APR 2.0 TSI/TFSI Gen3 ECU Upgrade for the MQB Platform
APR is pleased to present the ultimate engine control unit (ECU) upgrade for the 2.0T EA888 Gen 3 engine. APR’s ECU upgrade is available in octane-specific variations and is conveniently flashed to the vehicle’s factory ECU through the OBD-II port without any physical modification to the factory ECU.
The ECU’s Simos 12 and 18 engine management system is responsible for proper operation of the engine during constantly changing environmental and load conditions. With built in compensational data for environmental variables and varying load conditions, the factory ECU is far more complex and intelligent than units found in other vehicle makes and marques.
APR's Calibration Engineers spent months calibrating the engine management system, including many hours of chassis dyno development. With a thorough understanding of the ECU’s torque structure, APR’s Calibration Engineers properly increased engine load to produce more power and torque across the entire power band. APR’s ECU Upgrade increases boost pressure, optimizes ignition timing, cam timing, valve lift, lambda and more to produce higher output!
APR’s ECU Upgrades provides an excellent leap in horsepower and torque while retaining OEM knock control sensitivity and other built in safety features. This results in an exciting and powerful upgrade, optimized for various fuel grades found around the world
APR Stage I ECU Upgrade
APR’s ECU upgrades are one of the best horsepower-per-dollar modifications for the new 2.0T engine. The APR Stage I ECU Upgrade is designed to work without requiring other changes to the vehicle’s hardware. With the ECU Upgrade alone, APR’s Calibration Experts measured higher peak figures of 381 ft-lbs of torque and 316 horsepower with 93 AKI octane fuel. Large gains were seen throughout the power band, including an additional 114 ft-lbs of torque and 87 horsepower. Even higher figures were achieved using race fuel. For those looking for a more modest bump in horsepower and torque, lower output software is available. In both cases the increase in horsepower and torque directly translates to an exceptionally quicker vehicle. Using advanced GPS measuring devices and the local IHRA certified drag strip, APR’s engineers conducted several acceleration tests. During the quarter mile sprint, the APR Stage I equipped vehicle crossed the finish line 1.094 seconds quicker, with an exit speed 13.3 MPH faster!
The APR Stage II ECU Upgrade is designed to work with APR’s Exhaust Downpipe. When combined with APR’s Intake System, peak power and torque figures grew further to 336 horsepower and 404 ft-lbs of torque. The additional hardware allowed the turbo to spool faster and power carried better towards redline, resulting in up to an additional 90 ft-lbs of torque and 28 horsepower.
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.
Increased 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.
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 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.
Torque management can play a big role in how the vehicle feels and performs, especially during moments of low gear, rapid acceleration. Typically front wheel drive vehicles can suffer from excessive wheel spin during these moments due to the massive amount of torque on tap from the ECU upgrade. APR’s ECU Upgrade uses advanced torque management routines to help minimize wheel spin and maximize forward acceleration so the driver can focus on enjoying the additional torque and power on tap.
- Stg 1 Low 91 CHP
- Stg 1 Low 93 CHP
- Stg 1 Low 100 CHP
- Stg 1 91 CHP
- Stg 1 93 CHP
- Stg 1 100 CHP
- Stg 2 91 CHP
- Stg 2 93 CHP
- Stg 2 100 CHP
- Stg 1 Low 91 WHP
- Stg 1 Low 93 WHP
- Stg 1 Low 100 WHP
- Stg 1 91 WHP
- Stg 1 93 WHP
- Stg 1 100 WHP
- Stg 2 91 WHP
- Stg 2 93 WHP
- Stg 2 100 WHP
- Stg 1 Low 91 Gain
- Stg 1 Low 93 Gain
- Stg 1 Low 100 Gain
- Stg 1 91 Gain
- Stg 1 93 Gain
- Stg 1 100 Gain
- Stg 2 91 Gain
- Stg 2 93 Gain
- Stg 2 100 Gain
|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.|
|- Ethanol software REQUIRES APR’s upcoming Ethanol Flex Fueling upgrades.|
|- 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 US Spec 2014 MK7 GTI DSG, using SAEJ1349 correction and an average of multiple runs. Stage II included an APR Intake and APR Cast Downpipe. IS38 Included a factory IS38 turbocharger, APR Cast Downpipe, APR Intake System and APR Intercooler. Crank figures are estimated based on the measured wheel figures. Results may vary depending upon environmental conditions, vehicle, transmission, vehicle health, operating conditions, temperatures, fuel grade, dyno type, dyno setup, other variables and other modifications.|
|Stock As Reported by Audi||91 AKI||95 RON||210-230 HP||258 FT-LBS|
|Stock As Measured by APR||93 AKI||98 RON||235 HP||270 FT-LBS|
|APR Stage I||91 AKI||95 RON||305 HP||371 FT-LBS||+78 HP @ 3,950 RPM||+105 TQ @ 3,700 RPM|
|APR Stage I||93 AKI||98 RON||316 HP||381 FT-LBS||+87 HP @ 4,050 RPM||+114 TQ @ 3,800 RPM|
|APR Stage I||100 AKI||104 RON||328 HP||382 FT-LBS||+97 HP @ 4,150 RPM||+125 TQ @ 3,900 RPM|
|APR Stage II||91 AKI||95 RON||320 HP||396 FT-LBS||+95 HP @ 4,150 RPM||+176 TQ @ 1,500 RPM|
|APR Stage II||93 AKI||98 RON||336 HP||404 FT-LBS||+104 HP @ 4,150 RPM||+176 TQ @ 1,500 RPM|
|APR Stage II||100 AKI||104 RON||341 HP||412 FT-LBS||+110 HP @ 4,150 RPM||+176 TQ @ 1,500 RPM|
|APR IS38 Turbo - OEM Downpipe||91 AKI||95 RON||345 HP||359 FT-LBS||+114 HP @ 6,200 RPM||+105 FT-LBS @ 4,150 RPM|
|APR IS38 Turbo - OEM Downpipe||93 AKI||98 RON||363 HP||376 FT-LBS||+131 HP @ 6,000 RPM||+123 FT-LBS @ 4,100 RPM|
|APR IS38 Turbo - OEM Downpipe||100 AKI||104 RON||373 HP||390 FT-LBS||+140 HP @ 5,800 RPM||+135 FT-LBS @ 4,200 RPM|
|APR IS38 Turbo - OEM Downpipe||Ethanol||Ethanol||387 HP||398 FT-LBS||+154 HP @ 5,900 RPM||+145 FT-LBS @ 4,100 RPM|
|APR IS38 Turbo - APR Downpipe||91 AKI||95 RON||382 HP||370 FT-LBS||+140 HP @ 6,100 RPM||+129 FT-LBS @ 6,200 RPM|
|APR IS38 Turbo - APR Downpipe||93 AKI||98 RON||386 HP||403 FT-LBS||+153 HP @ 5,600 RPM||+148 FT-LBS @ 4,100 RPM|
|APR IS38 Turbo - APR Downpipe||Ethanol||Ethanol||404 HP||408 FT-LBS||+171 HP @ 5,950 RPM||+164 FT-LBS @ 5,200 RPM|
Race Fuel Information: Higher octane fuel typically allows APR’s engineers to create more power and torque by achieving greater ignition advance. However, on this application, APR’s engineers were able to achieve MBT, or minimum spark timing for best torque, on 93 AKI fuel with the IS38 turbocharger and APR downpipe. MBT is essentially the point where greater ignition advance no longer results in more power and torque. By using APR’s upcoming Ethanol Flex Fueling upgrades and Ethanol fuel, greater peak power was achieved due to the fuel’s highly oxygenated nature.
|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||1/4th ET||1/4th Trap MPH|
|- Data collected at the same location with a US Spec 2014 MK7 GTI DSG via a Racelogic P-Box with ESP/ASR disabled. May not be comparable to data collected in other locations.|
93 AKI Octane
|6.932||7.242||7.266||14.983||15.872||18.968||Speed Limited||Speed Limited||Speed Limited||14.283||97.10|
|APR Stage I
93 AKI Octane
The APR Development Difference
APR DirectPort Programming:
APR’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!
APR ECU Explorer:
APR’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:
APR’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:
APR’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. This allows APR's engineers to often not require transmission software to meet or exceed advertised gains. On the highly modified end, this often allows APR to make turbo upgrades operate without the need for external manual controllers.
|Audi A3 (MK3 / Typ 8V)||All||2.0 TFSI EA888 Gen 3||All|
|Audi TT (MK3 / Typ 8S)||All||2.0 TFSI EA888 Gen 3||All|
|Skoda Octavia / VRS (MK3 / Typ 5E)||All||2.0 TFI EA888 Gen 3||All|
|Volkswagen Golf GTI (MK7 / Typ 5G)||All||2.0 TSI EA888 Gen 3||All|
|Volkswagen Tiguan (MK2 / Typ 5NA)||All||2.0 TSI EA888 Gen 3||All|
|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’s performance software increases output substantially and as such, APR recommends NGK heat range 8 spark plugs with a .024” +/- .002” gap at all stages. If the vehicle is used for any form of racing, or extended wide-open-throttle sprints on the Autobahn, APR highly recommends upgrading the plugs for engine longevity and safety. On engines with an upgraded turbocharger, the spark plugs are required.|
|APR Stage I ECU Upgrade||Factory Exhaust Downpipe||$699.99|
|- Upgrade from APR Stage I to APR Stage II||High Flow Exhaust Downpipe||$174.99|
|- Upgrade from APR Stage I to APR Stage II (after purchasing an APR Downpipe)||APR Exhaust Downpipe||No Additional Charge|
|APR IS38 Turbo ECU Upgrade - Existing APR ECU Upgrade Customer||OEM IHI IS38 Turbocharger (More Info on Product Page)||$699.99|
|APR IS38 Turbo ECU Upgrade - New Customer||OEM IHI IS38 Turbocharger (More Info on Product Page)||$999.99|
How to purchase
Please 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.
Security, Warranty and Money Back Guarantee
30 Day Money Back Guarantee:
All APR ECU Upgrades include a 30-day money back guarantee with no questions asked. If for any reason the owners 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.
Limited Lifetime Warranty:
All 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.