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APR ECU Upgrade - 2.0T EA888 Gen 3 IS20 (Transverse) (MQB)

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Part # ECU-20T-EA888-3-T-IS20
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APR ECU Upgrade - 2.0T EA888 Gen 3 IS20 (Transverse) (MQB)

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This part is legal for sale and use on Emissions Controlled Vehicles, in all 50 states, when used in accordance with the manufacturers application guide because it has a California Air Resources Board (CARB) Executive Order (EO) number.

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APR's ECU Upgrades are the best dollar-per-horsepower modification one can make to improve engine performance. 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 ECU Upgrades are available with various features and supported octane levels and each stage is compatible with most typical bolt-on modifications. The software is installed to the vehicle's 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!

Features:

  • Horsepower - More horsepower throughout the whole rpm band
  • Torque - More torque throughout the whole rpm band
  • Warranty - APR Plus is available, providing a factory term limit matching limited powertrain warranty
  • Fuel Grades - Multiple octanes from which to choose
  • Stages - Multiple performance levels depending on installed hardware
  • Flat Torque - Optional torque limited version for a flatter torque profile
  • Acceleration - Accelerate faster with more power and reduced throttle lag
  • Linear Throttle - Pedal maps adjusted for a more linear feel
  • Brake Boosting - Left foot braking or brake boosting added
  • Speed Limiter - Go as fast as you want with the speed limiter out of the way
  • Standing Limiter - Increased standing limiter for higher revving at idle
  • Motorsport Limiter - With the soft limiter removed, you‚Äôll get full power right up to the hard, ‚Äúbap bap bap‚Äù redline fuel cut
  • Auto Start/Stop Inversion - Auto Start/Stop defaults to the off position
  • Exhaust Crackle - Multiple exhaust crackle profiles including factory, mild, and aggressive all with mode switching and component protection
  • Economy - While cruising, or driving normally, your fuel economy may benefit from our optimized calibration
  • Flash Counter - Flash counter does not increase with each flash
  • Direct Port Programming - Clean and easy install through the OBD II port without removing the ECU
  • Free Updates - Get free updates for life
  • Guarantee - 30 day money back guarantee
Brand APR
Emission Code1
Engine AspirationTurbocharged
Engine ConfigurationI4
Engine Displacement2.0L
Engine FamilyEA888 Gen 3 IHI
Engine OrientationTransverse
Fuel TypeGasoline
Install TypeDealer Installed
MarketNAR
ROW
Product TypeECU Upgrade
Part NumberECU-20T-EA888-3-T-IS20
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This part is legal for sale and use on Emissions Controlled Vehicles, in all 50 states, when used in accordance with the manufacturers application guide because it has a California Air Resources Board (CARB) Executive Order (EO) number.

The following vehicles are considered Emissions Controlled Vehicles:

  • 1966 and newer U.S. manufactured California Certified vehicles
  • 1968 and newer U.S. manufactured Federally Certified vehicles
  • 1968 and newer Foreign manufactured vehicle
APR Plus Warranty Booklet
APR Plus Warranty Booklet
CARB EO Document
Lists applicable vehicles and scenarios. Please verify your configuration is applicable.
Important fuel quality information
Important fuel quality information
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Only use fuel equal to or higher than specified. Never use a lower octane fuel. Always follow our fuel guide, especially with race fuel and Ethanol, where available. Dynos are for reference only. Results will vary. Contributing factors include the vehicle condition, vehicle setup, dyno type, dyno setup, environmental factors, fuel quality, and more. When describing fuels, the North American Region (NAR) uses the Anti-Knock Index (AKI), (RON+MON)/2, or (R+M)/2. The Rest of the World (ROW) uses RON. RON is Research Octane Number and MON is Motor Octane Number.

Have a question about this product?

  • Question

    Stage1 high torque. Do I need re tune after adding cold air intake system?

    By Taylor Dulany on June 13, 2023

    Answer
    No update needed.
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  • Question

    Do I need a re tune after adding intake system? Stage 1 high torque

    By Taylor Dulany on June 13, 2023

    Answer
    No retune needed.
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  • Question

    Hi I was wondering what oil weight is recommended for stage 3 is38?

    By Sam Fadayel on May 16, 2023

    Answer
    Stick with the factory recommendation.
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  • Question

    Will this pass smog in California or will I need to get it flashed before smogging my car?

    By Brian Alfaro on June 7, 2023

    Answer
    We have a CARB EO on this tune. See docs listed on the site for coverage.
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  • Question

    Can I get the optional Exhaust Crackle with the APR Stage 1 on my 2017 Audi A3?

    By Kassem Najmeddine on May 21, 2023

    Answer
    We do not offer that on our stage 1 tune.
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APR ECU Upgrade Stages

Our ECU Upgrades are available in multiple configurations. Installation of additional performance hardware, such as an intercooler or intake systems, may provide further performance improvements.

APR Stage 1

The APR Stage 1 ECU Upgrade is the first step towards tuning your engine. It produces up to 290-337 HP and 320-375 FT-LBS of torque. Optional low torque files available. Optional FWD limited wheel-spin files available. APR Spark Plugs are recommended.


APR Stage 1 is available for 87 AKI, 91 AKI, 93 AKI, and 104 AKI in North America, and 91 RON, 95 RON, 98 RON, 102 RON, and 108 AKI in the Rest of the World.

APR Plus

APR Plus is our APR Stage 1 ECU Upgrade with our limited powertrain warranty and it’s the first step towards tuning your engine. It produces up to 290 HP and 320 FT-LBS of torque. Please check our warranty manual to understand modifications supported by APR Plus.

APR Stage 2

The APR Stage 2 ECU Upgrade is the next step towards tuning your engine. It produces up to 334-351 HP and 338-392 FT-LBS of torque. Optional low torque files are available. Optional FWD wheel-spin limiting files available. Additionally this stage is available with optional crackle modes. The more aggressive modes increase the length, duration, intensity, and operating modes of the crackle. APR Spark Plugs are recommended.


APR Stage 2 is available for 91 AKI, 93 AKI, and 104 AKI in North America, and 95 RON, 98 RON, and 108 RON in the Rest of the World.

APR Stage 3 IS38

The APR Stage 3 ECU Upgrade is the next step towards tuning your engine. It produces up to 395-397 HP and 334-403 FT-LBS of torque. Use this tune with the IS38 turbocharger. DSG tune required for high torque. Optional low torque files available. Optional FWD wheel spin limiting files available. Additionally this stage is available with optional crackle modes. The more aggressive modes increase the length, duration, intensity, and operating modes of the crackle. APR Spark Plugs recommended.


APR Stage 3 IS38 is available for 91 AKI, 93 AKI, and 104 AKI in North America, and 95 RON, 98 RON, and 108 RON in the Rest of the World.

APR Stage 3 DTR6054

The APR Stage 3 ECU Upgrade is the next step towards tuning your engine. It produces up to 436-478 HP and 401-441 FT-LBS of torque. Use this tune with the APR DTR6054 turbocharger.

APR Stage 3 Plus EFR7163

The APR Stage 3+ ECU Upgrade is the next step towards tuning your engine. It produces up to 470-536 HP and 425-474 FT-LBS of torque. Use this tune with the APR EFR7163 turbocharger. Optional FWD wheel spin limiting files available. Additionally this stage is available with optional crackle modes. The more aggressive modes increase the length, duration, intensity, and operating modes of the crackle. APR Spark Plugs Recommended.


APR Stage 3+ EFR7163 is available for 91 AKI, 93 AKI, 100 AKI, and 104 AKI in North America, and 95 RON, 98 RON, 104 AKI, and 108 AKI in the Rest of the World.

Horsepower and Torque Dyno Charts

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APR Calibration Report

Stage (210/220/230)HPTQMax GainMax Gain
Stock As Reported by VAG 210 PS
220 PS
230 PS
258 FT-LBS
258 FT-LBS
258 FT-LBS
Stock As Measured by APR 236 HP
247 HP
264 HP
274 FT-LBS
277 FT-LBS
279 FT-LBS
APR Plus
87 AKI290 HP
320 FT-LBS
+60 HP
+48 HP
+34 HP
+51 FT-LBS
+48 FT-LBS
+50 FT-LBS
APR Stage 1 (Low Torque)
87 AKI290 HP
320 FT-LBS
+60 HP
+48 HP
+34 HP
+51 FT-LBS
+48 FT-LBS
+50 FT-LBS
91 AKI / 95 RON323 HP
326 FT-LBS+96 HP
+83 HP
+60 HP
+80 FT-LBS
+69 FT-LBS
+53 FT-LBS
93 AKI / 98 RON327 HP
326 FT-LBS+98 HP
+85 HP
+64 HP
+83 FT-LBS
+73 FT-LBS
+59 FT-LBS
104 AKI / 108 RON337 HP
327 FT-LBS+115 HP
+101 HP
+76 HP
+91 FT-LBS
+81 FT-LBS
+66 FT-LBS
APR Stage 1 (High Torque)
91 AKI / 95 RON313 HP
340 FT-LBS+82 HP
+70 HP
+50 HP
+71 FT-LBS
+69 FT-LBS
+71 FT-LBS
93 AKI / 98 RON321 HP
351 FT-LBS+93 HP
+80 HP
+57 HP
+79 FT-LBS
+79 FT-LBS
+82 FT-LBS
104 AKI / 108 RON337 HP
375 FT-LBS+115 HP
+101 HP
+76 HP
+103 FT-LBS
+103 FT-LBS
+105 FT-LBS
APR Stage 2 (Low Torque)
91 AKI / 95 RON313 HP
340 FT-LBS +82 HP
+70 HP
+50 HP
+71 FT-LBS
+69 FT-LBS
+71 FT-LBS
93 AKI / 98 RON321 HP
351 FT-LBS +93 HP
+80 HP
+57 HP
+79 FT-LBS
+79 FT-LBS
+82 FT-LBS
104 AKI / 108 RON337 HP
375 FT-LBS +115 HP
+101 HP
+76 HP
+103 FT-LBS
+103 FT-LBS
+105 FT-LBS
APR Stage 2 (High Torque)
91 AKI / 95 RON333 HP
364 FT-LBS +110 HP
+96 HP
+71 HP
+93 FT-LBS
+92 FT-LBS
+91 FT-LBS
93 AKI / 98 RON337 HP
371 FT-LBS 110 HP
+96 HP
+76 HP
+103 FT-LBS
+100 FT-LBS
+98 FT-LBS
104 AKI / 108 RON351 HP
392 FT-LBS +117 HP
+105 HP
+91 HP
+120 FT-LBS
+120 FT-LBS
+121 FT-LBS
APR Stage 3 IS38 (Low Torque)
91 AKI / 95 RON395 HP
334 FT-LBS+172 HP
+158 HP
+134 HP
+138 FT-LBS
+128 FT-LBS
+109 FT-LBS
93 AKI / 98 RON395 HP
334 FT-LBS+172 HP
+159 HP
+134 HP
+139 FT-LBS
+128 FT-LBS
+110 FT-LBS
104 AKI / 108 RON396 HP
340 FT-LBS+172 HP
+159 HP
+135 HP
+140 FT-LBS
+130 FT-LBS
+111 FT-LBS
APR Stage 3 IS38 (High Torque)
91 AKI / 95 RON395 HP
376 FT-LBS+170 HP
+157 HP
+133 HP
+140 FT-LBS
+129 FT-LBS
+112 FT-LBS
93 AKI / 98 RON396 HP
385 FT-LBS+170 HP
+157 HP
+134 HP
+142 FT-LBS
+131 FT-LBS
+114 FT-LBS
104 AKI / 108 RON397 HP
403 FT-LBS+170 HP
+157 HP
+127 HP
+149 FT-LBS
+138 FT-LBS
+135 FT-LBS
APR Stage 3 DTR6054
91 AKI / 95 RON436 HP
401 FT-LBS +213 HP
+199 HP
+175 HP
+174 FT-LBS
+164 FT-LBS
+146 FT-LBS
93 AKI / 98 RON443 HP
407 FT-LBS +218 HP
+204 HP
+181 HP
+182 FT-LBS
+172 FT-LBS
+155 FT-LBS
100 AKI / 104 RON457 HP
433 FT-LBS +230 HP
+217 HP
+194 HP
+197 FT-LBS
+186 FT-LBS
+170 FT-LBS
104 AKI / 108 RON478 HP
441 FT-LBS +254 HP
+240 HP
+216 HP
+212 FT-LBS
+201 FT-LBS
+185 FT-LBS
APR Stage 3+ EFR7163
91 AKI / 95 RON470 HP
425 FT-LBS+245 HP
N/A
N/A
+205 FT-LBS
N/A
N/A
93 AKI / 98 RON482 HP
435 FT-LBS+256 HP
N/A
N/A
+214 FT-LBS
N/A
N/A
100 AKI / 104 RON508 HP
451 FT-LBS+283 HP
N/A
N/A
+236 FT-LBS
N/A
N/A
104 AKI / 108 RON536 HP
475 FT-LBS+311 HP
N/A
N/A
+260 FT-LBS
N/A
N/A
Only use fuel equal to or higher than specified. Never use a lower octane fuel. Always follow our fuel guide, especially with race fuel and Ethanol, where available. Dynos are for reference only. Results will vary. Contributing factors include the vehicle condition, vehicle setup, dyno type, dyno setup, environmental factors, fuel quality, and more. When describing fuels, the North American Region (NAR) uses the Anti-Knock Index (AKI), (RON+MON)/2, or (R+M)/2. The Rest of the World (ROW) uses RON. RON is Research Octane Number and MON is Motor Octane Number.
Stage0-60
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
1/4m
ET
1/4m
MPH
Stock6.932 7.242 7.266 14.983 15.872 18.968 LimitedLimitedLimited14.28397.10
Stage 1 93 AKI5.656 5.868 5.88311.385 10.09411.06611.12413.34316.181 13.189110.40

APR Exhaust Crackle

Enhance your exhaust note just like Audi’s latest RS models! The APR Exhaust Crackle, lovingly called “pops and bangs” by many, adds a distinct crackle to the exhaust note upon lifting off the throttle, gear changes on a manual, decelerating, or while free revving at a stand standstill. This optional feature is available at no cost, at the time of flashing, for most compatible ECUs at stage 2 and higher stages. For convenience, the feature is only enabled when the vehicle is placed into sport/race mode. Lastly, for safety, this feature has built in hardware protection limits, and will only function when it’s considered safe to do so. We offer this in both a "soft" and "aggressive" mode as illustrated below with our 2019 Golf R featuring a full APR Valved Catback Exhaust System.

The APR Difference

Who we are - We’re a global automotive engineering firm nestled in Opelika, Alabama. Our 80,000ft² state-of-the-art facility is home to some of the best engineers in the industry, who have mastered hundreds of engine management systems. We have multiple engine and chassis dynos, and the resources necessary to create our ECU Upgrades in-house, from the ground up! We're not a new company either. We've been around since the 90's and we have a strong financial backing to ensure we'll be here to support you for decades to come!


What we do - We optimize everything to make your engine more powerful. We adjust air-fuel ratios, advance ignition, increase boost pressure, alter cam positions and lift profiles, and more, all depending on the type of engine and management system, of course! We don’t take shortcuts, and we don’t take risks. We do it the right way.


How we differ - With our proprietary calibration and direct ram access data logging tools and operating system code changes, we’re able to make some of the strongest and fastest ECU upgrades, without needing costly end user adjustments. We work with the ECUs intelligent modeling and closed-loop systems, and beta test in multiple environments to create upgrades that work no matter where you drive!

APR Software Pricing Guide

Our performance software upgrade is available in multiple stages with optional features.

APR Plus (USA/Canada)
APR Plus ECU Upgrade$999.95
APR Stage 1
APR Stage 1 ECU Upgrade$499.95
APR Stage 1 ECU Upgrade from APR PlusFREE
APR Stage 2 (Excludes USA)
APR Stage 2 ECU Upgrade from Stock$624.95
APR Stage 2 ECU Upgrade from APR Plus$124.95
APR Stage 2 ECU Upgrade from APR Stage 1$124.95
APR Stage 3
APR Stage 3 ECU Upgrade with New APR Turbo KitFREE
APR Stage 3 ECU Upgrade$749.95
APR Stage 3 ECU Upgrade from Any Lower Stage $249.95

Purchasing, Guarantee, and Updates

Purchasing Options¹: Locate an APR Dealer. They will physically install software on your vehicle at their location. Alternatively with the APR Remote Tuning Service (RTS) you'll purchase an APR Tuning Cable and we, or a participating dealer, will remotely install software on your vehicle†.


Money-Back Guarantee: Try our Software Upgrades for up to 30 days, risk free! If you are not satisfied, have it removed and refunded.²


Free Updates: If we make an update, add a standard feature, or if the manufacturer issues an update, you are entitled to a free update.³


1. Availability: APR Software may not be available for all vehicles. Stages, programs, and features may not be available for all ECUs.
2. Money Back Guarantee: Excludes some Software Upgrades, such as those included with a hardware purchase. Labor charges are at the discretion of the installer.
3. Free updates: Subject to availability. Labor charges are at the discretion of the installer. Applicable to the original purchaser. Second hand owners may inquire with an APR Dealer about a software license transfer fee.
†. Remote flashing: Excludes APR Plus. Excludes some platforms. Dealer participation will vary. Visit our product page for details.
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