Wanted to start a thread to journal the work that has gone into my 2016 XC60 T6 3.0. I got the Polestar optimization software loaded on at the dealer before I even drove it off the lot. Besides the stealth subwoofer audio stuff did when I bought the vehicle in October, the vehicle has had some additional mods done to improve performance and handling.
Base 0-60 time measured with my ODB2 tool was 5.9 to 6 seconds. Measured max boost at 18.5 psi.
Nov, 2016: Started with the TDI tuning box here -
At the time TDI Tuning wouldn't directly import to US, so I had to import it myself through a 3rd party. Install wasn't difficult, but the MAP sensor on the intercooler pipe was a PITA to remove. I ended buying a special tool from Amazon that looked like a butter knife with a hook to remove the connector. Once done, the box was put in mode 7, and filled with 93 octane fuel. Performance in Sport mode, especially 2nd, 3rd gear was very good. 0-60 time still in the 5.9-6.0 second range but the pull in 2nd gear in much higher, and the rpm's hang on longer before shifting. Definitely worth the money
January, 2017: In the quest to bring the 0-60 times down to the 5.0 second range or lower, I contacted Connor at Viva Performance. The goal was to make around 450-500 hp and lb/ft tq. Much thanks to Viva Performance, without them, this forum, and the entire supplier community, putting this together wouldn't have been possible. Purchased the following items:
Snabb Air Intake
Snabb Turbo Air Pipe
Snabb Engine Cover
Complete Upgraded Turbo with bigger compressor wheel - Viva Performance
Pressure recirc valve on turbo kit - Viva Performance
Stage 3 Hilton tune
And from KPAX (Now Elevate): KPAX GT Exhaust for XC60
And from Tire Rack: H&R lowering Springs
There aren't a ton of reputable performance shops in Northwest Indiana but within 1.5 hours from me is the home of Ligenfelter (Vette/Camero), and Brenspeed (Mustang)
Selected Brenspeed to install all of the parts. First Volvo they worked on, but the guys were awesome. Took them 11 hours to install all of the above parts, and remove the TDI Tuning box. Rob from Hilton tuning was able to load a base tune on remotely, that will be tweaked significantly in the next week or so after data logging. They also installed the intercooler with no issue and were able to relocate my front radar to the bottom of the front bumper grill. Again, these guys are true professionals and I would recommend them in a second. Pretty cool shop and lounge to hang out while they work on your ride.
Holy $%^#, the Ferrita downpipe with KPAX exhaust is LOUD. The Snabb air intake and turbo air pipe also has a very distinct noise. You can hear the air sucking and the turbo whistle through the air intake. The H&R springs are sweet. Not entirely "slammed" low, but nice.
Still some snags to work out.. On the way home threw a P0420 code due to not having the correct O2 sensor spacer on the rear space on the Ferrita downpipe. The shop said they didn't see a spacer, maybe it fell out of the box, who knows. Connor at Viva Performance like a champ sent me a replacement (will be here tomorrow, YES!)
Also, wife DID NOT like the sound of the Ferrita downpipe and Kpax exhaust. Much too loud. When trying to back the car out of the garage at 5:30 am, it's way too loud in the neighborhood.
I just bought the IPD Exhaust to try (even through it doesn't say it will fit the XC60). According to their website their downpipe and exhaust seem pretty tame like stock, so hopefully this will quiet things down.
Take a lot of pictures and post them
Remove the Kpax exhaust and install the IPD exhaust - done
Install the o2 sensor spacer on the rear of the Ferrita down pipe. - done
Ensure the P0420 code cleared
Data log a bunch of 3rd gear 2k-redline runs
Have Rob at Hilton tuning create the best damn tune Stage 3 EVAR.
Sit back and smile..
Stuff that is for sale:
TDI Tuning box - pre-tuned for T6 3.0 Polestar base tune
Kpax GT Exhaust
Misc stock parts: Stock turbo, stock intercooler
Will post more as things start to happen. It's been a busy week.