The story goes like this...
So I live in Bangalore and close to a place called Rajarajeshwari Nagar.
There is a 'Torque' showroom in that place and I happen to befriend that guy(avid rallyist) and when i started having conversations with him about 'Pete's' he said there is another one called 'Spider' and gave me high hopes so i gave it a try ..
My view of the results are like this..
1st gear(w/wo AC)
There was very very negligible difference using the kit , I could feel that the car rolled off to a start just a tad bit faster but nothing to go bonkers over
2nd gear::(w.o AC)
Here again there was a mild increase in the torque , possible to figure out only if one knows his car well and knows when the turbo is about to kick in..
I didnt do any dyno tests or any metric tests per se as i wanted to get the feel for the change, so I cannot give you exact number but AFAIK
i can say that the boost kicked in at aboutt 100-200rpm earlier than default, "BUT" it dies down very fast as well.
2nd gear: (with AC)
Here there was a noticeable change in the torque output and I "MUST" say that there was visible difference, (Punto was no slouch by default because of massive torque) I could see that the car was leaping even with AC on , It was definitely better than default .
3rd gear and 4th:(w/wo AC)
I did a speed trap in these gears and reaching 100 from 30kmph was about 1.5-2s faster with the kit in place.. (Again not exact , I did this test over my phone's stopwatch)
5th gear(w/wo AC):
Sadly there is absolutely no difference here, I was asked by the 'Spider' guy to rev the engine up to 4500rpm but I could not feel much kick at all.. Infact the top speed somehow remains to be the same,
Its strange and difficult to believe that if there is a 30% increase in BHP did nothing to the top speed..
I would give it a 2 on 5 simply because it does not make one feel that his/her car has just got a shot of steroid and is mad.
City driving definitely improves with turbo lag in mid range begin reduced noticeably , however a seasoned driver(I feel) would not really care about this slight increase.
The hard thing to digest::
Punto always has a huge Torque band and so what i expected was that it would at least push me back into my seat in "any gear", But that never happened.
The worst part (I felt)
If you didnt tell me that my car was running on 'Spider' then chances are when i stepped into another Punto I would not figure out that there was anything different with my car to begin with...(The overall result is that 'MILD")
My car is the 76BHP version so perhaps the 90HP VGT could do more justice.. But for me I didnt feel much to buy it..
PS:: I"ve read a lot about Pete's can you please give me an opinion on that..
Also I'd like to know of other alternatives which are really worthy on my car.
I'm not looking for out and out performance .. My wishlist is just a few posts up.. Please take a look and let me know.