APR B8 2.0T K04 Turbocharger System
APR is pleased to present the K04 Turbocharger System for the longitudinal 2.0T EA888 Gen 2 with AVL.
For the budget minded individual, APR is pleased to offer software and hardware utilizing an APR proprietary customized version of the factory Borg Warner K04-64 turbocharger. Originally equipped on VAG’s high output models, such as the Golf R, TTS and S3, the APR K04 Turbocharger System offers a substantial leap in power and torque all with excellent response in a OEM style, compact design. Expect lightning fast response, smooth daily driving and power that transforms the vehicle into a new class of enjoyment.
The APR K04 Turbocharger System features many upgrades over the 2.0T’s factory equipped IHI turbocharger, making it an excellent upgrade. The integrated turbofold design features a cast stainless steel exhaust manifold and turbine housing, integrated into one single unit. This design aids in turbocharger spool while the stainless steel construction is capable of withstanding higher exhaust gas temperature for longer periods of time than lesser materials, such as cast iron. The CNC-machined, billet aluminum compressor wheel and higher flow exhaust turbine wheel expand the turbo’s efficiency range, allowing for higher output across a wider RPM range.
Using 93-octane fuel, the APR K04 Turbocharger System produces an astonishing 348 horsepower and 342 ft-lbs of torque. Unlike the factory turbocharger, power stays strong and doesn’t dramatically taper towards the vehicle’s new 7,100 RPM redline. Switching to APR’s 100 octane race fuel mode, peak power and torque climb further to 363 horsepower and 387 ft-lbs of torque. APR’s calibration experts have safely maximized the full power potential of the turbocharger unit, while keeping reliability at the forefront of their calibration strategies.
APR K04 Turbocharger System Components
At the heart of the K04 Turbocharger System is an APR proprietary customized version of the factory Borg Warner K04-64 turbocharger originally equipped on VAG’s high-output models, such as the Golf R and S3. The turbocharger features a CNC-machined, billet compressor wheel and stainless steel exhaust turbofold.
Each turbocharger unit is machined, assembled and clocked in house at APR with the necessary brackets to ensure proper wastegate fitment and orientation. Each wastegate is then calibrated for precise operation and control to ensure seamless integration with the expertly recalibrated OEM engine management system.
One of the greatest benefits to the APR K04 turbocharger system is its simple, yet elegant design. APR's CNC-machined OEM compressor cover with integrated DV recirculation mount significantly reduces engine bay clutter and saves the end user from the hidden costs of purchasing extra throttle body pipes, hoses, clamps and DV mounts for recirculating boost pressure. The compact design also removes extra charge piping volume to allow for faster boost response and less locations for boost leaks. Furthermore, charge air pressure is directed directly at the compressor wheel which helps keep the turbo spooled upon lifting the throttle, minimizing turbo lag.
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The factory Bosch MED 17 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.
With the significant amount of changes included in the APR K04 Turbocharger System, APR’s Engineers spent months calibrating the engine management system, including hundreds of hours of in-house chassis dyno development. Drivability, gear changes, cruising and part throttle operation were tuned to operate smoothly as if intended by the OEM through proper torque management. APR’s Electrical Engineers built new coding functions, strategies and routines into the ECU to control conditions normally unseen at factory power levels. Thanks to APR’s incredible proprietary calibration suite, data logging software and full access to the coding structure of the ECU, appropriate and intelligent changes are made to ensure flawless drivability and excellent performance without compromise.
APR’s Calibration Engineers restructured the engine’s volumetric efficiency (VE) model to correctly determine the ECU’s calculated load and deliver proper torque management. Thanks to APR’s patented boost control coding, the ECU is able to perform closed loop boost control well beyond relatively low limits dictated by the factory structure. This directly translates to safer and more predictable operation while additionally producing more power and torque across the entire power band.
Additionally, through the properly reconstructed VE model, accurate open loop fueling is achieved, translating to insignificant fuel trim adjustments. Closed loop fueling is calibrated to control lambda perfectly under all operating conditions. Furthermore, compensations, such as ones related to intake air temperature, exhaust temperature, and altitude, are adjusted to handle the larger variances compared to the factory, low-output setup.
APR’s Calibration Engineers have optimized cam timing, runner flaps, valve lift, ignition timing, engine load and lambda to provide tremendous leaps in power while retaining the OEM knock control strategy. The result is safely achieved power, optimized for various fuel grades found around the world from low-quality pump fuel, all the way to high-quality, oxygenated race fuels.
Compressor Surge Avoidance:
To aid in turbocharger reliability and longevity, APR’s engineers carefully studied the turbocharger’s compressor maps to avoid regions where compressor surge may be experienced. The K04 turbocharger has fantastic response characteristics and is able to produce incredibly high pressure at low airflow levels, but in doing so, the turbocharger runs into issues of compressor surge. In the area between 3000-4000 RPM, APR’s Calibration Experts have elected to limit boost pressure.
Torque Management and Traction Control:
Torque management plays a big role in how the vehicle feels and performs, especially during moments of low gear, rapid acceleration. Since APR’s torque management system relies on the engine management’s phenomenal torque reporting abilities, it is able to adjust to every environmental situation it encounters. To achieve a targeted torque level, the ECU applies the appropriate changes to mass airflow and ignition.
Through further calibration changes APR’s Calibration Engineers were able to increase the acceleration rate of the vehicle. Ignition delays are reduced resulting in a more responsive pedal without altering overall throttle sensitivity and resolution. Drivability was greatly improved by reducing the throttle lag commonly noticed at slow speeds and while reapplying throttle after decelerating. APR’s Motorsport Rev Limiter allows power to climb all the way to redline without dropping off several hundreds of RPM earlier. Lastly, APR’s tried and tested Motorsport Launch Limiter allows the driver to focus on launching the vehicle, rather than controlling the engine speed.
Beyond wide-open throttle performance, APR’s Calibration Engineers spent countless hours optimizing vehicle drivability under daily, part-throttle, driving. The vehicle fully retains its impressive daily driver status and simply has more power on tap should the driver request more with his or her right foot!
APR EMCS and APR Mobile:
APR’s EMCS program-switching technology and APR Mobile put control of the ECU in the operator's hand to access modes for standard pump fuel, high-output race fuel and even reduced-output valet modes to protect the vehicle against improper use by other individuals. This technology is patented by APR and is found nowhere else in the world. It’s Performance Without Compromise only APR can deliver!
APR doesn’t cut corners even with the most mundane details of the kit. Every nut, bolt, stud, washer, clamp, and gasket necessary for the install is included with the kit.
Horsepower and torque were measured in APR’s in-house, Soundmaster dyno cell, using a Dynapack all-wheel dynamometer. Multiple stock and modified runs were conducted and the SAEJ1349 corrected results were averaged together to represent the differences between a stock and APR K04 2.0T. Crank power figures were estimated based on VAG’s factory advertised results.
Click through the tabs below to view output using various fuel grades, power measured at all four wheels, estimated at the crank, and the absolute gain over stock.
- APR K04 91 WHP
- APR K04 93 WHP
- APR K04 100 WHP
- APR K04 91 CHP
- APR K04 93 CHP
- APR K04 100 CHP
- APR K04 91 Gain Over Stock
- APR K04 93 Gain Over Stock
- APR K04 100 Gain Over Stock
|Stock 93 AKI
|- 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 VW. | RON = ROW Fuel Grades | AKI = North American (RON+MON)/2 Fuel Grades.|
|- Reported wheel figures measured using a Dynapack Dynamometer with a US Spec B8 A4 6MT, using SAEJ1349 correction and an average of multiple runs. 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.|
|Peak Mechanical Horsepower (HP)||179-220 HP||211 HP||339 HP||348 HP||363 HP|
|Peak Torque (FT-LBS)||236-258 TQ||259 TQ||321 TQ||342 TQ||387 TQ|
|Max Horsepower Gain over Stock (HP @ RPM)||+149 HP @ 6,500 RPM||+158 HP @ 6,500 RPM||+171 HP @ 6,450 RPM|
|Max Peak Torque Gain over Stock (FT-LBS @ RPM)||+121 TQ @ 6,350 RPM||+130 TQ @ 6,300 RPM||+145 TQ @ 5,350 RPM|
Requirements and Recommendations
|Audi||A4 (B8)||6 Speed Manual, 6 Speed Tiptronic, 7 Speed S-Tronic & 8 Speed Tiptronic||Quattro|
|Audi||A5 (B8)||6 Speed Manual, 6 Speed Tiptronic, 7 Speed S-Tronic & 8 Speed Tiptronic||Quattro|
|Audi||A6 (C6)||6 Speed Manual, 6 Speed Tiptronic, 7 Speed S-Tronic & 8 Speed Tiptronic||Quattro|
|Audi||Q5 (8R)||6 Speed Manual, 6 Speed Tiptronic, 7 Speed S-Tronic & 8 Speed Tiptronic||Quattro|
|Seat||Exeo||6 Speed Manual, 6 Speed Tiptronic, 7 Speed DSG & 8 Speed Tiptronic||Quattro|
To ensure software is ready or available for each vehicles’ ECU box code and revision, please check with APR prior to scheduling appointments!
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|APR K04 Turbocharger System - Includes Software*||T2100009||$2,999.99||$3,299.99||Locate an APR Dealer|
|IMPORTANT PRICING AND AVAILABILITY DETAILS:|
|- Pricing: Please contact an APR Importer for pricing outside the USA.|
|- Program Switching: A fully loaded ECU includes up to 4 program modes (stock mode, performance modes, valet, etc), as well as fault code erase, security lockout and anti-theft depending on availability and ECU compatibility.|
|- 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.|
|APR K04 ECU Upgrade (Existing APR ECU Upgrade Customer)||APR K04-64 Turbocharger and See Requirements and Recommendations Above||$499.99|
|APR K04 ECU Upgrade (New APR ECU Upgrade Customer)||APR K04-64 Turbocharger and See Requirements and Recommendations Above||$899.99|
|- Add APR EMCS Program Switching (Fully Loaded)||None||$149.99|
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.