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APR gives us a glimpse of the new VW Mk6 2.5L intake by Carbonio

Posted on December 20, 2010 – 2:33 pm

APR is at it again with their “teasers”. The latest update from APR is about the Carbonio Intake for the Mk6 2.5L. Slight differences between the Mk5 and Mk6 2.5Ls do not allow for a ram-air intake design similar to the 2.0T applications nor use of the Mk5-specific intake. With its carbon fiber construction, a new mold was produced with these changes in mind and it won’t be long before we will have these available.

As with all “teasers”, updated pricing and power figures will be posted as soon as they are released from APR. Meanwhile, check out these pictures!


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APR teases us with pre-debut pics of the Audi (B8) S4 Carbonio Intake

Posted on December 16, 2010 – 2:22 pm

APR is very close to the release of their Audi (B8) S4 Carbonio Intake System and they offered up these pictures to tease us with!

Our new S4 owners have been having a difficult time selecting the appropriate intake for their car considering the competition’s intake systems are either un-attractive, made of cheap materials, or simply not producing any extra power. To address these concerns, APR and Carbonio have come up with a two-stage solution that not only gives you the expected power gains and good-looks in the engine bay with high-quality parts, but also offers customers the option of keeping the supercharger sound stock-like and quiet, or louder with the use of the Carbonio Stage 2 Intake.

The APR by Carbonio Intake System is a ram-air intake design completely sealed from the engine bay. Air will draw directly from the OEM ram-air intake tracts and is lead smoothly into the intake chamber. Air is then sucked through the OEM resonated intake tube (used for noise reduction) or through the Carbonio high-flow, non-resonated, carbon fiber intake tube (for more noise, better flow, and even greater looks).

The Stage 1 system will not include the carbon fiber tube from the air box to the engine as the factory tube contains resonators to keep supercharger noise to a minimum. For those interested in hearing the charger, yet without it being noisy as in the case of a fully open intake system, they’ve created a Stage 2 carbon fiber tube leading from the air box to the throttle body.

The choice is yours!

Stay tuned for more photos, data, pricing, and the all important ETA!


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Two NEW items from APR!

Posted on November 18, 2010 – 12:59 pm

We are very excited to share the release of two new items from APR!
Audi (B8) A4 & A5 2.0T Carbonio Intake System!

Carbonio’s latest carbon fiber intake for the 2.0 TFSI & 1.8 TFSI engine is a ram air design that completely seperates the intake filter from the engine bay. Building from years of experience on and off the race track, Carbonio’s and APR’s engineering teams have spent countless hours
developing a true cold air and ram air carbon fiber design that can be recreated affordably for the street performance enthusiast.

For many years professional motorsport organizations have suffered great expense to properly tune the air intake delivery system for turbocharged engines for use in endurance and sprint races where every last horsepower and pound feet of torque can make the difference in position when crossing the finish line. Historically these designs have proven to be the most efficient and powerful although the most expensive to produce.

Aftermarket performance companies have attempted to capitalize on these designs however the cost restraints have typically resulted in compromise and deviation from the true engineering principles associated with motorsport accomplishment. Don’t be fooled by catch phrases and tag lines alluding to a new intake technology or special design characteristic. You won’t see any of these gimmicks installed on race cars at the Nurburgring.

Carbonio and APR have gone even further to maintain all oem specifications necessary to integrate cohesively with an otherwise stock engine to avoid raising eyebrows at the dealership. Flexibility was another characteristic of Carbonio’s and APR’s design whereas the new TFSI intake is also suitable for Stage 1 and Stage 2 modified engines all the way up to and beyond APR’s K04 Turbocharger System.

Constructed of aerospace grade carbon fiber and designed to remove intake restriction, APR’s Carbonio intake system provides smoother transitional airflow, increased air velocity, superior insulation of the incoming air to reduce intake air temperatures and a larger volume of available air to aid throttle response and turbocharger spool.

Ram air induction is accomplished by maintaining the oem air inlet opening at the front of the leading hood edge which is the highest pressure area of airflow across the entire vehicle. Placement of the air filter as close to this high pressure zone as possible results in overcoming some of the airflow restriction created by even the highest flow air filters available.

Benefits of the Carbonio CAI System include:

  1. Increased Horsepower and Torque
  2. Improved Throttle Response
  3. Decreased Turbo ‘Lag’
  4. Improved Fuel Economy
  5. Enhanced Engine Volumetric Efficiency
  6. Enhanced Sound of Turbo Diverter Valve
  7. Installs in an Hour (does not require bumper or headlight removal)
  8. Maintains Clean Appearance by Retaining Factory Engine Cover
  9. Maintains All Factory Emissions Components
  10. Fits Both Manual and Automatic Transmissions
  11. Fully Compatible and Complimentary with APR Software and Exhaust systems

Application Guide
Fits both B8 A4 and A5 2.0 TFSI and 1.8 TFSI.
Part Number: CI100021
Price: $449.00

Audi (B8) A4 Quad-Tip Turbo-Back & Cat-Back Exhaust System!


Reflective Sound Cancellation allows for maximum exhaust gas flow while completely eliminating in cabin sound resonance (drone). RSC™ incorporates innovative technologies developed in conjunction with NASA. With limited use of packing materials and no baffles, RSC™ allows for a completely straight and free flowing exhaust path through the RSC™ mufflers. Reflective Cancellation bounces the undesirable sound waves into each other to attenuate the wave and completely eliminate the low frequency tones that create drone. Each RSC™ muffler is tuned to eliminate specific, undesirable sound frequencies allowing only the engine’s desirable exhaust notes to be heard and improving performance.

3″ Design with High Flow Catalytic Converters

APR’s 3 inch downpipe with high flow catalyst for the A4 2.0 TFSI is the first true downpipe for the A4 and the only one that incorporates traditional exhaust performance tuning for the new 2.0 TFSI engine. Other 2.0 TFSI engine applications outside of the A4 chassis have historically enjoyed the following benefits that have never before been made available to A4 owners:

-3 inch Exhaust Tubing Diameter beginning at the Turbocharger Exit for Maximum Turbocharger Spool and Peak Horsepower

-Relocation of the Catalyst to Reduce Backpressure and Turbulent Airflow at the Turbocharger

-Incorporation of a 200 Cell Count Catalyst to aid in Turbocharger Spool and Remove Restriction

-Considerable Increases in Peak Horsepower, Peak Torque and Fuel Economy

APR is proud to offer the only true 3 inch full length downpipe available for the 2.0 TFSI A4 which delivers true exhaust Performance Without Compromise.

By utilizing a straight though design, APR is able to maximize power gains when coupled with APR’s Stage 2 ECU Upgrade without uncomfortable levels of exhaust drone while cruising.

During our development we discovered the exhaust systems flowed so well modifications to the software were absolutely required when using the new RSC systems. Spool time was significantly decreased and would result in a rather large overshoot of requested load levels which would cause the throttle to close. This can only be eliminated by properly recalibrating the engine software to match the hardware changes and APR’s Stage 2 ECU Upgrade is born.

The benefits of APR’s Stage 2 ECU Upgrade with APR’s RSC Dual Exit Full Exhaust System are as follows:

1. Turbocharger Boost Onset Reduced by Over 400 rpm’s!

2. Peak Torque is Increased by Over 100 lb ft when Compared to Stock Exhaust and Programming and by Over 70 lb ft when Compared to APR’s Stage 1 ECU Upgrade and Stock Exhaust!

3. Peak Horsepower is Increased by Over 50hp when Compared to Stock Exhaust and Programming and by 29hp when Compared to APR’s Stage 1 ECU Upgrade and Stock Exhaust!

We tested both our Dual Exit and Single Exit RSC Exhaust Systems and found the Dual Exit RSC System to deliver slightly more horsepower in the higher rpm’s as expected.

Now for the numbers as measured by APR!

Stock – 212 HP & 260 TQ

Stage 1 91 Octane – 229 HP & 323 TQ
Stage 2 91 Octane – 239 HP & 353 TQ

Stage 1 93 Octane – 234 HP & 333 TQ
Stage 2 93 Octane – 242 HP & 362 TQ

Stage 1 100 Octane – 268 HP & 338 TQ
Stage 2 100 Octane – 270 HP & 380 TQ

The most impressive aspect of APR’s Stage 1 and 2 ECU Upgrades are the gains they make over
stock at different RPM’s:

Stage 1 91 Octane – 35 HP @ 5500 RPM & 64 TQ @ 2250 RPM
Stage 2 91 Octane – 43 HP @ 2650 RPM & 86 TQ @ 2650 RPM

Stage 1 93 Octane – 40 HP @ 5500 RPM & 74 TQ @ 2250 RPM
Stage 2 93 Octane – 46 HP @ 2550 RPM & 95 TQ @ 2550 RPM

Stage 1 100 Octane – 62 HP @ 5500 RPM & 78 TQ @ 2500 RPM
Stage 2 100 Octane – 64 HP @ 5550 RPM & 114 TQ @ 2650 RPM

Dyno Performance

Please note, single exit and Dual Exit exhaust reported similar gains

Component Overview

Stock System:

The Dual Exit RSC Exhaust system is offered in three versions.

Turboback Exhaust

This system replaces the entire exhaust system starting at the turbocharger.

Catback Exhaust

This system replaces the entire exhaust system starting behind the resonated downpipe.

Downpipe Exhaust

This system only replaces the catpipe and resonated downpipe.

The Dual Exit Exhaust System Features Modular tips and is avilable in Diamond Black or Polished Silver.

Application Guide:

Vehicle: B8 A4
Engine: 2.0TFSI
Transmission: 6MT & Tiptronic
Drivetrain: Quattro
System: Turboback Exhaust System – Polished Silver Tips
Part Number: FE100040A
Price: $2,359.00

Vehicle: B8 A4
Engine: 2.0TFSI
Transmission: 6MT & Tiptronic
Drivetrain: Quattro
System: Turboback Exhaust System – Diamond Black Tips
Part Number: FE100040B
Price: $2,490.00

Vehicle: B8 A4
Engine: 2.0TFSI
Transmission: 6MT & Tiptronic
Drivetrain: Quattro
System: Catback Exhaust System – Polished Silver Tips
Part Number: CB100049A
Price: $1,529.00

Vehicle: B8 A4
Engine: 2.0TFSI
Transmission: 6MT & Tiptronic
Drivetrain: Quattro
System: Catback Exhaust System – Diamond Black Tips
Part Number: CB100049A
Price: $1,659.00

Vehicle: B8 A4
Engine: 2.0TFSI
Transmission: 6MT & Tiptronic
Drivetrain: Quattro
System: Downpipe Exhaust System
Part Number: CD100025
Price: $874.00


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Yet another APR tease…

Posted on September 10, 2010 – 9:51 am

APR released the first picture of the B8 Audi A4 Carbonio Intake!


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APR Carbonio Stage I Intake for VW/Audi TSI back in stock!

Posted on August 31, 2010 – 12:26 pm

Attention 2.0T TSI owners: Carbonio CAI back in stock!!


Act now while supplies last!! Click on the image above to be directed to our online catalog and take advantage of our FREE SHIPPING offer!!


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APR Product Release From The 2010 WaterFest Event!

Posted on July 20, 2010 – 12:00 pm

Official news has not yet been released by APR, but word around the block is they debuted quite the range of new products at the 2010 WaterFest event this last weekend.  Get your orders in now to take advantage of APR Sale Pricing which lasts through the end of July!!

B8 A4/A5 2.0T Valvelift Engine
-S3 K04 Turbocharger Conversion
-Stage II OEM Turbocharger Software
-APR by Carbonio Carbon Fiber Intake System

B8 A4 2.0T

-RSC Turboback Quad Exit Exhaust System With Polished Silver Tips
-RSC Turboback Quad Exit Exhaust System With Diamond Black Tips
-RSC Turboback Dual Exit Exhaust System With Polished Silver Tips
-RSC Turboback Dual Exit Exhaust System With Diamond Black Tips

-RSC Catback Quad Exit Exhaust System With Polished Silver Tips
-RSC Catback Quad Exit Exhaust System With Diamond Black Tips
-RSC Catback Dual Exit Exhaust System With Polished Silver Tips
-RSC Catback Dual Exit Exhaust System With Diamond Black Tips

-Downpipe and High Flow Catalytic Converter Exhaust System
-Quad Exit Polished Silver Exhaust Tips
-Quad Exit Diamond Black Exhaust Tips
-Dual Exit Polished Silver Exhaust Tips
-Dual Exit Diamond Black Exhaust Tips

B8 S4 3.0T
-Full RSC Catback Exhaust System with Polished Silver Tips
-Full RSC Catback Exhaust System with Diamond Black Tips

B7 RS4 4.2L FSI
-APR Stage III Supercharger System
-Coming soon to the R8, S5 and other 4.2L FSI engines.

R8 4.2L FSI
-APR Tuned Heffner Performance Twin Turbo System
-APR High Pressure Fuel Pumps
-APR by Carbonio Intake System with CF Box
-APR by Carbonio Intake System with CF Box & Window

2.0 TDI
-APR by Carbonio Intake System

And Last but not Least for you 2.0T FSI Guys:

-A Proper APR by Carbonio Intake system featuring all of the following
–OEM spec OVAL MAF housing (no one on the market has this)
–Carbon Fiber Design
–Heat Shield
–TSI style Intake Shield
–Draws Air from the leading edge of the hood
–Completely sealed off from the engine bay
–Full CF design from start to finish
–CF necking design to turbocharger outlet
–DV recirculation bung for use with Recirculated or non recirculated DV setups

-APR stage 4 car with mod list.

As information becomes official and while we wait for parts to start arriving here at Achtuning, expect these items to be added to our online catalog soon!  If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us!


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A slippery slope we all understand…

Posted on February 12, 2010 – 10:42 am

Car enthusiasm and modding becomes a slippery slope, and Kris understands this very well only after a short time of owning his VW CC. As promised, here are some updates as of his last visit to Achtuning only a couple of weeks ago.

The Gold Coast kit is on and European-spec e-codes now grace the front-end, eliminating the amber corners found in the US-spec headlights. A Carbonio Stage 2 Intake, APR Stage 2 software upgrade, and APR turbo down-pipe gives the CC a bigger bump in power and Kris reports his “butt dyno” can definitely feel a huge improvement from Stage 1. We hear this is yet to be the end of the CC’s improvements to come though, and we’ll of course continue to update you as Kris returns for more!


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Carbonio Intake for VW TSI 2.0T

Posted on February 9, 2009 – 12:45 pm

APR announced availability of the Carbonio Cold Air Intake for VW TSI motors not too long ago, and we’ve received our first shipment late last week.

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“Carbonio’s latest carbon fiber intake for the 2.0 TSI engine is a truly race engineered ram air design that is available for the first time as an affordable street car intake system. Building from years of experience on and off the race track, Carbonio’s and APR’s engineering teams have spent countless hours developing a true cold air and ram air carbon fiber design that can be recreated affordably for the street performance enthusiast.

For many years professional motorsport organizations have suffered great expense to properly tune the air intake delivery system for transverse turbocharged engines for use in endurance and sprint races where every last horsepower and pound feet of torque can make the difference in position when crossing the finish line. Historically these designs have proven to be the most efficient and powerful although the most expensive to produce.

Carbonio and APR have gone even further to maintain all oem specifications necessary to integrate cohesively with an otherwise stock engine to avoid raising eyebrows at the dealership. Flexibility was another characteristic of Carbonio’s and APR’s design whereas the new TSI intake is also suitable for Stage 1 and Stage 2 modified engines all the way up to and beyond APR’s Stage 3 Turbocharger System.”

MAF Readings:

“Cold air induction is accomplished by completely sealing the intake system from the hot engine bay air and then taking it even further through the choice of Carbon Fiber material and an additional thermal barrier application to the inside of the intake system. Quite often intakes are advertised as cold air induction even though the material choice is a metal or plastic composite which simply does not insulate the incoming air from the hot engine bay air or does not completely seal the intake system in the engine bay allowing hot air to enter the intake stream negating any cold air induction gains.”

Dyno Performance:

Benefits of the Carbonio CAI System include:

  • Increased Horsepower and Torque

  • Improved Throttle Response

  • Decreased Turbo ‘Lag’

  • Flattened Torque Curve (engine is less ‘peaky’)

  • Improved Fuel Economy

  • Enhanced Engine Volumetric Efficiency

  • Enhanced Sound of Turbo Diverter Valve

  • Installs in an Hour (does not require bumper or headlight removal)

  • Maintains Clean Appearance by Retaining Factory Engine Cover

  • Maintains All Factory Emissions Components

  • Fits Both Manual and Automatic Transmissions

  • Unique Thermal Barrier Composite Construction Ensures Low Inlet Temperatures

  • Fully Compatible and Complimentary with APR Software and Exhaust systems

Each Carbonio Kit Includes:

  • Aerospace Grade Carbon Fiber Main Section

  • Carbon Fiber Main Section Show Quality Finish

  • Complete Photographic Instructions

  • All Necessary Hardware Included for Easy Install without Cutting Or Modifying


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19″ Hartmann 252 and STaSIS suspension transform this B7 Audi S-Line A4

Posted on October 2, 2008 – 9:09 am

It didn’t take much to make Ariel’s B7 Audi S-Line A4 to get from this…

… To this!

As common as an “RS4-style” wheel is on an A4, it doesn’t seem to get old. The ever-popular STaSIS Streetsport coil-over kit completed the subtle transformation making the A4 into a “classy” head-turner.

Ariel had a set of Pirelli tires sent to us from Tire Rack in a 245/35-19, the larger of the two commonly chosen tire sizes for 19″ wheels on the B7 A4. When Ariel mentioned interest in the Hartmann 252, a 42mm offset in a 19×8.5 was suggested rather than the more common 38mm version.

APR software, a STaSIS exhaust system, and also pep-up this A4 a bit. In fact the exhaust system alone helped us sell another set-up to a customer visiting us for an APR re-burn. (Thanks Ariel!)

Apparently this is just the start for this A4 as more modifications are planned for the near future. Can’t wait to what’s in store for it. Oh, and Happy Birthday Ariel!!


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