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

Unlock hidden horsepower and torque with our performance tuning software for your vehicle's Engine Control Unit (ECU).

PART# ECU-20T-EA888-3-T-IS20-OPF

Overview

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.

Features:

  • Horsepower - More horsepower throughout the whole rpm band
  • Torque - More torque throughout the whole rpm band
  • Fuel Grades - Multiple octanes from which to choose
  • Stages - Multiple performance levels depending on installed hardware
  • 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’ll get full power right up to the hard, “bap bap bap” redline fuel cut
  • Economy - While cruising, or driving normally, your fuel economy may benefit from our optimized calibration
  • 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

Specs

BrandAPR
Engine AspirationTurbocharged
Engine ConfigurationI4
Engine Displacement2.0L
Engine FamilyEA888 Gen 3 IHI
Engine OrientationTransverse
Fuel TypeGasoline
MarketROW
Product TypeECU Upgrade
Part NumberECU-20T-EA888-3-T-IS20-OPF

APR ECU Upgrade Stages

APR’s ECU Upgrades are available in multiple octanes levels. Each stage is fully compatible with an upgraded intake, catback exhaust, or other minor bolt on modifications.

APR Stage 1

The APR Stage 1 ECU Upgrade is the first step towards making more power! This simple upgrade requires no engine hardware modifications and produces 274-284 HP with 307-317 FTLBS of torque on single OPF equipped vehicles (FWD), and 284-295 HP with 315-325 FTLBS of torque on dual OPF equipped vehicles (AWD). To get more power, the vehicle can be outfitted with an upgraded intake, intercooler, catback exhaust, and various other bolt-on modifications all without requiring any new modifications to the ECU. APR recommends NGK heat range 9 (NGK-R7437-9) spark plugs gapped to 0.024" ±0.002" or 0.6mm ±0.05mm with a change interval of 10-15,000 mi or 16-24,000 km.


APR Stage 1 is available for 95 RON, 98 RON and 102 RON in the Rest of the World.

APR Stage 3 IS38

The APR Stage 3 IS38 ECU Upgrade is the next step towards making more power! This simple upgrade requires an IS38 drop-in turbocharger, intake, intercooler, and no other engine hardware modifications and produces 339-351 HP with 337-381 FT-LBS of torque on single OPF equipped vehicles (FWD), and 351-365 HP with 340-382 FTLBS of torque on dual OPF equipped vehicles (AWD). To get more power, the vehicle can be outfitted with an upgraded catback exhaust, and various other bolt-on modifications all without requiring any new modifications to the ECU. APR recommends NGK heat range 9 (NGK-R7437-9) spark plugs gapped to 0.024" ±0.002" or 0.6mm ±0.05mm with a change interval of 10-15,000 mi or 16-24,000 km.


APR Stage 3 IS38 is available for 95 RON, 98 RON and 102 RON in the Rest of the World.

Horsepower and Torque Dyno Charts

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APR Calibration Report

Stage (230 FWD / 245 FWD / 245 AWD)HPTQMax GainMax Gain
Stock As Reported by VAG 230 PS
245 PS
245 PS

Stock As Measured by APR 224 PS
242 PS
242 PS
263 FT-LBS
267 FT-LBS
267 FT-LBS
APR Stage 1
95 RON274 HP
274 HP
284 HP
307 FT-LBS
307 FT-LBS
315 FT-LBS
+52 HP
+36 HP
+44 HP
+52 FT-LBS
+51 FT-LBS
+74 FT-LBS
98 RON279 HP
279 HP
290 HP
312 FT-LBS
312 FT-LBS
320 FT-LBS
+57 HP
+40 HP
+49 HP
+57 FT-LBS
+56 FT-LBS
+79 FT-LBS
102 RON284 HP
284 HP
295 HP
317 FT-LBS
317 FT-LBS
325 FT-LBS
+63 HP
+43 HP
+55 HP
+62 FT-LBS
+61 FT-LBS
+84 FT-LBS
APR Stage 3 IS38 (Low)
95 RON339 HP
339 HP
354 HP
337 FT-LBS
337 FT-LBS
340 FT-LBS
+121 HP
+98 HP
+98 HP
+108 FT-LBS
+89 FT-LBS
+89 FT-LBS
98 RON345 HP
345 HP
359 HP
342 FT-LBS
342 FT-LBS
345 FT-LBS
+126 HP
+104 HP
+118 HP
+113 FT-LBS
+94 FT-LBS
+105 FT-LBS
102 RON351 HP
351 HP
365 HP
347 FT-LBS
347 FT-LBS
350 FT-LBS
+132 HP
+109 HP
+124 HP
+118 FT-LBS
+99 FT-LBS
+110 FT-LBS
APR Stage 3 IS38 (High)
95 RON339 HP
339 HP
351 HP
371 FT-LBS
371 FT-LBS
372 FT-LBS
+120 HP
+99 HP
+111 HP
+116 FT-LBS
+115 FT-LBS
+115 FT-LBS
98 RON344 HP
344 HP
357 HP
376 FT-LBS
376 FT-LBS
377 FT-LBS
+125 HP
+105 HP
+116 HP
+121 FT-LBS
+120 FT-LBS
+120 FT-LBS
102 RON349 HP
349 HP
362 HP
381 FT-LBS
381 FT-LBS
382 FT-LBS
+131 HP
+110 HP
+122 HP
+126 FT-LBS
+125 FT-LBS
+125 FT-LBS
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.

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 Stage 1
APR Stage 1 ECU Upgrade$699.99
APR Stage 3 IS38
APR Stage 3 IS38 ECU Upgrade$999.99
APR Stage 3 IS38 ECU Upgrade from Stage 1$699.99

Purchasing, Guarantee, and Updates

How to Purchase - APR Software Upgrades are only available through Authorized APR Dealers. The dealer will connect to your vehicle, and install the update.¹


Money-Back Guarantee - Try our Software Upgrades for up to 30 days, risk free! If you are not satisfied, return to an APR Dealer to 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. APR Software may not be available for all vehicles. Stages, programs, and features may not be available for all ECUs.
2. Excludes some Software Upgrades, such as those included with a hardware purchase. Labor charges are at the discretion of the installer.
3. 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.

Tech Resources

Important fuel quality information
Important fuel quality information
Find your boxcode and revision
Find your boxcode and revision
APR Plus Warranty Booklet
APR Plus Warranty Booklet
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.

*Free Shipping & Handling only offered to the contiguous US on orders over $100, excludes clearance parts and oversized packages.

Some parts are not legal for use in California or other states with similar regulations.