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APR 1.8 TSI Gen3 ECU Upgrade

engineAPR is pleased to present the ultimate engine control unit (ECU) upgrade for the 1.8T EA888 Gen 3 engine!

APR’s ECU Upgrades are the best dollar-per-horsepower modification one can make to the 1.8T engine. The upgrades dramatically increase horsepower and torque, making for an exceptionally quicker and more exciting vehicle. This is made possible through APR’s optimization of the factory engine management system to take full advantage of the engine’s capabilities, without needing any end user adjustment. The software loads to the factory ECU through the OBD-II port, resulting in a clean and headache-free install. Furthermore, for those looking for tuning with a limited powertrain warranty, APR Plus has you covered!

APR ECU Upgrade Stages

APR’s ECU Upgrades are available in multiple stages, supporting various octanes both with or without any hardware modifications. APR Plus software is available featuring a factory matching limited powertrain warranty. Specific software is available for use with a high flow Race DP exhaust system, while all stages are fully compatible with an upgraded intakeintercooler, catback exhaust, or other minor bolt on modifications.

APR Plus ECU Upgrade with a Limited Powertrain Warranty

The APR Plus ECU Upgrade is the first step towards making more power, and it includes our limited powertrain warranty. This simple upgrade requies no engine hardware modifications, and produces 223 HP with 267 FT-LBS of torque. Gains as high as 47 HP and 73 FT-LBS of torque are available throughout the power band, making the vehicle exceptionally quicker in all scenarios.

The APR Plus ECU Upgrade matches the performance of our Stage 1 ECU Upgrade (87 octane version). To get even more power, you can add any of our other Stage 1 compatible products and still be covered under the APR Plus warranty! This only excludes our Race DP and turbo/fueling upgrades. To learn more about APR Plus, please visit the APR Plus website.

If you're not interested in the APR Plus limited powertrain warranty, and want even more power, check out our other Stages.

APR Stage I ECU Upgrade

The APR Stage I ECU Upgrade is the first step towards making more power! This simple upgrade requires no engine hardware modifications, and produces 223-242 HP with 267-293 FT-LBS of torque. Gains as high as 47-68 HP and 73-99 FT-LBS of torque are available throughout the power band.

To get more power, the vehicle can be outfitted with an upgraded intake, intercooler, catback exhaust and other small modifications without requiring any new modification to the ECU. APR recommends properly gapping the factory spark plugs to a tighter gap (Ex: 0.024" ±0.002" or 0.6mm ±0.05mm), properly installed and torqued (Ex: Per the manufacturer's specifications), and maintained with a shorter changer interval (Ex: 10,000-15,000 mi or 16,000-24,000 km).

APR Stage II ECU Upgrade

The APR Stage II ECU Upgrade is the next step towards making more power! This upgrade requires a high flow Race DP exhaust system and produces 244-250 HP with 303-315 FT-LBS of torque. Gains as high as 70-78 HP and 109-121 FT-LBS of torque are available throughout the power band.

To get more power, the vehicle can be outfitted with an upgraded intake, intercooler, catback exhaust and other small modifications without requiring any new modification to the ECU. APR recommends properly gapping the factory spark plugs to a tighter gap (Ex: 0.024" ±0.002" or 0.6mm ±0.05mm), properly installed and torqued (Ex: Per the manufacturer's specifications), and maintained with a shorter changer interval (Ex: 10,000-15,000 mi or 16,000-24,000 km).

NOTICE: THIS MOTORSPORT/RACING PRODUCT IS NOT DESIGNED TO MEET ANY FEDERAL EMISSIONS STANDARDS IN THE USA AND IS NOT FOR STREET OR HIGHWAY USE. THIS PRODUCT IS NOT C.A.R.B. COMPLIANT AND IS NOT FOR SALE OR USE IN CALIFORNIA, USA. APR MAKES NO CLAIMS THIS PRODUCT COMPLIES WITH ANY EMISSION LAWS IN ANY JURISDICTION. IT IS ENTIERLY THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE PURCHASER TO INFORM THEMSELVES OF ANY LAWS OR REGULATIONS WHICH MAY PROHIBIT USE OF THIS PRODUCT.

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APR Calibration Report
Stage NAR Fuel ROW Fuel Max HP Max TQ Max HP Gain Over Stock Max TQ Gain Over Stock
- APR recommends and tuned with Sunoco GT 260 for 100 AKI mode and Sunoco GT 260 Plus for 104 AKI mode. Never use lower octane than specified by the mode.
- Max increases are based on APR's actual measured stock values and not those reported by VAG. | RON = ROW Fuel Grades | AKI = North American (RON+MON)/2 Fuel Grades.
- Reported wheel figures measured on APR's in house Dynapack Dynamometer with a 2014 Passat Tiptronic, using SAEJ1349 correction and an average of multiple runs. Stage II was with the addition of APR's Cast Race DP. Crank figures estimated based on the measured wheel figures. Results will vary depending upon environmental conditions, vehicle, transmission, vehicle health, operating conditions, temperatures, fuel grade, dyno type, dyno setup, and other modifications.
- APR 87 AKI mode is mostly limited to vehicles where a minimum of 87 octane is listed on the gas door.
Stock As Reported by VAG 87 AKI 91 RON 170 HP 184 FT-LBS    
Stock As Measured by APR 93 AKI98 RON 191 HP 203 FT-LBS    
APR Plus 87 AKI 91 RON 223 HP 267 FT-LBS +47 HP +73 FT-LBS
APR Stage I 87 AKI 91 RON 223 HP 267 FT-LBS +47 HP +73 FT-LBS
APR Stage I 91 AKI 95 RON 238 HP 283 FT-LBS +60 HP +89 FT-LBS
APR Stage I 93 AKI 98 RON 242 HP 293 FT-LBS +68 HP +99 FT-LBS
APR Stage II 91 AKI 95 RON 244 HP 303 FT-LBS +70 HP +109 FT-LBS
APR Stage II 93 AKI 98 RON 250 HP 315 FT-LBS +78 HP +121 FT-LBS

Acceleration Testing

APR Acceleration
APR Acceleration Tests
Program Mode 0-60 MPH 0-62 MPH 0-100 KPH 0-100 MPH 60-120 MPH 62-124 MPH 100-200 KPH 60-130 MPH 30-130 MPH
- Data collected at the same location with a 2014 Jetta 5 speed manual via a Racelogic P-Box with ESP/ASR enabled. May not be comparable to data collected in other locations.
Stock
93 AKI Octane
7.445 7.983 8.011 18.575 24.001 27.314 28.130 Speed limited Speed Limited
APR Stage I
93 AKI Octane
6.789 7.280 7.311 14.942 16.507 18.180 18.294 22.158 25.554
Stock vs APR 93
(Seconds Faster)
0.657 0.702 0.700 3.633 7.494 9.134 9.845 - -
Stock vs APR 93
(Percent Faster)
8.82% 8.80% 8.74% 19.56% 31.22% 33.44% 34.99% - -

APR ECU Upgrade Included Features

APR World Class Calibration Expertise

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Tuning 101:

The 1.8T engine uses a Continental Simos 12 & 18 ECU for engine management. Basically, it’s a computer that tells the engine how to operate. Tuning software, like the APR ECU Upgrade, tells the engine how to make more power. It does this by running more boost pressure, optimizing the cam shaft positions, valve lift actuation, adjusting the air/fuel ratio, advancing ignition timing, and more.

A Better Engine Management System:

The 1.8T’s ECU is incredible. Without the driver knowing otherwise, the ECU makes intelligent adjustments to the engine’s operations to keep it running smoothly. Unlike ECUs found in many other makes and models, when properly tuned, the ECU eliminates the need for custom tuning to maximize output, even when weather conditions change dramatically.

How APR Differs from the Competition:

The ECU is powerful, but extremely difficult to master. Without mastery, the ECU must be simplified, removing what makes it so desirable. The result is an incomplete product that often requires end user adjustment to maximize output in limited scenarios. On the contrary, APR’s Engineers spent years mastering the ECU to unlock its full potential. With complete access to the thousands of maps, tables and variables within, as well as a high-level understanding of how it works, APR’s Engineers were able to take advantage of everything the ECU has to offer. Power is maximized in nearly all scenarios, eliminating the need for end user adjustments. High performance operational modes are enabled and calibrated to deliver smooth daily driving, with a snappy and responsive throttle during moments of spirited driving. Mastery of the boost control system makes for an impressively predictable driving experience as the turbo spools quickly, delivering instant power, while torque-by-gear helps with traction control and protects the engine from being lugged out in tall gears. Lastly advanced high-output protection routines are enabled, allowing the ECU to make constant adjustments to airflow and fuel to cool and protect the engine, all without the driver knowing otherwise.

rabbitAcceleration Enhancements:
Beyond horsepower and torque enhancements, APR’s Calibration Engineers were able to increase the acceleration rate of the vehicle through other calibrations changes. Ignition delay is reduced resulting in a more responsive pedal without altering overall throttle sensitivity. Furthermore, throttle lag commonly noticed at slow speeds and while reapplying throttle has been reduced.

vmaxSpeed Limiter:
APR’s ECU upgrade increases the vehicle's top speed limiter for blistering sprints around the track or across the Autobahn without the speed limiter shutting down the fun.

Left Foot BrakingLeft Foot Braking:
APR's Left Foot Braking feature allows more control over the vehicle’s throttle. The factory equipped vehicle's throttle input is disabled while pressing the accelerator and brake at the same time. Left Foot Braking, a common motorsport driving technique, allows the driver complete control over the vehicle’s throttle and braking system, which may give the vehicle the edge it needs at the track.

vmaxMotorsport Rev Limiter:
APR’s Motorsport Rev Limiter allows the engine to reach max RPM without the ECU slowing down acceleration nearly 150 RPM earlier. The result is more power to redline and a definable redline feeling as seen on Audi Quattro GMBH vehicles such as the RS4, RS5 and R8.

ecoIncreased Fuel Economy:
APR’s Calibration Engineers paid close attention to several parameters directly related to fuel economy, especially while cruising at highway speeds. Depending on driving style and fuel quality, better miles per gallon may be achieved.

The APR Difference

APR ECU Explorer

ECUxAPR’s proprietary ECU Explorer gives APR’s Calibration Engineers unparalleled access to the vehicle’s entire engine management system. Typical commercially available data logging tools, used by most tuners, only allow logging up to 12 engine-operating variables at extremely low data rates. These tools are also limited to a small, specific list of variables. APR’s ECU Explorer is capable of logging every variable found within the ECU with far more variables logged at once, at very high data rates.

APR ECU Composer

ECUcAPR’s proprietary ECU Composer is used for altering the engine management system. With full access to every table, map and variable within the ECU, APR’s Calibration Engineers are not limited to a handful of maps as is common for most tuning companies.

APR ECU Assembly

ECUsAPR’s Electrical Engineers have the ability to alter the code structure of the ECU. Through code levels changes, APR's Engineers are able to add features to the ECU. Other changes allow higher torque limits than those achievable through only modifying calibration data or using piggyback devices as is the case for many tuners. On the highly modified end, this often allows APR to make turbo upgrades operate without the need for external manual controllers.

APR Direct Port Programming

DirectPort ProgrammingAPR’s DirectPort Programming is now available! Any APR Dealer in the world, connected to the Internet, has direct access to APR’s latest ECU upgrades for loading directly over the vehicle's OBD-II port. This completely eliminates the need to remove and open the ECU for currently available files and can be uninstalled at any time!

Application Guide
Make Model Generation Engine Transmission
Volkswagen Beetle MK2 1.8 TSI EA888 Gen 3 All
Volkswagen Jetta MK6 1.8 TSI EA888 Gen 3 All
Volkswagen Pasat B7 1.8 TSI EA888 Gen 3 All
Pricing
Stage Minimum Requirements Price
IMPORTANT PRICING AND AVAILABILITY DETAILS:
- Pricing: Please contact an APR Importer for pricing outside the USA.
- Availability and ECU Compatibility: Stages, programs, and features may not be available for all ECUs.
- ECU Revision Notice: Multiple ECU revisions exist for each platform. APR software may be temporarily unavailable when factory updates are applied. An APR dealer can check availability in person, or over the phone if the ECU boxcode/revision is known.
- Stage II Pricing: Customers who have purchased an APR ECU Upgrade before February 16th, 2015 are exempt from upgrade fees.
- Spark Plug Notice: APR recommends using colder heat-range spark plugs (Ex: NGK-R7437-9), properly gapped to a tighter gap (Ex: 0.024" ±0.002" or 0.6mm ±0.05mm), properly installed and torqued (Ex: Per the manufacturers specifications), and maintained with a shorter changer interval (Ex: 10,000-15,000 mi or 16,000-24,000 km).
APR Plus ECU Upgrade w/ a Limited Powertrain Warranty Factory Exhaust DP $999.99
APR Stage I ECU Upgrade Factory Exhaust DP $599.99 Sale! $540.00
- Upgrade from APR Stage I to APR Stage II High Flow Exhaust Race DP $149.99 Sale! $135.00
- Upgrade from APR Stage I to APR Stage II (after purchasing an APR Race DP) APR Exhaust Race DP No Additional Charge

How to Purchase

APR DealerPlease use the APR Dealer Locater Tool to locate an APR Dealer, confirm availability and schedule an appointment.

Please note vehicle manufacturers issue many ECU part numbers and revisions throughout their vehicle lineup. As such, some ECUs may be temporarily unavailable as new parts and/or revisions are released. If the vehicle’s ECU part number and revision is known, availability can be checked at any APR Dealer.

30 Day Money Back Guarantee

guaranteeAll APR ECU Upgrades include a 30-day money back guarantee with no questions asked. If for any reason the owner is dissatisfied with the APR ECU Upgrade, they may return to the place of purchase for a full refund, provided they are within the 30 day period from the time of the initial purchase. Labor or shipping charges are not included in the guarantee and are at the discretion of the place of install. APR Plus is included in this guarantee only if a warranty claim has not been submitted.

Limited Lifetime Warranty

guaranteeAll APR ECU Upgrades include a limited lifetime warranty against defects in the software, and to provide free updates and reflashes as they become available. Labor or shipping charges are not included in the warranty and are at the discretion of the place of install.

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EMISSIONS CERTIFICATIONS

Various products on this page have been granted an Executive Order from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for various vehicle years, makes, models and engines as listed on Executive Order D-783-2.

warningWARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm. For a list of APR part numbers associated chemicals, go to https://www.goapr.com/prop65/. For more information, go to www.P65Warnings.ca.gov.

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