Happy Valentine’s Day to us! Okay, forgive us – we’re a bit late, but we just realized that last week Livernois Motorsports & Engineering kindly graced us with the dyno testing of a tuned 2014 Cadillac XTS VSport caught on video! Just click play below to see the Cadillac in all its glory.
The black XTS VSport in question is stock and features Livernois’s own 93 Octane Performance Tune which increases horsepower, torque, and overall drivability.
According to Livernois, the tune increases horsepower from 298 base wheel to 394 for a 96 horsepower gain, and torque is increased from 326 to 430 for a whopping 104 lb-ft gain.
Livernois Motorsports and Engineering, located in Dearborn Heights, Michigan, is known for providing engineering services, performance products, and niche vehicle design and manufacturing to the original equipment and aftermarket automotive industry.
We were given the down low on the new AIW MyCalibr8or device from Andy Ricketts, Vehicle Installations and Shop Supervisor of Livernois. It is available exclusively through Livernois Motorsports and retails for $649.99. The price includes custom tuning via Livernois, and dyno-proven air and fuel adjustments.
The device stores the stock tune and is compatible with most Livernois performance packages for the 2014 SS.
“This tuner is unique in the fact that it supports both Livernois-approved bolt-ons and our in-house developed packages, many of which include camshaft upgrades, cylinder head upgrades, superchargers, etc.,” explained Ricketts. “The caveat is it must be products we utilize, meaning it cannot support someone else's camshaft, someone else's cold air, or someone else's supercharger, etc.”
So how difficult is the device to operate?
“AIW MyCalibrator is very straightforward to use,” explained Ricketts, “For most applications we preload the tune onto the device in advance. Some applications require us to send it out blank though, so the tuner can be used to let us know the OS it uses once the customer receives it so we can build the file and send it to our remote server.”
He also told us that all application tune updates are done the same way and new calibration is uploaded to the server whether it be through customer request or Livernois’s own update releases. The customer is then alerted that their new tune is prepared for download, and if they have not done so before, they can install the update client, plug the device into a Windows-based computer, and run the program to remove old files and restore new ones.
Ricketts let us know that because these are true custom tunes, the tuner cannot be used on multiple vehicles.
“The hardware itself is compatible with multiple platforms. However, when we designate it for a specific vehicle, it becomes married to the VIN and will only work on that vehicle. This is because it is a true custom tune, and the programmer is just the delivery vessel for that tune.”
In automatic-equipped vehicles, the tune includes transmission modifications with reduced torque management and modified shift points and firmness. Enhanced throttle response and deletion of skip shift on manual vehicles are additional benefits of the tune, which includes a revised rev limiter and read/clear DTC codes.
The tune is available for both 91 and 93 octane fuel – a major win for our friends out West (although they can expect different gains – 5 to 10 less added horsepower).
The 93 Octane Performance Tune is available for several other GM platforms, including the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette, Silverado, and SS. We were assured that we can expect more supported platforms in the future as well.
You can learn more by visiting www.livernoismotorsports.com and don’t forget to check out the video below!