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Been looking and reading up, because I want to up the software on my D3 Powershift.

Which would be best? Who have done or tried?
Option 1: Rica can take it from the stock 150hp 350nm to 201hp and 451nm. Which is awesome, only problem is, I will have to take out and send my ECU to them in Netherlands to have it hacked....and software loaded.

Option 2: A Local tuner - Veloce performance here in South Africa, say they can also do it, without a hack, in Boot mode, also 200Hp and 450nm. Wonder if they maybe have or load Rica map or own software tune....

Option 3: Plug and play units like Chipbox - gains at 10 to 15%

Option 4: Polestar from Volvo themselves. About same price as Rica, minus the courier and downtime. Figures gained 177hp and 400nm.

But the thing that I am wondering now, is Polestar does more than just the engine, as they state. And this may be a deciding factor....
As the powershift can be little annoying from pull away as there is a delay. Even in Sport mode, but the driving experience from normal and sport mode is night and day.

But Polestar claims:

Gearshift Speed*
The gearshift speed has been increased for the car to accelerate faster and react more direct to the commands of the driver, for example when shifting down fast ahead of an overtaking manoeuvre. A faster gearbox provides the driver with more direct control of the car.

Gearshift Precision and Gear Hold*
The gearshifts have been calibrated to provide a more direct and precise driving experience as well as faster acceleration. Gearshift points have been calibrated to efficiently utilise the optimised mid-range performance of the engine. The gear hold function holds the gear during cornering at high lateral g-forces, preventing unwanted gearshifts mid-corner that can unsettle the balance of the car.

* = Automatic gearbox only
http://www.polestar.com/wp-content/u...er_Eng_Web.pdf
 

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Spoke to guys at Polestar, and the Auto Gearbox mods are only available on the new 4 cyl models. "“the new generation optimisation” is only offered to four cylinder drive-E VEA engines"
So they only enhance the engine power......
"We will not reprogram the gearbox. But, The gearbox will shift faster and smoother, especially in S-mode, because of the higher torque/power.
The Engine torque does affect the function of the gearbox in all Volvo models"


So I may be rethink this....
I was at the coast last week, and the little extra boost.....was awesome!!! And you can hear the turbo whistle even more.
 
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