VW Atlas and Tiguan MQB Performance Upgrades

Some years ago right before I started working here at ECS, I had always associated our products with typical performance platforms. The rest of the models offered by European automakers just didn’t have that ‘enthusiast’ owner base that others do, like the GTI, M3, or S4. However, we offer more than just support for those [...]

2021-01-25T10:06:13-05:00January 25th, 2021|Volkswagen|0 Comments

Audi B6 A4 1.8T Quattro Upgrades for More Power

When someone mentions Audi in the context of modified cars, what comes to mind are generally B8 A4s, B5 S4s, the R8, anything with a 5-cylinder, and the likes. Often far down that list, if it’s even present, is the B6 A4 1.8T Quattro. Not for any intrinsic reasons, it’s a great car and has [...]

2020-12-03T15:36:01-05:00December 3rd, 2020|Audi|Comments Off on Audi B6 A4 1.8T Quattro Upgrades for More Power

Fixing the VW MK7 R Common Problems

The VW MK7 R has been in our hands long enough now that some of its weak points have become clear to owners and enthusiasts. If you’re looking for a second-hand MK7 R, chances are, these issues have already been addressed, but it’s certainly something to look out for and check the service history. Whether [...]

2020-11-18T13:06:15-05:00November 18th, 2020|Volkswagen|Comments Off on Fixing the VW MK7 R Common Problems

How Reliable is the VW MK7 R?

The MK7 Golf R is VW’s best-performing out of the box hot hatchback solution. It draws enthusiasts to its 292hp turbocharged version of the MQB Gen3 engine, all-wheel-drive system, available manual transmission, and practical 5-door hatchback layout. While it is still new, the MK7 R has not posed too many reliability concerns in the first [...]

2020-11-16T15:47:19-05:00November 16th, 2020|Volkswagen|Comments Off on How Reliable is the VW MK7 R?

Brand New ECS OEM Intercooler Delete Bracket Kits for MK5/6/7 GTI/Golf R

We’re cranking out the hits lately. First, the MK5/6 2.0T FSI/TSI fabricated aluminum intake manifold drew tons of attention from big turbo builds. Now, we’re helping you reach those goals to reduce weight and increase efficiency. The new in-house designed MK5, MK6, and MK7 GTI/Golf R OEM Intercooler Delete Brackets are the best way to [...]

2020-11-13T11:34:45-05:00November 13th, 2020|Volkswagen|Comments Off on Brand New ECS OEM Intercooler Delete Bracket Kits for MK5/6/7 GTI/Golf R

Big Power: 2.0T FSI/TSI Fabricated Aluminum Intake Manifold Upgrade

The 2.0T FSI/TSI engine has the potential for substantial power. Despite its small displacement, the power ceiling is fairly high for even simple bolt-ons. An intake, turbo-back exhaust, coil packs, software upgrade, and a K04 turbo make the 2.0T an absolute weapon. However, in the process, weak points that would otherwise not be an issue [...]

2020-10-26T12:11:06-04:00October 26th, 2020|Intake, Performance, Volkswagen|2 Comments

Be Cool: New ECS MQB Cast Aluminum Intercooler Upgrade

Basic Performance Upgrades, or BPUs, are the parts we enthusiasts primarily pursue. Most folks don’t do engine building, honing, boring, fabrication, and extensive custom work themselves, and certainly not on their daily drivers. No one is going to break any records with BPUs, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t worth it. The simple formula of [...]

2020-05-27T12:32:44-04:00May 27th, 2020|Intake, New Products, Performance|Comments Off on Be Cool: New ECS MQB Cast Aluminum Intercooler Upgrade

Top BMW 135i Upgrades for Power and Performance

With most of the preventative replacements and maintenance, there isn’t much you can do to improve performance. However, once you’ve completed that maintenance, you can begin to modify your 135i with performance parts that give you more power and, in some cases, remedy some issues you might otherwise encounter. The 135i, especially the early N54-powered [...]

2020-03-02T15:56:47-05:00March 2nd, 2020|BMW|Comments Off on Top BMW 135i Upgrades for Power and Performance

How Reliable is the BMW 135i N54

BMW has always been successful with their compact sports car platforms. It’s in their roots. As their models grew in size with every generation, they saw a need to create a new model that filled in the gap they had created with the bulking-up of their iconic 3-series. In 2008, the world was given the [...]

2020-03-02T14:43:27-05:00February 26th, 2020|About, BMW, Tech Tips|Comments Off on How Reliable is the BMW 135i N54