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APR Fall Sale

Posted on October 20, 2014 – 11:22 am


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Audi (B8.5) A4 / A5 / Q5 & (C7) A6 2.0 TFSI VL (Flex/Non Flex) ECU Upgrade!

Posted on October 3, 2014 – 11:34 am



APR has released their Audi (B8.5) A4 / A5 / Q5 & (C7) A6 2.0 TFSI VL (Flex/Non Flex) ECU upgrade!!  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 patented EMCS functionality puts the control of your engine’s operation at your fingertips and allows for additional features and options to be installed to your OEM ECU.





The Bosch MED17 engine management system is responsible for proper operation of the engine during constantly changing environmental and load conditions. With built in compensational data for environmental variables and varying load conditions, the factory ECU is far more complex and intelligent than units found in other vehicle makes and marques.

APR’s Calibration Engineers spent months calibrating the engine management system, including many hours of chassis dyno development.  With a thorough understanding of the ECU’s torque structure, APR’s Calibration Engineers properly increased engine load to produce more power and torque from idle to redline. APR’s ECU Upgrade increases turbocharger boost pressure and optimizes cam timing, valve lift, ignition timing, lambda and more to produce higher output.  Ethanol ‘flex fuel’ compatible engine variants can take advantage of automatic E85 map blending to add power simply by filling the tank.  Using APR’s proprietary high-speed data logging suite, the calibration team closely monitored the effects of these changes to ensure a powerful ECU upgrade without derogating the engine’s drivability or reliability.

APR’s ECU Upgrade will provide an excellent leap in power and torque while retaining OEM knock control sensitivity and other built in safety features.  The result is safely achieved power, optimized for various fuel grades found around the world.  We call it Performance Without Compromise!

APR ECU Upgrade



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 284 horsepower and with 334 ft-lbs of torque 93 AKI octane fuel.  Large gains were seen throughout the power band, including an additional 57 horsepower and 85 ft-lbs of torque.  By adding E85 to the tank on the Ethanol compatible variants, automatic Ethanol map blending adds even more power, resulting in 85 horsepower and 135 ft-lbs of torque.  The increase in power directly translates to an exceptionally quicker and more enjoyable vehicle.

By simply adding an APR downpipe exhaust system, APR’s Stage II software, a free upgrade to existing APR Stage I customers, takes performance even further. on 93 AKI fuel peak figures of 302 horsepower and 334 ft-lbs of torque were achieved.  Again, by adding E85 on flex fuel compatible variant, 318 horsepower and 405 ft-lbs of torque was achieved!

APR’s ECU upgrade is the best power per dollar modification for the new 2.0 TFSI engine and takes the vehicle’s performance to similar levels typically reserved for higher output, sporty models without pushing the limits. With factory-like smoothness and drivability, APR’s ECU upgrade will fill the void in an otherwise excellent vehicle.

Acceleration Enhancements:


Beyond power 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, drivability was greatly improved by reducing the throttle lag commonly noticed at slow speeds and while reapplying throttle after decelerating.

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!

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 / Brake Boosting:


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.  As is with all features APR adds to the ECU, this feature may be removed upon request.

Power Output



Additional Power Graphs

All Wheel Figures | Estimated Crank Figures | Absolute Gain over Stock – APR Stage 1 – 91 Octane
All Wheel Figures | Estimated Crank Figures | Absolute Gain over Stock – APR Stage 1 – 93 Octane
All Wheel Figures | Estimated Crank Figures | Absolute Gain over Stock – APR Stage 1 – 100 Octane
All Wheel Figures | Estimated Crank Figures | Absolute Gain over Stock – APR Stage 1 – E85

All Wheel Figures | Estimated Crank Figures | Absolute Gain over Stock – APR Stage 2 – 91 Octane
All Wheel Figures | Estimated Crank Figures | Absolute Gain over Stock – APR Stage 2 – 93 Octane
All Wheel Figures | Estimated Crank Figures | Absolute Gain over Stock – APR Stage 2 – 100 Octane
All Wheel Figures | Estimated Crank Figures | Absolute Gain over Stock – APR Stage 2 – E85 Octane

APR Stage I & II ECU Upgrade – Calibration Report

230 HP & 271 FT-LBS of TQ – Stock 93 AKI As Measured by APR

270 HP & 329 FT-LBS of TQ – +43 HP @ 5950 RPM & +77 FT-LBS of TQ @ 2700 RPM – APR STG 1 91 AKI / 95 RON
297 HP & 329 FT-LBS of TQ – +70 HP @ 6000 RPM & +77 FT-LBS of TQ @ 3000 RPM – APR STG 2 91 AKI / 95 RON

284 HP & 338 FT-LBS of TQ – +57 HP @ 6000 RPM & +85 FT-LBS of TQ @ 2650 RPM – APR STG 1 93 AKI / 98 RON
302 HP & 343 FT-LBS of TQ – +76 HP @ 6000 RPM & +89 FT-LBS of TQ @ 3100 RPM – APR STG 2 93 AKI / 98 RON

303 HP & 360 FT-LBS of TQ – +77 HP @ 6000 RPM & +107 FT-LBS of TQ @ 2750 RPM – APR STG 1 100 AKI / 104 RON
309 HP & 377 FT-LBS of TQ – +83 HP @ 6000 RPM & +125 FT-LBS of TQ @ 2800 RPM – APR STG 2 100 AKI / 104 RON

313 HP & 388 FT-LBS of TQ – +85 HP @ 5950 RPM & +134 FT-LBS of TQ @ 3050 RPM – APR STG 1 E85
318 HP & 405 FT-LBS of TQ – +92 HP @ 6000 RPM & +153 FT-LBS of TQ @ 2900 RPM – APR STG 2 E85


– E85 only supported on flex fuel supported models. These models have a silver metal intake manifold.
– Max rev limit TCU controlled on automatic transmissions.
– APR recommends and tuned with Sunoco GT 260 for 100 AKI mode and Sunoco GT 260 Plus for 104 AKI mode. Never use lower octane than specified by the mode.
– Max increases are based on APR’s actual measured stock values and not those reported by VW. | RON = ROW Fuel Grades | AKI = North American (RON+MON)/2 Fuel Grades.
– Reported wheel figures measured on APR’s in house Dynapack Dynamometer with a 2014 A5 (217hp) AWD with 8 speed tiptronic transmission, 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.



Acceleration Figures



0 – 60 MPH
6.140 – Stock 6MT A4
5.474 – APR Stage 1 93 6MT A4
4.396 – APR Stage 1 E85 8 Speed Tiptronic A5

0-62 MPH
6.471 – Stock 6MT A4
5.737 – APR Stage 1 93 6MT A4
4.646- APR Stage 1 E85 8 Speed Tiptronic A5

0-100 KPH
6.492 – Stock 6MT A4
5.901 – APR Stage 1 93 6MT A4
4.663- APR Stage 1 E85 8 Speed Tiptronic A5

0-100 MPH
15.335 – Stock 6MT A4
12.872 – APR Stage 1 93 6MT A4
10.950- APR Stage 1 E85 8 Speed Tiptronic A5

60-120 MPH
18.816 – Stock 6MT A4
13.533 – APR Stage 1 93 6MT A4
12.570- APR Stage 1 E85 8 Speed Tiptronic A5

62-124 MPH
21.816 – Stock 6MT A4
14.946 – APR Stage 1 93 6MT A4
14.045- APR Stage 1 E85 8 Speed Tiptronic A5

100-200 KPH
21.618 – Stock 6MT A4
15.115 – APR Stage 1 93 6MT A4
14.104- APR Stage 1 E85 8 Speed Tiptronic A5

60-130 MPH
29.273 – Stock 6MT A4
18.293 – APR Stage 1 93 6MT A4
17.482- APR Stage 1 E85 8 Speed Tiptronic A5

30-130 MPH
33.921 – Stock 6MT A4
22.472 – APR Stage 1 93 6MT A4
20.854- APR Stage 1 E85 8 Speed Tiptronic A5

-Data collected at the same location via a Racelogic P-Box with ESP/ASR off, Dynamic mode and Sport mode. Stock and Stage 1 collected using a 2014 A4 6MT and Stage 2 collected with a 2014 A4 8 speed Tiptronic. May not be comparable to data collected in other locations.

APR EMCS Programs and Features

APR’s patented EMCS, Enhanced Modular Chipping System, brings selectable programs and features to your factory ECU, all without the need to purchase external hardware. Other companies have attempted to imitate EMCS with clumsy external switching devices that only replace or multiply portions of a “base” calibration. However, EMCS has the ability to completely rewrite the entire operating map data, giving each map a complete set of calibration changes. APR’s EMCS features and programs modes are activated via your OEM cruise control buttons. Your cruise control will continue to function as normal.

 

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 exactly 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.

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. Launch control is uneventful, the vehicles top speed is limited and the engine’s redline is reduced.

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.

Security Lockout:


Security lockout prevents unauthorized individuals from using APR’s EMCS functionality. When enabled, APR’s EMCS features will appear completely invisible until a user specified 2 to 4-digit security code is entered.

Anti-Theft:


When activated, Anti-Theft prevents the engine from starting even if the factory key is used. The vehicle will be completely immobilized until a user specified 2 to 4-digit security code is entered.

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.

Application Guide

Audi A4 (B8.5)
Audi A5 (B8.5)
Audi Allroad (B8.5)
Audi Q5
Audi A6 (C7)
Seat Exeo

2.0 TFSI with Audi Valve lift. Supports both Flex Fuel (silver metal intake manifold engine) and non flex fuel engines. 

Prices: 

$599.00 – Single program (E85 program included on flex fuel variant vehicles at no additional charge)
+$149.00 – Total of 2 programs
+$219.00 – Total of 3 programs
+$289.00 – Total of 4 programs
+$59.00 – Security Lockout
+$59.00 – Fault Code Erase
+$199.00 – Security Lockout

- Pricing applicable to the USA only. If outside of the USA, please contact an APR Dealer and Importer for pricing.
- Please note, VAG issues many ECU part numbers and revisions throughout their vehicle lineup. As such, some ECU part numbers may be temporarily unavailable when new parts or revisions are released. If the vehicle’s ECU box code and revision is known, availability can be checked by calling APR, or visiting an APR dealer. Typical turnaround time for new ECU box code and revision is quick. Please contact APR for details.

Security, Warranty and Money Back Guarantee

All APR ECU Upgrades are fully encrypted to prevent theft of our valuable and proprietary coding information by lesser companies.

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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More Power from APR for your VW Golf R!

Posted on October 1, 2014 – 9:00 am

APR has just released their Stage 3 GTX Low Pressure Fuel Pump (LPFP) software update for the Golf R, S3 and TT-S!

The APR Stage 3 GTX Turbocharger System for the VW (MK6) Golf R, Audi S3 , and Audi TT-S is the pinnacle of performance without compromise and APR is pleased to announce additional components and software designed to increase output even further. Utilizing the APR Low Pressure Fuel Pump (LPFP), APR’s Calibration Experts were able to exploit mid range fueling headroom to add an additional 23 horsepower and 24 ft-lbs of torque. Expect even higher peak horsepower figures of 452 on 93 AKI fuel and up to 485 HP on race fuel. This directly translates into a more enjoyable driving experience with more power on tap across the entire RPM range.

Beyond dyno power figures alone, APR’s Calibration Experts refined several aspects of the calibration to provide a more enjoyable driving experience. Further refinements were made to ensure accelerative performance increased on top of the higher power figures. DSG equipped vehicles should notice crisp, fast shifts while manual transmission owners have the freedom to put forth their best abilities without the ECU numbing performance. Through each gear, the engine stays strong, and delivers blistering acceleration sure to put a smile on the driver’s face.

The software is available in 91 AKI / 95 RON, 93 AKI / 98 RON and 100 AKI / 104 RON fuel variants with a higher range of refinement and adaptability to the quality of each fuel. This helps to ensure the calibration remains safe, while also not leaving valuable horsepower behind when higher quality fuel is utilized. The software update is offered for free to existing APR Stage 3 GTX customers who have purchased and installed the APR LPFP.


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APR’s own Audi RS4 downpipes!

Posted on September 24, 2014 – 9:00 am



The APR downpipe exhaust system is a perfect upgrade for any RS4 owner looking to get the most out of their 4.2L FSI V8.  The system features a completely unrestrictive design capable of supporting power output far beyond that of a fully built APR Stage 3+ TVS1740 supercharged engine.



Built as a direct OEM replacement, the downpipes are simple to install and provide more than adequate clearance from surrounding hardware. By removing four large and restrictive OEM catalytic converters, the downpipes provide a clear path for exhaust gasses exiting the headers. Connection to the factory catback exhaust is made simple by utilization of the factory hardware.



Constructed from T304 stainless steel, and fully tig welded, the system is designed to last through the harshest of conditions and is backed by a full lifetime warranty. Expect high quality components that enhance the sound and performance of the 4.2L FSI V8 and will stand the test of time.



Features

  • T304 stainless steel piping, brackets, flanges, bungs and flex sections
  • Fully TIG welded
  • Brushed finish
  • Direct OEM replacement
  • Catless design removes 4 restrictive OEM catalytic converters
  • CNC mandrel bent piping
  • CNC bent and laser cut brackets
  • Dual 2.5” diameter for an effective 3.54” cross sectional area
  • Simple, light-weight design
  • Capable of supporting power levels well beyond APR Stage 3+
  • 4 bung plugs with copper crush washers
  • Perfectly complements APR’s Stage 1 ECU Upgrade and Stage 3 / 3+ Supercharger Systems
  • Lifetime warranty



Application Guide

Audi (B7) RS4 – DPK0010 – $1,199.99 


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APR DirectPort Programming For ALL!

Posted on September 17, 2014 – 10:00 am

Achtuning is excited to announce that APR’s world renowned DirectPort Programming (DPP) will be available for nearly all Audi, Volkswagen, Seat, Skoda and other VAG vehicles produced between 2008 to today!  Gone are the days where most ECUs need to be removed and opened to install an APR ECU Upgrade.  DPP will allow us to flash APR ECU Upgrades directly to your MED17.x and EDC17.x ECU customers over the factory OBD-II diagnostic port with ease.  Welcome to a better world of APR ECU tuning.  We call it Performance Without Compromise!

Not only is APR’s DPP stealthy and less labor intensive, but also allows the release of several highly anticipated APR ECU Upgrades.  Customers of the newer flex fuel B8.5 A4 & A5 2.0Ts, various newer 3.0 TDIs and newer TT, CC & Tiguan 2.0Ts will be elated to know APR’s ECU Upgrades will be available shortly.  Furthermore, with the ability to distribute ECU Upgrades without requiring new flashing devices, APR’s Calibration Engineers are now able to work on various TDI and newer gasoline models like the recently released 1.4 TSI.

APR will debut the new DirectPort Programming at H2O International on the weekend of September 26th.  Support through Achtuning will follow starting the week after for applicable platforms.  All mentioned previously unsupported ECUs will also be supported at the show*.

Currently released Bosch MED17.x and EDC17.x ECU upgrades applicable to this release:

– 1.4 Turbo (Ex. A1)
– 1.4 Twincharger (Ex. MKV Polo)
– 1.8T EA888 Gen 1 Transverse (Ex. MK2 A3)
– 1.8T EA888 Gen 1 Longitudinal (Ex. B8 A4)
– 2.0T EA888 Gen 1 Transverse (Ex. MK6 GTI)
– 2.0T EA888 Gen 1 Longitudinal (Ex. Amarok)
– 2.0T EA888 Gen 2 Transverse (Ex. MKII TT)
– 2.0T EA888 Gen 2 Longitudinal (Ex B8 A4)
– 2.0 TDI CR Transverse (Ex. MK6 Golf)
– 2.0 TDI CR Longitudinal (Ex. B8 A4)
– 2.0 TDI CR Biturbo (Ex. Amarok)
– 3.0 TDI CR (Ex. C7 A6)
– 3.0 TDI CR Biturbo (Ex. SQ5)
– 3.6L FSI VR6 (Ex. C7 Passat)
– 4.0 TFSI (Ex. RS7)
– 4.2L FSI V8 (Ex. RS5)

Previously unsupported models:

– Late model 2.0 TSI CC and Tiguan
– Late model 2.0 TFSI TT
– Late model 2.0 TFSI B8.5 A4 and A5
– Late model TDI models

*Please note: there are numerous ECU box codes and revisions.  During the H2Oi release, some will not be available.  ECUs not currently available will need to be extracted and then will be made available at Achtuning upon release.


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APR: Performance From The Ground Up

Posted on September 17, 2014 – 9:00 am


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APR 1.8 TSI Generation 3 ECU Upgrade for the MQB Platform

Posted on September 3, 2014 – 9:00 am

Achtuning is pleased to present APR’s release of the ultimate engine control unit (ECU) upgrade for the Generation 3, 1.8 TSI engine as found in the MQB platform vehicles.  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.






The Continental SIMOS 12 engine management system is responsible for proper operation of the engine during constantly changing environmental and load conditions. With built in compensational data for environmental variables and varying load conditions, the factory ECU is far more complex and intelligent than units found in other vehicle makes and marques.

APR’s Calibration Engineers spent months calibrating the engine management system, including many hours of in-house chassis dyno development. With a thorough understanding of the ECU’s torque structure, APR’s Calibration Engineers properly increased engine load to produce more power and torque from idle to redline. APR’s ECU Upgrade increases turbocharger boost pressure and optimizes cam timing, ignition timing, lambda and more to produce higher output. Using APR’s proprietary high-speed data logging suite, the calibration team closely monitored the effects of these changes to ensure a powerful ECU upgrade without derogating the engine’s drivability or reliability.

APR’s ECU Upgrade will provide an excellent leap in power and torque while retaining OEM knock control sensitivity and other built in safety features. The result is safely achieved power, optimized for various fuel grades found around the world. We call it Performance Without Compromise!

APR Stage I ECU Upgrade

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 334 ft-lbs of torque and 247 horsepower with 93 AKI octane fuel. Large gains were seen throughout the power band, including an additional 129 ft-lbs of torque and 90 horsepower. The increase in power directly translates to an exceptionally quicker vehicle. Using advanced GPS measuring devices, APR’s engineers conducted several acceleration tests. During the 60-120 mph sprint, the APR Stage I equipped vehicle finished 11.6 seconds faster!

APR’s ECU upgrade is the best power per dollar modification for the new 1.8 TSI engine and takes the vehicle’s performance to similar levels typically reserved for higher output, sporty models, without pushing the limits. With factory-like smoothness and drivability, APR’s ECU upgrade will fill the void in an otherwise excellent vehicle.

Acceleration Enhancements:


Beyond power 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, drivability was greatly improved by reducing the throttle lag commonly noticed at slow speeds and while reapplying throttle after decelerating.

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!

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 / Brake Boosting:


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. As is with all features APR adds to the ECU, this feature may be removed upon request.

Clutch Protection:


APR’s standard Stage I ECU Upgrade offers a large increase in low-end torque, which may overpower the factory clutch. While APR did not experience clutch slip at the advertised torque levels and even higher, others may due to clutch health and driving style. APR recommends upgrading slipping clutches, but has also created special software designed to deliver the same peak horsepower with a cap on low end torque to reduce or eliminate slipping. These specific files are available with various torque caps set lower than the standard Stage I ECU Upgrade. 

Torque Management:


Torque management plays a big role in how the vehicle feels and preforms, especially during moments of low gear, rapid acceleration. Typically front wheel drive vehicles suffer from excessive wheel spin during these moments due to the massive amount of torque on tap from the ECU upgrade. APR’s ECU Upgrade uses advanced torque management routines to minimize wheel spin and maximize forward acceleration so the driver can focus on enjoying the additional torque and power on tap. We call it Performance Without Compromise! 



Crank figures | Wheel Figures | Gain Over Stock – 91 Octane
Crank figures | Wheel Figures | Gain Over Stock – 93 Octane

APR Stage I ECU Upgrade Calibration Report

170 & 180 HP | 184, 200 & 207 TQ – Stock as reported by VAG
179 HP & 207 FT-LBS of torque – Stock as mesured and estimated at the crank by APR
239 HP & 321 FT-LBS of torque +82 HP @ 4,050 RPM / +117 FT-LBS of Torque @ 3,150 RPM – 91 AKI / 95 RON
247 HP & 334 FT-LBS of torque +90 HP @ 3,050 RPM / +129 FT-LBS of Torque @ 3,950 RPM – 93 AKI / 98 RON

- APR recommends and tuned with Sunoco GT 260 for 100 AKI mode and Sunoco GT 260 Plus for 104 AKI mode. Never use lower octane than specified by the mode.
– Max increases are based on APR’s actual measured stock values and not those reported by VW. | RON = ROW Fuel Grades | AKI = North American (RON+MON)/2 Fuel Grades.
– Reported wheel figures measured on APR’s in house Dynapack Dynamometer with a US Spec 2014 Audi A3 Sedan 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.


APR Acceleration Tests



Stock vs APR Stage 1, 93 octane


7.181 vs 6.149 – 0-60 MPH
7.562 vs 6.422 – 0-62 MPH
7.591 vs 6.441 – 0-100 KPH
20.260 vs 14.770 – 0-100 MPH
28.950 vs 17.311 – 60-120 MPH
Speed Limited vs 19.682 – 62-124 MPH
Speed Limited vs 19.845 – 100-200 KPH

- Data collected at the same location with a US Spec 2014 A3 Sedan DSG via a Racelogic P-Box with ESP/ASR disabled, sport mode, and automatic redline shifts. Results will vary depending upon location, environmental conditions, vehicle, transmission, shift points, vehicle health, operating conditions, temperatures, fuel grade, weight, tires, other modifications and more.

 


The APR Development Difference


APR DirectPort Programming:
APR’s patented DirectPort Programming is now available for the Simos 12.x ECU! 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. It’s capable of logging well over 100 variables at once with data rates as high as 100 samples per second. Synchronous data logging is available for fine-tuning.


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. ECU Composer takes calibration to a new level with APR’s Quick Flashing. APR’s Calibration Engineers can reflash the ECU in seconds rather than waiting lengthy periods of time between each flash.


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 allows APR to make turbo upgrades operate as if intended by the OEM.

Application Guide

2013+ Audi A3 – released
2013+ Skoda Octavia – In Development
2013+ Seat Leon – In Development
2014+ Volkswagen Golf – In Development

Market

North America – Released
Rest of World – In Development!

Price
$699

- Please note, while APR tries to keep the application guide up to date, new vehicles, engine codes, transmissions and other deatils may not be listed in the guide above.
– Pricing applicable to the USA only. If outside of the USA, please contact an APR Dealer and Importer for pricing.
– The first three letters of the vehicle’s engine code are typically written on white bar code sticker on the side of the engine.
– Please note, VAG issues many ECU part numbers and revisions throughout their vehicle lineup. As such, some ECU part numbers may be temporarily unavailable when new parts or revisions are released. If the vehicle’s ECU box code and revision is known, availability can be checked by calling APR, or visiting an APR dealer. Typical turnaround time for new ECU box code and revision is quick. Please contact APR for details.


Security, Warranty and Money Back Guarantee

All APR ECU Upgrades are fully encrypted to prevent theft of our valuable and proprietary coding information by lesser companies.

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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APR Steering Wheel Badge

Posted on July 24, 2014 – 12:00 pm

Check out the APR Steering Wheel Insert!



It’s often the simple things that make all the difference when adding personalized touches to a vehicle. APR’s spent the better part of a decade adding Performance Without Compromise to vehicles such as the MK6 GTI, Golf R and many more, and the time has come to give our customers a badge of honor they can wear and see, every day, from the driver’s seat!

The APR Steering Wheel Insert is simple. It replaces the lower piece of the steering wheel trim with a piano black or satin silver inlay and features an APR badge painted in red. The colors match the upper trim piece colors well and looks as if intended by the OEM. The OEM piece simply pops out and is replaced in seconds with the new APR piece. It looks fantastic and serves as a reminder to the vehicle’s operator of the fun that lays just beneath his or her right foot!

MK6 GLI/GTI – Satin Silver



MK6 Golf R – Piano Black



Please Note – VW has many steering wheel designs. Please ensure the vehicle’s OEM steering wheel insert piece is removable.

MS100088 – Satin Silver – $49.99
MS100087 – Piano Black – $49.99


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APR Releases DQ250 DSG & S-tronic TCU Upgrades!

Posted on May 5, 2014 – 11:00 am

 


Achtuning is excited to announce APR’s release of the ultimate transmission control unit (TCU) upgrade for the DQ250 Exx & Fxx DSG and S-tronic transmissions!  APR’s TCU upgrade is available in engine and power level specific variations and is conveniently flashed to the vehicle’s factory TCU through the OBD-II port. APR’s patented DirectPort Programming Suite allows the end user to customize the TCU upgrade to their individual needs.

APR’s TCU upgrade enhances the driving experience by incorporating many of the same features typically reserved for high-end Audi Quattro GmbH RS models. Under blistering, wide-open throttle acceleration, the transmission shifts even more quickly than before with a higher rev limit. However, during normal, day-to-day driving, the TCU Upgrade delivers a smooth, more refined, driving experience.

End User Adjustability



APR’s DirectPort programming suite allows users to custom tailor the TCU upgrade to their needs at the time of installation. Users are given the following options, which they may change at an APR dealer at any time:

  • User definable APR pre-optimized shift patterns based on current stage of engine performance
  • User definable launch control RPM
  • User definable manual mode max RPM
  • User definable manual mode automatic up-shift on or off
  • User definable manual mode automatic down-shift on or off (Kick-down switch)



APR will adjust any mismatch between Engine Control Unit (ECU) and TCU max RPM or standing rev limiters, should any conflicts arise.

Drive Mode Characteristics



Drive mode’s performance and comfort is greatly improved based upon the current stage of engine performance. Gear change up-shift and down-shift points occur based on engine load and throttle position, rather than hard set points, and as such occur more smoothly and less abruptly. The driver may feel more connected to the vehicle as the gear changes occur more naturally. Under part throttle driving, the transmission will stay in the current gear until the appropriate moment necessary to shift, rather than jumping to higher gears too quickly. This is especially true for calibrations geared towards larger turbocharger systems where response characteristics of the turbocharger changes the part throttle driving experience. Under wide-open throttle acceleration, shifting times are reduced and the maximum shift point RPM is set to the ECU’s rev limiter.


Sport Mode Characteristics



Sport mode’s performance and comfort is also greatly improved based upon the current stage of engine performance. Expect extremely fast gear changes as the wide-open throttle shift times are reduced. APR’s taken a two-stage approach to wide-open throttle operation as well. Shift points are optimized to deliver the fastest acceleration possible under wide-open throttle by following the torque curve of each available stage. However, with the pedal pressed far enough to hold the kick-down switch, shifts points override the torque curve and now occur at the maximum engine RPM!

Part-throttle drivability is greatly improved too. Some factory DQ250 transmission software is too aggressively geared towards holding high RPMs, and often uncomfortably down-shifts when unwanted. Under low accelerator pedal position, low load driving, gearshifts occur earlier, allowing the driver to enjoy sport mode even during those moments when wide-open throttle operation is not permissible. However, should the driver request more torque with his or her right foot, the transmission comes alive in the true spirit of sport mode!


Manual Mode Characteristics



At the time of installation, the user is able to select several options that change the behavior of manual mode. The user has the ability to enable or disable either the manual mode automatic kick-down switch for automatic down-shifts as well as the automatic up-shift that occurs at redline. For safety and acceleration, APR’s engineers kept the automatic up-shift present in first gear.

The ECU defines the maximum engine RPM possible. Using APR’s user definable max RPM settings, the end user can match the ECU’s RPM to the TCU RPM to avoid hitting the engine rev limiter should the automatic redline up-shift option remain active. In the case where an APR ECU Upgrade’s redline is lower than expected, APR can issue a free ECU update to correct the max engine RPM.

During manual mode shifting times are not only greatly improved, but the artificial delays between requesting a shift with the paddles and shifter are reduced as well. As soon as a shift request is made, the transmission instantly begins the shifting routine. Furthermore, the down-shift lockout is removed, allowing the operator to downshift at any point, so long as the next gear does not surpass the max engine RPM.

With manual mode tailored to the end users need, they are presented with a more enjoyable driving experience that operates exactly how they choose. We call it Performance Without Compromise!

Launch Control



APR’s TCU upgrade enables launch control on all vehicles. At the time of installation, the user is able to select their desired launch RPM, as they see fit! Launch control activates quickly, with a wider operating window, by limiting some of the stubborn activation criteria some models face during activation. The end user will notice launches now occur more rapidly with less delay between releasing the brake and forward momentum. The clutches fully grab quickly off the line and shift times are reduced. This directly translates into faster acceleration!

APR will adjust any mismatch between Engine Control Unit (ECU) and TCU standing rev limters, should any conflicts arise.

*Please Note, the vehicle must be equipped with a traction control button to enable launch control.*

Gear display indicator



APR’s TCU upgrade enables the gear display indicator for Drive and Sport mode in the vehicle’s multi function display.

Torque Limits



All too often TCU upgrades are sold as a solution to “torque limiters” in which many companies charge extra to raise. While some companies may have trouble with torque interventions from the transmission, even at stage I power and torque levels, APR ECU upgrades do not require a TCU upgrade to meet advertised peak torque levels. APR does not charge extra to “raise the limits.” Raising the limits does not increase performance and does not increase the transmission’s ability to hold more torque. The maximum torque limiters are simply removed, allowing customers unrestricted operation. In the event torque is limited by the factory clutches, upgraded units may be installed and torque may be increased without TCU intervention.

DSG Temperature Management



Temperature management is an important part of the DQ250 transmission. While some software may simply remove temperature protection routines all together and claim increased cooling performance, APR’s TCU upgrade only allows the maximum safe temperature levels before intervention. Unlike the factory intervention routine, which simply allows for nearly no torque to be transmitted through the transmission at all, APR’s over temp intervention allows for a very limited amount of torque, enough so the vehicle can be safely driven off the track or pulled to the side of the road. In keeping the vehicle moving, airflow continues across the radiator, which in turn keeps coolant temps low and aids in removing heat from the factory DQ250 water to oil cooler to restore full operation.

Typical Max ECU Rev Limits

  • Naturally Aspirated Engines (ex, 3.6L FSI) – 6,800 RPM
  • 2.0T TDI CR Engines – TBD
  • 2.0T EA113 K03 Turbo Engines – 6,800 RPM
  • 2.0T EA113 K04 Turbo Engines – 7,100 RPM
  • 1.8T & 2.0T EA888 Gen 1 IHI Turbo Engines – 6,800 RPM
  • 2.0T EA888 Gen 2 IHI Turbo Engines – 6,800 RPM
  • 2.0T EA888 Gen 3 Honeywell Turbo Engines – 6,800 RPM
  • 1.8T EA888 Gen 3 IHI Turbo Engines – 6,800 RPM
  • 2.0T EA888 Gen 3 IHI Turbo Engines – 7,100 RPM
  • K04, Stage III and III+ Upgraded Engines – 7,100 RPM



Any mismatches in APR ECU/TCU redline can be altered upon request.

The APR Difference

Please note APR’s TCU upgrade is for the Temic Tricore based Exx and Fxx transmissions. Earlier Power PC based Cxx transmissions as found in vehicles such as early K03 based EA113 2.0T’s and older 3.2L VR6’s greatly differ in their features, capabilities and TCU complexity.


APR TCU Upgrade Creation



APR’s engineers have taken a direct and custom approach to calibrating the TCU. All too often others create a generic calibration that is forced across a wide range of different vehicles and transmission versions. Unfortunately this generic method of copy and paste tuning can result in some undesirable effects, such as slow up shifts and downshifts, torque interventions, stumbling and immobility. In some extreme cases, damage to the transmission can occur. With hundreds of factory TCU variations available for the DQ250, APR’s engineers have painstakingly ensured every TCU upgrade is created using the transmission’s original file to ensure the ultimate experience!

APR DirectPort Programming



APR’s patented DirectPort Programming is now available for the Temic Tricore Exx and Fxx DQ250 transmissions. With a simple connection to the Internet, we have direct access to APR’s latest TCU upgrades for installation directly over the vehicle’s OBD-II port. This completely eliminates the need to remove and open the TCU and can be uninstalled at any time!

APR TCU Composer



APR’s proprietary TCU Composer is used for altering the transmission management system. With full access to every table, map and variable within every TCU, APR’s Calibration Engineers are not limited to the handful of pre-defined maps as is common for most tuning companies.

APR TCU Assembly



APR’s Electrical Engineers have the ability to alter the code structure of the TCU. Through code levels changes, APR’s Engineers are able to add future features to the TCU otherwise impossible through calibration changes alone.

Application Guides

For best results, APR advises against mixing and matching non APR TCU and ECU Upgrades. APR cannot guarantee complete compatibility with non APR ECU upgrades. Please read our 30 day money back guarantee section for more details.

Transmission Types

DQ250 – Exx & Fxx – Temic Tricore – 6 Speed DSG & S tronic

Stages

Stage I – For use with the stock turbo and naturally aspirated engines
Stage II – For use on vehicles with an upgraded K04 Turbocharger
Stage III (COMING SOON!) – For use on vehicles with an upgraded Stage III/III+ or larger Turbocharger

Each stage is specifically tailored for each individual application

Price

$599

Please note changing options or switching between stages I and II is free!  (labor costs may apply)

Supported Vehicles / Engines

2.0 TDI CR – Transverse – Coming Soon
2.0T – EA113 – Transverse – Exx and Fxx only. Early Cxx models not available. 
1.8T – EA888 Gen 1 – Transverse
2.0T – EA888 Gen 1 – Transverse
2.0T – EA888 Gen 2 – Transverse – (Late model TT)
2.0T – EA888 Gen 3 – Transverse – 2013.5+ Jetta/GLI, Beetle & Passat
2.0T – EA888 Gen 3 – Transverse – New MQB GTI, R, A3, S3, Octavia Etc Coming Soon!
3.6L FSI VR6 – Transverse – Exx and Fxx only. Early Cxx models not available. 

Security, Warranty and Money Back Guarantee

30 Day Money Back Guarantee



All APR TCU Upgrades include a 30-day money back guarantee with no questions asked. If for any reason you are dissatisfied with the APR TCU Upgrade, return to your place of purchase for a full refund, provided you are within the 30 day period from the time of your initial purchase. Labor charges are not included in the guarantee.

Limited Lifetime Warranty



All APR TCU Upgrades include a limited lifetime warranty against defects in the software, and to provide free updates and reflashes as they become available. Labor charges are not included in the warranty.


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Make the Switch to APR from Stasis and Save 50%!

Posted on April 22, 2014 – 11:04 am

Achtuning is inviting Stasis Engineering tuned customers to switch to APR with excellent savings! By switching to an APR ECU Upgrade, you will have technical support from us and APR. You will not risk losing your ECU software forever should your vehicle need an update from Audi. You will have access to APR dealers across the country! You will be able to purchase APR hardware with matching APR staged performance ECU upgrades. You will be able to flash back to stock or other octane modes to take advantage of fuel grades available in your area! If you have Stasis Engineering ECU software you now have access to APR’s catalog of ECU Upgrades at 50% off the retail price of a single program! Any ECUs capable of receiving APR’s EMCS Program Switching features will be offered as fully loaded (up to an additional $604 value) at no additional charge! Please call 425-895-0000 to schedule an appointment!


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