BMW Performance Tuning
Personalize the look, sound and performance of your BMW with one of our quality selected performance upgrade vendors. PKW Motorwerks is the leading Chicago BMW performance shop –we supply and install everything from carbon fiber accent pieces, exhaust systems, to ecu upgrades for your BMW.
Below we have listed a handful of options that we recommend to get started with upgrading your BMW's performance. Give us a call for recommendations on how to enhance your BMW’s performance today!
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BMW Performance Upgrades & Modifications
Performance Software Upgrades
ECU tuning involves changing or modifying the memory chip in a vehicles ecu to achieve better overall performance. The ECU is the brains of your vehicle. Everything that your car does is controlled, managed, and maintained by it. When you tune your vehicle you are erasing the map written on the ecu and replacing it with an updated one. Some of the benefits include added horsepower and torque as well as improved fuel efficiency.
Adding an aftermarket exhaust to your BMW is a great way to unleash the power and performance of your BMW engine. Performance exhaust systems allow for a quicker, more efficient path for exhaust gases to escape. This allows your engine to breathe better, so spent fuel and air exit the combustion chambers faster – thus creating more power. Most BMW owners that are looking to start with performance upgrades will begin with an aftermarket exhaust as they tend to be the most cost-effective way to increase your performance. Not only will a performance exhaust alter your performance and sound, but it will create a new look as well. Many exhaust systems come with options for tips and even switchpath options – allowing you to choose when to make more noise. There are many options out there to choose from. Feel free to call and speak with our performance specialist to go over your goals.
High intake air temperatures can affect the performance on your BMW. An intercooler is needed to adjust that air temperature. With an intercooler, the hot air from the turbo is forced through the intercooler causing the air to cool off rapidly prior to reaching the engine allowing for more maximum oxygen. Thus, leading to better performance! Turbocharged or supercharged vehicles will see a 5%-10% increase in their engines performance with an upgraded intercooler.
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Downpipes are an important performance add-on for turbo-charged vehicles. They will give you additional performance gains of at least 10 to 20 horsepower. Aftermarket downpipes tend to have a different shape and size which helps control the gas flow over the stock downpipe.
One major component to a properly functioning engine is air flow. Improving the flow of air into your vehicle's engine will improve performance and fuel economy. A few benefits of replacing your stock air intake system include increased acceleration due to added horsepower and torque. With more air in the combustion mixture, the engine will use less fuel to power itself. Also, aftermarket air intakes offer enhanced sound, giving your BMW more of a growl upon acceleration. Lastly, if you add a new exhaust you will increase the efficiency of the system and see a big boost of horsepower.
Coilovers - Coilovers offer improved high-speed handling and a reduced and often adjustable ride height. A great upgrade for those who occasionally race their cars. Sway Bars - Can improve a car’s handling by reducing its tendency to lean to the outside of turns. Front and rear sway bars will change the car’s tendency to “oversteer” or “understeer.” Springs – Stiffer springs are optimal for improving handling at the racetrack.
If you own a performance car and you drive it like you should (aggressively) you are a good candidate for performance brake upgrades. Whether you take your vehicle out on the racetrack or you have made engine modifications to increase power, you may want to consider getting a brake upgrade. There are many brake kit options that include brake pads that are more durable and less prone to fading - great for track days. Slotted and cross-drilled rotors also improve the cooling of the rotor and give the brake dust a place to go. There are numerous options for your BMW so feel free to reach out to us to get the right brake kit for your vehicle.
These are just a few items to get you started. There are lots of different upgrades and modifications we can do for your BMW. Don’t hesitate to reach out and speak with our BMW performance specialist for what will work best for your vehicle.
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With a fully trained crew of employees, PKW Motorwerks has over 15 years of experience in German automotive technology, so rest assured, your vehicle is in good hands when you choose us for your BMW performance upgrades and modifications.
PKW provides quality BMW service & repairs in the entire Chicagoland area. Our Plainfield location is conveniently located near Aurora, Naperville, Shorewood, Lisle, Downers Grove and the surrounding western Chicago suburbs.