So after months, actually almost a year, of putting off getting tuned, I finally gave it a shot. I'm not here to knock on anyone or company, or give false praises where they aren't due. I'm a forum enthusiast, love my car, and I think a lot of people on this forum know me by now, I'm straight with my answers and thoughts. I want to be as honest as possible in my review, I don't want to sugar coat anything.
Coming from a fully modded 335, being basically stock was getting boring to me, even though the car is fast stock! I've been researching and talking to fellow members about tunes, taking test drives, and all that good stuff. Which tune to get? Is it really worth it? Will I actually feel anything? All these questions kept popping in my mind and mostly what i kept asking members and researching etc.
In my N54 335 days, I was heavily involved in tuning and was one of the first ever guys to run a jb4 when terry and burger tuning first ever started and opened their doors. I did a lot of beta testing and logging for years for Terry. Was a lot of fun and I learned a lot about engine tuning during the time. Consistency, timing drops, boost response and spool, etc
Not all tunes are the same (choosing my tune)
So when my friend got a ess tune done i wanted to see for myself how a tuned S85 felt like. He got a bunch of mods with the tune like headers, pulley, exhaust, bmc filters etc. so i wasn't getting a stock car tuned experience but more of a fbo (full bolt on) experience, nonetheless I was still was looking to see how power felt through the powerband and rev range, if it was linear and consistent, timing drops etc.
My review is here is on the forum of what my friend went through and the tune, but to keep it short, ess tune felt inconsistent in back to back runs. Had something like flat spots in the rev range as well. I wasn't 100% happy and convinced tuning this engine is any good. It's when my friend was having trouble with ESS tune and their service that he went with evolve. So a phone call one day, my friend again invited me to go test drive his car again now with the evolve tune! Now after driving it I was excited and really happy with how his car felt. Smooth through the rev range, linear power, with amazing top end. No hiccups, no flat spots, and most of all consistent every single run.
So ESS was out of the running for me, evolve was def on my list! Eurocharged seemed to be popular, but kept reading about knocking and timing drops, that didn't make me happy. They are more amg guys than M guys, not a lot of members have it, couldnt find a lot of reviews, non recently as well. That seemed to be the list of tunes that members really liked or were any good for our cars i could find on the forum.
Evolve kept intriguing me because they are the most active on the forum out of all the performance companies, kept bringing new exciting products with results on this engine, and after talking to Sal, imran, bilal, from Evolve you can just see the amount of love, knowledge and excitement for this S85! The amount of knowledge for this car was really what sold me! Made me feel extremely comfortable. And after driving my friends car, I can see there knowledge is translated to their tunes. There list of reviews for their tune on the forum was more then anyone, so I felt even more comfortable.
HERE we go!!
So, I bit the bullet and ordered the tune! Few days later, I come home saturday and my evolve package is there!! Super fast shipping. So far so good.
Downloaded the evolve software off their website, plugged in the evolve cable into my OBD, and into my comp, used the PDF instructions and the evolve software and downloaded the stock ECU info to send out to evolve! On my way home from work on monday, I get a email with my new tuned evolve file!! Raced home, uploaded the evolve software to the car within 10 mins and it was done!
Started her up, nice and smooth, no CEL or codes. Went for a easy ride to warm everything up and started doing some short WOT runs to adapt the car, right away I felt the smoother revs, crisper shifts, and the beautiful throttle response. It put a smile on my face because I could actually feel a difference already!
Stopped in Brooklyn bridge park, went for ice cream and some scenery views. I come back to the car after a few hours, jumping onto the highway I go WOT in S6, and HOLY ****, car was absolutely flying! BEAST! Shifts were faster and harder, midrange was great, but the top end was just amazing! This tune really opened her up on the top end, and the car just sunk my stomach in every time! I was laughing and giggling like a girl! I was shocked to get power from this flash i could legit feel on my baby thats basically stockish.
Power was consistent as hell on all my back to back runs. Smooth rev range and car just felt more solid and awake to all my inputs. Put it in p400 and comfort, was able to drive nice and smooth with less jerkiness then stock, went to dinner and came home. Not only did this tune make the car a much more blast and crazy violent beast with WOT, but it also made driving normal easier, better throttle response, smoother rev and crisper gear changes.
Honestly, all the research, emails, PM's was worth it. Evolve is def not a hype and I knew this after trying the ESS tune and the evolve tune after and seeing how good the evolve tune was! Now having it on my car, I'm really happy and my worries are out the window. I wish i would have done this sooner, but I hope this helps a lot of guys if they are in my shoes before I ordered.
Evolve was a pleasure to work with, talk to and answer all my questions! I know I was a big pain in the ***! Sal, imran, bilal were a extreme help, really great guys that treated me right the whole experience. I honestly love and enjoy sharing my story when a company from start to finish makes a customer happy and in my case this thanks is well deserved for them. I work hard for my money, and its always so nice to see a company treat people right, and do right with there products! Big thanks again to Sal especially for answering all my questions, and Bilal for helping me out with the ordering, and Imran as always for his continued help! Thanks to all the forum members who have help me aswell. Evolve Intakes up next!!
My Evolve tune consisted of:
93 octane tune
Top speed limiter delete
I kept my cold start because to be honest i like it
I kept the stock rev limiter as well.
Here are some pics!