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    • 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.
      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.
        @georgeSmooth Let me know if you still need another beta tester. My revision T turbo had the death siren and was recently replaced with another T. So I'm currently stock and not sure I'll be going back to Apr. I would be able to give a good comparison between the two tunes and I live close enough to specialty z, the dyno Terry uses to get some dyno numbers.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by bmw335iguy Click here to enlarge
        @georgeSmooth Let me know if you still need another beta tester. My revision T turbo had the death siren and was recently replaced with another T. So I'm currently stock and not sure I'll be going back to Apr. I would be able to give a good comparison between the two tunes and I live close enough to specialty z, the dyno Terry uses to get some dyno numbers.
        @George Smooth
      1. George Smooth's Avatar
        George Smooth -
        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.
        Ouch. The stage 1 is more or less ready to for release so will keep you updated for that. The Jb4 needs work still with the Canbus.
        With APR could you hear any surging on spool up if you held the car in gear from low revs?
      1. bmw335iguy's Avatar
        bmw335iguy -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by George Smooth Click here to enlarge
        Ouch. The stage 1 is more or less ready to for release so will keep you updated for that. The Jb4 needs work still with the Canbus.
        With APR could you hear any surging on spool up if you held the car in gear from low revs?
        If there's was any surging going on it was either vary quiet or I didn't hear it. Keep me posted on the jb4 and if you want a beta tester. Thanks
      1. bmw335iguy's Avatar
        bmw335iguy -
        @Sticky Apr released their flash tunes for the mk7 golf R, pretty impressive.
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Arin@APR Click here to enlarge
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        APR is pleased to present the ultimate engine control unit (ECU) upgrade for the MQB platform MK7 Golf R with the new 2.0 TSI Generation 3 engine. APRís ECU upgrade is available in octane-specific variations and is conveniently flashed to the vehicleís factory ECU through the OBD-II port without any physical modification to the factory ECU.

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        The ECUís Continental SIMOS 18.x 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 ECUís torque structure, APRís Calibration Engineers properly increased engine load to produce more power and torque across the entire power band. APRís ECU Upgrade increases turbocharger boost pressure and optimizes cam timing, valve lift, ignition timing, lambda and more to produce higher output. Using APRís proprietary high-speed data logging suite, the calibration team closely monitored the effects of these changes to help ensure an enjoyable driving experience.

        APRís 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

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        APRís ECU upgrades are one of the best horsepower-per-dollar modifications for the new 2.0T engine. The APR Stage I ECU Upgrade is designed to work without requiring other changes to the vehicleís hardware. With the ECU Upgrade alone, APRís Calibration Experts measured higher peak figures of 386 ft-lbs of torque and 380 horsepower with 93 AKI octane fuel. Large gains were seen throughout the power band, including an additional 95 ft-lbs of torque and 85 horsepower. Even higher figures were achieved using race fuel. For those looking for a more modest bump in horsepower and torque, lower output software is available. In both cases the increase in horsepower and torque directly translates to an exceptionally quicker vehicle.

        Acceleration Enhancements:
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        Beyond horsepower and torque enhancements, APRís 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.

        Fuel Economy:
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        APRís 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:
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        APRís 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:
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        APR's Left Foot Braking feature allows more control over the vehicleís 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 vehicleís throttle and braking system, which may give the vehicle the edge it needs at the track.

        Dyno Results

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        More Results:

        Estimated Crank | Wheel | Gain Over Stock - Stage 1 Low output - 91 AKI / 95 RON
        Estimated Crank | Wheel | Gain Over Stock - Stage 1 Low output - 93 AKI / 98 RON
        Estimated Crank | Wheel | Gain Over Stock - Stage 1 Low output - 104 AKI / 108 RON
        Estimated Crank | Wheel | Gain Over Stock - Stage 1 High output - 91 AKI / 95 RON
        Estimated Crank | Wheel | Gain Over Stock - Stage 1 High output - 93 AKI / 98 RON
        Estimated Crank | Wheel | Gain Over Stock - Stage 1 High output - 104 AKI / 108 RON

        Calibration Report

        265-310 HP & 280 FT-LBS of Torque - Stock as Reported by VAG
        298 HP & 305 FT-LBS of Torque - Stock as Measured and Estimated at the Crank by APR
        367 HP & 376 FT-LBS of Torque | +76 HP @ 6,550 RPM & +86 TQ @ 3,750 RPM - APR Stage 1 91 AKI / 95 RON
        380 HP & 386 FT-LBS of Torque | +85 HP @ 6,000 RPM & +95 TQ @ 3,800 RPM - APR Stage 1 93 AKI / 98 RON
        399 HP & 405 FT-LBS of Torque | +103 HP @ 5,850 RPM & +111 TQ @ 3,800 RPM - APR Stage 1 104 AKI / 108 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 using a Dynapack Dynamometer with a ROW Spec 2014 MK7 Golf R DSG, in FWD mode, using SAEJ1349 correction and an average of multiple runs. Crank figures are estimated based on the measured wheel figures. Results may vary depending upon environmental conditions, vehicle, transmission, vehicle health, operating conditions, temperatures, fuel grade, dyno type, dyno setup, other variables and other modifications.


        The APR Development Difference

        APR DirectPort Programming:
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        APR's proprietary DirectPort Programming is now available for the Simos 18.x ECU! Any APR Dealer in the world, connected to the Internet, can gain direct access to APR's latest ECU upgrades for loading directly over the vehicle's OBD-II port. This eliminates the need to remove and open the ECU for currently available files and can be uninstalled and reverted to the factory unmodified stock software file at any time!

        APR ECU Explorer:
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        APR's proprietary ECU Explorer gives APR's Calibration Engineers exceptional access to the vehicle's entire engine management system. Typical commercially available data logging tools, used by many 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.

        APR ECU Composer:
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        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 many 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, making testing various changes much easier.

        APR ECU Assembly:
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        APRís 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.

        Application Guide

        • 2014+ VW Golf R (MK7 / A7 / Typ 5G) 2.0 TSI EA888 Gen 3 - Australia Market only at this time. Other markets will follow.
        • In Development: 2015+ Audi TTS (MK3 / Typ 8S) 2.0 TFSI EA888 Gen 3
        • In Development: 2014+ Audi S3 (MK3 / Typ 8V) 2.0 TFSI EA888 Gen 3
        • In Development: 2014+ Seat Leon Cupra (MKIII / Typ 5F) 2.0 TSI EA888 Gen 3


        - 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 written on white bar code sticker on the side of the engine.
        - 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.


        How to purchase
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        Please use the APR Dealer Locater Tool to locate an APR Dealer, confirm availability and schedule an appointment.
        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 revisionis known, availability can be checked at any APR Dealer.

        Security, Warranty and Money Back Guarantee

        30 Day Money Back Guarantee:
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        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:
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        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.

        APR ECU Upgrades are encrypted to help prevent theft of our valuable and proprietary coding.