• APR releases 2.0 TSI EA888 Gen 3 Stage I engine tune software for the MKVII GTI and the Audi A3 2.0

      Good news for owners of the new Volkswagen and Audi EA888 2.0 turbo motor. APR has released their tuning software for the engine which covers the 2014 up Audi A3 2.0 and the 2014 on MKVII Volkswagen Golf GTI. The software is flashed through the OBD-II port and has programs for 91 octane, 93 octane, and 100+ octane race gas. APR also bumps the redline up to 7100 rpm from the stock 6800 rpm.


      So what are the gains? The baseline on a MKVII GTI is 210 horsepower at the wheels. On 91 octane with the APR tune this rises to 281 horsepower on the wheels. 93 octane boosts power further with the APR tune taking the car to 291 wheel horsepower. The race gas figure is 303 wheel horsepower.

      APR did not take the tuned car to the drag strip but did some VBOX performance meter testing. Their 93 octane VBOX trap speed is 97.19 miles per hour. The trap rises to 110 miles per hour with the Stage I tune on 93 octane. This figure will be lower on an actual drag strip as the VBOX tends to read higher.

      Dynographs and an acceleration video below. Solid work as always from APR.

      91 Octane:


      93 Octane:


      Race Gas:


      Stock vs. tuned acceleration numbers and overlay video:



      This article was originally published in forum thread: APR releases 2.0 TSI EA888 Gen 3 Stage I engine tune software for the MKVII GTI and the Audi A3 2.0 started by Sticky View original post
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      1. bmw335iguy's Avatar
        bmw335iguy -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by George Smooth Click here to enlarge
        Will hook you up closer to the end of September.
        Awesome! I'm glad @fastgti69 texted me about you and Terry bringing a Jb4 to the market. I was just about to get an APR stage 1 flash this week. I guess I still could at the end of the month since they have a 30 day money back guarantee...hmmmm Only thing is they have some rough issues on the DSG 1-2 shift even under very light load/throttle. Great thing about the DSG vs the DCT is there's tunes for the DSG and even using a piggyback that's reporting false load you can get a DSG tune to increase line pressure to the clutches.
      1. George Smooth's Avatar
        George Smooth -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by bmw335iguy Click here to enlarge
        Awesome! I'm glad @fastgti69 texted me about you and Terry bringing a Jb4 to the market. I was just about to get an APR stage 1 flash this week. I guess I still could at the end of the month since they have a 30 day money back guarantee...hmmmm Only thing is they have some rough issues on the DSG 1-2 shift even under very light load/throttle. Great thing about the DSG vs the DCT is there's tunes for the DSG and even using a piggyback that's reporting false load you can get a DSG tune to increase line pressure to the clutches.
        We havent gotten the rough shift on a stage 1 boost only. There must be a glitch of some sort.
      1. Sledgehammer's Avatar
        Sledgehammer -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by chrisisnapping Click here to enlarge
        the DSG is definitely a fun transmission, my old GTI have it and there are times where I definitely miss it.

        I'm excited to see the development on these cars, word from APR is the HPFP can be upgraded (as well as injectors) so fueling will not be an issue on these engines like they were for the MK6 GTI/GLIs in the states. They supposedly have already begun mocking up a few large turbo designs.
        I spoke with some folks from APR today and they were very close to releasing their FMIC and Downpipes. Meanwhile their stage 3 turbo setup is on a car or two as well. The FMIC is maxed out with just the flash and they need to get their DSG software released as well. That's coming soon as well.

        Personally this car is a place holder until a the R arrives in April. I ordered a car tentatively via a VW operations rep I know. Same color combo/trans... I will flash that car, throw on downpipes and a FMIC for sure.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Hopefully a lot carries over to the R. I mean it's going to have some more power with all wheel drive and the DSG. The USA should get the DSG this time too.
      1. Sledgehammer's Avatar
        Sledgehammer -
        The only cars coming are 4dr/DSG cars initially... That being said I am serious interested in the JB4 flash for the car as the 1st to 2nd shift with the APR setup is rough. They claim to have software coming. George Smooth any idea on when that will release. Are any cars needed for beta testing and will there be a solution to the 1-2 shift with the JB4 setup?
      1. bmw335iguy's Avatar
        bmw335iguy -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sledgehammer Click here to enlarge
        I spoke with some folks from APR today and they were very close to releasing their FMIC and Downpipes. Meanwhile their stage 3 turbo setup is on a car or two as well. The FMIC is maxed out with just the flash and they need to get their DSG software released as well. That's coming soon as well.

        Personally this car is a place holder until a the R arrives in April. I ordered a car tentatively via a VW operations rep I know. Same color combo/trans... I will flash that car, throw on downpipes and a FMIC for sure.

        Little bummed the stock fmic is already maxed out on stage 1. Was hoping since the exhaust manifold is cast into the head and being water cooled that it would keep egts down and in turn make the fmic not have to work as hard. Then again adding just under 100 whp flash only I'm sure boost is cranked up a good deal over stock. As of now I'm only planning on going fbo and maybe swapping in the golf r turbo if it's an easy/affordable mod. Also keeping my fingers crossed that the motor will except some e85.

        Look forward to seeing what Apr has to offer on their downpipe , fmic and DSG software!
      1. Irishace's Avatar
        Irishace -
        I am picking one up as a DD as well, but it will also be a placeholder for when the R comes out. Stoked about this so I don't have to put miles on my M3.
      1. bmw335iguy's Avatar
        bmw335iguy -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Irishace Click here to enlarge
        I am picking one up as a DD as well, but it will also be a placeholder for when the R comes out. Stoked about this so I don't have to put miles on my M3.
        For you guys saying the GTI will be a place holder until the R comes out next year, how big of a financial hit do you think you'll take trading in a car less than a year old? I don't know enough about Golf's but what is it about the R that you'd be willing to take such a hit money wise? I know it's AWD, will have a little bigger turbo, better suspension, ect. Also how much do you guys think the R will cost?
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by bmw335iguy Click here to enlarge
        but what is it about the R that you'd be willing to take such a hit money wise? I know it's AWD, will have a little bigger turbo, better suspension, ect. Also how much do you guys think the R will cost?
        That's all the R is. All wheel drive (which you can just pull a fuse to make it FWD again) along with the engine in slightly higher tune.
      1. George Smooth's Avatar
        George Smooth -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by bmw335iguy Click here to enlarge
        For you guys saying the GTI will be a place holder until the R comes out next year, how big of a financial hit do you think you'll take trading in a car less than a year old? I don't know enough about Golf's but what is it about the R that you'd be willing to take such a hit money wise? I know it's AWD, will have a little bigger turbo, better suspension, ect. Also how much do you guys think the R will cost?
        The R is a complete different machine vs the GTI. Its hard to explain but it feels like a completely different car and not just a GTI+4wd. The GTI has major wheel hop on take of as well with torque steer deluxe. For the few extra pennies the R is a must in my opinion.
      1. George Smooth's Avatar
        George Smooth -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sledgehammer Click here to enlarge
        The only cars coming are 4dr/DSG cars initially... That being said I am serious interested in the JB4 flash for the car as the 1st to 2nd shift with the APR setup is rough. They claim to have software coming. George Smooth any idea on when that will release. Are any cars needed for beta testing and will there be a solution to the 1-2 shift with the JB4 setup?
        At this stage with boost only changes there is no shifting problems. I am not sure what went wrong with the APR tune.
      1. George Smooth's Avatar
        George Smooth -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        That's all the R is. All wheel drive (which you can just pull a fuse to make it FWD again) along with the engine in slightly higher tune.
        The internals are different as well as the turbo and injectors and head.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by George Smooth Click here to enlarge
        The internals are different as well as the turbo and injectors and head.
        My bad I didn't realize the head and internals were different. It's the same EA888 gen 3 base right?
      1. bmw335iguy's Avatar
        bmw335iguy -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by George Smooth Click here to enlarge
        The internals are different as well as the turbo and injectors and head.
        Thanks for the info. Is the DSG exactly the same or is it a stronger unit made to hold more torque? Hopefully the turbo is more durable than the Gti turbo. I have the revision T turbo which is apparently the newest one, but there are a bunch of guys with the earlier R and below models that have blown even on stock tune.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by bmw335iguy Click here to enlarge
        Thanks for the info. Is the DSG exactly the same or is it a stronger unit made to hold more torque? Hopefully the turbo is more durable than the Gti turbo. I have the revision T turbo which is apparently the newest one, but there are a bunch of guys with the earlier R and below models that have blown even on stock tune.
        Likely the exact same unit.