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Engine ECU Flash Performance Power Upgrade Tune for Motronic 4 Turbo Models 1994-1998 850 C70 S70 V70

MTE - 115120

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Product Description


Upgrading the engine management software and exhaust on your turbo Volvo is the most effective way to improve output. You can expect to see realistic and measurable gains from 33 to 53 HP depending on the model. Since 1994 we have partnered exclusively with MTE SWEDEN to bring you the world¹s most effective and reliable upgrades. We work with engineers from MTE to develop performance calibrations optimized for the North American market that retain full factory functionality, drivability and emission levels.

If you spend much time on popular Volvo performance enthusiast forums, you might have noticed that we are occasionally referred to as being too conservative in our tuning since some Volvo tuners publish higher horsepower specs than we do. Some of our competitors do make a couple of more peak HP, but if you do your homework, you will find that our upgrades provide superior real world performance and the reason is because we focus on developing the most area under the power curve with smooth linear power delivery.

Still not convinced?

Here's an unbiased excerpt from an article by Dave Coleman that appeared in Sport Compact Car magazine titled "Below The Curve":

"We, the collective of car geeks, tend to get entirely too wrapped up in peak numbers, especially horsepower." Then the debates start. "Peak torque is more important than peak power." "Peak power is more important than peak torque." The battle rages on and more precious Internet bandwidth is wasted arguing one misconception against another. The truth, as usual, is that the engine with the most area under the curve, either the horsepower or torque curve, is the one that will be faster. Ah, ha! Now you see why the area under the torque curve is the most important of all."

FYI- Dave writes very insightful tech articles laying waste to common performance misconceptions in each issue! You can also read some of his work at www.sportcompactcarweb.com.

It's our goal to provide you with software upgrades that deliver maximum power levels as advertised as well as being reliable without overstressing the car¹s powertrain. It might be possible to squeeze a few more ponies from certain models by running a bit more boost, but careful research and development combined with over a decade of experience in upgrading the Volvo 5 and 6-cylinder Turbo models have made our upgrades the most respected and successful in the industry.

Stage Zero?

When upgrading, it seems logical that you would want to make sure that the engine is in top tune, but this is often overlooked in the quest for instant performance gratification, which often results in poor performance from your upgrades. The increased loads can cause misfiring and other unpleasant issues. We ran across the Stage "ZERO" idea on volvospeed.com and concur 100% that you should perform these steps before making upgrades to the engine in your Volvo if it is more than 5 years old or has more than 50,000 miles on it.

Stage ZERO Tuning List:

  • Cap, rotor, plugs, and wires
  • Air, fuel and oil filter service
  • Trans fluid flush
  • Inspect & replace vacuum lines and IC piping rubber
  • Upgrade to silicone hoses where possible
  • Test / replace 02 sensors
  • Verify proper fuel flow using a fuel pressure tester and replace fuel pumps if needed
  • Clean / replace injectors
  • Clean intercooler / intercooler plumbing
  • Compression and cylinder leak down test

No Chips! No Soldering!

We have been flash upgrading Volvo ECUs since 1994 and we are still the only company that can offer you the security and reliability that flash upgrading provides. Just like the factory, no soldering, no wire cutting or piggy back connectors required. Even though our upgrades sometimes cost more than our competitors, the performance, quality service and convenience we provide allows us to outsell our closest competitor by 10 to1. You get what you pay for with ipd ECU upgrades.

The ECU Upgrade Process For 1994 - 98 Models

Place your order either over the web or by calling one of our customer service representatives being sure to have your vehicle details filled out correctly. We generally recommend having you call us to work out all the fine details for shipping and the ECU upgrade itself. With these upgrades it is required for you to remove the ECU from the vehicle and send it to us for reprogramming. The vehicle will be inoperable during this period so make sure to plan around this when you decide to send your ECU in for a reflash. 

Disclaimer: Performance products sold by IPD have not been tested or approved by any international, federal or local governing agency for street use, thus are designated for non-road or race track use only. Although every effort is made to maintain or improve upon the emissions standards and safety of your Volvo, some of our products may not be legal for street use in your region. IPD makes no claim of fitness or certification for such use and leave it up to you to research the laws of your region.

Additional Technical Information

The chart below shows the approximate gains you can expect when upgrading to an ipd ECU and exhaust. Although the exhaust is not required, it’s highly recommended for best results and to prevent overheating of the turbo, especially if you are a hard driver or you will subject your car to sustained high loads such as towing or track conditions. NOTE: Figures shown below are for ECU when installed with our Sport Exhaust. Deduct 10 units when installing ECU only. The 0-60 times are based on tests performed on automatic transmission models using a G-Tech performance meter. A capable driver in a manual transmission car could possibly improve these times by approximately 2/10ths of a second. Power Pack It and Save $100! Buy an ipd ECU upgrade and ipd sport exhaust at the same time and we’ll deduct $100 off your order.

Model/Year ECU
Boost PSI
0-60 Seconds
ECU Upgrade
Part Number
1994-1995 850 T5 072 222/275 236/280 9.7/14.5 7.4/6.2 86072
1995-1997 850 T5R 628 240/275 236/280 12/14.5 7.0/6.2 86628
1996-1997 850 T5 072 222/275 236/280 9.7/14.5 7.4/6.2 86073
1996-1997 850R 628 240/275 236/280 12/14.5 7.0/6.2 86629
1997 850 GLT LPT 936 190/230 212/265 8/12 7.8/6.6 86936
Model/Year ECU
Bosch #
Boost PSI
0-60 Seconds
ECU Upgrade
Part Number
1998 C70 LPT Automatic 458 190/230 212/265 8/12 7.8/6.6 68458
1998 C70 T5 Automatic 607 236/285 243/290 10/15 7.2/6.0 86607
1998 C70 T5 Manual 608 236/285 243/290 10/15 7.2/6.0 86608
Model/Year ECU
Bosch #
Boost PSI
0-60 Seconds
ECU Upgrade
Part Number
1998 S70 GLT LPT 458 190/230 212/265 8/12 7.8/6.6 86458
1998 S70 T5 Automatic 451 236/285 243/290 10/15 7.2/6.0 86451
1998 S70 T5 Automatic 607 236/285 243/290 10/15 7.2/6.0 86607
1998 S70 T5 Manual 450 236/285 243/290 10/15 7.2/6.0 86450
1998 S70 T5 manual 608 236/285 243/290 10/15 7.2/6.0 86608
1998 V70 T5 manual 608 236/285 243/290 10/15 7.2/6.0 86608
1998 V70 GLT LPT Automatic 458 190/230 212/265 8/12 7.8/6.6 86458
1998 V70 AWD LPT 460 190/230 212/265 8/12 8.0/6.8 86460
1998 V70XC LPT 460 190/230 212/265 8/12 8.0/6.8 86460
1998 V70 T5 automatic 451 236/285 243/290 10/15 7.2/6.0 86607
1998 V70 T5 Automatic 607 236/285 243/290 10/15 7.2/6.0 86450
1998 V70 T5 Manual 450 236/285 243/290 10/15 7.2/6.0 86608
1998 V70 T5 Manual 608 236/285 243/290 10/15 7.2/6.0 86608
1998 V70R Automatic 455 240/285 243/290 10/15 7.6/6.4 86455


Potential Product Fitment Issues

After buying a tune, please call IPD at 1-800-444-6473 during regular business hours to confirm a programming appointment window before sending us your ECU.

Keep business days in mind when shipping, as IPD is not open on weekends. We strongly suggest shipping methods with insurance and tracking.

About MTE

Now you can have the best performance tune for your Volvo and the best interface solution! No longer do you have to settle for marginal performance upgrades out of convenience. Read all about our revolutionary new product that allows you to switch between stock and upgraded software whenever you like as well as providing you with access to ipd's exclusive diagnostic and data logging software.

After 18 months of development, testing, negotiation, blood, sweat and tears we are excited to announce details about our forthcoming Softloader program. The development of this entirely new technology came from our desire to provide the best delivery solution of our existing performance ECU tunes for Volvo turbocharged models.

It is generally agreed by the Volvo performance community that our software tuning, co-developed with our Swedish tuning partners at MTE, is the best in the business. When it comes to power under the curve, there is no comparison; our upgrades simply outperform the competition. A smooth, linear power delivery provides maximum torque within safe limits.

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