Happy New Year!

Posted on December 30, 2015 – 8:30 am

Happy New Year from Achtuning!  Continue to take advantage of sale pricing all throughout the Achtuning online store through the remainder of the year, with 10% off APR software and select hardware, 10% off AWE Tuning exhaust systems, and up to 40% off H&R suspension products!  Don’t forget to check out the Achtuning Garage Sale section, Hartmann Winter/”Blem” Wheel packages, and OEM Winter Wheel & Tire packages for additional savings not available in our online store.   Contact our sales team by calling 425-895-0000 or email sales@achtuning.com.  For service inquiries and maintenance quotes, please email service@achtuning.com.

Achtuning will have a half-day of operation on New Years Eve (Thursday, December 31st), closing at 2pm.  We will be closed on New Years Day (Friday, January 1st).   We resume regular business hours on Monday, January 4th.


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APR “Unlocks” OBD-II port flashing for all 1.8T and 2.0T Simos 18 ECUs!

Posted on December 8, 2015 – 9:00 am

APR is pleased to announce all previously known “locked” Simos 18 ECUs are now DirectPort Programmable with any current stage of APR software at Achtuning!  The software install process is now a simple flash over the OBD-II port, just like the earlier models, and does not require removal of the ECU from the vehicle for available software.  Most commonly “locked” ECUs were found in late model 2015 and newer versions of the following vehicles:

1.8T/2.0T EA888 Gen 3 (MQB Platform):

1.8T/2.0T EA888 Gen 3 (Non-MQB Platform):

Please Note: If a new ECU Box Code or Revision is found that is not currently available by APR and not currently in APR’s possession, please contact us for details on how you can save on the ECU Upgrade.  Also, if you currently have APR software this is not an update as this only applies to ECUs that were previously unavailable.

No appointment necessary!  Just roll through between the hours of 9am and 4pm, Monday through Friday.  Thank you and GO APR!


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APR Presents the 1.8T/2.0T Intercooler System! – MQB Platform

Posted on December 2, 2015 – 12:27 pm

The APR Intercooler System is a OEM location upgrade that dramatically reduces intake air temperature (IAT), minimizes heat soak, and provides increased performance! The system is a direct bolt-on upgrade that requires no trimming and is recommended at every stage of performance.

Quick Facts:

Dramatically lowers intake air temp (IAT)
Increases horsepower while minimizing power robbing heat soak!
Effectiveness tested to over 500 HP!
21 horsepower gain over the factory system!

Massive core size
Use of the OEM location allows for a massive intercooler core.
24.25” x 16.25” x 1.25” – 492.5 in³ – OEM GTI
24.25” x 16.25” x 1.37” – 541.8 in³ – OEM Golf R
24.00” x 16.25” x 2.25” – 877.5 in³ – APR

Intercooler installed in the best location for this platform
Utilizes factory air dams for exceptional airflow across the core.
100% compatible with the Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) system.
Highly effective core design

Bar and plate core with staggered and louvered fins.
Rigorous testing determined core style, fin density, and size.
Low pressure drop + highly effective cooling = high performance!

Smooth cast end tanks
Engineered for low turbulence/restriction and maximum flow.
Organically shaped to promote airflow across entire core.
Pressure tested to prevent power robbing boost leaks.

No hidden labor costs or permanent modifications
No trimming, cutting, or other costly modification required.
No modification to the Adaptive Cruise Control System require.
Full directions and APR world-renowned customer support included.

Designed by engineers with lasers
With the best equipment and smartest engineers, it just works!


Design

APR pioneered the OEM location direct replacement intercooler system in 2006. Unfortunately, to the untrained eye, many intercooler designs appear the same. However, effectiveness of the system and overall performance are greatly determined by several key metrics. Alloy selection, end tank design, construction type, fin style, fin density and overall core dimensions must be analyzed and balanced accordingly to deliver class leading performance. While the OEM’s goal is to create a light weight, easy to manufacture and inexpensive to produce, cross platform design capable of supporting factory power levels, APR’s intercooler must be capable of supporting more than double the factory output. Achieving this goal took a multi-step approach focused around intercooler core selection, end tank design and install location.

Intercooler Core Design

The APR Intercooler core is a large bar and plate design featuring densely packed staggered and louvered fins. This design offers exceptional cooling while balancing pressure loss across the core, and maintaining critical airflow to the components behind the intercooler system. The core size was appropriately matched to the platform, minimizing pressure drop while leaving adequate space for appropriately designed end tanks. To APR’s mechanical engineering experts, the design represented the ultimate in performance, far exceeding the capabilities of the factory intercooler. To the driver, the result is simple:Repeatable performance, even in the most demanding of situations!

Core Style / Internal Fin Structure:
APR’s Engineers paid close attention to the balance between core effectiveness and pressure drop through the core, core style and fin density. With fin density too low, pressure drop decreases dramatically, but typically results in a core incapable of effectively cooling. Likewise, with fin density too great, pressure drop increases dramatically, resulting in the turbocharger working harder, and hotter, to produce the same level of airflow. By fine tuning this often unseen balancing act, as illustrated below, APR’s Engineers were able to maximize performance.


Internal Fin Structure

Core Size:
APR’s Engineers also paid close attention to the balancing act between core effectiveness, pressure drop and space for end tanks through core sizing. With the core too small, pressure drop decreases dramatically, but typically results in a core incapable of effectively cooling. Likewise, with core size too great, pressure drop can increase, resulting in the turbocharger working harder. However, more importantly, with no space for appropriate end tanks, utilization of the core and overall effectiveness of the system diminishes rapidly, negating the benefit of the larger core. APR’s engineers were able to balance each of these characteristics to deliver maximum performance.

The APR intercooler system’s core volume, in termsof external dimensions, is 78% greater than the OEM GTI and 62% greater than the OEM Golf R Intercooler.

Intercooler End Tank Design

To fully utilize the massive core, APR’s mechanical engineers designed cast aluminum end tanks organically shaped for proper airflow distribution across the entire core. By correctly sizing the intercooler core, end tank design was not sacrificed. The one-piece end tanks are CNC machined to provide a slip resistant mounting surface for hoses, precise integrated mounting surfaces, and perfectly flat connecting surfaces used for TIG welding the tanks to the core. Through proper alignment in welding jigs, each unit is assembled to tight tolerances for a precise and accurate fit.

Pressurized Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) Analysis:


APR’s Engineers determined the proper end tank design, for this application, with the help of pressurized CFD flow analysis via the SimuTech Group, and finally through real world testing. During the analysis, the effect of directional vanes were studied to test their ability to aid in airflow distribution. Analysis concluded there was no perceivable benefit on this application as the vanes only added more weight to the system. Real world testing without directional vanes resulted in a +0.5 °C to -0.5 °C temperature spread from the bottom to the top of the core on the outlet side, throughout the various back-to-back tests, further concluding the design maximized cooling effectiveness of the core.


Intercooler Placement

Intercooler placement plays a critical role in overall performance. By utilizing the factory mounting location, APR’s engineers were able to design a core featuring a massive frontal surface area and large core volume, which plays a critical advantage over common short and stubby front mount designs. Utilization of the factory location means the core receives a high volume of pressurized airflow spread across the entire unit thanks to the highly engineered factory air dam system. Furthermore, by keeping the intercooler in the OEM location and balancing core fin density, the factory air-to-water cooling system is not disrupted, which is ever so critical on this platform due to the use of an integrated cylinder head manifold cooling system.

The APR intercooler system simply fits, which helps save on hidden labor charges during the time of install. There are no compatibility issues with active cruise control (ACC) systems and the design leaves room for future engine / transmission oil cooling upgrades for track-going customers. The intercooler installs without trimming any air dams, core supports, or more. There’s no drilling, or permanent modifications to the vehicle. Simply follow the included directions and enjoy!

Testing

Internally APR conducted a multitude of tests while choosing the appropriate intercooler core and end tank design. Thermocouples were placed at the top and bottom of the core to measure cooling effectiveness and cooling distribution across the entire unit. Pressure transducers were placed at the inlet and outlet of the intercooler to determine pressure loss across the various units. With this information, APR’s engineers specified the appropriate intercooler core type, dimensions, cooling fin density and made the necessary design changes to the end tanks to ensure full utilization of the entire core.

The end result was development of a system that’s much more effective at cooling compared to the factory GTI and factory Golf R intercooler system. Effectiveness is measured as (Intercooler Inlet Temp – Intercooler Outlet Temp) / Intercooler Inlet Temp. The APR Intercooler system’s effectiveness under the most demanding situations was between 82-83% while the factory GTI struggled at 60% and the factory Golf R at 65%.

MK7 GTI 2.0T Intercooler Testing

Back-to-back stress testing on the dyno help to further prove APR’s intercooler upgrade’s effectiveness compared to the factory unit. Tests were first conducted with an APR Stage 2 MK7 GTI using the factory intercooler, then the slightly upgraded Golf R intercooler and finally APR’s Intercooler system. Each dyno pull lasted 12 seconds with 5 seconds of dwell between runs. Raw sensor data was collected using APR’s ECU Explorer high resolution datalogging system.

The tests quickly proved the long sought after OEM “upgraded” cooler (factory Golf R intercooler) showed minimal improvement over the standard GTI unit. However, the APR intercooler saw a dramatic difference that made a positive impact on performance.

The factory GTI and Golf R intercoolers saw a starting IAT of 43 °C and 42 °C which climbed to as high as 71 °C and 66 °C, respectively, by the end of only the first pull. In contrast, the APR intercooler system saw IAT’s drop to 40 °C! The APR system effectively rejected heat soak and by the end of the sixth run saw a final IAT of 49 °C where as both the GTI and Golf R intercoolers struggled to keep up, resulting in a final performance robbing IAT of 84 °C and 82 °C. This translated to a final gain of 21 WHP over the GTI intercooler and 18 WHP over the Golf R Intercooler!


MK7 Golf R 2.0T Intercooler Testing

Back-to-back stress testing on the dyno help to further prove APR’s intercooler upgrade’s effectiveness compared to the factory unit. Tests were first conducted with an APR Stage 2 MK7 Golf R using the factory intercooler, then APR’s Intercooler system. Each dyno pull lasted 12 seconds with 5 seconds of dwell between runs. Raw sensor data was collected using APR’s ECU Explorer high resolution datalogging system.

The tests quickly proved the factory Golf R intercooler could not effectively reject heat soak on vehicles equipped with APR’s performance software. However, the APR intercooler saw a dramatic difference that made a positive impact on performance.

The factory intercoolers saw a starting IAT of 26 °C which climbed to as high as 46 °C by the end of only the first pull. In contrast, the APR intercooler system saw IAT’s only raise 1 °C! The APR system effectively rejected heat soak and by the end of the sixth run saw a final IAT of 36 °C where as the factory intercoolers struggled to keep up, resulting in a final performance robbing IAT of 54 °C. This translated to a final gain of 14 WHP over the Golf R intercooler!


Application Guide

1.8 TFSI / TSI – E888 Gen 3 – Transverse
2.8 TFSI / TSI – E888 Gen 3 – Transverse

Audi
A3 / S3 – (Typ 8V / MK3)
TT / TT S – (Typ 8S – MK3

Seat
Leon / Cupra – (Typ 5F – MK3)

Skoda
Octavia / VRS – (Typ 5E – MK3)
Superb – (Typ 3V – B8)

Volkswagen
Golf / GTI / R – (Typ 5G – MK7)
Passat – (Typ 3G – B8)

Part Number IC100019

Price $899.99


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AWE Tuning Holiday Pricing

Posted on November 30, 2015 – 9:00 am

Achtuning is pleased to announce a 20% Holiday discount on AWE Tuning exhaust systems now through January 4th, 2016! Click the image above to begin shopping online or contact our sales team by calling 425-895-0000 or email sales@achtuning.com! The most popular Audi, BMW, and Volkswagen applications are IN STOCK, ready to ship!!


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The APR Short Shifter

Posted on November 24, 2015 – 9:44 am

APR is pleased to present the ultimate fully adjustable Short Shifter System for the 6 speed manual transmission!

The APR Short Shifter System is a comprehensive upgrade to the factory gear shifter assembly and is designed to reduces shifter movement, in all directions, while simultaneously improving shift quality. The system provides fine tuning of front-to-back and side-to-side movements to shorten shifts, counterweight adjustments for enhanced shift quality, and upgrades the weak points of the factory setup to provide years of worry free use. The upgrade is simple, easy to install, easy to adjust, and leaves the driver spending less time shifting and more time accelerating to victory.  To APR’s engineers, it’s the ultimate solution, but to the driver, it just works!

Quick Facts
Fully adjustable front-to-back movement
A slotted adjustment track on the shifter lever allows for precise adjustment of the shifter’s forward and backwards travel distance.

Fully adjustable side-to-side movement
A slotted adjustment track on the relay lever allows for precise adjustment of the shifter’s side to side travel distance.

Adjustable counterweights
Three stackable counterweights allow the driver to change the overall feel of the system to his or her own preference liking.

Stainless steel spline insert
The unique interlocking stainless steel insert prevents the input spline from wearing out over time. On cast and billet aluminum systems, wear of this part is common, which leads to sloppy shifts, component failure and potentially damage to the transmission.

Billet relay lever
The CNC-machined, thick billet aluminum relay lever is responsible for side-to-side movement and adjustment. This piece replaces the thin, flexible, stamped metal or plastic factory pieces.

Billet shift lever
The CNC-machined, thick billet aluminum shifter lever is responsible for front-to-back movement and adjustment. This component houses the counterbalance weights and replaces the factory cast, spline-wear-prone, piece.

Easy to adjust
Adjustment is as simple as loosening and tightening the pegs or adding more weights. No disassembly required!

Easy to install
The system mimics the factory shape making install simple and relatively easy.

All necessary hardware
The system includes new friction material, clips, locking nuts and stainless steel bolts and pegs. It’s a complete upgrade and complements the APR Shifter Cable Bracket.

Application Guide
The APR Adjustable Short Shifter system is sold as a complete system, or both pieces can be purchased separately. The system is designed to work with transverse 6 speed manual transmissions, commonly designated as the MQ350, O2M or O2Q. These transmission are found on nearly all MK5, MK6 and MK7 platform Golf/GTI/R/Jetta/GLI, MK2/MK3 A3/S3/TT, Octavia, Leon, Cupra, Scirocco and similar vehicles equipped with the the 1.8T, 2.0T, 2.0 TDI and 3.2L VR6 engines.

Full System – Shifter Lever and Shifter Relay
MS100103
$249.99 US Retail

Shifter Lever Assembly Only
MS100119
$179.99 US Retail

Shifter Relay Assembly Only
MS100120
$99.99 US Retail

Achtuning already has a stocking order in place. To pre-order with us and ensure availability, contact our sales team right away to place an order – call 425-895-0000 or email sales@achtuning.com


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Recycling your used oil at Achtuning!

Posted on November 13, 2015 – 2:40 pm

This is an open invitation for our DIYers out there:  We offer FREE oil recycling at Achtuning!  Help protect the environment and conserve valuable resources by dropping off your used oil at Achtuning during business hours! (9am to 6pm, Monday through Friday)  Check-in at the service desk and our staff will let you know where you can unload your oil.


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APR Presents: C7.5 RS6 and RS7 Stage 1 Update (v1.1)

Posted on October 29, 2015 – 9:00 am

APR is pleased to announce version 1.1 is now available for the Audi (C7.5) facelifted RS7! This free update to APR customers delivers more power and torque through the power band, offering up to 667 HP and 709 FT-LBS of torque on 93 octane fuel and up to 722 HP and 849 FT-LBS on race fuel!

No appointment necessary. Just roll through between 9am and 4pm, Monday through Friday!


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APR Turbocharger Upgrade Loyalty Program

Posted on September 28, 2015 – 12:12 pm

Achtuning is pleased to announce the APR turbocharger upgrade path just got a little easier for our loyal APR customers.  Starting today, if you’ve purchased an APR ECU Upgrade and want to upgrade to one of APR’s Stage III or K04 turbocharger systems on FSI, TSI and TFSI engines, you can take advantage of fantastic savings!  APR has also lowered their standard pricing on select systems as well.  It’s their way of saying “thank you” for enjoying their ECU Upgrades before stepping up to the big leagues!

To see the savings, head on over to our product pages and take a look at the new pricing tiers.  APR customers can take $300 off K04 Turbocharger Systems, and $500 off Stage III Turbocharger Systems!  Additionally, APR’s $149 “fully loaded” EMCS Program Switching can be added for free!

APR’s new loyalty pricing is as follows:

  • $2,299.99 – Save $300! – APR K04 Turbo System (Trans EA113/EA888 Gen 2)
  • $2,399.99 – Save $300! – APR K04 Turbo System w/ 3Bar Map (Trans EA888 Gen 1)
  • $2,999.99 – Save $300! – APR K04 Turbo System (B7/B8/B8.5 A4/A5)
  • $4,999.99 – Save $500! – APR Stage III GTX2867R Turbo System (EA888 Gen 1)
  • $5,999.99 – Save $500! – APR Stage III GTX2867R Turbo System (EA113)
  • $9,499.99 – Save $500! – APR Stage III GTX3576R Turbo System (TT RS)
  • Free – Save $149 – APR “Fully Loaded” EMCS Program Switching Upgrade

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Introducing the AWE Tuning 8V A3 2.0T Exhaust Suite.

Posted on September 21, 2015 – 8:54 am

Presenting the Audi A3 2.0T Exhaust Suite, by AWE Tuning.

Refined sound, impressive performance, and flattering presentation. Now unlocking the true, unsuppressed attitude of the Audi A3 2.0T:

  • Engineered, designed, and manufactured in-house at AWE Tuning
  • 200 Cell High Flow EURO 6 compliant HJS Catalyst on downpipe
  • 3” CNC mandrel bent system
  • AWE Tuning Non-Resonated Downpipe available
  • Max gains of 26 hp and 24 ft-lbs of torque at the crank
  • 90mm double walled adjustable tips, available in Chrome Silver or Diamond Black
  • Hand crafted from T304 stainless steel
  • No Check Engine Light – Guaranteed
  • Perfect Fitment – Guaranteed
  • Featuring the AWE Tuning Lifetime Exhaust Warranty

The AWE Tuning A3 Exhaust Suite is comprised of two major components: the Touring Edition Exhaust and the Non-Resonated Performance Downpipe. Both fabricated by hand in-house at AWE Tuning using quality U.S. sourced T304 Stainless Steel, crafted to unlock legendary AWE Tuning performance and tone.

AWE Tuning A3 2.0T Exhaust Suite Options

The Touring Edition Exhaust

Engineered to perfection, appeasing any urge to be heard. The Touring Edition Exhaust is painstakingly designed to give your A3 2.0T a more aggressive, yet comfortable tone that suits the luxury compact’s personality perfectly. Looking for more volume? Read on…

 

Performance Downpipe, Non-Resonated

To awaken the tone and increase output of the A3 2.0T even further, add the AWE Tuning Non-Resonated Performance Downpipe.

Featuring:

  • AWE Tuning No Check Engine Light Guarantee (even without software!)
  • AWE Tuning Fitment Guarantee
  • AWE Tuning Lifetime Warranty (one year on the catalyst).
  • A unique flex-pipe section to isolate engine movement

Individual or Altogether

The Touring Edition Exhaust is available independently, or with the Non-Resonated Performance Downpipe as a package.

Not sure if you want the downpipe yet? Not a problem. You have one year from the purchase date of your exhaust to add the downpipe at the package price.

Videos

AWE Tuning Touring Edition Exhaust + AWE Tuning Non-Resonated Performance Downpipe

AWE Tuning Audi 8V A3 2.0T Touring Edition Exhaust

Performance Specs

Order NOW by contacting the Achtuning sales team.  Either email sales@achtuning.com or call 425-895-0000.


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APR’s ECU Upgrade Now Available for Facelifted Audi (C7.5) S6 and S7 4.0 TFSI!

Posted on September 8, 2015 – 10:00 am

Achtuning is pleased to present APR’s ultimate engine control unit (ECU) upgrade for the Audi (C7.5) S6 and S7 4.0 TFSI V8. APR’s ECU upgrade is available in octane-specific variations, including and is conveniently flashed to the vehicle’s factory ECU through the OBD-II port without any physical modification to the factory ECU. APR’s EMCS functionality puts the control of the engine’s operation at your fingertips and allows for additional features and options to be installed to the OEM ECU.

The ECU’s 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.

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, 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!

The APR Stage I ECU Upgrade gives you higher peak numbers of 574 HP/638 FT-LBS on 93 (R+M)/2 octane and up to 597 HP/668 FT-LBS on 100 (R+M)/2 octane race fuel! As much as 186 HP and 243 FT-LBS of torque are available through the power band! APR’s latest ECU Upgrade is fully loaded with APR’s EMCS Program Switching and is compatible with APR Mobile.

Application Guide:

Audi C7.5 S6 and S7 4.0 TFSI.
$1,499.99 – Fully loaded.


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