REPUTATION

Since 2003, the team at Excelerate Performance has worked tirelessly to build up a solid reputation as a reliable, honest and efficient performance, repair and service center. We have serviced thousands of vehicles, processed thousands of e-commerce transactions, distributed thousands of parts, while concurrently giving each customer the personal attention that is necessary. We believe that this tried and true approach, coupled with excellent communication and extreme attention to detail, produces a reputation that new and existing customers can be confident in. The reviews and testimonies below are evidence of that fact. If you're new to Excelerate Performance, we cordially invite you to become part of the family, as so many others have. Thank you and we look forward to meeting your automotive aspirations.

READ WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING

I am a PITA client and a perfectionist. I over research everything, overbuild everything, over question everything, hear every squeak and noise and I never do what everyone else does so it is almost always custom. That being said the team at Excelerate has been great to me. They answer my questions, give me feedback and suggestions and roll with my whacky ideas. They are currently helping me build out two of our track cars into even more track friendly beasts. Thank you so much!
David E.

Facebook

I’ve been going to XLR8 for years and the service has always been great. They are an honest group of bright, thoughtful auto enthusiasts. Work is high quality and the attention to detail is just as good as the personal service they offer to their customers. I would not go anywhere else if I wanted high quality performance work done to my cars.
Joe T.

Demandforce

XLR8 got my tires in within hours and I was able get them install the next day. Everyone there was super helpful and I want to say thank you to Bobby in particular who installed them on my car. He took great care and nailed the tricky alignment. It took a little longer than expected but once he was done it was spot on! Rides like a dream now. So glad I didn’t skimp out and went to one of those local chain tire shop.
Lam P.

Google

I bypass 3 other APR dealers to use Excelerate. Always a good experience here.

Sebastian A.

Facebook

The service (customer service and service on my car) is above and beyond any I’ve dealt with before! My car is fixed perfectly and I am super picky! I will recommend XLR8 to everyone! You certainly have my business from now on!

Kim P.

Demandforce

Josh, Justin, Greg, and the whole team at Excelerate are knowledgeable, professional, efficient, and personable. I would recommend anyone needing anything from basic maintenance to sophisticated tuning, building, or diagnosis to bring their vehicle to be handled by XLR8.
Luke S.

Google

Knowledgeable and honest. No hidden fees, responsive, mechanical intelligent, amicable, detailed and kind. Found these guys trough a random search to fix my German problem child and they delivered on time, price and parts.

Every step of the way either Justin or the owner called and emailed me. Have them an impossible time line and they completed it with hours to spare. The ability to be detailed and explain procedures on factual timelines is a super power they have. They also have a magical parts department that can make anything appear immediately.

Tony S.

Google

First impressions are everything. My husband and I met Josh at Waterfest a few years back. We both like that he took the time to talk to us and walk us through some questions and issues. Josh and his staff are very approachable and knowledgeable. They offer superior customer service and care about making customers happy. I have recently had work done and I am pleased.

Diane W.

Facebook

Excelerate was able to take on my fairly large job on a whim. In addition they did a lot of background research to ensure they were solving my complex work the correct way; which is extremely important since they warranty their work. I’ve been going to Excelerate for almost 5 years now and will keep going back.
Brandon N.

Demandforce

These guys do stellar work. I’m in the military so I move frequently around the country. I’ve seen my fair share of shops that run the spectrum of quality. These guys aren’t just the best in the area, they are the best I’ve seen bouncing around the country for the last 15 years.
 
Dru W.

Google

Called Excelerate Performance about some specific items and the staff there was not only courteous but knowledge and willing to help. I got what I needed from them without any issues. 10/10, would do business with again.
Mike F.

Demandforce

The XLR8 staff is very knowledgeable on Audi products. All of the XLR8 staff have been very friendly and responsive to any questions. Very happy with the recent mods to my S4 (cold air intake, AWE touring exhaust, APR intercooler, and Sprint Booster Power Converter).

James G.

Facebook

The MSS Sport Kit setup is great. I don’t think I can find anything negative to say. The ride is smooth, the car stays firmly planted and doesn’t lean. Very nice. Thanks for your help, Greg.
Peter E.

Demandforce

Had an amazing experience with the guys at Excelerate Performance before, during and after my service! I had called prior in regards to an AWE exhaust, and both Greg and Josh were a huge help with honest suggestions, feedback and tips all within my best interest. Such a beautiful facility, professional appearance, knowledgeable and friendly staff, and amazing work!!
Mike W.

Demandforce

Excelerate is awesome for all kinds of work on German cars. I had work done on my Audi and will definitely be back for more. Their mechanics go the extra mile and seem more qualified than most dealership services. I highly recommend them!
Andre R.

Google

Had them do the APR pulley kit and tune on my 2011 S4.  Justin Rogers was a great help, he was very helpful throughout the entire process.  Very happy with the service they provided.  I would highly recommend this establishment for any service or performance related upgrades.

Nicholas M.

Yelp

Amazing shop and very professional! I had my car tuned, exhaust ordered and installed through them and had a coolant problem with my car on a different occasion, they were both real with me and gave me a solid time to install and and fix the problem. Very fairly priced, honest, and communicative. I will definitely bring my Volkswagen to them from now on whenever I need something done!

Nick M.

Google

I have had great experiences with Excelerate. They had better prices than the BMW dealership and replaced my front and rear brakes. Communication was great and it was done in a timely manner. I highly recommend them.

Sue F.

Facebook

Excellent service, very knowledgeable. Extremely friendly. I will use their services in the future and would refer them to anyone in need of their expertise.

Chris B.

Google

It’s been years since I’ve owned a performance vehicle and I wanted to have a PPI performer by professionals who know the platform. While Excelerate specializes in European performance, they know Mopar as well. Justin and his staff were polite, professional, and good communication, setting up the inspection through email and through website links. I was provided a detailed inspection report with findings, photos, overall condition of vehicle broken down by percentage. With this kind of service comes a premium. It was more money than I have paid in the past, but it’s not like you’re bringing Geo Prism to Meineke. I plan on bringing my vehicle there from here on out thanks to a great first impression. Doesn’t hurt that it’s a local shop for me, close to Guilford and shoreline towns.
 
Joseph W.

Google

Very honest and helpful, before I brought my here to get serviced or any work done. It was always giving problems, but after bringing my car to Excelerate it’s been driving amazing and I know they did it the right way. Whenever I have question or need a opinion about something, Excelerate is quick with response.
Nitin K.

Demandforce

Great shop for upgrades, tuning, or maintenance work! I’ve had my Jetta TDi, Golf, and 911 Turbo all worked on here. Very professional and extremely knowledgeable, particularly when it comes to Volkswagen Group vehicles. Waiting area is clean and staff are always helpful. Rates are very reasonable, especially considering the quality of mechanic you’re getting. They offer different hourly rates depending on whether your car is Japanese/American, German, or Exotic. Overall, excellent customer service and very good mechanics, I just wish I lived closer to Branford…
Alex K.

Demandforce

Spoke to the service manager about a problem I’m having with my 2010 Volkswagen Passat. The gentleman I spoke to was extremely knowledgable and helpful with my problem. I’ve spoken to many repair shops about it and nobody describe it as well as these guys. I know have a better idea of where to go from here just from speaking with him for about 5 minutes. Great customer service. Sad I’m across the country or I would 100% bring my VW here!

Austin T.

Google

Another excellent service at Excelerate Performance! I called to inquire about pro tuning, which the shop presently does not do. Craig and Erik spent the time to help me figure out what I wanted to do. I decided to buy a Cobb accessport through the shop and have them install a stage one 93 octane map. I am quite pleased with their attention to the work and the cost of the service. I could’ve installed the map myself, but talking with them about mounting options was priceless. Again, glad to have found the shop. These guys are reliable, knowledgeable, personable and accommodating.

Debbie F.

Facebook

I’ve been taking my 01 TT 225 to Excelerate Performance for well over a year now. These guys do great work, service is outstanding and they take pride in what they do! (Rare these days.). Their new facility is outstanding and boasts a comfortable waiting area…
Fred C.

Yelp

Great place to get your hot card hotter. They did a fantastic job on my Audi S5 with an APR remap, Euro code sway bars, AWE Tuning performance exhaust and Stop Tech street performance brakes and rotors. It like a different car now. The crew, also, is top notch.
Walter W.

Google.

Very professional and knowledgeable service staff and mechanics. Great shop for Volkswagen group vehicles especially, but they also do Japanese and American. Good value considering the level of mechanic you’re getting, especially for Porsche. I have had both my Jetta TDi and Golf 1.8T flashed here with an APR tune. Also have had them do minor work on my 911.
Alex K.

Google

Words can’t express how satisfied I am with the service provided. Customer service is top notch. Direct, accurate and most importantly honest. I also have to mention that their waiting area is well organized and clean. Excelerate performance was recommended by a good friend and I myself would also recommend this place. The almost two hours drive it took me to get there is well worth it. If you need a trustworthy place. Look no further.

Tristan S.

Demandforce

Place totally rocks and Justin is the best service manager at any place I’ve ever been!

Anonymous

Facebook

Simply the best shop in the Northeast for all your VW/Audi needs. I have nothing but good things to say, keep up the great customer service, you have made me a customer for life.
William M.

Facebook

Hands down best performance shop in CT! Highly knowledgeable staff and amazing facility! Greg was the best and answered all my questions about an APR tune. Needless to say, my Mk7 Gti is a complete animal and thankfully I have an APR dealer here in New England. Thanks again guys! 

Steve N.

Facebook

Excelerate exceeded my expectations with prompt responses, early completion of my clutch replacement, and the continued recommendations and help they provide. The shop manager gave me a tour of the facility and it is clear by their inventory that these mechanics are professionals with a dedication to their customer’s vehicles. The cleanliness of the shop is enough to bring me back as it shows they care about their workspace and that’s important given the complex machinery they use. Looking foward to building a relationship with Excelerate.
Brian G.

Demandforce

The service was excellent. I told them what time I was going to come in to get a tune for my car and when I arrived, there was no waiting. My car runs excellent and will be a returning customer. Everyone that works there seems to be very knowledgeable about all types of cars.
Rob E.

Demandforce

One of your employees happens to be a friend of the family and spoke very highly of your shop. I didn’t know that XLR8 worked on everyday cars (BMW) in which he told me yes. I am so happy with my experience and will the service done on my car, without a doubt, I will tell my friends and be a returning customer!

Kim P.

Google

This is a place that every car enthusiast could ask for.

Clean,modern Facility!
Very knowledgeable Team.
Greg knows his stuff.

Looks I have finally found place to do any type of work on all my cars. My R is a stealthy pocket rocket. Thanks guys! 🙂

Mike M.

Facebook

Amazing service and people. Love everything that I have done such as oil changes and modifications to my Golf R MK7.

Walter V.

Facebook

Nice shop and knowledgeable staff. Friendly and clean. My APR stage 1 for my 09 A4 2.0T works great. They had a special which included a free tee shirt…no one gives stuff away nowadays so the feeling of my business being appreciated was great. I will definitely be back again soon. Thanks guys!!
Matt A.

Demandforce

The team at Excelerate is friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. They are true automotive enthusiasts doing things the way they should be done. Thanks for the help & support through the years.
 
David E.

Facebook

Recently moved to CT and was looking for a place to take my GTI that I knew I could trust. After looking for a while, I decided on Excelerate Performance and I’m so glad I did. Rob and team were professional, courteous, and knew exactly what I was talking about from a performance and tuning standpoint. I will gladly make the hour drive to continue to take my car there in the future because I know I can trust them!
 
Gabrielle H.

Google

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We value our customers and our reputation, and we always are looking to improve. So, if you have a concern, an issue or constructive criticism please contact the owner of Excelerate Performance directly. Joshua is always interested in learning how we as a team and a company are doing in our customers' eyes. He will carefully review your e-mail; please send it to joshua@excelerateperformance.com

What Are People Saying About Us?

Tristan says:

"Words can’t express how satisfied I am with the service provided. Customer service is top notch. Direct, accurate and most importantly honest. I also have to mention that their waiting area is well organized and clean. Excelerate performance was recommended by a good friend and I myself would also recommend this place. The almost two hours drive it took me to get there is well worth it. If you need a trustworthy place. Look no further."

What Are People Saying About Us?

William says:

"Simply the best shop in the Northeast for all your VW/Audi needs. I have nothing but good things to say, keep up the great customer service, you have made me a customer for life."

What Are People Saying About Us?

Andre says:

Excelerate is awesome for all kinds of work on German cars. I had work done on my Audi and will definitely be back for more. Their mechanics go the extra mile and seem more qualified than most dealership services. I highly recommend them!

What Are People Saying About Us?

Austin says:

Spoke to the service manager about a problem I’m having with my 2010 Volkswagen Passat. The gentleman I spoke to was extremely knowledgable and helpful with my problem. I’ve spoken to many repair shops about it and nobody describe it as well as these guys. I know have a better idea of where to go from here just from speaking with him for about 5 minutes. Great customer service. Sad I’m across the country or I would 100% bring my vw here!

Location:
12 Sycamore Way
Unit 1 & 2
Branford, CT 06405

Call Us:  203-483-6100
 Hours :
Monday - Friday 9:00AM-6:00P