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It is remarkable how trivial some people seem to think a modern combustion engine is. And so I was asked recently within my circle of friends for advice. A friend of a friend had bought a new compact passenger car with a 2.0-l diesel engine, VTG turbocharger, rated output of 140 kW and 400 Nm maximum torque. List price: around 35,000 euros. He had already informed himself on the Internet and wanted to determine whether his choice was also the right one as he wanted chip tuning. And the chosen, apparently serious business had a real "premium chip" on offer for 500 euros delivering 26 kW extra output plus impressive additional 105 Nm of torque. According to the promise, the "optimisation" was supposed to exploit the power reserves of the engine while reducing fuel consumption by up to 15 %. What he found particularly confidence-inspiring was the additional offer of a subsequent power measurement on the dynamometer. As I work for a specialist magazine, he was, however, very interested in my opinion. ...
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