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Sutherland Performance

At Sutherland Performance we do more than just tuning, we take care of your vehicle.

We are conscious that the services we provide revolve around relationships and this approach is at the centre of all that we do. We pride ourselves on making the complex simple and ensure we always exceed our clients expectations.

At Sutherland Performance we pride ourselves in offering a personalised boutique service. We aim to communicate with honesty and transparency about the work we carry out.

Sutherland Performance

What We Do

At Sutherland Performance we do more than just tuning, we take care of your vehicle.

We are conscious that the services we provide revolve around relationships and this approach is at the centre of all that we do. We pride ourselves on making the complex simple and ensure we always exceed our clients expectations.

Warrant of

We can complete the Warrant of Fitness for your vehicle. Ensuring you are road ready.



We offer a wide range of servicing options specialising in late model European vehicles.



By re-mapping your vehicle’s Electronic Control Unit (ECU) we can unleash it’s full potential.


Non-Domestic Conversion

Converting imported vehicle navigation systems to NZ specification.


What We Sell

At Sutherland Performance, we can help you take care of your vehicle.


About Sutherland Performance

Located in central Wellington Sutherland Performance has always had a passion for cars and motorsport.

Sutherland Performance is easily located on Webb street for all your vehicle servicing, repair and performance needs. Our newly kitted out workshop and highly experienced lead technician/Co-Director Joseph Sutherland is on hand to tune your late model European car to its maximum potential.

Joseph and the team pride themselves on an all-round service with honest and clear communication, quality products at a fair price, efficiently completing work as timely as possible while staying up to date with new technology.

If you want more out of your late model European car book in with Sutherland Performance today and find out what performance gains await you.

Sutherland Performance Wellington


Had my 2013 Audi A3 1.8T remapped by Joseph, the car is so much more responsive, greater power through the rev range and fuel economy hasn’t changed, which is great! Joseph provided excellent service and gave me further advice on how to make my car run better etc. - highly recommend!

Vishal Nagar2013 Audi A3 1.8T

We had our Mitsi Challenger remapped last month. The economy has improved, there's an increase in power and reduction in turbo lag. Everything we asked for! Would definitely recommend.

Laura ThompsonMitsubishi Challenger

Wow! Joseph knows how to work magic on my vehicles. Firstly he performed a stage one tune on my D40 R450 Navara. The torque increase is fantastic, now 530 NM, great for towing my 3 tonne caravan or just getting away from the lights without holding traffic up! Secondly he did a stage one tune on our MK6 GTi Golf, I now look for any excuse to drive to shop the long way! Massive torque, massive fun!

Paul EteveneauxMK6 GTi Golf

Got my BMW tuned by Joe. Great job and great communication. Thanks again 👍

Ben SargentBMW

Joseph @ Sutherland Performance did a top-notch job of tuning my MK6 Golf GTI. He got some serious tire-shredding power out of my Golf and did a really good job at explaining step by step what was required so at all times I had complete peace of mind... If you need a tune Joseph is your man!!

James LyonMK6 Golf GTI

Sent my VW golf to Joe after being misdiagnosed by another mechanic. Car broke down and was spitting fuel from the exhaust. Was towed by aa to nearest auto electrician. Was told by the mechanic there that my car needed a new turbo at a cost of 3k plus labour and all the add ons. They also said that the new turbo may not even fix the issue! I mentioned their diagnosis to Joe who said the diagnosis did not seem sound. I sent my car to Joe and within literally 20 mins he had correctly identified what the issue with my car was. Not a broken a turbo! Joe save me time, money and a lot of stress! Could not recommend Joe more. Thanks Joe!!!

George GeorgiouVW golf

Just had my '09 VW GTI Pirelli tuned by Sutherland Performance. They were great and easy to deal with, friendly, and even fixed a blown tail light. And the tune is amazing. Like seriously amazing. Power delivery is smooth and more predictable than before. It's also much more than before. I'm a happy camper.

Tim Wright'09 VW GTI Pirelli

Had my partners mk6 gti chipped by Joe and it’s made a massive difference. Would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for some extra power and fuel economy from the car. A+++++

Steven Gordonmk6 gti

Joseph, at Sutherland Performance, did a first class job tuning our 2.5L diesel iMax van. The van now drives more smoothly, has less turbo lag and requires less gear changes on my regular 300km intercity trips. The price to do the high-tech job was really reasonable too and the tune job was turned around in less than five hours. Excellent value and results!

Alan Le Breton2.5L diesel iMax van

Had my Golf TDI tuned at Sutherland Performance. Not only did I gain more power but my fuel economy is even better. Great guy to deal with, Friendly but professional. Highly recommend. Thanks Joe!

Josh ElliottGolf TDI

Great service by Joseph. Stage one on our Golf GTi Pirelli really pleased. He has vast experience on VW's and offers great advice as well. AAAAA++++

Alan RussellGolf GTi Pirelli

Great job on effortlessly doing a resonator delete on my golf R! And to boot, Joseph noticed my key battery needed replacing so he just did! Thanks, bud really appreciate it. The golf sounds sweet.

Tim FowlerGolf R!

Our Google Reviews

Mani Singh
Mani Singh
08:10 31 May 20
I recently got full servicing, maintenance and performance tuning done on my BMW 335i. Car is a lot more responsive... and way quicker.Really happy with the work done, great customer service, highly more
Wayne gutschlag
Wayne gutschlag
06:13 12 May 20
Thank you Joseph for a job well done was worth the drive down from Palmerston North you will see me again
Tristan Mitchell
Tristan Mitchell
09:03 30 Apr 20
I recently had my Golf GTI MKV repaired and tuned at Sutherland Performance. The quality and customer service was... second to none. I couldn’t believe the performance of the vehicle after it left the shop. I was kept up to date and informed prior to any action being taken on my vehicle, and when it came to pricing Joe was very competitive. Would highly recommend!read more
Mike Monastra
Mike Monastra
23:37 16 Feb 20
I recently had my 2.0T Golf wagon tuned by Joe at Sutherland Performance I cant believe the difference! A BIG jump in... power without any negative impact on economy. Made overtaking much easier/safer for the drive home to Auckland. This is the second of my cars Joe has tuned and I wouldn’t go anywhere else - easy to deal with, professional service and great result. Thanks Sutherland Performance!read more
Sean English
Sean English
02:07 17 Jan 20
Expert knowledge and service. Absolutely the best guy to go to for anything to do with Audis and VWs.
Tracey Williams
Tracey Williams
09:46 16 Jan 20
We arrived at Joe’s workshop with a whole list of questions and worries, and he ticked each one off the list patiently... and thoroughly. The workshop is clean and tidy, in a handy location, and Joe is friendly, approachable and knowledgeable. He explained things clearly and in “layperson” speak, which was useful for us as new VW owners without a great deal of technical knowledge ourselves. He was highly recommended to us, and we would highly recommend him to more
Alexander Bamford
Alexander Bamford
05:24 18 Nov 19
I have used Sutherland Performance since it opened for WoF, Servicing and ECU tuning of both our cars. The work... completed has always been of a very high standard and the ECU tuning has been fantastic. Joe is a very honest, highly skilled and passionate mechanic and I would highly more
Tim Blinkhorne
Tim Blinkhorne
21:37 14 Nov 19
Ute was blowing black smoke out of exhaust. Took it to another garage who claimed to have fixed the problem. After a... month of the same, finally brought it into Sutherland Performance...found the problem, fixed it straight away!! Super professional and reliableread more
Nico Patchay
Nico Patchay
05:07 21 Oct 19
Wouldn't trust my car with anyone else in the Wellington region. Been here for basic maintenance to performance... upgrades and servicing. Reliable, professional services with A+ customer more
Andy Barker
Andy Barker
03:53 08 Sep 19
Can't give Joseph high enough praise. We had someone else look at our Audi S4 with a leaking sports diff. Two weeks and... a large bill later, we were no better off. Took it to Sutherland Performance and he found the fault within a day and once the parts were here, fixed in another day. Highly recommend these more
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