Tech: SCT X4 Power Flash

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SCT Performance’s new X4 Power Flash offers a number of new features, including wireless updates

By Steve Turner

Photos by Steve Turner and courtesy of Matt Alderman/SCT Performance

When it comes to modding modern Fords, you can’t change much without telling the computer running the show what is going on. If you don’t do so, you are asking for trouble. What that means is tuning your vehicle’s powertrain control module with a handheld flash tuner.

Here is the sleek, new SCT X4 Power Flash handheld tuner. It’s new color screen is but one of the exciting new features. It will hold 10 different custom tunes, so you’ll be able to dial in your performance Ford for any conceivable configuration.
Here is the sleek, new SCT X4 Power Flash handheld tuner. It’s new color screen is but one of the exciting new features. It will hold 10 different custom tunes, so you’ll be able to dial in your performance Ford for any conceivable configuration.

In our travels chasing tech stories for SVTP it was quite common for tuners across the country to pull out a X3 Power Flash tuner from SCT Performance to do that job. Well, as successful as that unit was, the realities of production meant that some of the parts needed to build that unit were  scarce. It was time for something new.

“It was time for a change,” Tim Roi, Director of Marketing at SCT Performance and Bully Dog said. “Even though the X3/SF3 product was the most popular tuning product on the market, getting components for it was getting harder and harder. It was at its end of life and our customers wanted more features.”

Well if you are going to build a new device, why not make some upgrades along the way? That’s the way it is with electronics. We always expect a few more bells and whistles from the next generation. With those things in mind, the tuning specialists at SCT Performance developed the new X4 Power Flash handheld tuner, and it sports a number of new options.

When you are buying new tech, the packaging connotes much about your purchase. In the case of the SCT X4, one look at the box tells you you’ve picked up a top-notch piece of kit. It typically retails for right around $400.
When you are buying new tech, the packaging connotes much about your purchase. In the case of the SCT X4, one look at the box tells you you’ve picked up a top-notch piece of kit. It typically retails for right around $400.

“A bigger color screen and on-screen data monitoring with gauges are a few of the new additions,” Tim explained. “The built-in WiFi has also been a big hit. Updating our devices in the past was not a great customer experience. Adding WiFi and making this process easier is one of the best features it has.”

Yes, the headlining new features are the color screen and the built-in WiFi connectivity. Certainly the new screen looks great, but you might ask why the wireless connection is important? Well, if you have ever needed to update your devices firmware and didn’t have a PC handy, you’ll be stoked to have the WiFi there to simplify the job.

“Our customers love it. It’s small, reliable, has all of the features they asked for and close to the price of our X3/SF3 devices it replaced,” Tim added. “It’s a connected world so the possibilities are endless. But for now, it is just to help make using our products easier.”

To see the new X4 in action, we stopped into SCT headquarters to see SCT calibrator Matt Alderman developing some new built-in tune files for a full Kooks Custom Headers exhaust on a Coyote 5.0 using his 2014 Mustang GT project car. For this installment, Matt’s ride was warmed up with Boss 302 heads, a custom cam setup up, a Ford Racing Cobra Jet intake, and a Ford Racing Cobra Jet cold-air intake, so it was a good candidate for the full exhaust system.


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