X34 MQB 1.8T/2.0T Gen 3 Carbon Fiber Cold Air Intake

Posted on May 24, 2016 – 11:05 am

The X34 Carbon Fiber Audi/VW MQB Cold Air Intake System from 034 Motorsport for 8V/8S Audi A3/S3/TT/TTS & MkVII Volkswagen Golf/GTI/R equipped with 1.8T/2.0T Gen 3 engines has arrived! This true cold air intake yields horsepower and torque gains throughout the powerband with peak gains of up to 15 crank horsepower and 12 ft-lbs of torque with the factory turbocharger.

034Motorsport’s engineers thoroughly evaluated the factory airbox design to create a performance replacement that reduces pressure drop in the intake tract while offering OEM+ fit and finish. The result is this complete one-piece MQB Carbon Fiber Air Intake Upgrade, which offers 100% bolt-on installation without the need for any additional pieces.


034Motorsport engineers started by identifying the shortcomings of the factory intake system to determine which components restricted airflow to the turbocharger inlet. While the factory lower airbox and fresh air duct to the core support were more than sufficient for increased power levels, the factory air filter, upper airbox, and turbo inlet tube were deemed too restrictive, even with the factory turbocharger.

034Motorsport’s mechanical engineers scanned the factory engine bay and modeled a one-piece unit to replace the factory intake tube and upper airbox. By eliminating the multiple couplers, transitions, and jagged features in the factory upper airbox and intake tube, 034Motorsport’s engineering team was able to drastically reduce turbulence in the intake tract, and virtually eliminate pressure drop in the intake system before the turbo inlet.

Multiple iterations were prototyped in plastic using 034Motorsport’s in-house FDM 3D printer and thoroughly tested. Ultimately, the best-performing design was a fully-enclosed unit featuring a massive 4″ inlet at the air filter and a large-diameter one-piece intake tube with smooth transitions all the way back to the factory turbo inlet.


To ensure that the X34 MQB Cold Air Intake System draws in cool, dense air, the system is manufactured entired from carbon fiber, and completely enclosed to prevent hot air from the engine bay from entering the intake tract. By bolting to the factory lower airbox, this design allows the enclosed high-flow conical filter to breathe fresh, cold air from the factory inlet duct before the radiator.


The 034Motorsport Carbon Fiber Cold Air Intake system houses a high-flow conical air filter with a masive 4″ inlet and double-layer pleated cotton filtration medium. This air filter design offers increased flow through an enlarged filtration surface, while ensuring superior filtration.


034Motorsport carefully selected the carbon fiber weave on the intake tube and upper airbox heat shield to match the factory carbon fiber engine trim found in Audi RS-model engine bays. The 034Motorsport MQB Audi/Volkswagen 1.8T/2.0T Cold Air Intake System was designed to fit like a factory part, and mates directly to the turbo inlet pipe and factory lower airbox to provide an OEM+ look.


034Motorsport’s engineering and development efforts were validated on multiple vehicles using our Mustang AWD Dynamometer to ensure that the 034Motorsport Audi/Volkswagen MQB Cold Air Intake System provided substantial increases in horsepower and torque on both stock vehicles and ones with upgraded tunes alike.

Peak Wheel Horsepower & Torque on Stock 2016 Audi S3:

  • Stock Intake: 232 Wheel Horsepower / 241 Wheel Foot-Pounds of Torque
  • 034 Carbon Fiber Intake: 240 Wheel Horsepower / 248 Wheel Foot-Pounds of Torque



  • Developed In-House by 034Motorsport’s Engineering Team
  • One-Piece Design with High-Quality Carbon Fiber Construction
  • OEM+ Fit & Finish Retains Factory Lower Airbox & Inlet Duct
  • Fully-Enclosed Design with Large Diameter 4″ Inlet Pleated Cotton Air Filter
  • Large-Diameter CFD-Optimized Air Intake Tube
  • Dyno-Proven Horsepower & Torque Gains
  • Improved Engine & Induction Sounds
  • Increased Throttle Response
  • Improved Airflow from Factory Airbox & Intake Tube
  • Compatable with SAI Equipped & Non-SAI Equipped Vehicles – No Additional Parts Required!
  • Installs Easily in Minutes!

What’s Included:

  • 034Motorsport Carbon Fiber MQB Air Intake System
  • 034Motorsport Double-Layer Pleated Cotton Air Filter
  • Integrated SAI Adapter Fitting
  • Installation Hardware
Compatible Vehicles:
  • 2015 – Present Audi A3/S3 (8V – MQB) – 1.8T & 2.0T
  • 2016 – Present Audi TT/TTS (MkIII – MQB) – 2.0T
  • 2015 – Present Volkswagen Golf/GTI/ R (MkVII – MQB) – 1.8T & 2.0T
  • Please Note: This comprehensive air intake system is designed to install on vehicles with or without factory secondary air injection (SAI) systems. No additional parts are needed!

Product Information Sheet:

Installation Instructions:


034Motorsport MQB Audi/Volkswagen EA888 Gen 3 Carbon Fiber Cold Air Intake Dyno


Please Note: Not for use on emissions-controlled vehicles in California.

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APR VW MK6 Oil Catch Can System

Posted on May 23, 2016 – 3:00 pm

APR has just released their Oil Catch Can System for the MK6 Volkswagen Golf/Jetta/R!

The APR Oil Catch Can System replaces the failure prone factory positive crank ventilation (PCV) system and traps excessive crankcase oil vapors and gunk from entering the engine. The system eliminates a common performance robbing boost leak, while reducing carbon buildup on intake valves, octane lowering oil vapors and oil pooling within the intake tract. It’s a simple modification to install, drains in seconds with the flick of a knob, and is recommended at all stages of performance.

Quick Facts

  • Increases performance – Increases performance by eliminating a common boost leak, and reducing octane lowering oil vapors and airflow restricting carbon buildup.
  • Eliminates a boost leak – The PCV block-off plate eliminates the failure prone factory PCV valve.
  • Catches oil and gunk – Oil and gunk pools in the can, not in the intercooler piping.
  • Easy to drain – A simple knob allows the system to drain in seconds without any tools.
  • Easy to install – Installs in minutes. The hoses pop right on without tools thanks to the OEM Norma fittings.
  • Easy to maintain – Yearly maintenance is a snap thanks to the two-piece billet design.
  • High-quality hoses – Resist oil degradation, kinks, abrasion, and blockage from freezing, with an OEM look.
  • High-quality can, plate and bracket – Strong, clean and attractive billet-aluminum and stainless steel parts look right at home in the engine bay.

The Problems

An engine produces extreme pressures within its cylinders during operation and some ultimately slips by the piston rings and pressurizes the engine’s crankcase. This is exacerbated when increasing horsepower and driving harder. To relieve the pressure, the engine uses a failure prone PCV system that dumps the pressure, along with oil vapors, back into the intake tract to be consumed by the engine. Unfortunately, this results in the following performance robbing scenarios:

  • Oil vapors mix with the air/fuel mixture, which reduces octane and hurts performance.
  • Carbon builds up on the back of intake valves, which reduces airflow and hurts performance.
  • Messy oil pools in the intake tract and coats the intercooler, leading to hose degradation, and reduced IC effectiveness.
  • The factory PCV system can fail, creating a massive boost leak that directly pressurizes the crankcase.

The Solution

The APR Oil Catch Can System eliminates the factory PCV valve with a billet-aluminum block-off plate. The plate routes crankcase gasses through the APR catch can, which filters oil vapors through a track-proven four-staged baffling system. The vapors pool in the bottom of the can, while the rest of the pressure is diverted back to the intake tract where it’s burned off by the engine.

The result is simple:

  • A cleaner engine
  • Better performance
  • Elimination of a common failure point

System Overview

More Photos

North American Kit Installed

REQUIREMENT NOTES: The manifold PCV port must be blocked off to use this product. This can be accomplished with the APR boost tap. Also, the system is only designed for use without the factory engine cover installed.

Application Guide

MS100124 – Mk6 Golf R – $499.99
MS100121 – MK6 Golf / GTI – 1.8 / 2.0 TSI (EA888 Gen 1) – $399.99
MS100122 – MK6 Jetta / GLI – 1.8 / 2.0 TSI (EA888 Gen 1) – $399.99

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Bavaria Wheels On Close-Out At Achtuning!

Posted on May 12, 2016 – 12:00 pm

Achtuning has Bavaria Wheels IN STOCK with close-out pricing!! 

Bavaria BC-5 Wheels, hyper-silver/machined:

* 20×8.5 +25, +35 available
* 5×112, CB 66.56 (free hub-rings provided for 57.1 applications)
* cone seat bolts

Close-Out Pricing: $795 SHIPPED for a set of 4! 

Bavaria BC-5 Wheels, matte-black:

* 20×8.5 +25, +35, and +42 available
* 5×112, CB 66.56 (free hub-rings provided for 57.1 applications)
* cone seat bolts

Close-Out Pricing: $795 SHIPPED for a set of 4! 

Bavaria BC-5 Wheels, matte-black/machined:

* 20×8.5 +25, +35, +42, and +45 available
* 5×112, CB 66.56 (free hub-rings provided for 57.1 applications)
* cone seat bolts

Close-Out Pricing: $795 SHIPPED for a set of 4! 

Bavaria BC-10 Wheels, hyper-silver/machined:

* 20×8.5 +25 available
* 5×112, CB 66.56 (free hub-rings provided for 57.1 applications)
* cone seat bolts

Close-Out Pricing: $795 SHIPPED for a set of 4! 

Bavaria BC-10 Wheels, matte-black:

* 20×8.5 +25, +35, and +42 available
* 5×112, CB 66.56 (free hub-rings provided for 57.1 applications)
* cone seat bolts

Close-Out Pricing: $795 SHIPPED for a set of 4! 

Bavaria BC-10 Wheels, matte-black/machined:

* 20×8.5 +25, +35, +42, and +45 available
* 5×112, CB 66.56 (free hub-rings provided for 57.1 applications)
* cone seat bolts

Close-Out Pricing: $795 SHIPPED for a set of 4! 

FREE SHIPPING of a set of 4 wheels anywhere within the “Lower 48!”  Call Achtuning at 425-895-0000 to place your order. 

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HRS6-091 Hartmann Wheels: 19×8.5 +47

Posted on May 6, 2016 – 9:00 am


The HRS6-091 wheels from Hartmann Wheels‬ will soon be available in a 19×8.5 +47mm offset for ‎VW‬ Mk5‬, Mk6‬, ‎Mk7‬ & ‪Audi‬ ‎A3‬, ‪S3‬, and ‪‎TT‬ owners! Contact the Achtuning sales team to be placed on a call-back list by dialing 425-895-0000 or email sales@achtuning.com.

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APR’s 4.0T Cast Downpipes and Stage 2 ECU Upgrade

Posted on March 28, 2016 – 9:00 am

The APR 4.0T Cast Downpipe Exhaust System replaces the restrictive factory catalyst cross pipes and resonators with an upgraded 76mm stainless steel mandrel-bent system, featuring port-matched cast inlets, high-flow catalysts and various other features. Expect better throttle response, more horsepower and an intoxicating exhaust note, while remaining civilized during normal daily driving. It’s the best performance upgrade for the 4.0 TFSI following the APR ECU Upgrade and it’s all designed and assembled in-house, using premium materials and world-class manufacturing techniques few can match.

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Quick Facts

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More power and better response
Expect a decrease in turbo lag with power and torque gains as high as 49 HP and 95 FT-LBS of torque over APR Stage I!

Full 76mm downpipe system
The APR system is a full downpipe upgrade as it replaces the kinked 60mm catalyst cross pipes and resonated midpipes with straight through, 76mm mandrel-bent tubing.

Port-matched investment-cast downpipe inlets
The factory inlets are restrictive. APR’s cast system allows for massive, port-matched inlets that smoothly neck down over a long distance. The result is improved flow, better response and more power.

Dual, high-flow catalysts
GESI’s encapsulated catalysts are known for their strength and performance. Expect lower emissions, reduced noise and less exhaust smell compared to catless setups, all without negatively impacting performance to over 1,000 HP. Furthermore, with the catalyst moved, expect a cooler engine bay!

T304L stainless steel construction
Premium grade T304L stainless steel resists corrosion and stands the test of time.

Argon back-purged TIG welding
Clean, strong and attractive welds both inside and outside the pipes.

OEM-style low-profile slip-on clamps
The APR slip-clamps are easy to use, resist leaks and pipe deformation better than swedged setup, are lower profile than vbands and flanges and don’t require replacement gaskets.

OEM-style internally-corrugated flex sections
APR’s flex sections are internally corrugated to increase flow and prevent failures common with braided flex sections.

Investment cast secondary oxygen sensor bungs
APR’s obsession to details resulted in investment cast oxygen sensor bungs that sit on top of the piping, preventing material from protruding into the exhaust stream, disrupting flow.

Compatible with the OEM catback exhaust
Bolt-on and go! The system is fully compatible with the factory catback exhaust.

Designed, assembled and quality controlled in-house
All critical aspects of the system are handled internally to ensure the highest quality fit and finish.

All hardware and instructions included
New OEM gaskets, oxygen sensor harnesses, clamps, brackets and install instructions are included to make the install as headache free as possible.

APR Stage II ECU Upgrade price waived
With every APR downpipe purchase comes a free upgrade to Stage II from Stage I, saving consumers hundreds of dollars!

Limited lifetime warranty
The best system on the market also carry the best warranty in the industry!

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Cast Downpipes Inlets with 76mm Tubing

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The factory downpipes are less than desirable from a performance standpoint. Both pipes quickly neck down from the massive turbocharger outlet to small and resistive 60mm pipes that are kinked in many areas before twisting and dumping into catalytic converters. APR greatly improved upon this design through the use of investment-cast and port-matched downpipe inlets. Each pipe gradually reduces to the larger and straighter 76mm piping, with the hot catalyst moved further down the exhaust stream to keep under hood temperature down. The photos illustrate the differences between the factory and APR exhaust system inlets.

The cast inlets, piping and other components are made from the the high-nickel content, premium-grade stainless steel known as T304L. This material was chosen for its excellent corrosion resistance, strength and appearance. The castings are tumbled to smooth and de-burr any imperfections, and all piping is brushed clean before entering the CNC controlled mandrel benders. TIG welding is used at all connection points, and was chosen for its strength and appearance. Each weld is argon back purged during assembly to increase strength and consistency of the welds. The gusseted brackets are CNC laser cut and bent to provide strong mounting points to the factory mounting hardware.

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76mm Midpipes with Catalyst

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The APR midpipes replace the kinked factory 60mm resonator pipes with new, 76mm mandrel-bent T304L stainless tubing, complete with OEM style low-profile flex sections, GESI catalysts, investment cast O2 sensor bungs, and reducers. The pipes mate perfectly to the factory catback exhaust system without any modification necessary. All connection points use APR’s OEM style slip clamps providing the ultimate in compatibility, performance and easy of install compared to flanges, v-bands and pipe deforming sedges and slip fits common on other systems.

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Flex Sections

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The APR midpipes use OEM-style flex sections that are fully sealed with a corrugated inner lining to improve flow and reliability. The low profile design and minimal use of bradding material eliminates clearance issues common with other designs that can billow, rub, rattle and fray over time. Each flex section is constructed from T304L stainless steel.

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Catalytic Converters

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APR’s engineers specified high-quality and high-flow GESI metal 300-cell catalysts ideal for forced induction application. During dyno testing, the 100mm x 100mm design showed no measurable loss in power, thanks to the catalyst’s specifications.

Internally the catalytic converters feature a proprietary wash coat that helps to reduce emissions and smell common on cat-less setups. With performance in mind, the catalysts are placed far away from the turbo outlets to reduce turbulence in the downpipes and to help reduce under-hood temperature. The low-profile catalysts feature fully captured substrate bricks, which are furnace braised to the outer mantles and physically captured by the diffuser cones preventing rattling, rotation, and damage to the substrate. Subsequently, a byproduct of running the catalysts are a reduction in noise, making the system as a whole more pleasing to the ear.

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APR’s engineers specified a T304L stainless steel, OEM-style exhaust clamp designed to eliminate the need for flanges, swedging, or slip fittings. By using this low profile design, the exhaust system can be positioned higher in the exhaust tunnel and away from the ground with better clearances compared to flanged setups. Each clamp allows for less turbulence and greater accuracy at the connection points as the pipes simply butt up to one another rather than the ambiguity and voids associated with swedged slip fittings. Furthermore, the clamp doesn’t rely on deforming the pipe to provide a tight seal, making install and removal more convenient.

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Oxygen Sensor Bungs

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APR’s Engineers paid special attention to the details when designing the APR Cast Downpipe Exhaust System all the way down to the oxygen sensor bungs. APR’s O2 bungs are investment cast from T304L stainless steel and are curved to perfectly fit on 76mm piping, without protruding into the pipe, as this would further impede airflow beyond the sensor itself. The bungs are TIG welded to the piping and back-purging is used to ensure the interior surface is smooth and clean.

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Oxygen Sensor Harness

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Two high quality oxygen sensor extension harness are included as the catalysts and sensor bungs are relocated further away from the turbochargers.

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Included with each system is an OEM gasket, designed to mate between the downpipe and the turbocharger.

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Dyno Testing

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APR saw gains ranging from +25 to +71 Horsepower and +32 to +95 FT-LBS of Torque, depending on application and octane, over the APR Stage I ECU Upgrade.

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The APR Difference: The Engineering and Designing Phase

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In the past APR worked with other manufacturers to develop a limited range of private-label exhaust systems outside the scope of APR’s internal development and manufacturing capabilities. Understanding the limits of such a program, combined with APR’s desire to deliver higher-quality products in a timely manner with better customer support, APR invested in internalizing the program. With the release of this exhaust system and the others like it, APR is pleased to present our first systems fully designed and engineered in-house from the ground up!

Design and development begins with the use of APR’s professional grade in-house coordinate measuring machines. APR’s engineers have full access to a Romer Absolute arm with integrated laser scanner, FaroArm and Creaform 3D laser scanner for collection of special constraints surrounding the factory exhaust system. The engineers scan the vehicles and create detailed 3D maps of their design environment while designing each system in PTC Creo 3.0 CAD software.

Using APR’s in-house stereolithography 3D printer, rapid prototypes are created for fitment on the vehicle. The design is easily and quickly verified, and if necessary, changes can be made. Once adequate clearances and fitment is confirmed, especially in areas that move under load, physical quick-cast prototypes are created and fitted for final verification through real-world use.

APR’s world-class manufacturing partners from around the globe are responsible for manufacturing each component that falls outside of APR’s internal capabilities. Working closely with each manufacturer, APR’s engineers supply CAD models, materials specs, and other design specifications and work hand-in-hand with the manufacturer to develop the components. The end result is a collection of components, wholly unique to the APR name, awaiting final finishing, assembly and quality control at APR’s 78,000 square foot facility in Opelika, Alabama in the USA.

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The APR Difference: The Fabrication, Finishing and Assembly Phase

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Manufacturing takes place both internally and externally to APR while finishing and assembly is completed in-house. APR’s fabrication team sends each cast component through the ceramic vibrating tumblers to smooth and de-burr surface imperfections. Each component is then cleaned by hand and prepared for assembly.

APR’s fabrication experts TIG weld each component, creating reliable, high quality and attractive welds. Each component is back-purged with argon during the process ensuring the weld is strong and consistent, as well as clean throughout. With this process complete, the APR Cast Downpipe Exhaust System is born!

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The APR Difference: Final Quality Control

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APR has placed a large emphasis on improving quality control across various product lines, and the exhaust program is not excluded. To ensure the systems are delivered as advertised, APR’s engineers have taken a multi-step approach that encompasses many techniques that go beyond the industry standard.

Metallurgy Testing
APR’s engineers request full metallurgy reports with each batch of components to ensure the components are made with the T304L stainless steel grades specified on the original design prints. This information is then cross-referenced against randomly selected and independently tested samples before the components are released for assembly.

Dimensional Inspection
Great designs only matter if the manufacturer delivers the components as expected. To help ensure the designs are as specified, APR’s engineers randomly select components and conduct full dimensional inspections using in-house 3D laser scanning equipment. Tolerances are digitally checked against the original specifications and passed or failed based on the results.

Operating in an environment designed for accuracy and repeatability, APR’s fabrication experts leave little room for error during the final assembly phase. Jigs and fixtures, created in-house, live on custom-specified fabrication tables. This working environment ensures the highest level of quality control during the assembly process and safeguards against dimensional variations potentially created during the manufacturing process. The end result is a system that fits every time as it’s true to the original design specifications.

Visual Quality
When hand-building the products in-house, an extra level of control takes place. Components are visually checked for imperfections, and items that fall out of quality standards are rejected. The products are then packaged with care before being distributed across the world.

APR’s confidence in the system’s quality allows for a limited lifetime warranty.

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Hardware Application Guide

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Audi S6 / S7
Audi RS6 / RS7

A8/A8L/S8 – In development



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Software Application Guide

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For the best results, APR recommends installing the APR Stage II ECU Upgrade. The upgrade price is waived for APR Stage I ECU Upgrade customers with purchase of the APR downpipes.

$374.99 – Audi S6 / S7
$749.99 – Audi RS6 / RS7
$499.99 – Audi S8

Audi A8 / A8L – In development

– 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. Achtuning 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.

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New APR ECUs (v2.3) and TCUs (v2.1.1) – Up to 387 HP / 409 FT-LBS of Torque!

Posted on March 24, 2016 – 9:00 am

Today is a good day for the new MQB platform with two new updates!

Version 2.3 is Now Available for the North American MK7 Golf R and S3

APR is pleased to announce free updates to our existing North American MK7 Golf R and S3 ECU Upgrades! The new update brings several enhancements and improvements to APR’s existing Stage I and Stage II ECU Upgrades. The upgrade addresses all reported issues with previous versions and adds several new torque levels to address concerns with slipping DSG / S Tronic and 6MT transmissions. Stage I is now offered with high and low torque variants, while Stage II is offered with high, medium, and low torque variants. Each Stage’s High Output levels are offered with even more horsepower and torque than before!

This update is offered for free to existing APR TCU Upgrade customers at Achtuning, with only an installation cost of $52.50 + tax.  No appointment necessary!  Stop by between 9am and 4pm, Monday through Friday.

V1.0 to V2.3 Change Log
New Features:
  - Motorsport Rev limiter
  - 6MT standing  2-step limiter @ 4000 with boost building.
  - DSG standing limiter @ 5000 for free revving.
  - New Stage 1
    - Higher power / torque - figures on website. 
    - Requires stock downpipe. 
    - Compatible with other bolt-on modifications.
    - New High and Low Torque stages.
      - High Torque.
        - May require v2.1.1 (or higher) DSG / S Tronic software or 6MT clutch to prevent slip on a healthy transmission.
      - Low Torque.
        - Designed for healthy, unmodified DSG / S Tronic and 6MT transmission.
        - 91 Octane software provides the lowest torque.
      - Available for 91 AKI, 93 AKI and 100 AKI fuel. 
  - New Stage 2.
    - Higher power / torque - figures on website. 
    - Requires a high flow downpipe. 
    - Intake recommended to meet advertised power levels.
    - Compatible with other bolt-on modifications.
    - New High, Medium and Low Torque Stages.
      - High Torque.
        - Requires an intercooler to meet advertised power levels.
        - Requires v2.1.1 (or higher) DSG / S Tronic software.
         - Most likely requires a 6MT clutch to prevent slip on a healthy transmission.
      - Medium Torque.
        - May require v2.1.1 (or higher) DSG / S Tronic software or 6MT clutch to prevent slip on a healthy transmission.
      - Low Torque.
        - Designed for healthy, unmodified DSG / S Tronic and 6MT transmission.
        - Available for 91 AKI and 93 AKI fuel with MBT achieved on 93 AKI. 
  - Addresses all known fault codes, CEL and EPC reports (Camshaft position, DBW throttle monitoring, etc).
  - Calibration improved to prevent reaching fueling system limits (Mismatched ECU Stage vs Hardware Stage).
  - Fixed condition where Motorsport Limiter would limit torque after a gear change. 
  - Motorsport limiter now allows boost to be maintained with no throttle closure while active.
  - Minimized condition where DV would not close after a full throttle shift on manual cars (Factory issue). 
  - Audible part-throttle "sound" greatly reduced. May still be noticeable with an intake. 
  - Improved throttle response at low RPM during initial take off.
  - Fixed boost oscillation at low RPM in high gears.

APR is also pleased to announce a free update to their existing MQB platform TCU Upgrades! Version 2.1.1 is now available for the new GTI, Golf R, A3, S3 and more and offers several enhancements and improvements over APR’s previously released versions. The new version brings increased clamping pressure to all vehicles at all stages, allowing the transmission to hold more torque without slipping. Launch control is improved with new torque management strategies, resulting in more consistent launches, faster torque onset, and varying torque ramp rates to help minimize wheel spin and short 1 -> 2 shifts. Based on customer feedback, part throttle shift maps were updated to prevent the transmission from racing to 6th gear, or toggling back and forth between 5th and 6th during cruising. Finally, also based on customer feedback, R/S3 platform vehicle’s 1 -> 2 part throttle shift map were adjusted to hold first gear longer.

This update is offered for free to existing APR TCU Upgrade customers at Achtuning, with only an installation cost of $52.50 + tax.  No appointment necessary!  Stop by between 9am and 4pm, Monday through Friday.

Change Log
- Increased clamping pressure past factory limits  on all vehicles / stages.
- LC enabled with ESP enabled or disabled.
- Faster torque onset after launch.
- Torque ramp rate adjusted to minimize wheel  spin and short 1 -> 2 shift.
- More consistent launches with torque management. 
- V2.0.1 - adjusted part throttle shift maps to  prevent racing to 6th (based on customer feedback).
- V2.0.1 - adjusted 5 / 6 shift maps to prevent toggling back and forth during cruising (based on customer feedback).
- V2.1.1 - adjusted 1 -> 2 part throttle shift map [R/S3 gearing] (based on customer feedback).

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APR Presents the 2.0 TSI ECU Update (v2.0)

Posted on March 21, 2016 – 10:38 am

APR Presents the 2.0 TSI ECU Update (v2.0) Now with up to 283HP/350 FT-LBS, LC & NLS!

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Achtuning is pleased to present the ultimate engine control unit (ECU) upgrade from APR for the 2.0T EA888 Gen 1 engine… again!  Only this time, way better!

APR’s ECU Upgrades are the best dollar-per-horsepower modification one can make to the 2.0T engine. 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 software loads to the factory ECU through the OBD-II port, resulting in a clean and headache-free install.

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APR ECU Upgrade Stages

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APR’s ECU Upgrades are available in multiple stages, supporting various octanes both with or without any hardware modifications. Software is available for use with a high flow intake system, high flow downpipe exhaust system or both. All stages are fully compatible with an upgraded intercooler, catback exhaust, or other minor bolt on modifications. Finally, each stage is offered with special “Low Torque” software, designed to limit peak torque for use with an unmodified factory manual clutch.

APR Stage I ECU Upgrade

The APR Stage I ECU Upgrade requires no hardware modifications and is available with 253-261 HP and 309-317 FT-LBS of torque, depending on octane. Gains as high at 67-71 HP and 93-101 FT-LBS of torque are available throughout the power band, a significant improvement over the v1.0 numbers! Lower torque files are available, limiting torque to 292-299 FT-LBS. This software must be used with the factory intake and factory exhaust downpipe.

Additional Graphs: 91 and 93 octane, high and low output, at the wheels, estimated at the crank, and absolute gain over stock on APR’s website.

APR Stage I ECU Upgrade with Intake

The APR Stage I (Intake) ECU Upgrade requires a high flow intake system and is available with 257-268 HP and 312-336 FT-LBS torque, depending on octane. Gains as high as 70-84 HP and 95-120 FT-LBS of torque are available throughout the power band! Lower torque files are available, limiting torque to 295-300 FT-LBS. This software must be used with a high flow intake system and factory exhaust downpipe.

Additional Graphs: 91, 93 and 104 octane, high and low output, at the wheels, estimated at the crank, and absolute gain over stock on APR’s website.

APR Stage II ECU Upgrade with Intake and Downpipe

The APR Stage II ECU Upgrade requires a high flow intake system and high flow downpipe exhaust system and is available with 270-283 HP and 319-350 FT-LBS of torque, depending on octane. Gains as high as 77-95 HP and 102-134 FT-LBS of torque are available throughout the power band! Lower torque files are available, limiting torque to 305-307 FT-LBS. This software must be used with a high flow intake system and high flow downpipe exhaust system.

Additional Graphs: 91, 93 and 104 octane, high and low output, at the wheels, estimated at the crank, and absolute gain over stock on APR’s website.

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APR ECU Upgrade Included Features

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APR World Class Calibration Expertise

Tuning 101:
The 2.0T engine uses a Bosch MED 17 ECU for engine management. Basically, it’s a computer that tells the engine how to operate. Tuning software, like the APR ECU Upgrade, tells the engine how to make more power. It does this by running more boost pressure, optimizing the cam shaft positions, adjusting the air/fuel ratio, advancing ignition timing, and more.

A Better Engine Management System:
The 2.0T’s ECU is incredible. Without the driver knowing otherwise, the ECU makes intelligent adjustments to the engine’s operations to keep it running smoothly. Unlike ECUs found in many other makes and models, when properly tuned, the ECU eliminates the need for custom tuning to maximize output, even when weather conditions change dramatically.

How APR Differs from the Competition:
The ECU is powerful, but extremely difficult to master. Without mastery, the ECU must be simplified, removing what makes it so desirable. The result is an incomplete product that often requires end user adjustment to maximize output in limited scenarios. On the contrary, APR’s Engineers spent the better part of a decade mastering the ECU to unlock its full potential. With complete access to the thousands of maps, tables and variables within, as well as a high-level understanding of how it works, APR’s Engineers were able to take advantage of everything the ECU has to offer. Power is maximized in nearly all scenarios, eliminating the need for end user adjustments. High performance operational modes are enabled and calibrated to deliver smooth daily driving, with a snappy and responsive throttle during moments of spirited driving. Mastery of the boost control system makes for an impressively predictable driving experience as the turbo spools quickly, delivering instant power. Lastly advanced high-output protection routines are enabled, allowing the ECU to make constant adjustments to airflow and fuel to cool and protect the engine, all without the driver knowing otherwise.

Acceleration Enhancements:

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.

Speed Limiter:

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.

Motorsport Rev Limiter:

APR’s Motorsport Rev Limiter allows the engine to reach max RPM without the ECU slowing down acceleration nearly 150 RPM earlier. The result is more power to redline and a definable redline feeling as seen on Audi Quattro GMBH vehicles such as the RS4, RS5 and R8.

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.

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APR ECU Upgrade Optional Features

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APR Motorsport Launch Limiter and No Lift Shift

Launch Limiter

APR’s Motorsport Launch Limiter is an optional feature that eliminates turbo lag and provides a user adjustable launching RPM and user adjustable launching boost to aid in vehicle acceleration from a complete stand still. Simply hold the clutch and accelerator while the vehicle is stationary and the engine’s RPM will hold at a predefined limit while boost pressure builds using a “clean,” catalytic converter safe, strategy. The amount of boost available at the launch is adjusted by how far the accelerator pedal is depressed. With the vehicle stationary, handbrake applied and clutch disengaged, the driver can set the launch RPM by raising the engine’s RPM and pressing the brake pedal to set and save the desired launching RPM. With practice, this method can result in violent acceleration off the line! This feature is for manual transmissions only.

No Lift Shift

APR’s Motorsport No-Lift Shift is an optional feature that allows the driver to maximize acceleration by reducing power, boost and time lost during a gear change. With the vehicle above 20 km/h and the accelerator pedal held above 98%, during a gear change, the strategy activates. The throttle remains open and boost pressure is not vented, resulting in more power immediately after a shift. This is achieved using a “clean,” catalytic converter safe, strategy, while the ECU automatically sets the appropriate time necessary for a torque intervention, allowing proper syncro alignment. No end user adjustment is necessary. The driver simply focuses on shifting as fast as possible! This feature is for manual transmissions only.

*Golf R Shown

Please Note: Achtuning may need to request the new V2.x file from APR, and the optional No Lift Shift and Launch Control features, if not available at the time of install.

APR EMCS Programs and Features

APR’s Enhanced Modular Chipping System, (EMCS), brings selectable programs and features to the factory ECU, without the need to purchase external hardware switching devices. EMCS has the ability to completely rewrite the entire operating map data within the ECU, giving each program mode a completely different set of calibration changes. On this platform, this is contrary to the industry norm of capping limits, using multipliers, only swapping portions of a base calibration, or relying on knock activity to lower output. APR’s EMCS features and programs modes are activated via the factory OEM cruise control buttons, and optionally through APR Mobile. The vehicle’s cruise control will function normally while driving.

To learn how to activate the programs and features, choose the vehicle’s cruise control type from APR EMCS Owner’s Manual.

Program Switching:

Program switching allows the user to cycle through up to four different engine calibrations and operating modes all without the need for external hardware.

Stock Mode:

By selecting stock mode, the ECU calibration is reset to the factory calibration. The engine will run as it did before purchasing APR software.

APR Performance Modes:

APR’s octane-specific calibrations are available for various premium and race fuels around the world. Each performance mode is a completely new calibration, altered specifically for the characteristics of the fuel quality selected.

Fault Code Erase:

Fault code erase allows the user to erase and reset engine related trouble codes and ECU adaptation data without using a specialty tool.

Valet Mode:

APR’s Valet Mode protects your vehicle from becoming an expensive toy for unauthorized individuals. By enabling Valet Mode, the vehicle’s performance is extremely limited.

APR Mobile

APR Mobile is a simple yet powerful tool designed to enhance the APR tuning experience.

APR Mobile installs on smart phones, tablets and other devices and provides a wireless connection to the vehicle’s engine control unit or ECU. Once connected, the device can be used to access APR’s EMCS program switching features, read and clear fault codes and data log the ECU at high data rates not found on other commercially available tools. The app can also be used to access APR’s latest news articles, locate dealers in APR’s network and review previously saved data logging sessions.

To learn more about APR Mobile, please visit our product page.

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APR ECU Upgrade Optional Features

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APR Direct Port 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.

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Application Guide

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Audi A3 (MKII / 8P)
Audi TT (MKII)
Audi Q3
Volkswagen Beetle (MKII)
Volkswagen CC
Volkswagen Eos
Volkswagen Golf / GTI (MKV/MKVI)
Volkswagen Jetta / GLI (MKV/MKVI)
Volkswagen Passat (B6/B7)
Volkswagen Tiguan

2.0 TSI / 2.0 TFSI – EA888 Gen 1

6MT / DSG / Tiptronic


Please Note: Achtuning may need to request the new V2.x file, and the optional No Lift Shift and Launch Control features, if not available at the time of install.


$599.99 – APR Stage 1
$539.99 – APR Stage 1 (Sale pricing till April 24th)
$149.99 – Add APR EMCS Program Switching
$ 99.99 – Add APR Adjustable Launch Limiter
$ 99.99 – Add APR No Lift Shift
$ 0.00 – No Charge to update to APR Stage 1 + Intake
$ 0.00 – No Charge to update to APR Stage 2 + Intake and Exhaust (With APR DP)
$149.99 – Update to APR Stage 2 + Intake and Exhaust (with non APR DP)

Additional Software available for K04 and Stage 3 turbocharger Systems

– Program Switching: A fully loaded ECU includes up to 4 program modes (stock mode, performance modes, valet, etc), as well as fault code erase.
– 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. Achtuning 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.

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Turbocharger Loyalty Program

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We’re pleased to announce the turbocharger upgrade path just got a little easier little for our loyal APR customers. If you’ve purchased an APR ECU Upgrade and want to upgrade to one of APR’s turbocharger systems, you can take advantage of fantastic savings! It’s our way of saying “thank you” for enjoying APR’s ECU Upgrades before stepping up to the big leagues!

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How to Purchase

Visit Achtuning between 9am and 4pm, Monday through Friday.  No appointment necessary.  First come, first served.

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.

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.

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HPO-993 Hartmann Wheels for Porsche

Posted on March 11, 2016 – 12:55 pm

Reintroducing the HPO-993 from Hartmann Wheels!

These are Italian made, 18×8.5 and 18×10 staggered Hartmann HPO-993 wheels for Porsche (5×130) in silver and matte black. Quantities are limited so act NOW! Listed below are the available sizes/specs with pricing.

HPO-993 (Silver)
* 18×8.5 +52
* 18×10 +47

HPO-993 (Matte Black)
* 18×8.5 +52
* 18×10 +65
* 18×10 +47

$1000 set of 4! Shipping is not included in the price. To order, contact the Achtuning sales team via email (sales@achtuning.com) or by phone: 425-895-0000.

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STOPTECH Big Brake Kit Includes FREE Rear SportStop Parts

Posted on February 23, 2016 – 12:00 pm

StopTech at Achtuning

When you buy a StopTech ST40 or ST60 Big Brake Kit from Achtuning, you get a FREE set of matching OE-sized rear brake discs, StopTech Street Performance brake pads, and stainless-steel braided brake lines! Shipping of your StopTech brake order is also FREE anywhere in the “lower 48” States! There continues to be no better offer for StopTech Big Brake Kits anywhere else on the market! We also stock replacement parts for StopTech Big Brake Kit calipers. Achtuning is truly your best source for all things StopTech! Begin shopping in our online store or call 425-895-0000 to speak to an Achtuning sales representative!

Be sure to check for wheel clearance!

>>>Click here and download a brake template for your car.<<<

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Posted on February 3, 2016 – 9:00 am

Achtuning is announcing NEW LOW PRICES on AWE Tuning exhaust systems starting Monday, February 8th.  We will be lowering our prices an additional 8% off with FREE SHIPPING anywhere in the “Lower 48!”  NO TAX for our out-of-state customers!!  And even better, Achtuning is STOCKING the most popular applications so your order ships as soon as you “check out” online.  Contact the Achtuning sales team with any questions, and thanks in advance for your order!

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