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I'm getting very close to pulling the trigger on purchasing the 2022 SEL-P R-Line and I have a few questions:
  1. What are the tuning options available? Stock is 276 hp, I'd love to get it somewhere in the 300-350 range. I wouldn't mind paying up to $2k for it.
  2. Is it possible to disable the auto start/stop? (I understand that I would need to buy or borrow a programming unit) I see a 30-page thread on the topic, but couldn't get a clear answer from skimming it.
  3. I've read that the 2021 models have had horrible remote starter range using the key fob, but that VW was working on some range improver that can be installed afterwards. Is there any updates on this?
  4. How much is the monthly app after the free period?
 

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Thanks for the insightful response! Are there members here that have added a turbo and/or supercharger to their V6? Any idea what type of cost this would involve?
 

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The atlas is not a V6, it's a VR6. There are countless supercharger kits out there for the VR6. Not sure it's been done on the Atlas but it's definitely doable. A supercharged kit would mean the sky is the limit
Thanks for the clarification. When you say the sky is the limit, what does that mean? Sorry, I'm new to the differences between a turbo and a super charger.

I have a 2017 Passat with the same Vr6 (3.6) and mine makes 291 after a tune. I only gained about 11hp from apr. for the most part the Vr6 is already capped so unless you get a supercharger you’re kinda SOL. But most super chargers I’ve looked into only fit the 3.2 Vr6 from the R32
Was this a software tune only? Can you tell the difference between the 11hp?
 

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Supercharged vr6 have made 400-550whp all day long
I would be more than happy with 350 hp. Can you share the brands that make the super chargers for non-Atlas VR6s? I'd love to reach out to them to see if it's on their roadmap.

Besides the Super Charger Kit, what would be a ballpark price for labor to get one installed?
 

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I like the 2.0T better in the Atlas and it can be tuned. We have 12K miles on ours and very happy with it. Previously had a VR6 Atlas and Touareg.
I just compared the features that I care about between the SEL-P R-Line and the SEL, and I wouldn't want to buy a car without these features. Is there any way to add them on?
  • Power auto-folding side mirrors
  • Actively ventilated front seats
  • Heated 2nd-row seats
  • Area View (Overhead View Camera)
  • Fender® Premium Audio System

The big tuners (APR, Unitronic) have not come out with a tune for the 3.6 VR, APR has one for the same engine in the Passat/CC. APR had said that they would do it if someone loaned them their Atlas for the necessary R&D time at their facility in Alabama.
Thanks, I'll reach out to them. Just curious, did they ever mention how long the necessary R&D time was? If it was a week or two, I might be able to swing that.

Vf engineering. Vortech. Those are the big 2.
Thanks, I'll reach out to them as well.
 

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Thanks for this feedback, I think I need to decide if stock will work or if I need something with more push.

With that being said, perhaps I should get the Tiguan SEL R-Line since it has most of the features of the Atlas SEL-P R-Line and also has the 2.0L Turbo engine. My wife leased the Tiguan a few years ago (new body style) and loved the car, but the lack of power was a turn-off for me. If tuning the 2.0L Turbo is possible to get 300+ HP, maybe that's the right option for me.

Besides the physical size difference and the lack of heated 2nd row seats, is there anything that the Atlas has that the Tiguan lacks?
 

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Is the OP tied to the Atlas
To be honest, I was bouncing back between leasing a Yukon Denali and a Q7 Prestige. But given the market today, the lease costs are insane and I don't want to drop $90k on a car. In many cases dealers are asking for above MSRP on those with little room to negotiate. I'm not a fan of the look of the Durango nor Explorer. I was considering the Palisade but would prefer the Atlas over it.

Car Gurus shows exactly one 2021.5 Atlas SEL-P with white interior still available, but it's 1500 miles away. I need to give this some thought if I'm willing to buy it unseen.
 

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Well you guys have convinced me. I am working with a dealership now to ship me a 2021.5 Atlas SEL-P 2.0T. Not in the colors that I would prefer for the interior, but I'm sure it will grow on me.

Thanks to everyone for their input on this topic!

Next question, which chip will drive the most performance? Is it the APR ECU-20T-EA888-3-T-IS20-ATLAS one linked above?
 

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I just got the APR update on the 2021.5 2.0T and so far it's nice. I'll need to give it some more time to really see how it handles at various ranges, but so far I'm liking it.

It also auto-disables the Start/Stop feature. I know some people in this thread are saying it's not possible with the newer models, so I was pleasantly surprised.
 
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