Commodore VE 3.6 V6 Alloytec 180

Powerchip First With Alloytec Upgrade!!
After two years of research and development, Powerchip is proud to announce that our Holden VE Commodore Alloytec V6 upgrades are now available!

The Powerchip performance software has been designed in-house, and is uploaded to the vehicle directly through the diagnostic port located under the steering wheel.

Much public demand for the Alloytec upgrade put the final phase of R&D into top gear. The results mean a far more fun car to drive, with far improved throttle response and a more lively engine.
How does Powerchip upgrade my Alloytec Commodore?
Over the past six months, the Senior Technicians of Powerchip's R&D Department together with our Research Partners have been working on Powerflash, the next generation of performance software equipment.

The new technology allows the upgrading of the Holden Commodore Alloytec models with Powerchip software directly through the diagnostic port; rather than modifying the ECU physically.

Powerflash marks a brand new era for Powerchip and the performance chip industry at large. If you are in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, or Perth, you can have your Commodore upgraded with Powerchip technology tomorrow, while you wait.

The Powerchip Gold98 upgrade through Powerflash takes very little time, and does not even require the bonnet to be opened. This means that physically nothing changes on your Commodore, and your time is kept to a minimum.
What will the Powerchip software change?
Powerchip invests a significant amount of time and money into developing their upgrades, and the Powerchip Gold98 for the VE Commodore is no exception.

A specific emphasis is placed on road development. Powerchip prides itself on creating performance upgrades that make real-world differences, not just squiggly lines on a dyno. Part throttle improvements are where the biggest increases are made and noticed, as this is where 90% of people actually drive their cars.

The engines fuelling and timing maps are modified to run with 98 octane fuel, ensuring the best driving experience from the Alloytec engine at all times.
Does the Powerchip give my Alloytec Commodore better performance?
The Powerchip Alloytec upgrade has been eagerly anticipated by the public, due to the popularity of the Ecotec upgrades that Powerchip developed extensively.

The Powerchip upgrade dramatically improves the eagerness of the Alloytec, and generally the way the car feels.

Peformance can be increased on the Commodore 180 by 12kw, meaning real-world improvements that translate into real fun on the road. This puts the Powerchip upgrade at a similar level to the SV6 high-output engine!
How does the Commodore drive with Powerchip software?
The long established internet magazine for car enthusiasts has featured the Powerchip Gold98 Alloytec Commodore upgrade.

Autospeed drove an Alloytec in standard form, then with the Powerchip upgrade.

"Once reflashed, the Alloytec comes alive. Response is vastly improved in the everyday range of throttle application, there’s noticeably more torque (as evident by the transmission shifting up earlier) and top-end is much improved. The threshy Alloytec sound remains - but at least there’s now some performance to go with it!"

The full article can be viewed here.

As Michael Knowling says, "Improved throttle response, more effortless commuting, greater torque and performance. What else could you want for well under AUD$1000?"

For more information on your VE Commodore, register your interest on the Powerchip website.
Is the Powerchip safe for my Alloytec?
Absolutely. In the past, chip upgrades have required the physical chip to be desoldered from the ECU board, programmed, then soldered back into the ECU.

The Powerchip upgrade for the Commodore is programmed directly via the diagnostic port, located under the steering wheel.

This means there is no physical modification done to the car, as the Powerchip is purely software. Obviously, this is far safer for the vehicle.

Another advantage is the vehicle can be returned to standard at any time. As Powerchip holds all standard files on our database, if a vehicle ever needed to be 'flashed' back to stock, it would be as quick, simple, and easy as the original upgrade.
Just nowhere near as fun!
Why is Powerchip the best tuner?
There are many aspects to software that mean the difference between an average tune, and the best tune.

The majority of "tuners" simply design software for outright kilowatts at the wheels, at Wide Open Throttle (WOT). It is, in simple terms, tuning a car to within an inch of its life.

Although Powerchip do develop their upgrades on the dyno at WOT, they understand that it does not translate to 'real-world' driving.

On-road development is a major factor in designing performance upgrades for vehicles at Powerchip. Part throttle power is where the biggest tolerances are kept in engines, and due to the fact that this is where most cars are driven on a day-to-day basis, is where the Powerchip upgrades are most noticable.

The picture on the left is an example of a dyno run (on an XR5 Turbo) in which peak power is only slightly improved over standard. Despite the fact that 'peak power' is only marginally improved, it has been achieved far earlier, and held right through to redline. In acceleration tests, the vehicle with the Powerchip software would beat the stock car.

Powerchip openly admits it is probably the most conservative tuner around, for the simple fact that they design the upgrades for drivability and longevity, and not for pure horsepower. There are so many factors that mark the difference between 'performance software' and a Powerchip upgrade.
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