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Default Bama SCT Tuning 2011 V6 - Best Tune for Daily Driver

I looked but I could not find any good clear answers and I am not very well adept on Forum searching.

My question is which tune is best for daily driver and efficient MPG?

To date I have installed a C&L CAI and will be adding the Dynomax ultra flow Cat-Backs. I want to tune the car for best possible MPG as a daily driver mostly on freeway traffic in Houston Texas.

Any opinions or suggestions?
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Probably the performance version for sure.
i'm running 93 octane and my mileage went up in houston traffic.
i do drive it pretty mild and dont haul ass for the most part. i'm on 45 m-f

technically if you get the tune you should free up more power and if you drive it normal it should increase MPG, but most people end up using the go pedal!
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Ironically, the 93 race tune seems to be the most fuel efficient for me if I am not driving it hard. I average 29.7MPG in 70highway / 30 city driving using it.
 
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Given your needs, I would say the Perf tune. If you are doing mostly freeway driving of course the race tune could suit you as well, but... i am assuming you spend a certain amount of freeway time in bumper to bumper traffic. I think the perf tune will give you better stop and go mpg than the race tune, especially with the differences in low end throttle and the fact that the race tune holds shifts much longer, even at a crawl.

...of course you could always have the race shifts softened up - thats what I did since I do more around town / short highway runs
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I am also reading the premium gas octane also contributes to better MPG. So I am assuming that a Performance Tune with higher octanes?
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From what I've read / seen myself, the higher octane benefit (~2mpg) is pretty much a wash against the difference in cost vs 87. To me that means use the better stuff for the same operating cost
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Correct, by the amount of driving I do, it ends up costing me like $2 a month more to use 93, but that $2 buys me a lot of fun lol.
 
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Correct, by the amount of driving I do, it ends up costing me like $2 a month more to use 93, but that $2 buys me a lot of fun lol.
You only drive 300 miles a month? Average 30MPG city? ......unlikely:nogrinner
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My bad, just re-did my numbers for last month. I spent $181 on 93 octane gas, it would have cost me $194 using 87 octane.
 
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My bad, just re-did my numbers for last month. I spent $181 on 93 octane gas, it would have cost me $194 using 87 octane.
That's pretty awesome.

So since all of you are saying the performance tune is the best for daily driving, then what's the deal with the street tunes? Without researching at all it would seem you'd want a street tune if you intending on driving it all the time.
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Rick, Ted or whateveryourname is

The street tune focuses on low end torque and has the most comfortable shift schedule of the 3. The street tune is also fine for a DD, but is more geared towards stoplight driving

The perf tune has more mid-band power and still smooth shifting.

The race tune has mid-top end power, higher shift points and harder shifting.
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Any of our 3 tunes will get very slight economy gains on 2011+ vehicles (the 10's and down had more of a margin for us to improve). The Race tune, we don't say for economy, simply because most people drive that tune really hard!

At part throttle cruising on the highway at a constant or similar throttle position, all 3 of our tunes should have the same air/fuel ratio, variable cam timing, spark advance. It's when you go moderate-full throttle that the tunes differentiate.

All of that being said, if you have the will power (I know I dont!) to keep that right foot from pressing too hard, you should see a nice MPG increase!
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RickyTeddy, Chris from AM has said the peak numbers for each of their tunes are within 1-2hp of one another, so you aren't losing anything by chosing one over the other two options. I think it all comes down to personal prefence on how you want the car to respond. I have tried out the Street tune, but I prefer the more linear gas pedal response from the Race tune.
 
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Thanks for the input fellas. It's all been very helpful.
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Ironically, the 93 race tune seems to be the most fuel efficient for me if I am not driving it hard. I average 29.7MPG in 70highway / 30 city driving using it.
Do you really get 30mpg with 3.31's? I've got 3.73's and I only probably get 24/25mpg. I didnt think that I'd lose THAT much going to 3.73's. I should be closer to 26/27 if you get 30. When cruising @ 80mph, im at about 2500rpm.

I need to do some more testing...

Also, I'm running the 93 octane race tune.
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