BMW drivers can now unlock extra performance in under 10 minutes with a new engine tuning app. Carly – Connected Car, a world market leader in mobile vehicle electronics, has unveiled its first Android app for motorists to change their vehicle engine mapping by phone. Available initially for BMW diesel models, including certain 1,3,5,6,7 and X models, the app has been comprehensively trialled with over 500,000km of driving in the real world. Results from Carly’s own testing have shown improvements in acceleration; reducing 0-60 mph times by up to 25 per cent alongside gains in mid-range acceleration to increase responsiveness, offering a helpful boost for overtaking.
“In the past, if you wanted extra performance it meant a trip to a garage and a time-consuming process to get any improvement,” says Avid Avini, Carly’s co-founder. “Now, with a phone and our adapter, you can do it all in less than ten minutes. It’s simple, reversible and a very cost-effective route to more performance. We’ve also proven the reliability; having driven over 210,000km in one of our own cars with a combined testing total that tops half a million kilometres.”
As well as uploading a higher performance engine tuning map Carly’s easy-to-use app can switch off other functions such as disabling the maximum speed limiter and exhaust gas recirculation. Fully-secure, the app is reversible and unlike traditional remaps, it can be uploaded and restored to standard configuration at any time. This makes it easy to revert the car back to standard at any time but also makes it ideal for those wanting to have different maps; for example, a performance configuration for track days and then return to standard settings for road use.
Initially available for BMW models built between 2003 and 2009, including E8X 1 Series, E9X 3 Series, E6X 5, 6 and 7 Series. BMW’s X5 and X6 (E7X models are also catered for), Carly is working on developing versions for other vehicle brands. Owners can confirm compatibility via a button within the free of charge Carly Tuning app.
Prices start from 160 € including a specific wire and diagnostics connector that plugs into the OBD port.
How much more performance does the app offer?
Performance increases vary by individual car and can’t be guaranteed but in tests with a 2008 E61 BMW 5 Series, the Carly tuning app reduced the time taken to accelerate 60 to 120mph from 32.2 seconds to 20.8 seconds.
How long does it take to upload software from phone to car?
Depending on the car, handset and wire, it can take up to ten minutes
Can I reverse the tuning?
Yes, it can be reversed at any time.
Is it detectable?
When it is installed, it is detectable but if you revert to standard, it is not normally easy to identify it has previously been uploaded
If you would like to try the Carly app, please get in contact with the UK press office, [email protected] or call 01295 780411