VW Arteon Tuning

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The Arteon replaces the CC, and is a very well designed and capable car.

It offers a wide selection of great engines, good handling and is a very practical size, whilst throwing in plenty of interior space to work with.

The Arteon is a good car modification project to have. We see people often wasting money on their Arteon doing the wrong mods and then having to start over. Follow our advice to avoid wasting your money

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Top end bhp should be your overall aim with a nice fat wide peak torque band.

Spending just a little money on the right engine and handling parts should transform your car into a potential super car beater.

Sadly with smaller engine sizes you are wasting your time spending money on modifications, so if this applies to you get yourself an engine swap then apply the following mods.

Engine tuning mods.

These mods tuning modifications are usually fitted by our members, decide how far you want to go before you get going.

Getting the right sports parts for your planned usage of the car is a time and money saver. Stage 3 motor sport parts just don't work well on the road making the car difficult to drive.

Stage 1 mods: Remap, Alloy wheels, Panel air filter, Sports exhaust, Suspension upgrade (drop 30-40mm), Lighter flywheel.

Stage 2 mods: Power/Sport clutch, Ported and polished head, Fast road cam, high flow fuel injector, fuel pump upgrades.

Stage 3 mods: Internal engine upgrades (pistons/head/valves), Adding or upgrading forced induction (turbo/supercharger), Engine balancing, Sports gearbox, Competition cam.

You really need to keep as much low end torque as possible and aim to get a wide power band across the rev range rather than a narrow top end power spike.

In this article we shall give an overview and introduction to the best performance parts for your car, but we'd encourage you to spend some time on the site looking into the details of each type of performance part.A fast road camshaft will be one of the best NASP power modifications you can do with a single part fitted to your engine.

It improves the intake and exhaust durations and pushes up the power if done right. Ideally you'd add other mods and finish up with a reflashed ECU. We'd also caution you not to go with a motor sport cam as this upsets the engines idling and general town driving characteristics.

You will need to ensure that the engine is not starved of fuel so will need to increase the fuelling.

If you find you have flat spots and power surges after your modified parts you should check the fuelling and try a higher octane fuel as well. To get sufficient fuel you may need to improve the injectors on your engine.

If you've uprated your fuelling with bigger injectors you will also need to get a bigger fuel pump to supply it.

Intake and Exhaust Tuning.

Breathing mods are usually next up. Please note that WE DO NOT FEEL YOU GET POWER GAINS FROM INDUCTION KITS, unless you have tuned your car a lot and are finding that the standard air intake has become the bottleneck.

Induction kits can work well on turbo engines and larger engines (if supplied with a suitable cold air feed or air box), generally though we'd just recommend for Arteon engines you should just fit a sports panel air filter preferably made from cotton.

Do not go with the largest exhaust you can get this will slow the exhaust rate - the best for power gains are usually between 1.5 to 2.5 inches. It is the shape and material more than the bore size.

Head work including a gas flow (ported and polished) and 3 or 5 angle valve job will really help to release the potential of the engine. When you start tuning your Arteon you will reach a point that the standard clutch starts to suffer so get an uprated clutch. The best mods that we recommend for your Arteon are remaps, sports camshafts and induction improvements.

Remaps offer phenomenal power gains on all turbo charged cars. On NASP engines the benefits are doubtful. However a flashed ecu on a NASP engine will help unleash the potential if you have done a lot of mods.

We've also seen some tuners experimenting with twincharged conversions and making some very high power figures.

Despite the large cost involved adding forced induction to a NASP engine will give large power gains. Superchargers are often easier to add than turbos. Turbos increase power in exponential proportion to th engine speed and this can make mapping difficult.

It is easier to map a supercharger because the boost is correlating to engine speed on a linear curve. To cope with forced induction you will usually need to decrease the engine compression ratio .

Handling/Suspension upgrades

Improving the handling for people first priority in your Arteon tuning project.

Adding a bit of negative camber to the front and around 1 to 1.7 degrees of toe out, will substantially improve your Arteon in handling and cornering.

Drop the car by as much as 21mm - 38 mm and fit modified stiffer dampers, bigger drops will need other modifications in most instances.

Alloy wheel upgrades.

The benefits of alloy wheels include reducing your unsprung weight and better brake cooling via the extra air flow they allow.

Pay attention to your choice of tyres (tyres) for your car, a good directional tread pattern tyre can really enhance your cars handling.

It is worth noting that although they can look cool on the Arteon big alloy wheels will actually decrease your performance. The larger you go the lower your acceleration will be - this to the change in your effective final drive ratio.

With this in mind we would advise sticking to a maximum wheel size of 18 or 19 inches, although we know some of our members have gone larger than this with no problems.

There is a more updated version of this VW Arteon Tuning article on TorqueCars.com.

For more information on Tuning your car please join us in our friendly forum where you can discuss Arteon options in more detail with our Arteon owners. It would also be worth reading our unbiased VW tuning articles to get a full grasp of the benefits and drawbacks of each modification.

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