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Achtuning is pleased to announce the APR turbocharger upgrade path just got a little easier for our loyal APR customers. Starting today, if you’ve purchased an APR ECU Upgrade and want to upgrade to one of APR’s Stage III or K04 turbocharger systems on FSI, TSI and TFSI engines, you can take advantage of fantastic savings! APR has also lowered their standard pricing on select systems as well. It’s their way of saying “thank you” for enjoying their ECU Upgrades before stepping up to the big leagues!
To see the savings, head on over to our product pages and take a look at the new pricing tiers. APR customers can take $300 off K04 Turbocharger Systems, and $500 off Stage III Turbocharger Systems! Additionally, APR’s $149 “fully loaded” EMCS Program Switching can be added for free!
APR’s new loyalty pricing is as follows:
- $2,299.99 – Save $300! – APR K04 Turbo System (Trans EA113/EA888 Gen 2)
- $2,399.99 – Save $300! – APR K04 Turbo System w/ 3Bar Map (Trans EA888 Gen 1)
- $2,999.99 – Save $300! – APR K04 Turbo System (B7/B8/B8.5 A4/A5)
- $4,999.99 – Save $500! – APR Stage III GTX2867R Turbo System (EA888 Gen 1)
- $5,999.99 – Save $500! – APR Stage III GTX2867R Turbo System (EA113)
- $9,499.99 – Save $500! – APR Stage III GTX3576R Turbo System (TT RS)
- Free – Save $149 – APR “Fully Loaded” EMCS Program Switching Upgrade
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Achtuning is pleased to present APR’s engine control unit (ECU) upgrade for the 1.8T 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.
The ECU’s Simos 12 and new Simos 18 engine management system is responsible for proper operation of the engine during constantly changing environmental and load conditions. With built in compensational data for environmental variables and varying load conditions, the factory ECU is far more complex and intelligent than units found in other vehicle makes and marques.
APR’s Calibration Engineers spent months calibrating the engine management system, including many hours of chassis dyno development. With a thorough understanding of the ECU’s torque structure, APR’s Calibration Engineers properly increased engine load to produce more power and torque across the entire power band. APR’s ECU Upgrade increases boost pressure, optimizes ignition timing, cam timing, lambda and more to produce higher output!
APR’s ECU Upgrades provides an excellent leap in horsepower and torque while retaining OEM knock control sensitivity and other built in safety features. This results in an exciting and powerful upgrade, optimized for various fuel grades found around the world.
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 293 ft-lbs of torque and 242 horsepower with 93 AKI octane fuel. Large gains were seen throughout the power band, including an additional 99 ft-lbs of torque and 68 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 100-200 KPH sprint, the APR Stage I equipped vehicle crossed the finish line 9.845 seconds quicker, resulting in an outstanding 35% improvement!
Beyond horsepower and torque enhancements, APR’s Calibration Engineers were able to increase the acceleration rate of the vehicle through other calibrations changes. Ignition delay is reduced resulting in a more responsive pedal without altering overall throttle sensitivity. Furthermore, throttle lag commonly noticed at slow speeds and while reapplying throttle has been reduced.
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.
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.
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Quarter Mile Testing!
The APR Development Difference
APR DirectPort Programming:
APR’s DirectPort Programming is now available! Any APR Dealer in the world, connected to the Internet, has direct access to APR’s latest ECU upgrades for loading directly over the vehicle’s OBD-II port. This completely eliminates the need to remove and open the ECU for currently available files and can be uninstalled at any time without a trace!
APR ECU Explorer:
APR’s proprietary ECU Explorer gives APR’s Calibration Engineers unparalleled access to the vehicle’s entire engine management system. Typical commercially available data logging tools, used by most tuners, only allow logging up to 12 engine-operating variables at extremely low data rates. These tools are also limited to a small, specific list of variables. APR’s ECU Explorer is capable of logging every variable found within the ECU with far more variables logged at once, at very high data rates.
APR ECU Composer:
APR’s proprietary ECU Composer is used for altering the engine management system. With full access to every table, map and variable within the ECU, APR’s Calibration Engineers are not limited to a handful of maps as is common for most tuning companies.
APR ECU Assembly:
APR’s Electrical Engineers have the ability to alter the code structure of the ECU. Through code levels changes, APR’s Engineers are able to add features to the ECU. Other changes allow higher torque limits than those achievable through only modifying calibration data or using piggyback devices as is the case for many tuners. This allows APR’s engineers to often not require transmission software to meet or exceed advertised gains. On the highly modified end, this often allows APR to make turbo upgrades operate without the need for external manual controllers.
Year – Engine – Engine Codes – Transmissions
2013.5+ – VW Jetta – Manual & Tiptronic – Both Simos 12 and 18 ECUs now supported!
2013.5+ – VW Beetle – Manual & Tiptronic – Both Simos 12 and 18 ECUs now supported!
2013.5+ – VW Passat – Manual & Tiptronic – Both Simos 12 and 18 ECUs now supported!
Stage 1 – $599.00
Upgrade to Stage 2 – Add $149.00 (In development)
Upgrade to Stage 2 (With purchase of an APR Downpipe) – No charge (In development)
– All stages may not be available for all vehicles.
– Pricing applicable to the USA only. If outside of the USA, please contact an APR Dealer and Importer for pricing.
– Please note vehicle manufacturers issue many ECU part numbers and revisions throughout their vehicle lineup. As such, some ECUs may be temporarily unavailable as new parts and/or revisions are released. If the vehicle’s ECU part number and revision is known, availability can be checked at any APR Dealer.
– Stage II pricing only applies to customers who have purchased an APR ECU Upgrade after February 16th, 2015.
How to Purchase
No need to schedule an appointment. Stop by at Achtuning between 9am and 4pm, Monday through Friday. Please note vehicle manufacturers issue many ECU part numbers and revisions throughout their vehicle lineup. As such, some ECUs may be temporarily unavailable as new parts and/or revisions are released. If the vehicle’s ECU part number and revision is known, availability can be checked at Achtuning.
Security, Warranty and Money Back Guarantee
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 Achtuning 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.
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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Achtuning is offering SALE PRICING in addition to FREE INSTALLATION on AWE Tuning’s “Touring Edition” exhaust systems for your VW (Mk6) Golf & Jetta TDI!
AWE Tuning Golf TDI Performance Exhaust – Polished Silver Tips (SKU: 3015-22026) –
$549.95 $505.95 + free install!
AWE Tuning MK6 Jetta TDI Touring Edition Exhaust – Silver Tips (SKU: 3015-22030) –
$599.95 $551.95 + free install!
This is a limited time offer so act fast and contact our service department to schedule your install. 425-895-0000
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APR’s Stage I and Stage II ECU Upgrades are now available for all new Volkswagen Jetta GLI / Beetle models! Previously unsupported late model 2014+ Simos 18 ECU equipped vehicles are now supported and available at Achtuning via an OBD-II port flash!
APR’s Stage I ECU Upgrade offers up to 264 HP and 303 FT-LBS of torque on 93 octane fuel without any other modifications to the vehicle. Furthermore, up to 285 HP and 315 HP was achieved using 100 octane race fuel! For customers demanding more, APR’s Stage II ECU Upgrade offers increased performance when combined with APR’s Carbon Fiber Intake System and APR’s Cast Downpipe Exhaust System. Expect up to 280 horsepower and 321 ft-lbs of torque on 93 octane fuel and as high as 289 hp and 328 ft-lbs of torque using 100 octane race fuel! This exciting leap in power is available as a free upgrade to APR stage I customers with the purchase of an APR Carbon Fiber Intake System and APR Cast Downpipe Exhaust System.
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Achtuning is excited to announce the availability of 034Motorsport’s line of Billet Aluminum Dogbone Mount Inserts for Audi & Volkswagen vehicles, including the 8J/8P/8V Audi TT/A3/S3 (MQB) and MkV/MkVI/MkVII Volkswagen Golf/Jetta/GTI/GLI/R32! These precision-machined inserts are designed to fill voids in the factory dogbone mount, and limit fore-aft movement of the engine and transmission under load, which in turn improves shift quality and power delivery.
034Motorsport’s engineering team went through numerous revisions of each mount insert to find the optimum profile for minimizing drivetrain slop without introducing excessive noise, vibration, or harshness into the cabin. As a result, 034Motorsport Dogbone Mount Inserts for Audi & Volkswagen don’t place substantial preload on the factory dogbone mount, and allow for just enough movement to minimize NVH transfer while significantly limiting the unwanted movement of the torque arm.
These inserts were designed to be easy to install and completely reversible performance mods that offer noticeable improvements for discerning drivers.
PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENTS OVER THE FACTORY DOGBONE MOUNT
Through reducing the movement allowed by the factory mount, which is designed primarily to isolate the driver from the engine and transmission, these Dogbone Mount Inserts for Audi & Volkswagen refine your driving experience by giving you more direct feedback from gear changes and throttle inputs.
The slop reduction provided by these inserts results in faster, crisper shifts and launches, and ensures that you’re putting power down without all of the unwanted engine and transmission movement that the stock mount allows.
We highly recommend this upgrade for all enthusiasts with stock or modified cars!
BILLET ALUMINUM VS. POLYURETHANE INSERTS
Having experience with polyurethane mount inserts in the past, 034Motorsport set out to improve upon the traditional dogbone insert design to create a part that performs better and lasts longer.
Instead of simply filling all of the voids in the factory mount, (which is effective in reducing movement, but negates most of of the mount’s ability to prevent NVH transmission into the cabin) 034Motorsport engineers thoroughly evaluated the function of the factory mounts to see what improvements could be made without sacrificing comfort.
The resulting designs had very specific profiles which we machined from billet aluminum to ensure performance and longevity. Unlike polyurethane alternatives, these billet aluminum inserts do not deflect under load, nor do they pack and wear over time. This allows 034Motorsport Dogbone Mount Inserts for Audi & Volkswagen models to offer life-long performance improvements.
Billet Aluminum MQB Dogbone Mount Insert, MkVII Volkswagen Golf/GTI/R & 8V Audi A3/S3
- 2015 – Present Audi A3/S3 (8V – MQB)
- 2015 – Present Volkswagen Golf/GTI/ R (MkVII – MQB)
Billet Aluminum Dogbone Mount Insert for 2009+ MkV/MkVI Volkswagen Golf/Jetta/GTI/GLI & 8J/8P Audi TT/A3
- 2009 – 2013 Audi A3 (8P)
- 2009 – 2014 Audi TT / TTS / TTRS (8J)
- 2009 Volkswagen Eos / GLI / GTI / Jetta / Rabbit (MkV)
- 2010 – 2014 Volkswagen Eos / GLI / Golf / GTI / Jetta / R (MkVI)
- 2009 – 2011 Volkswagen Passat (B6)
- 2009 – 2013 Volkswagen CC
- 2006 – 2008 Audi A3 (8P)
- 2006 – 2008 Audi TT / TTS / TTRS (8J)
- 2006 – 2008 Volkswagen Eos / GLI / GTI / Jetta / R32 / Rabbit (MkV)
- 2006 – 2008 Volkswagen Passat (B6)
Pricing for the 034Motorsport Billet Aluminum Dogbone Mount Inserts are $42 each and will be available for purchase in our online store shortly. Meanwhile, contact the Achtuning sales team via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call 425-895-0000.
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The first set of high offset Hartmann HRS4-DTM wheels have just been installed on the Achtuning VW Golf Sportwagen!
Wheel specs are 18×8.5 +47 and the GSW is lowered on a GTI-specific “Sport Spring” kit from Vogtland while we wait for application specific coilovers to become available. What do you think?
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ACHTUNING is currently looking for performance oriented, enthusiastic Audi and/or Volkswagen factory trained (preferred) technician to add to our growing team! If you feel you qualify, please email your resume to email@example.com!
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The APR TCU Upgrade for the MQB platform DQ250 DSG / S-Tronic upgrade offers a wide gamut of changes to the transmission software that is designed to enhance the driving experience. This is especially true when combined with APR’s performance engine software and hardware. The TCU Upgrade is now available again at Achtuning and starting today through the end of August, we’re pleased to announce a bundle discount of $100 for those looking to get both the ECU and TCU Upgrade at the same time. This bundle applies to the new VW MK7 GTI & Golf R as well as the new Audi A3 & S3. No appointment necessary! Just roll through between 9am-4pm, M-F.
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Our first (long over-due) Hartmann Wheel container of the season is here! We will be unloading 850+ wheels today with more containers to follow that will finally replenish inventory. We also have a new SKU to add to the Hartmann Wheel line-up. Now available is the HRS7-163-MA:M (matte-anthracite/machined) in a 20×9 with a +29mm offset.
Have a set of wheels on backorder? Don’t hesitate to reach out to us so we can finalize your order. Otherwise, expect a call from our sales department as soon as we get done putting all of these wheels away!
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APR is pleased to present the ultimate transmission control unit (TCU) upgrade for the DQ250 DSG and S Tronic transmissions! APR’s TCU upgrade is available for MQB platform vehicles and is conveniently flashed to the vehicle’s TCU through the OBD-II port with user definable options selectable at the time of install.
APR’s TCU upgrade goes beyond the overly simplistic norm of raising a few limiters, and offers a wide gamut of changes designed to enhance the driving experience especially when combined with APR’s performance engine software and hardware. With an in-depth knowledge of the transmission’s inner workings and control strategies, APR’s engineers have improved many aspects of the transmission from accelerative performance to daily drivability, while also incorporating new features including several typically reserved for higher-end Audi Quattro GmbH RS models.
- Faster acceleration through application specific optimized shift points.
- Drive and Sport mode shift maps custom tailored to APR’s power upgrades.
- User adjustable 3-step multi-launch control RPM limits.
- User definable* max launch control RPM.
- User definable* manual mode downshifts via the kick-down switch (on/off).
- User definable* manual mode upshifts at max engine speed (on/off).
- Manual mode / TT mode paddle response times optimized.
- Manual mode / TT mode downshift time optimized.
- Launch control response enhanced for quicker launches.
- Torque intervention limits raised while retaining critical protection routines.
- Temperature management optimized.
- Gear display enabled in Drive and Sport.
- Downshift “lockout” disabled below previous gear’s max RPM.
*APR’s DirectPort Programming suite allows the end user to tailor the TCU upgrade to their needs at the time of installation.
Drive (eco) and Sport Mode:
APR’s calibration experts found the factory drive and sport modes to be less than ideal when raising power above the factory limits. In drive mode, the transmission aggressively seeks sixth gear, earlier than necessary, leaving behind an anemic and lack luster experience for the driver. Likewise sport mode leaves a lot to be desired considering its seemingly exciting name. Under both modes, maximum shift points remain optimized for the factory power levels, which vary greatly to those produced using APR’s world-renowned catalog of performance hardware and software. As such, accelerative performance suffers due to non-optimized shift points.
To rectify this situation, APR’s engineers took a multi-step approach to custom tailoring the shift maps to sync harmoniously with APR’s performance upgrades and each platform’s gear-ratio configurations. While some may simply set wide-open-throttle, or WOT shift points to the vehicle’s max RPM limit, APR’s engineers chose shift points based on actual acceleration data. This result is gear dependent shift points typically below the engine’s max speed, but in doing so, the vehicle’s acceleration improves as axel torque is matched before and after shifts.
Under low-torque, low-rpm, part-throttle situations, both modes less aggressively seek the highest possible gear. Drive still has the benefit of economy, but stays within the power band more comfortably for a more enjoyable experience. Likewise sport mode has been optimized to provide a sporty feeling, worthy of its name. In both cases, the transmission seamlessly integrates with APR’s performance upgrades to provide an exciting driving experience.
GTI / A3 (North America):
Golf R / S3 (North America):
Manual and Tiptronic Modes
APR’s user definable options allow the end user to configure how the transmission works while the gear selector is placed in manual mode.
The kick-down switch, which is responsible for an instant downshift, is enabled by default but can be disabled at the time of install. Likewise the auto upshift that occurs at the vehicle’s maximum engine speed can also be disabled at the time of install, allowing the engine to bounce off the limiter like a manual transmission. For safety’s stake, the auto first to second gearshift is still enabled. Both of these features remain active while pulling the paddle to temporarily enter manual mode, meaning the driver can manually select a gear, but the transmission will still auto upshift at the ideal shift point.
The transmission does not lock out any manual downshifts so long as the shifting does not result in an engine RPM above the max shift point. In all situations, paddle delay is reduced, allowing for a more responsive shift to take place and furthermore, manual downshifts times have been optimized.
APR’s 3-Step launch control is unlike anything else in the market. At the time of flashing, the user chooses a maximum launching RPM. When activating launch control, up to three launching RPM’s are available, allowing the end user to choose the best launching RPM based on the current conditions!
At 100% throttle with the kick-down switch engaged, the vehicle will select the highest launching RPM. At 100% throttle with the kick-down switch not engaged, a lower launching RPM is activated. Finally, at roughly 50% throttle the transmission chooses the lowest launching RPM. When properly dialed in, the user is left with incrementally higher launch points ideal for the street, track and sticky tires.
Utilization of launch control results in the transmission entering the maximum acceleration mode. During this mode, intervention between a shift is minimized, resulting in faster acceleration that keeps the driver planted to the back of his or her seat. The delay typically present after lifting the brake and beginning of the physical launch has been improved for a more immediate response.
[b]Recommendation:[bb] When using launch control, excessive wheel spin will not improve acceleration and may cause undesirable behavior. APR suggests using lower launch limits under low grip situations, especially on FWD vehicles. Maximum launch RPM is only ideal with drag slicks / radials on a well-prepped drag strip.
Note: Both ASR and ESP must be fully off and the vehicle in Sport Mode to use Launch Control. This is accomplished by holding the traction control button for a length of time.
Various factory torque intervention limiters are raised to their maximum value to eliminate unintended torque intervention, across the rev range, during normal and spirited driving. However, important and critical limiters are kept in place or only slightly modified, such as those related to temperature protection, to prevent premature damage to the transmission in dangerous scenarios.
Note: DQ250 transmission software is not required to meet APR’s advertised torque figures.
Gear Display Indicator
In drive (eco) and sport mode, the vehicle’s multi function display will now indicate the currently selected gear rather than a generic D or S.
The APR Difference:
APR DirectPort Programming:
APR’s DirectPort Programming is now available for the Temic Tricore DQ250 transmissions. Any APR Dealer in the world, connected to the Internet, has 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 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, immobility and general incompatibility. In some extreme cases, damage to the transmission can occur. With many factory TCU variations available for the transmission, APR’s engineers have painstakingly ensured every TCU upgrade is created using the transmission’s original file to ensure the ultimate experience!
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.
APR TCU Assembly:
APR’s Electrical Engineers have the ability to alter the code structure of the TCU. Through code-level changes, APR’s Engineers are able to add future features to the TCU otherwise impossible through calibration changes alone.
For best results, APR advises against mixing non-APR ECU and TCU Upgrades. APR cannot guarantee full compatibility with non-APR ECU Upgrades as outlined above and as such offers a 30-day money back guarantee as outlined below.
Audi A3 / S3 – (MKIII / Typ 8V) – 2.0 TFSI – 6 Speed S Tronic – DQ250
Volkswagen Golf / GTI / R – (MK7 / A7 / Typ 5G) – 2.0 TSI – 6 Speed DSG – DQ250
IMPORTANT AVAILABILITY DETAILS:
– Pricing: Please contact an APR Importer for pricing outside the USA.
– Availability and TCU Compatibility: Some versions and features may not be available for all TCUs.
– TCU Revision Notice: Multiple TCU revisions exist for each platform. APR software may be temporarily unavailable when factory updates are applied. Achtuning can check availability in person, or over the phone if the TCU boxcode/revision is known.
How to purchase
Roll through to Achtuning between 9am and 4pm, Monday through Friday. First-come, first-served. No appointment necessary.
Please note vehicle manufacturers issue many TCU part numbers and revisions throughout their vehicle lineup. As such, some TCUs may be temporarily unavailable as new parts and/or revisions are released. If the vehicle’s TCU part number and revision is known, availability can be checked at Achtuning.
30 Day Money Back Guarantee:
All APR TCU Upgrades include a 30-day money back guarantee with no questions asked. If for any reason the owner is dissatisfied with the APR TCU Upgrade, they may return to Achtuning 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.
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 or shipping charges are not included in the warranty.
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