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2016--2020 Chevrolet Malibu - 2.0L Turbo - Advantage

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TRIFECTA 2016--2020 Chevrolet Malibu
2.0L Turbo
8-speed and 9-speed automatic
Detailed power gains (measured at the wheels, dynojet chassis dyno)
2.0L gains: up to +48 ft-lbs torque, +49 horsepower (peak gains of up to 43 ft-lbs torque, +42 horsepower)
TRIFECTA's 2016--2020 Malibu recalibration is complimented by a fully developed 8-speed (2016) and 9-speed (2017+) automatic transmission calibration to support the increased power delivery profile and to offer dramatically improved driving characteristics from everyday driving maneuvers. The complete powertrain calibration also includes ESC (Stabilitrak) program enhancements.

Specifications of the TRIFECTA Performance 2016--2020 Malibu ECM software reprogramming:
-Fuel economy is improved dependent on fuel grade and driving conditions
-Retains all GM OE diagnostics and ECM functionality
-Retains all OE error code reporting and functionality
-Emissions readiness checks are present; emissions compliant
-Maintains functionality of ABS and TC systems
-Knock detection mechanisms and OE engine knock detection sensitivity is retained
-Return to stock functionality included with flash loader
-Tested on all available grades of fuel (87, 89, 91, 92, and 93 octane).
 
Specifications of the TRIFECTA Performance 2016--2020 Malibu 8-Speed (2016) and 9-speed (2017--2020) automatic transmission TCM calibration software reprogramming:
-2017 and up Malibu models with the 9-Speed automatic transmission and T87A transmission control module (TCM) DO NOT require the TCM to be removed from the vehicle and mailed in to be "UNLOCKED".
-Improved shift times in adverse shift patterns
-Improved shift logic - shifts are progressive and purposeful
-Does not shorten transmission life or increase cooling requirements
-Retains all OE diagnostics and TCM functionality
-Retains all OE error code reporting and functionality
Installation Notes:
-Estimated installation time of ~20 minutes
-Premium fuel is recommended for maximum power output, but not required

Additional information and availability:
- This powertrain calibration includes a TRIFECTA powertrain calibration file specific to your vehicle and includes a flash loader device
- Powertrain calibrations currently exist for North American vehicles only, with more regions to follow
- Advertised gains are quoted as 'up to' and may be less for a vehicle operated at altitudes higher than near sea level.

The TRIFECTA Advantage Calibration is meant for 100% stock vehicles. No individualizations or support for parts that do not function on factory calibration (if you have such modifications, be sure to check with us prior to placing order).


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  • 17 Digit Vehicle Identification Number.

    Must be exactly 17 digits, 9th digit must be 0--9 or 'X', and cannot contain characters 'I', 'O', or 'Q'.

    We recommend acquiring the VIN directly from the vehicle's VIN Plaque on the dash, or the certification label in the door jamb since insurance and service documents are sometimes incorrect.

  • For product related questions, please contact support prior to purchasing: Contact Us

  • Support is not officially provided for aftermarket hardware with this calibration, however many hardware components which would normally work without any specific adjustment on the factory calibration may be automatically compatible.

    Examples include:

    -Most Exhaust components

    -Recirculated turbo bypass valves

    -Most brand name intakes (ONLY with any included resonator/venturi designed to prevent the intake from setting any DTCs (Diagnostic Trouble Codes).

    If you are not sure whether your hardware is compatible with TRIFECTA Advantage, please Contact Us for assistance!

About 2016--2020 Chevrolet Malibu - 2.0L Turbo - Advantage

TRIFECTA 2016--2020 Chevrolet Malibu
2.0L Turbo
8-speed and 9-speed automatic

Detailed power gains (measured at the wheels, dynojet chassis dyno)

2.0L gains: up to +48 ft-lbs torque, +49 horsepower (peak gains of up to 43 ft-lbs torque, +42 horsepower)

TRIFECTA's 2016--2020 Malibu recalibration is complimented by a fully developed 8-speed (2016) and 9-speed (2017+) automatic transmission calibration to support the increased power delivery profile and to offer dramatically improved driving characteristics from everyday driving maneuvers. The complete powertrain calibration also includes ESC (Stabilitrak) program enhancements.


Specifications of the TRIFECTA Performance 2016--2020 Malibu ECM software reprogramming:

-Fuel economy is improved dependent on fuel grade and driving conditions
-Retains all GM OE diagnostics and ECM functionality
-Retains all OE error code reporting and functionality
-Emissions readiness checks are present; emissions compliant
-Maintains functionality of ABS and TC systems
-Knock detection mechanisms and OE engine knock detection sensitivity is retained
-Return to stock functionality included with flash loader
-Tested on all available grades of fuel (87, 89, 91, 92, and 93 octane).

 

Specifications of the TRIFECTA Performance 2016--2020 Malibu 8-Speed (2016) and 9-speed (2017--2020) automatic transmission TCM calibration software reprogramming:

-2017 and up Malibu models with the 9-Speed automatic transmission and T87A transmission control module (TCM) DO NOT require the TCM to be removed from the vehicle and mailed in to be "UNLOCKED".
-Improved shift times in adverse shift patterns
-Improved shift logic - shifts are progressive and purposeful
-Does not shorten transmission life or increase cooling requirements
-Retains all OE diagnostics and TCM functionality
-Retains all OE error code reporting and functionality

Installation Notes:

-Estimated installation time of ~20 minutes
-Premium fuel is recommended for maximum power output, but not required


Additional information and availability:

- This powertrain calibration includes a TRIFECTA powertrain calibration file specific to your vehicle and includes a flash loader device
- Powertrain calibrations currently exist for North American vehicles only, with more regions to follow

- Advertised gains are quoted as 'up to' and may be less for a vehicle operated at altitudes higher than near sea level.


The TRIFECTA Advantage Calibration is meant for 100% stock vehicles. No individualizations or support for parts that do not function on factory calibration (if you have such modifications, be sure to check with us prior to placing order).

Shipping Options

Shipping options and prices may vary depending on the total value of your order. Your final shipping price will be determined at checkout.

Options shown are based on your estimated location.

  • $15.00 - Ground (United States) (1-5 days)
  • $40.00 - 2nd Business Day (M-F, No Sat/Sun Delivery, US Only) (2 business days)
  • $80.00 - Next Business Day (M-F, No Sat/Sun Delivery, US Only) (1 business day)
  • FREE - I already own an EZ Flash cable. (Cable must have TRIFECTA logo sticker)

Shipping Size

  • Size
    8.69 in × 5.44 in × 1.75 in
  • Weight
    1 lb

Steve Taylor

   3 of 3 members found this review helpful 3 / 3 members

Wow is all I can say. It totally lives up to it's word. The car went from a pretty quick 2016 Malibu 2.0 T with a sweet spot for the turbo around 3K RPM to EVERY WHERE AND EVERY TIME you step on the gas, it's a sweet spot. My cousin sells cars at a Chevy, GM, dealership so he test rides the high end Camaros and Corvettes all the time.

When he drove my car he said it was impossible for that car to be performing like it was. It was not the same car he drove a few months earlier and those cars aren't supposed to accelerate like it was. He was shocked. So I had my uncle who has a 2014 Corvette Z-06 and he was impressed as well.

This was the first time for me doing anything like this so I was really nervous, but you just download the software, download the tune configuration file from your e-mail, plug in the cable to your car's computer and the other end into your computer, choose the tune file and it does everything automatically for you.

The only problem I had was in the beginning, I chose to use the transparency option, and I received an error message about it. So when I loaded it, my car wouldn't start.
I reset the car back to factory settings because that is an option with the software and the car started. WHEWWWWWWWWW! I thought I really screwed my car up and I'd have to explain to the dealer how and blah blah blah.

So I e-mailed Trifecta support on a Saturday afternoon with what happened and that I received an error message in the beginning about not being able to apply the transparency feature.
Within an hour Steven from support e-mailed me stating they were working on the issue and would get back to me.

Within a couple more hours, Steven wrote back that they knew what caused the issue.

Well, I was nervous as hell, but I reloaded the tune just like Steven said and the car started right up. I took it for a ride and let my brother drive it. Needless to say he was trying to take the tires off the rims and the car just had more to give. He couldn't even push it to the max. It thrusts at 80 mph when you hit the gas. It's Insane!

Sunday morning, Steven sent a follow up e-mail checking to see how I made out. Who does that on Saturday and Sunday for support?  I'm in IT and I don't even do that. LOL
Thank you, Steven and Trifecta.

These guys are legit and have the proven track record and support to prove it.
If you're a noob or rookie like I am, are a little nervous and afraid, don't be. They'll take care of whatever issues you're having and get you running right. And the best part about it is if you add no other hardware like an intake or exhaust etc, Technically, this car is all Stock. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. The expressions on other guys faces in Mustangs, Challengers, Chargers is pretty funny.

Don't get me wrong, I don't go looking to race people let alone the higher end models because I'm obviously not in the same class HP wise, but once in a while I'll crack the gas and 0-60 I'm right there with them. That's when they are like what the hell is that and what kind of engine is in it.
I've taken the emblems off the car recently except the black Chevy Bow ties. I tell them it's a stock 2016 Malibu 2.0 L Turbo with a smile. 

 

Best Regards,
Steve Taylor  
Toms River, NJ

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rdheath1

   3 of 3 members found this review helpful 3 / 3 members

Finally bit the bullet and purchased the calibration for my 2016 Malibu 2.0T Premier and what a difference! Acceleration is phenomenal and an instant kick in the butt. No hesitation like stock while it asks if that's what I really want. Super easy installation. If I can do it, anyone can do it ( At 64 I'm over the hill. In dog years I'm already dead). Many thanks! Bob

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Kozybe

   3 of 3 members found this review helpful 3 / 3 members

I just finished my tune and took my car for a spin and all I have to say is wow. Definitely $400 well spent. Pedal control is much more responsive, shifts better for power and there is a huge noticeable increase of power. If you own a Malibu with the 2.0 turbo engine you must get this tune. It’s so easy to install and it instantly transforms the car into a monster. Props to trifecta for coming out with such a nice product.

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Warren3d

   3 of 3 members found this review helpful 3 / 3 members

This is my first time computer tuning any of my cars, and it was well worth it. Not because of the added horsepower, which is great, or the added torque, which you can really feel, the best part is the shifting. Last few years GM has been programming their transmissions to get into top gear as soon as possible leaving a sluggish feeling. This tune eliminates that. If your just barely feathering the accelerator, it shifts early, but if you wanting a little more, it will shift later, it's now all in your foot control. All the added torque is coming from the 6.5 pounds of extra boost. Stock boost topped out around 17.5 and Trifecta's tune it now tops out at 23.5.

 

I traded in my 2016 Colorado Z71 with the 3.6L at 3800 miles because the shifting really really sucked, and I am willing to bet Trifecta would of taken care of that problem, But oh well, I like my new Malibu even better now.

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Zachery Blackman

   2 of 2 members found this review helpful 2 / 2 members

Before the tune my car was really sluggish. didn't wanna move and if you did push the gas it would take a few seconds for it to actually take off. now that the tune is installed the car takes off like a rocket! The low end of the car is outstanding I can't believe it. Thank you Trifecta for putting the spark back in my car! If you're thinking of buying the tune, I would! You don't lose gas mileage its truly amazing. Thanks again Trifecta you guys are AMAZING! 

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2019MalibuPremier

   2 of 2 members found this review helpful 2 / 2 members

Fantastic, over 155mph, 0 to 60 under 5 seconds, 13 second quarter mile, 2300 rpm at 100mph, 1800 at 80, pulls hard at any speed, torque steer manageable, shifts hold in corners, it's crazy...a blast every day.

2019 Premier, badged to an SS now on rear.

OEM spoiler, OEM lowering springs, Trifecta tune, roof painted gloss black, OEM black  bowties ,front lighted bowtie, OEM racing stripes, antenna painted red, and 19 inch Redline wheels w Michelin Pilot Sports.

 

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mrjasenr

   2 of 2 members found this review helpful 2 / 2 members

Just uploaded the tune to my 2016 premier over the weekend. got on the highway a couple of times and this car wants to rocket. getting on the highway was good before, but now it's like damn!!! 1st and 2and feel like they shift later which is what I like. Very impressed and well worth it. 

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fjordiales

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My wife drives a 2018 Ford Focus ST with upgrades of...

-bigger intercooler

-cold air intake

-catless downpipe

-1step colder plugs

-EAGLE F1 ASYMMETRIC 2 235/40r18

-custom magnaflow exhaust system

-custom tune

Now what's the point of mentioning these?  My trifecta tuned 2017 Malibu 2.0T beat her merging on the freeway on-ramp from a stop light.  Also, she has been driving my car stock when I was deployed and after the tune, she said it felt like a different car. 

The only aftermarket upgrade I got was a custom exhaust system(same as my wife's) and a turbo blanket.  Now the sound matches my performance, which is a minor con cuz people wanna mess with me since I also have quad tips with it too.  Prior to the exhaust upgrade, the "stock" looking Malibu just QUIETLY zips past ANY STOCK v6 and below vehicles from a dead stop.  I love the usable power(20mph-90mph) it produces.  Passing is a breeze.  Gas mileage is the same as stock.

Owners of dodge charger/challenger v6, camaro v6/2.0T, mustang v6, Subaru wrx sti, civic si, Subaru brz, dodge magnum hemi, RAM 1500 hemi, all have the SURPRISED PIKACHU face when i punch it.  They try to step on it but when they realized the truth, they just get smaller in my rear view mirror.  

IMHO, this is the best thing to get 1st, then ultra high performance tires since the conti OEM 245/40r19 I have don't grip really well with the tune.

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Rick Rohl

   2 of 2 members found this review helpful 2 / 2 members

I convinced my wife that this is what I wanted for Christmas.  I am not returning this gift!

I downloaded the guide and the software.  Read it one more time and did the install with transparency.  Went flawless.  Great, but how does it run?  It is a different car.

The performance makes me feel that the Malibu is actually a track-car.  No hesitation.  Push me back in the seat acceleration and very crisp shifts.  I have not noticed an increase in fuel economy but that could be because of the grin on my face as I push the throttle!!

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joecrash13

   2 of 2 members found this review helpful 2 / 2 members

Very nice tune for a stock tune. Love the get up and go and it feels like a different car. Love it and very happy with the tune. Would do it all over again. Great job!!

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mdiller201

   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

Another satisfied customer! Ordered the tune two days ago, got my file the next day, and cable the day after that. Easy installation. And what a difference! Car had good power before, but now it really moves! More power, more aggressive and smoother shifting, when you want it or need it. Exhaust sounds better too. I read lots of reviews beforehand and visited several forums, was surprised to see such consistently positive reports, thought this must be rigged. Well, now I am so glad to be able to agree, it is as good as they say, and yes it does feel like a new car, at least a new engine! I was thinking of getting a new, more sporty car, a Camaro, but now after changing shocks and struts and bumping up the power thanks to Trifecta, no longer feel the need, now I have my own 'four door Camaro'. 

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Nydad87

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I could pretty much mirror and repeat what alot of people have said already. I waited a while to purchase cause I wasn't sure and  this is the best car performance purchase I have ever made. The car drives so much better not only the power but the transmission and shifting it's a whole new car. Michael was super helpful even remembering an email I had sent over a year ago regarding some questions about the tune. Now I only have one complaint. Where can I buy aTrifecta decal so I can slap it on the Malibu?

AAA+++ This tune is amazing!!

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Giiwedin

   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

Amazing, love it on my Malibu 2.0 Premier.

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A725102

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I just uploaded the Trifecta tune to my 2017 Malibu 2.0L and I gotta say it's a whole different car. Pulls hard, shifts solid and revs out. It's night and day difference and the best $400 I've ever spent on a car "part".

 

Using a app on my phone (Called: GPS Acceleration. Not super reliable but it's what I got) my rolling 10-70mph went from not spinning the traction tires in the wet and 10.8s to spinning the first two gears and 6.8s. It felt that much faster also. The best part is when you tip in the throttle it downshifts to the proper gear to match the throttle position and how aggressive you want to accelerate. It's truly a new car, it was a total plug before.

 

And just so you don't think I'm some clown that doesn't know cars. I built and tuned my Turbo Charged, EFI, 1972 Datsun 510 with a laptop myself. Timing and Fuel Maps, conversion from MAF to MAP based.. you name it.

 

This is the real deal.

 

Josh-

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Fast07z06

  

I had a technical question before I placed my order and got an immediate reply. Great customer service! I can hardly wait to install my tune.

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jsorensen

  

I will start out by saying that I know virtually nothing about working on cars, tuning cars, or anything relative to increasing performance on cars. When I got my 2016 Malibu, I was happy with its performance. Through a discussion with a friend, he suggested that I could increase performance quite a bit more by simply calibrating the car. He did research and came across Trifecta and what it could offer. As I read through its description, I realized that this is almost exactly what I wanted; increased performance, won't harm the car, won't trigger any sensors, won't destroy gas mileage, etc.

 

I sat on my decision for a year before finally making a purchase decision. Part of what influenced my decision making was how helpful their support has been. A lot of the questions I asked before purchasing were already answered within the description, which I didn't realize until afterward. Instead of being rude or telling me where to look, Michael from Trifecta Support happily answered every question I had. As a complete novice, it was reassuring knowing that if I ran into issues, I would get the assistance that I'd need.

 

That is enough background information. Let me tell you, once I got my download file and got the software downloaded, it was really straightforward. It took about 20 minutes before it was finished. After it completed, I took it for a trial run and it was like driving a whole different car. It was much snappier. 10-60 MPH is a breeze, 60 MPH and beyond is also much quicker. It's been a very enjoyable experience! I am very happy with this product.

 

Only things I'd mention are the following:

 

-I have ran it with Premium and Regular gasoline. It is much better performance with Premium, almost night and day better.

-You will need to download the software to load it into your car, which is available immediately. You won't have your custom calibration for your car right away, so you will have to wait for that. You use the software to install the calibration.

-My city gas mileage seems better but my highway gas mileage did decrease a little.

 

In summary, I would highly recommend this product if you are looking for extra performance in your car. It makes it even more thrilling to drive and I can't wait for the road conditions to improve again so I can have some more fun (it's winter here in Michigan).

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jaymiles007

  

This tune really brings the car alive! Was really impressed with the outcome! Love the shift points and power pushing your forward!

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