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APR High Output 2.0 TSI Gen 3 ECU Upgrade

Posted on March 23, 2015 – 8:30 am

Achtuning is pleased to present APR’s ultimate engine control unit (ECU) upgrade for the 2.0T EA888 Gen 3 engine. APR’s ECU upgrade is available in octane-specific variations 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 ECU upgrades are one of the best horsepower-per-dollar modifications for the new 2.0T engine. The APR Stage I ECU Upgrade is designed to work without requiring other changes to the vehicle’s hardware. With the ECU Upgrade alone, APR’s Calibration Experts measured higher peak figures of 379 ft-lbs of torque and 354 horsepower with 93 AKI octane fuel. Large gains were seen throughout the power band, including an additional 98 ft-lbs of torque and 74 horsepower. Even higher figures were achieved using race fuel. For those looking for a more modest bump in horsepower and torque, lower output software is available. In both cases the increase in horsepower and torque directly translates to an exceptionally quicker vehicle.

Acceleration

The results were astounding. By simply adding the APR Stage I ECU upgrade, the US spec 2015 Golf R DSG test vehicle completed every test quicker than the stock vehicle by a large margin. 0-60 MPH times were reduced to 3.8 seconds while the 30-130 MPH test was completed 5.9 seconds faster! Acceleration tests were conducted all the way to 140 MPH, which was reached in 9.1 seconds faster with APR Stage I Software.

Vehicles with the following ECU IDs can come through NOW for an ECU upgrade!
* VW Golf-R NA MY2015 2.0L TFSI CYFB 8V0906259E S0002
* Audi S3 NA MY2015 2.0TFSI CYFB 8V0906259B S0003

Ready to Go APR? No appointments necessary! Just roll through between 9am and 4pm, Monday through Friday. See you soon!!


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Presenting the AWE Tuning 3.0T Q5/SQ5 Non-Resonated Downpipes

Posted on March 9, 2015 – 3:55 pm

3.0T Q5 and SQ5 owners have spoken, they want downpipes… And AWE Tuning has the answer!

Now they can turn it up to 11 — enter the AWE Tuning Q5/SQ5 3.0T Non-Resonated Downpipes. These hand crafted T304 Stainless Steel Non-Resonated Downpipes produce a distinctive, more aggressive sound when coupled with the AWE Tuning Touring Edition Exhaust.


The head-turning upgrade:

  • More aggressive sound when mated with the AWE Tuning Touring Edition Exhaust
  • Constructed from 2.5” T304 Stainless Steel
  • Hand crafted in-house in Willow Grove, PA
  • Specifically developed for the 3.0T Engine
  • Direct bolt-on
  • Compatible with the AWE Tuning Downpipe Removal Tool
  • No CEL Guarantee
  • Fitment Guarantee
  • Lifetime Exhaust Warranty

AWE Tuning 3.0T Q5/SQ5 Non-Resonated Downpipes, SKU: 3220-11016 – $995.00
AWE Tuning SQ5 Touring Edition Exhaust – Quad Outlet, Chrome Silver Tips and Non-Resonated Downpipes, SKU: 3420-42022 – $2899.00
AWE Tuning SQ5 Touring Edition Exhaust – Quad Outlet, Diamond Black Tips and Non-Resonated Downpipes, SKU: 3420-43024 – $2999.00
AWE Tuning Q5 3.0T Touring Edition Exhaust – Dual Outlet, Chrome Silver Tips and Non-Resonated Downpipes, SKU: 3420-32016 – $2649.00
AWE Tuning Q5 3.0T Touring Edition Exhaust – Dual Outlet, Diamond Black Tips and Non-Resonated Downpipes, SKU: 3420-33018 – $2699.00


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Audi (B8) A4 APR Software Update!

Posted on February 27, 2015 – 9:00 am

With over half a decade of development poured into this platform, APR’s Engineers are pleased to deliver several free upgrades to our existing customers. APR Stage I, Stage II and their K04 Turbocharger ECU upgrades are now revised with APR’s new calibration strategies designed to produce a fantastic driving experience with more power and torque on tap!

APR’s calibration experts spent months working with the various ECU, hardware and octane configurations to deliver a driving experience second to none. Major improvements were made to the way the throttle behaves, leaving the driver to feel more connected to the vehicle than ever before. With control and response maximized, APR’s engineers set out to increase power while keeping factory comforts in mind during part throttle driving. Engine load, valve lift, cam phasing and boost levels were all optimized to ensure the engine was breathing as freely as possible for maximum output. Ignition, lambda and other aspects of the direct injection fueling system were tweaked to raise and refine power further. The end result is a fantastic leap in performance and response that wakes up the engine sooner in the RPM band and carries horsepower and torque further towards redline.

Please visit each product page for full details, including our performance charts at the wheels, crank and the gain over stock using 91, 93 and 100 octanes!

New Figures:

Stage I ECU Upgrade | Product Page:

  • 301 FT-LBS / 256 HP – max gain of + 53 FT-LBS / + 55 HP over stock on 91.
  • 322 FT-LBS / 266 HP – max gain of + 74 FT-LBS / + 66 HP over stock on 93.
  • 323 FT-LBS / 282 HP – max gain of + 74 FT-LBS / + 76 HP over Stock on 100.

Stage I v1.3 vs v2.0, at all four wheels

Stage II ECU Upgrade | Product Page:

  • 341 FT-LBS / 287 HP – max gain of + 92 FT-LBS / + 97 HP over stock on 91.
  • 354 FT-LBS / 291 HP – max gain of +105 FT-LBS / +101 HP over stock on 93.
  • 359 FT-LBS / 304 HP – max gain of +109 FT-LBS / +111 HP over stock on 100.

Stage II v1.3 vs v2.0, at all four wheels

K04 Turbo Upgrade | Product Page:

  • 321 FT-LBS / 339 HP – max gain of +121 FT-LBS / +149 HP over stock on 91.
  • 342 FT-LBS / 348 HP – max gain of +130 FT-LBS / +158 HP over stock on 93.
  • 387 FT-LBS / 363 HP – max gain of +145 FT-LBS / +171 HP over stock on 100.

K04 Turbocharger v2.0 vs v3.0, at all four wheels

APR’s Stage 1 and Stage 2 ECU Upgrades are now version 2.0 while the K04 upgrade is version 3.0. No appointment necessary, just roll through between 9am and 4pm, Monday through Friday!


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Hartmann Wheel Test Fits on Audi S3

Posted on February 26, 2015 – 3:44 pm

When Armin left us his Audi S3 that morning it received a set of H&R “Sport” springs and TrakPlus® wheel spacers, he gave us some extra time after his appointment to test-fit some Hartmann Wheels so we could add new images to the Hartmann Wheel gallery. First up is one of the newest out of the Hartmann Wheel line-up, the HRS7-163-MA:M (matte-anthracite/machined) wheels. The 19×8.5 +38 spec is a perfect fit!

Then we threw on a set of the Hartmann Euromesh 3-GS (gloss-silver) wheels, a time-less mesh design that works with just about every application it sits under.

Both options are currently IN STOCK, ready to ship! Click the “online store” link above to begin shopping or call our sales team: 425-895-0000.


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APR Rolling Out New Products!

Posted on February 25, 2015 – 10:00 am

APR is changing up their game in a big way and we are starting to see the fruits of their labor as  fresh new product is coming down the pipeline.  As always, our commitment to offering and STOCKING your APR performance upgrades means we will be one of the first distributors to receive them so you can walk out the door with parts in hand or simply arrange a time for install.  “Go APR” at Achtuning!

APR Presents the 1.8T/2.0T EA888 Gen 3 Boost Tap – v2!

The APR Boost Tap for the 1.8T and 2.0T EA888 Gen 3 engines is a simple, yet elegant solution for referencing boost pressure and vacuum as is commonly necessary for boost gauges. The boost tap plugs into an unused port on the factory intake manifold and doesn’t interfere with the factory T-MAP sensor.

 

 

Traditionally boost is tapped by spacing out the factory T-MAP sensor on top of the intake manifold. However, APR’s engineers discovered using this location lead to inconsistencies in intake air temperature readings and potentially a loss of power. Upon this discovery, APR’s engineering team went back to the drawing board and came up with a new and unique solution.

 

Kit Includes:

  • 1 Billet boost tap
  • 2 Viton o-ring seals
  • 1 Stainless steel barbed connection point
  • 1 Brass “No-buzz” mechanical boost gauge restrictor pill
  • 1 Tap cap
  • 5 Stepless OEM style ear clamps
  • 96 Inches of 200 PSI hose
  • 1 T-fitting
  • 5 Black cable ties
  • 1 Bag of anti-sieze
  • 1 Tapping tool

 

Utilizing the included punch tool on a warm engine, a boost and vacuum reference port is easily spread opened on the factory intake manifold. The billet aluminum boost tap then connects to the port and uses dual Viton o-ring seals for leak free operation. The reference hoses connect to the rear of the tap via a barbed stainless steel connection point and conveniently routes through the engine bay.

In addition to the boost tap, APR provides several extra components to help suit each individual’s needs. For those requiring more than one reference source, a T-fitting allows for more tapping points. In the case where a mechanical boost gauge is used, the brass restrictor pill limits flow and cures gauge buzz. Just less than 100 inches of 200 PSI hose is included with OEM style ear clamps and black cable ties to allow for neatly routing hose through the engine bay.


Application Guide

All 1.8T and 2.0T EA888 Gen 3 Engines

Part Number

MS100101

Price

$59.99

FREE UPGRADE NOTE:

Customers who have purchased APR’s previous MS100079 boost tap are entitled to upgrade to the new, better designed, boost tap for free. The customer will only be responsible for installation costs.

 

APR Presents the 1.8/2.0T EA888 Gen 3 Cast Downpipe Exhaust System!

 

Upgrading the restrictive factory downpipe with the APR Cast Downpipe Exhaust System is a great way to increase performance and add a sophisticated growl to the exhaust note. Ideal performance is achieved through expelling exhaust gasses at maximum velocity through APR’s proprietary, low-turbulence, investment cast downpipe. Designed and assembled in-house, the system utilizes only premium materials and world-class manufacturing techniques to deliver unmatched quality and reliability.


 

Quick facts:

  • Designed and assembled in-house.
  • T304L stainless steel construction.
  • Argon back-purged TIG welding.
  • Investment cast downpipe.
  • 77mm inlet with integrated flange.
  • Low profile, sealed/corrugated flex section.
  • 76mm outlet with integrated bracket.
  • 8mm billet bracket.
  • 76mm brushed and de-burred piping.
  • Non-swedged/slip-fit/flanged piping.
  • Investment cast o2 bung.
  • 300 cell, 100mm x 100mm GESI catalyst.
  • OEM-style slip-on clamps.
  • Reducer for OEM catback compatibility.
  • APR Stage II ECU Upgrade price waived.
  • Limited lifetime warranty.

The factory downpipe system consists of smaller, 63mm piping with varying bends and multiple restrictive high-cell-count catalysts, all of which contribute to a less than ideal flow path and hindered performance. APR’s engineers took a multi-step approach to maximizing flow, reducing under hood temperature, and eliminating unnecessary restrictions all in a unique package only APR can deliver.

Detailed component photos and information

The APR Cast Downpipe Exhaust System is a complex system designed to deliver maximum performance. Each component was designed and developed with the absolute best in performance, strength, reliability and quality in mind.

Cast Downpipe Inlet and Outlet

The exhaust system features a strong, investment cast, T304L inlet and outlet designed to maximize flow and minimize turbulence. By casting the inlet, APR’s engineers were able to create a smooth and high-flow exhaust path that maximized flow through swept blends and shapes that are otherwise not possible through conventional fabrication techniques. The inlet perfectly matches the factory turbocharger’s 77mm outlet and gradually necks down over a long distance to further enhance performance. The mounting flange and bracket are integrated into the casting, and TIG welding at the flex section ensures a clean inner surface eliminating turbulence, vortices and eddies to the highest degree.

With a nominal wall thickness of 2.55mm the downpipe is strong and produces a refined exhaust note compared to thin wall tubing systems. The cast sections undergo a tumbling process to smooth and de-burr any imperfections inside the pipe, while simultaneously enhancing the exterior finish. Lastly, all necessary surfaces are CNC machined for an accurate fit.

Flex Section

APR’s engineers specified a T304L stainless steel, OEM-style flex section that is 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.

Bracket

Designed to stand the test of time, the bracket is CNC machined from 8mm-thick billet T304L stainless steel and the hanger feet are threaded into place, eliminating the need for welds. Weight is removed from the bracket, wherever possible, while not hindering its structural integrity. The bracket attaches to the cast downpipe’s integrated mounting bracket, and CNC machined spacers enable compatibility across multiple vehicles.

Piping

The APR Downpipe Exhaust System features premium grade T304L stainless steel for its excellent appearance, strength and corrosion resistance properties. The pipe is rolled to the 76mm European standard diameter with a 1.5mm wall thickness and a seemingly non-existent weld seam.

Pipe is cut to length in-house via APR’s CNC-controlled bandsaw to an accuracy of .25mm, ensuring a precise fit. Each pipe is de-burred, and the exterior finish is brushed to give the exhaust piping a clean and attractive appearance worthy of the APR name. APR’s fabrication team uses argon back-purging during the welding process, leaving a clean and smooth interior surface, and TIG welding for strength and appearance. Lastly, no swedging or slip-fitting is necessary due to APR’s OEM-style clamp design, leaving smooth and less turbulent connection points.

Clamps

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.

O2 Sensor Bung

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 bung. 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.

Catalyst

APR’s engineers specified a high-quality and high-flow GESI metal 300-cell catalyst 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 converter features a proprietary blend of precious metals and loading technology that helps to reduce emissions and smell common on cat-less setups. With performance in mind, the catalyst is placed far away from the turbo outlet to reduce turbulence in the downpipe and to help reduce under-hood temperature. The low-profile catalyst features a fully captured substrate brick, which is furnace braised to the outer mantle and physically captured by the diffuser cones preventing rattling, rotation, and damage to the substrate. Subsequently, a byproduct of running the catalyst is a reduction in noise, making the system as a whole more pleasing to the ear.

Reducer

A simple and removable, T304L stainless steel reducer, featuring a smooth transition, is included, making the APR Cast Downpipe Exhaust System directly compatible with the OEM catback exhaust system.

Oxygen Sensor Harness

A high quality oxygen sensor extension harness is included as the catalyst and sensor bung is relocated further away from the turbocharger.

Dyno Testing

1.8T

Wheel Graph | Gain Over Stock Graph

2.0T

Wheel Graph | Gain Over Stock Graph

Reported wheel figures measured on APR’s in house Dynapack Dynamometer with a 2014 MK7 Golf Tiptronic and 2014 MK7 GTI DSG, using SAEJ1349 correction and an average of multiple runs. Crank figures estimated based on the measured wheel figures. Results will vary depending upon environmental conditions, vehicle, transmission, vehicle health, operating conditions, temperatures, fuel grade, dyno type, dyno setup, and other modifications.

 

Application Guide

Vehicles

  • Audi A3 (8V / MKIII)
  • Seat Leon / Cupra / Cupra R (MKII)
  • Skoda Octavia / VRS (MKIII)
  • Volkswagen Golf / GTI (MKVII)
  • Passat (B9)

Engines

  • 1.8T EA888 Gen 3
  • 2.0T EA888 Gen 3 (IS20 Turbo / Low output engines)
  • 2.0T EA888 Gen 3 (IS38 Turbo / High output engines)

Drivetrain

  • Front Wheel Drive

Transmissions

  • 5 & 6 Speed Manual
  • Tiptronic
  • DSG / Stronic 6 & 7 Speed

Part Number and Price

DPK0004 – $749.49

Stage II ECU Upgrade Information

For the best results, APR recommends installing the Stage II ECU Upgrade. This upgrade requires purchase of an APR Stage I ECU Upgrade, and is included for free to the original owner and original vehicle with the purchase of an APR Cast Downpipe Exhaust System!

Stage II Upgrade Pricing

  • 1.8T EA888 Gen 3 – Front Wheel Drive – Retail: $149.00 | Price with Purchase of APR Downpipe: Free
  • 2.0T EA888 Gen 3 (IS20 Turbo / Low output engines) – Front Wheel Drive – Retail: $174.00 | Price with Purchase of APR Downpipe: Free
  • 2.0T EA888 Gen 3 (IS38 Turbo / High output engines) – Front Wheel Drive – Retail: $199.00 | Price with Purchase of APR Downpipe: Free

 

 

APR Presents the 1.8/2.0T EA113/EA888 Gen 1 Cast Downpipe Exhaust System!

 

Upgrading the restrictive factory downpipe with the APR Cast Downpipe Exhaust System is a great way to increase performance and add a sophisticated growl to the exhaust note. Ideal performance is achieved through expelling exhaust gasses at maximum velocity through APR’s proprietary, low-turbulence, investment cast downpipe. Designed and assembled in-house, the system utilizes only premium materials and world-class manufacturing techniques to deliver unmatched quality and reliability.

Quick facts:

  • Designed and assembled in-house.
  • T304L stainless steel construction.
  • Argon back-purged TIG welding.
  • Investment cast downpipe.
  • 80mm inlet with integrated o2 bung and flange.
  • Low profile, sealed/corrugated flex section.
  • 76mm outlet with integrated bracket.
  • 8mm billet bracket.
  • 76mm brushed and de-burred piping.
  • Non-swedged/slip-fit/flanged piping.
  • Investment cast o2 bungs with billet plugs.
  • 300 cell, 100mm x 100mm GESI catalyst.
  • OEM-style slip-on clamps.
  • Reducer for OEM catback compatibility.
  • OEM gasket.
  • APR Stage II ECU Upgrade price waived.
  • Limited lifetime warranty.

Detailed component photos and information

The APR Cast Downpipe Exhaust System is a complex system designed to deliver maximum performance. Each component was designed and developed with the absolute best in performance, strength, reliability and quality in mind.

Cast Downpipe Inlet and Outlet

The exhaust system features a strong, investment cast, T304L inlet and outlet designed to maximized flow and minimize turbulence. By casting the inlet, APR’s engineers were able to create a smooth and high-flow exhaust path that maximized flow through swept blends and shapes that are otherwise not possible through conventional fabrication techniques. The inlet perfectly matches the factory turbocharger’s 80mm outlet and gradually necks down over a long distance to further enhance performance. The mounting flange, oxygen sensor bung and bracket are integrated into the casting, and TIG welding at the flex section ensures a clean inner surface eliminating turbulence, vortices and eddies to the highest degree.

With a nominal wall thickness of 2.55mm the downpipe is strong and produces a refined exhaust note compared to thin wall tubing systems. The cast sections undergo a tumbling process to smooth and de-burr any imperfections inside the pipe, while simultaneously enhancing the exterior finish. Lastly, all necessary surfaces are CNC machined for an accurate fit.

Flex Section

APR’s engineers specified a T304L stainless steel, OEM-style flex section that is 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.

Bracket

Designed to stand the test of time, the bracket is CNC machined from 8mm-thick billet T304L stainless steel and the hanger feet are threaded into place, eliminating the need for welds. Weight is removed from the bracket, wherever possible, while not hindering its structural integrity. The bracket attaches to the cast downpipe’s integrated mounting bracket, and CNC machined spacers enable compatibility across multiple vehicles.

Piping

The APR Downpipe Exhaust System features premium grade T304L stainless steel for its excellent appearance, strength and corrosion resistance properties. The pipe is rolled to the 76mm European standard diameter with a 1.5mm wall thickness and a seemingly non-existent weld seam.

Pipe is cut to length in-house via APR’s CNC-controlled bandsaw to an accuracy of .25mm, ensuring a precise fit. Each pipe is de-burred, and the exterior finish is brushed to give the exhaust piping a clean and attractive appearance worthy of the APR name. APR’s fabrication team uses argon back-purging during the welding process, leaving a clean and smooth interior surface, and TIG welding for strength and appearance. Lastly, no swedging or slip-fitting is necessary due to APR’s OEM-style clamp design, leaving smooth and less turbulent connection points.

Clamps

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.

O2 Sensor Bungs

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. Lastly, a billet T304L stainless steel bung plug is included to cap off extra ports not needed on some models.

Catalyst

APR’s engineers specified a high-quality and high-flow GESI metal 300-cell catalyst 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 converter features a proprietary blend of precious metals and loading technology that helps to reduce emissions and smell common on cat-less setups. With performance in mind, the catalyst is placed far away from the turbo outlet to reduce turbulence in the downpipe and to help reduce under-hood temperature. The low-profile catalyst features a fully captured substrate brick, which is furnace braised to the outer mantle and physically captured by the diffuser cones preventing rattling, rotation, and damage to the substrate. Subsequently, a byproduct of running the catalyst is a reduction in noise, making the system as a whole more pleasing to the ear.

Reducer

A simple and removable, T304L stainless steel reducer, featuring a smooth transition, is included, making the APR Cast Downpipe Exhaust System directly compatible with the OEM catback exhaust system.

Gasket

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

Application Guide

Vehicles

  • Audi A3 (MKII / 8P)
  • Seat Altea (5P)
  • Seat Leon / Cupra / Cupra R (1P / MKII)
  • Seat Toledo (5P / MKIII)
  • Skoda Octavia / VRS (MKII)
  • Skoda Superb (MKII / T3)
  • Volkswagen Beetle (MKII)
  • Volkswagen CC
  • Volkswagen Eos
  • Volkswagen Golf / GTI / ED30 / ED35 / Pirelli (MK5 / MK6)
  • Volkswagen Jetta / GLI (MK5 / MK6)
  • Volkswagen Passat (B7)
  • Volkswagen Scirocco / Scirocco R (MKIII)

Engines

  • 1.8T EA888 Gen 1
  • 2.0T EA113 (K03)
  • 2.0T EA113 (K04)
  • 2.0T EA888 Gen 1

Drivetrain

  • Front Wheel Drive

Transmissions

  • 6 Speed Manual
  • Tiptronic
  • DSG

Part Number and Price

DPK0002 – $749.99

Stage II ECU Upgrade Information

For the best results, APR recommends installing the Stage II ECU Upgrade. This upgrade requires purchase of an APR Stage I ECU Upgrade, and is included for free to the original owner and original vehicle with the purchase of an APR Cast Downpipe Exhaust System!

Stage II Upgrade Pricing

  • 1.8T EA888 Gen 1 – Front Wheel Drive – Retail: $149.00 | Price with Purchase of APR Downpipe: Free
  • 2.0T EA113 (K03) – Front Wheel Drive – Retail: $149.00 | Price with Purchase of APR Downpipe: Free
  • 2.0T EA113 (K04) – Front Wheel Drive – Retail: $149.00 | Price with Purchase of APR Downpipe: Free
  • 2.0T EA888 Gen 1 – Front Wheel Drive – Retail: $149.00 | Price with Purchase of APR Downpipe: Free

 

APR Presents the 1.8/2.0T EA113/EA888 Gen 1 AWD Cast Downpipe Exhaust System!

Upgrading the restrictive factory downpipe with the APR Cast Downpipe Exhaust System is a great way to increase performance and add a sophisticated growl to the exhaust note. Ideal performance is achieved through expelling exhaust gasses at maximum velocity through APR’s proprietary, low-turbulence, investment cast downpipe. Designed and assembled in-house, the system utilizes only premium materials and world-class manufacturing techniques to deliver unmatched quality and reliability.

Quick facts:

  • Designed and assembled in-house.
  • T304L stainless steel construction.
  • Argon back-purged TIG welding.
  • Investment cast downpipe.
  • 80mm inlet with integrated o2 bung and flange.
  • Low profile, sealed/corrugated flex section.
  • 76mm outlet with integrated bracket.
  • 8mm billet bracket.
  • 76mm brushed and de-burred piping.
  • Non-swedged/slip-fit/flanged piping.
  • Investment cast o2 bungs with billet plugs.
  • 300 cell, 100mm x 100mm GESI catalyst.
  • OEM-style slip-on clamps.
  • Low-profile, broadband noise cancellation resonator.
  • Reducer for OEM catback compatibility.
  • OEM gasket.
  • APR Stage II ECU Upgrade price waived.
  • Limited lifetime warranty.

Detailed component photos and information
The APR Cast Downpipe Exhaust System is a complex system designed to deliver maximum performance. Each component was designed and developed with the absolute best in performance, strength, reliability and quality in mind.

Cast Downpipe Inlet and Outlet

The exhaust system features a strong, investment cast, T304L inlet and outlet designed to maximized flow and minimize turbulence. By casting the inlet, APR’s engineers were able to create a smooth and high-flow exhaust path that maximized flow through swept blends and shapes that are otherwise not possible through conventional fabrication techniques. The inlet perfectly matches the factory turbocharger’s 80mm outlet and gradually necks down over a long distance to further enhance performance. The mounting flange, oxygen sensor bung and bracket are integrated into the casting, and TIG welding at the flex sectionensures a clean inner surface eliminating turbulence, vortices and eddies to the highest degree.

With a nominal wall thickness of 2.55mm the downpipe is strong and produces a refined exhaust note compared to thin wall tubing systems. The cast sections undergo a tumbling process to smooth and de-burr any imperfections inside the pipe, while simultaneously enhancing the exterior finish. Lastly, all necessary surfaces are CNC machined for an accurate fit.

Flex Section

APR’s engineers specified a T304L stainless steel, OEM-style flex section that is 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.

Bracket

Designed to stand the test of time, the bracket is CNC machined from 8mm-thick billet T304L stainless steel and the hanger feet are threaded into place, eliminating the need for welds. Weight is removed from the bracket, wherever possible, while not hindering its structural integrity. The bracket attaches to the cast downpipe’s integrated mounting bracket, and CNC machined spacers enable compatibility across multiple vehicles.

Piping

The APR Downpipe Exhaust System features premium grade T304L stainless steel for its excellent appearance, strength and corrosion resistance properties. The pipe is rolled to the 76mm European standard diameter with a 1.5mm wall thickness and a seemingly non-existent weld seam.

Pipe is cut to length in-house via APR’s CNC-controlled bandsaw to an accuracy of .25mm, ensuring a precise fit. Each pipe is de-burred, and the exterior finish is brushed to give the exhaust piping a clean and attractive appearance worthy of the APR name. APR’s fabrication team uses argon back-purging during the welding process, leaving a clean and smooth interior surface, and TIG welding for strength and appearance. CNC mandrel bending is used to ensure a continuous diameter throughout the design. Lastly, no swedging or slip-fitting is necessary due to APR’s OEM-style clamp design, leaving smooth and less turbulent connection points.

Clamps

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.

O2 Sensor Bungs

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. Lastly, a billet T304L stainless steel bung plug is included to cap off extra ports not needed on some models.

Catalyst

APR’s engineers specified a high-quality and high-flow GESI metal 300-cell catalyst 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 converter features a proprietary blend of precious metals and loading technology that helps to reduce emissions and smell common on cat-less setups. With performance in mind, the catalyst is placed far away from the turbo outlet to reduce turbulence in the downpipe and to help reduce under-hood temperature. The low-profile catalyst features a fully captured substrate brick, which is furnace braised to the outer mantle and physically captured by the diffuser cones preventing rattling, rotation, and damage to the substrate. Subsequently, a byproduct of running the catalyst is a reduction in noise, making the system as a whole more pleasing to the ear.

Resonator

A broadband noise cancellation resonator is used to reduce the volume of the exhaust note. The low profile T304L stainless steel cylinder features a straight perforated tube, wrapped in T3 long-strand stainless steel fiber followed by a tightly woven fiberglass outer wrap. The straight-through design keeps exhaust velocity high, and turbulence low maximizing performance. A brushed finish is applied to the exterior to give the resonator an attractive appearance.

Reducer

A simple and removable, T304L stainless steel reducer, featuring a smooth transition, is included, making the APR Cast Downpipe Exhaust System directly compatible with the OEM catback exhaust system.

Gasket

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

Application Guide

Vehicles

  • Audi A3 / S3 (MKII / 8P)
  • Volkswagen Golf / Golf R (MK5 / MK6)

Engines

  • 1.8T EA888 Gen 1
  • 2.0T EA113 (K03)
  • 2.0T EA113 (K04)
  • 2.0T EA888 Gen 1

Drivetrain

  • All Wheel Drive

Transmissions

  • 6 Speed Manual
  • DSG

Part Number and Price

DPK0001 – $899.99

Stage II ECU Upgrade Information

For the best results, APR recommends installing the Stage II ECU Upgrade. This upgrade requires purchase of an APR Stage I ECU Upgrade, and is included for free to the original owner and original vehicle with the purchase of an APR Cast Downpipe Exhaust System!

Stage II Upgrade Pricing

  • 1.8T EA888 Gen 1 – Front Wheel Drive – Retail: $149.00 | Price with Purchase of APR Downpipe: Free
  • 2.0T EA113 (K03) – Front Wheel Drive – Retail: $149.00 | Price with Purchase of APR Downpipe: Free
  • 2.0T EA113 (K04) – Front Wheel Drive – Retail: $149.00 | Price with Purchase of APR Downpipe: Free
  • 2.0T EA888 Gen 1 – Front Wheel Drive – Retail: $149.00 | Price with Purchase of APR Downpipe: Free

 

APR Presents the 1.8/2.0T EA888 Gen 3 Cast Downpipe Exhaust System! (NON-MQB)

 

 

Upgrading the restrictive factory downpipe with the APR Cast Downpipe Exhaust System is a great way to increase performance and add a sophisticated growl to the exhaust note. Ideal performance is achieved through expelling exhaust gasses at maximum velocity through APR’s proprietary, low-turbulence, investment cast downpipe. Designed and assembled in-house, the system utilizes only premium materials and world-class manufacturing techniques to deliver unmatched quality and reliability.

Quick facts:

  • Designed and assembled in-house.
  • T304L stainless steel construction.
  • Argon back-purged TIG welding.
  • Investment cast downpipe.
  • 77mm inlet with integrated flange.
  • Low profile, sealed/corrugated flex section.
  • 76mm outlet with integrated bracket.
  • 8mm billet bracket.
  • 76mm brushed and de-burred piping.
  • Non-swedged/slip-fit/flanged piping.
  • Investment cast o2 bungs with billet plugs.
  • 300 cell, 100mm x 100mm GESI catalyst.
  • OEM-style slip-on clamps.
  • Reducer for OEM catback compatibility.
  • APR Stage II ECU Upgrade price waived.
  • Limited lifetime warranty.

The factory downpipe system consists of smaller, 63mm piping with varying bends and multiple restrictive high-cell-count catalysts, all of which contribute to a less than ideal flow path and hindered performance. APR’s engineers took a multi-step approach to maximizing flow, reducing under hood temperature, and eliminating unnecessary restrictions all in a unique package only APR can deliver.

Detailed component photos and information

The APR Cast Downpipe Exhaust System is a complex system designed to deliver maximum performance. Each component was designed and developed with the absolute best in performance, strength, reliability and quality in mind.

Cast Downpipe Inlet and Outlet

The exhaust system features a strong, investment cast, T304L inlet and outlet designed to maximized flow and minimize turbulence. By casting the inlet, APR’s engineers were able to create a smooth and high-flow exhaust path that maximizes flow through swept blends and shapes that are otherwise not possible through conventional fabrication techniques. The inlet perfectly matches the factory turbocharger’s 77mm outlet and gradually necks down over a long distance to further enhance performance. The mounting flange and bracket are integrated into the casting, and TIG welding at the flex section ensures a clean inner surface eliminating turbulence, vortices and eddies to the highest degree.

With a nominal wall thickness of 2.55mm the downpipe is strong and produces a refined exhaust note compared to thin wall tubing systems. The cast sections undergo a tumbling process to smooth and de-burr any imperfections inside the pipe, while simultaneously enhancing the exterior finish. Lastly, all necessary surfaces are CNC machined for an accurate fit.

Flex Section

APR’s engineers specified a T304L stainless steel, OEM-style flex section that is 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.

Bracket

Designed to stand the test of time, the bracket is CNC machined from 8mm-thick billet T304L stainless steel and the hanger feet are threaded into place, eliminating the need for welds. Weight is removed from the bracket, wherever possible, while not hindering its structural integrity. The bracket attaches to the cast downpipe’s integrated mounting bracket, and CNC machined spacers enable compatibility across multiple vehicles.

Piping

The APR Downpipe Exhaust System features premium grade T304L stainless steel for its excellent appearance, strength and corrosion resistance properties. The pipe is rolled to the 76mm European standard diameter with a 1.5mm wall thickness and a seemingly non-existent weld seam.

Pipe is cut to length in-house via APR’s CNC-controlled bandsaw to an accuracy of .25mm, ensuring a precise fit. Each pipe is de-burred, and the exterior finish is brushed to give the exhaust piping a clean and attractive appearance worthy of the APR name. APR’s fabrication team uses argon back-purging during the welding process, leaving a clean and smooth interior surface, and TIG welding for strength and appearance. Lastly, no swedging or slip-fitting is necessary due to APR’s OEM-style clamp design, leaving smooth and less turbulent connection points.

Clamps

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.

O2 Sensor Bungs

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. Lastly, a billet T304L stainless steel bung plug is included to cap off extra ports not needed on some models.

Catalyst

APR’s engineers specified a high-quality and high-flow GESI metal 300-cell catalyst 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 converter features a proprietary blend of precious metals and loading technology that helps to reduce emissions and smell common on cat-less setups. With performance in mind, the catalyst is placed far away from the turbo outlet to reduce turbulence in the downpipe and to help reduce under-hood temperature. The low-profile catalyst features a fully captured substrate brick, which is furnace braised to the outer mantle and physically captured by the diffuser cones preventing rattling, rotation, and damage to the substrate. Subsequently, a byproduct of running the catalyst is a reduction in noise, making the system as a whole more pleasing to the ear.

Reducer

A simple and removable, T304L stainless steel reducer, featuring a smooth transition, is included, making the APR Cast Downpipe Exhaust System directly compatible with the OEM catback exhaust system.

Dyno Testing

Wheel Figures | Gain over Stock

Reported wheel figures measured on APR’s in house Dynapack Dynamometer with a 2013.5 Jetta GLI 6-speed manual, using SAEJ1349 correction and an average of multiple runs. Crank figures estimated based on the measured wheel figures. Results will vary depending upon environmental conditions, vehicle, transmission, vehicle health, operating conditions, temperatures, fuel grade, dyno type, dyno setup, and other modifications.

Application Guide

Vehicles

  • Volkswagen Beetle (MKII)
  • Volkswagen Eos
  • Volkswagen Jetta / GLI (MK6)
  • Volkswagen Scirocco (MKIII)
  • Volkswagen Passat (B7)

Engines

  • 1.8 TSI EA888 Gen 3
  • 2.0 TSI EA888 Gen 3

Drivetrain

  • Front Wheel Drive

Transmissions

  • 5 Speed Manual
  • 6 Speed Manual
  • Tiptronic
  • DSG

Part Number and Price

DPK0007 – $749.99

Stage II ECU Upgrade Information

For the best results, APR recommends installing the Stage II ECU Upgrade. This upgrade requires purchase of an APR Stage I ECU Upgrade, and is included for free to the original owner and original vehicle with the purchase of an APR Cast Downpipe Exhaust System!

Stage II Upgrade Pricing

  • 1.8 TSI EA888 Gen 3 – Front Wheel Drive – Retail: $149.00 | Price with Purchase of APR Downpipe: Free
  • 2.0 TSI EA888 Gen 3 – Front Wheel Drive – Retail: $149.00 | Price with Purchase of APR Downpipe: Free

The APR Difference:

The Engineering and Designing Phase

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.

The Fabrication, Finishing and Assembly Phase

Manufacturing takes place both internally and externally to APR while finishing and assembly is completed in-house. APR’s fabrication team cuts, brushes and de-burrs premium grade T304L stainless steel piping for use in each midpipe. Then each cast component is sent 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!

Final Quality Control

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.

Fixtures

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 featuring repeatable indexing holes and extremely flat surfaces. 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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Spend $500+ at Achtuning, get FREE Girl Scout Cookies!

Posted on February 23, 2015 – 9:45 am

The next 30 online orders or in-house purchases over $500 at #Achtuning will come with a FREE (random) box of Girl Scout Cookies​!


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WE ARE HIRING AGAIN!!

Posted on January 12, 2015 – 12:34 pm

ACHTUNING is currently looking for a performance oriented, enthusiastic Audi and/or Volkswagen factory trained technician to add to our growing team! If you have dealership experience and feel you qualify, please email your resume to jobs@achtuning.com!


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APR All The Things at Achtuning!

Posted on January 2, 2015 – 9:48 am

Ready to “Go APR!” at Achtuning?  Roll through between 9am and 4pm, Monday through Friday for the BEST horsepower-per-dollar upgrade you’ll ever spend on your Audi or VW! (No appointment necessary.)  We also have your APR intakes, exhausts, high pressure fuel pumps, boost taps, supercharger pulleys, and all your other APR performance parts IN STOCK, ready to have installed or shipped. Go online to place an order or simply call 425-895-0000 and schedule an installation appointment.  We look forward to seeing you!


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Happy New Year!

Posted on January 1, 2015 – 12:00 am

Achtuning will be closed on New Years Day, January 1st.  We wish everyone a safe and Happy New Year and look forward to doing business with you in 2015!


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Audi SQ5 on the NEW HRS6-091 Hartmann Wheels!

Posted on December 30, 2014 – 9:25 am

A set of 20″ Hartmann HRS6-091 wheels were installed on a local SQ5 for this Winter season…


Wheel spec installed is 20×9 +29. We also installed a set of H&R’s 15mm wheel spacers out back to even out the stance a bit.  What do you think?


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