torque: 240Nm > 325Nm

Price: € 315, - VAT incl.

Power gains at Unlimited Tuning

Audi A4 1.8 20VT 190hp (Normal)

Power: 190hp > 220hp

Torque: 240Nm > 320Nm

Price: € 399,- incl. VAT

Power gains at VAGTechniek

Audi A4 2.0 TFSI 200hp (Stage 1)

Power: 200hp > 255hp

Torque: 280Nm > 380Nm

Price: € 350, - incl. VAT

Power gains at Unlimited Tuning

Audi A4 2.0 TFSI 200hp (Normal)

Power: 200hp > 235hp

Torque: 280Nm > 370Nm

Price: € 399,- incl. VAT

Power gains at VAGTechniek

Audi A4 2.0 TFSI 220hp (Stage 1)

Power: 220hp > 255hp

Torque: 300Nm > 380Nm

Price: € 350, - incl. VAT

Power gains at Unlimited Tuning

Audi A4 2.0 TFSI 220hp (Normal)

Power: 220hp > 260hp

Torque: 300Nm > 400Nm

Price: € 399,- incl. VAT

Power gains at VAGTechniek

Audi A4 1.8 TFSI 120hp (Stage 1)

Power: 120hp > 200hp

Torque: 230Nm > 310Nm

Price: € 385,- incl. VAT

Power gains at Unlimited Tuning

Audi A4 1.8 TFSI 120hp (Normal)

Power: 120hp > 210hp

Torque: 230Nm > 320Nm

Price: € 399,- incl. VAT

Power gains at VAGTechniek

Audi A4 1.8 TFSI 160hp (Stage 1)

Power: 160hp > 200hp

Torque: 250Nm > 310Nm

Price: € 385,- incl. VAT

Power gains at Unlimited Tuning

Audi A4 1.8 TFSI 160hp (Normal)

Power: 160hp > 210hp

Torque: 250Nm > 320Nm

Price: € 399,- incl. VAT

Power gains at VAGTechniek

Audi A4 2.0 TFSI 180hp (Stage 1)

Power: 180hp > 255hp

Torque: 320Nm > 380Nm

Price: € 385,- incl. VAT

Power gains at Unlimited Tuning

Audi A4 2.0 TFSI 180hp (Normal)

Power: 180hp > 260hp

Torque: 320Nm > 400Nm

Price: € 399,- incl. VAT

Power gains at VAGTechniek

Audi A4 2.0 TFSI 211hp (Stage 1)

Power: 211hp > 255hp

Torque: 320Nm > 380Nm

Price: € 385,- incl. VAT

Power gains at Unlimited Tuning

Audi A4 2.0 TFSI 211hp (Normal)

Power: 211hp > 260hp

Torque: 350Nm > 410Nm

Price: € 399,- incl. VAT

Power gains at VAGTechniek

Audi A4 1.9 TDI 100hp (Stage 1)

Power: 100hp > 140hp

Torque: 250Nm > 310Nm

Price: € 224, - incl. VAT

Power gains at Unlimited Tuning

Audi A4 1.9 TDI 100hp (Normal)

Power: 100hp > 135hp

Torque: Nm 135hp> 335Nm

Price: € 399,- incl. VAT

Power gains at VAGTechniek

Audi A4 1.9 TDI 130hp (Stage 1)

Power: 130hp > 170hp

Torque: 285Nm > 390Nm

Price: € 224, - incl. VAT

Power gains at Unlimited Tuning

Audi A4 1.9 TDI 130hp (Normal)

Power: 130hp > 165hp

Torque: 250Nm > 385Nm

Price: € 399,- incl. VAT

Power gains at VAGTechniek

Audi A4 2.5 TDI 155hp (Stage 1)

Power: 155hp > 180hp

Torque: 310Nm > 370Nm

Price: € 259,- incl. VAT

Power gains at Unlimited Tuning

Audi A4 2.5 TDI 155hp (Normal)

Power: 155hp > 185hp

Torque: 310Nm > 390Nm

Price: € 399,- incl. VAT

Power gains at VAGTechniek

Audi A4 2.5 TDI 163hp (Stage 1)

Power: 163hp > 180hp

Torque: 310Nm > 370Nm

Price: € 259,- incl. VAT

Power gains at Unlimited Tuning

Audi A4 2.5 TDI 163hp (Normal)

Power: 163hp > 190hp

Torque: 310Nm > 395Nm

Price: € 399,- incl. VAT

Power gains at VAGTechniek

Audi A4 2.5 TDI 180hp (Stage 1)

Power: 180hp > 190hp

Torque: 370Nm > 400Nm

Price: € 259,- incl. VAT

Power gains at Unlimited Tuning

Audi A4 2.5 TDI 180hp (Normal)

Power: 163hp > 190hp

Torque: 370Nm > 440Nm

Price: € 399,- incl. VAT

Power gains at VAGTechniek

Audi A4 1.9 TDI 115hp (Stage 1)

Power: 115hp > 145hp

Torque: 285Nm > 320Nm

Price: € 259,- incl. VAT

Power gains at Unlimited Tuning

Audi A4 1.9 TDI 115hp (Normal)

Power: 115hp > 155hp

Torque: 385Nm > 440Nm

Price: € 399,- incl. VAT

Power gains at VAGTechniek

Audi A4 2.0 TDI 140hp (Stage 1)

Power: 140hp > 170hp

Torque: 320Nm > 390Nm

Price: € 259,- incl. VAT

Power gains at Unlimited Tuning

Audi A4 2.0 TDI 140hp (Normal)

Power: 140hp > 185hp

Torque: 320Nm > 400Nm

Price: € 399,- incl. VAT

Power gains at VAGTechniek

Audi A4 2.0 TDI 170hp (Stage 1)

Power: 170hp > 200hp

Torque: 350Nm > 410Nm

Price: € 315, - VAT incl.

Power gains at Unlimited Tuning

Audi A4 2.0 TDI 170hp (Normal)

Power: 170hp > 205hp

Torque: 350Nm > 420Nm

Price: € 399,- incl. VAT

Power gains at VAGTechniek

Audi A4 2.7 TDI 180hp (Stage 1)

Power: 180hp > 215hp

Torque: 380Nm > 445Nm

Price: € 315, - VAT incl.

Power gains at Unlimited Tuning

Audi A4 2.7 TDI 180hp (Normal)

Power: 180hp > 235hp

Torque: 380Nm > 470Nm

Price: € 399,- incl. VAT

Power gains at VAGTechniek

Audi A4 3.0 TDI 204hp (Stage 1)

Power: 204hp > 270hp

Torque: 400Nm > 540Nm

Price: € 350, - incl. VAT

Power gains at Unlimited Tuning

Audi A4 3.0 TDI 204hp (Normal)

Power: 204hp > 275hp

Torque: 400Nm > 610Nm

Price: € 399,- incl. VAT

Chiptuning Audi A6

The first Audi A6 was actually an Audi 100 in disguise. In 1994, this Audi received a facelift and was renamed the A6 (C4). The first completely new A6 came in 1997 and is known as the C5. This car had to take on the immensely popular BMW 5 series (e39) and the E-class of Mercedes. This A6 was delivered with a lot of new engines, which are also very suitable for chiptuning, for example the TDI variants were chiptuned regularly.
In 2004, the C5 was succeeded by the C6. This new A6 had a modern look. Partly because of this, it sold well. A number of new engines were also introduced, including the 3.0 TDI with no less than 225 bhp and that without any chip tuning.
After 7 years of service, the C6 had to make way for the all-new C7 which went into production in 2011. Like its predecessor, this one was a lot larger and received a number of new engines, including the Biturbo TDI with over 300 hp. The latest generation of the A6, the C8, was presented in 2018 and features smaller engines with more power. For example, the 45 TFSI already has 245 hp and a top speed of 250 km/h.

Power gains from C6

Most engines of the Audi A6 show good power gains when you decide to use chiptuning. In the overview below these gains are listed, including price. We have chosen to start the overview from the C6, because the first generations of the A6 have all but disappeared.

Power gains at VAGTechniek

Audi A6 2.0 TFSI 170hp (Stage 1)

Power: 170hp > 240hp

Torque: 280Nm > 370Nm

Price: € 350, - incl. VAT

Power gains at Unlimited Tuning

Audi A6 2.0 TFSI 170hp (Normal)

Power: 170hp > 250hp

Torque: 280Nm > 350Nm

Price: € 399,- incl. VAT

Power gains at VAGTechniek

Audi A6 3.0 TFSI 290hp (Stage 1)

Power: 290hp > 410hp

Torque: 420Nm > 500Nm

Price: € 420, - incl. VAT

Power gains at Unlimited Tuning

Audi A6 3.0 TFSI 290hp (Normal)

Power: 290hp > 400hp

Torque: 420Nm > 520Nm

Price: € 399,- incl. VAT

Power gains at VAGTechniek

Audi A6 1.8 TFSI 190hp (Stage 1)

Power: 190hp > 230hp

Torque: 320Nm > 390Nm

Price: € 385,- incl. VAT

Power gains at Unlimited Tuning

Audi A6 1.8 TFSI 190hp (Normal)

Power: 190hp > 240hp

Torque: 320Nm > 390Nm

Price: € 399,- incl. VAT

Power gains at VAGTechniek

Audi A6 2.0 TFSI 180hp (Stage 1)

Power: 180hp > 255hp

Torque: 320Nm > 380Nm

Price: € 385,- incl. VAT

Power gains at Unlimited Tuning

Audi A6 1.8 TFSI 180hp (Normal)

Power: 180hp > 260hp

Torque: 320Nm > 400Nm

Price: € 399,- incl. VAT

Power gains at VAGTechniek

Audi A6 1.8 TFSI 190hp (Stage 1)

Power: 180hp > 255hp

Torque: 320Nm > 380Nm

Price: € 385,- incl. VAT

Power gains at Unlimited Tuning

Audi A6 1.8 TFSI 190hp (Normal)

Power: 180hp > 260hp

Torque: 320Nm > 400Nm

Price: € 399,- incl. VAT

Power gains at VAGTechniek

Audi A6 2.0 TFSI 252hp (Stage 1)

Power: 252hp > 300hp

Torque: 370Nm > 440Nm

Price: € 385,- incl. VAT

Power gains at Unlimited Tuning

Audi A6 2.0 TFSI 252hp (Normal)

Power: 252hp > 300hp

Torque: 370Nm > 440Nm

Price: € 399,- incl. VAT