Are you a true MINI, Mercedes, or BMW enthusiast in Raleigh?
Performance Tunes are modifications to the manufacturer’s vehicle computer data. These modifications are downloaded to the vehicle’s Engine Control Module (ECM) via the software through the OBD·II diagnostic connector.
Benefits of Tuning Your BMW, Mercedes, or MINI:
- Increased power
- Stronger torque
- Smoother delivery of power
- Sharper throttle response
- Faster acceleration
- Reduced number of gear changes
- ECM is never removed or opened
- Tune is undetectable / No warranty issues
BMW, Mercedes, and MINI Performance Tune upgrades are exclusively available here at Triangle Imports. By selecting Triangle Imports, you’ve found an independent repair shop that can not only handle all of your auto repair in Raleigh but can also offer aftermarket performance upgrades that are not offered by the dealers.
What does tuning involve?
Performance tuning unleashes the power already available within your BMW, Mercedes or MINI (about 10-15% increase in horsepower/torque) through software/computer upgrades.
Before tuning any vehicle, it is necessary to complete a diagnostic scan to ensure there are no issues that may affect the performance upgrade. Once complete, the relevant performance tuning software is simply uploaded to the vehicle via the OBD-II diagnostic port.
The re-tuning process involves the electronic removal and re-installation of a more refined and enhanced version of the vehicle’s computer programming. As ECM’s cannot communicate during the upgrade process, the fault memory is cleared and rechecked at the completion of the upgrade, before the newly tuned vehicle hits the road.
Why do the manufacturers limit the output of their engines?
The standard manufacturer tune is a compromise of hundreds of factors. Principally, the manufacturer must ensure a high degree of engine reliability across the worldwide market, taking into account factors such as:
- Fuel quality
- Different servicing schedules
- Different operating environments, such as altitude and terrain
- Local legislation with regard to power output and emissions
During testing, manufacturers ‘tweak’ the tunes constantly to achieve individual results for individual tests, thus compromising the overall smoothness of the original tune. These tunes are optimized for US driving conditions.
All of our tunes are tested to ensure that they comply with US emission laws. Additionally, your vehicle is guaranteed against engine light illumination, emissions, or mechanical issues relating to the performance tuning process.
Is the tuning process reversible?
Yes. In the unlikely event that you require the tune to be removed, the process can be reversed without any side effects.
Are there any physical changes to the vehicles?
No (with the exception of the Mini Cooper S.) Most of our tunes are ECM software downloads ONLY. We have two different tunes available. The first is software only, with no physical evidence that the vehicle has been altered in any way. The second, more aggressive tune, has been optimized for a smaller, supercharger pulley.