APR High Output 2.0 TSI/TFSI Gen3 ECU Upgrade for the MQB Platform
+68-125 FT-LBS of Torque
Faster and More Exciting
Money Back Guarantee
APR is pleased to present the ultimate engine control unit (ECU) upgrade for the 2.0T EA888 Gen 3 engine!
APR’s ECU Upgrades are the best dollar-per-horsepower modification one can make to the 2.0T engine. The upgrades dramatically increase horsepower and torque, making for an exceptionally quicker and more exciting vehicle. This is made possible through APR’s optimization of the factory engine management system to take full advantage of the engine’s capabilities, without needing any end user adjustment. The software loads to the factory ECU through the OBD-II port, resulting in a clean and headache-free install. Furthermore, for those looking for tuning with a limited powertrain warranty, APR Plus has you covered!
APR ECU Upgrade Stages
APR’s ECU Upgrades are available in multiple stages and torque levels, supporting various octanes both with or without any hardware or transmission modifications. APR Plus software is available featuring a factory matching limited powertrain warranty. Specific software is available for use with a high flow Race DP exhaust system, while all stages are fully compatible with an upgraded intake, intercooler, catback exhaust, or other minor bolt on modifications. Finally, each stage is offered with special “Low Torque” software, designed to limit peak torque for use with an unmodified factory manual clutch, or DSG transmission.
APR Plus ECU Upgrade with a Limited Powertrain Warranty
The APR Plus ECU Upgrade is the first step towards making more power, and it includes our limited powertrain warranty. This simple upgrade requies no engine hardware modifications, and produces 357 HP with 349 FT-LBS of torque. Gains as high as 66 HP and 68 FT-LBS of torque are available throughout the power band, making the vehicle exceptionally quicker in all scenarios.
The APR Plus ECU Upgrade matches the performance of our Stage 1 ECU Upgrade (91 octane low torque version). To get even more power, you can add any of our other Stage 1 compatible products and still be covered under the APR Plus warranty! This only excludes our Race DP and turbo/fueling upgrades. To learn more about APR Plus, please visit the APR Plus website.
If you're not interested in the APR Plus limited powertrain warranty, and want even more power, check out our other Stages.
|Stage||NAR Fuel||ROW Fuel||Max HP||Max TQ||Max HP Gain Over Stock||Max TQ Gain Over Stock|
|- 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 VAG. | 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 2016 MK7 Golf R DSG, 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.|
|Stock As Reported by VW||91 AKI||95 RON||265-310 HP||280 FT-LBS|
|Stock As Measured by APR||93 AKI||98 RON||294 HP||296 FT-LBS|
|APR Plus ECU Upgrade||91 AKI||95 RON||357 HP||349 FT-LBS||+66 HP @ 5,600 RPM||+68 FT-LBS @ 3,850 RPM|
|APR Stage I - (Low Torque)||91 AKI||95 RON||357 HP||349 FT-LBS||+66 HP @ 5,600 RPM||+68 FT-LBS @ 3,850 RPM|
|APR Stage I - (Low Torque)||93 AKI||98 RON||360 HP||363 FT-LBS||+80 HP @ 5,600 RPM||+83 FT-LBS @ 3,750 RPM|
|APR Stage I - (Low Torque)||100 AKI||104 RON||381 HP||366 FT-LBS||+90 HP @ 5,650 RPM||+84 FT-LBS @ 5,500 RPM|
|APR Stage I - (High Torque)||91 AKI||95 RON||357 HP||366 FT-LBS||+67 HP @ 5,450 RPM||+87 FT-LBS @ 3,700 RPM|
|APR Stage I - (High Torque)||93 AKI||98 RON||370 HP||383 FT-LBS||+82 HP @ 5,350 RPM||+97 FT-LBS @ 3,750 RPM|
|APR Stage I - (High Torque)||100 AKI||104 RON||381 HP||392 FT-LBS||+92 HP @ 5,300 RPM||+109 FT-LBS @ 3,850 RPM|
|APR Stage II - (Low Torque)||91 AKI||95 RON||372 HP||367 FT-LBS||+86 HP @ 6,600 RPM||+82 FT-LBS @ 3,850 RPM|
|APR Stage II - (Low Torque)||93 AKI||98 RON||378 HP||367 FT-LBS||+92 HP @ 6,600 RPM||+84 FT-LBS @ 3,750 RPM|
|APR Stage II - (Medium Torque)||91 AKI||95 RON||372 HP||385 FT-LBS||+86 HP @ 6,600 RPM||+102 FT-LBS @ 3,900 RPM|
|APR Stage II - (Medium Torque)||93 AKI||98 RON||379 HP||387 FT-LBS||+92 HP @ 6,600 RPM||+105 FT-LBS @ 3,850 RPM|
|APR Stage II - (High Torque)||91 AKI||95 RON||377 HP||403 FT-LBS||+96 HP @ 5,050 RPM||+122 FT-LBS @ 3,750 RPM|
|APR Stage II - (High Torque)||93 AKI||98 RON||387 HP||409 FT-LBS||+104 HP @ 6,600 RPM||+125 FT-LBS @ 3,800 RPM|
Race Fuel Information: Higher octane fuel typically allows APR’s engineers to create more power and torque by achieving greater ignition advance. However, on this application, APR’s engineers were able to achieve MBT, or minimum spark timing for best torque, on 93 AKI fuel at Stage II power levels. MBT is essentially the point where greater ignition advance no longer results in more power and torque.
APR Stage 1 vs Stock
APR ECU Upgrade Optional Features
APR Exhaust Crackle:
Enhance your exhaust note just like Audi’s latest RS models! The APR Exhaust Crackle, lovingly called “pops and bangs” by many, adds a distinct crackle to the exhaust note upon lifting off the throttle, gear changes on a manual, decelerating, or while free revving at a stand standstill. This optional feature is available at no cost, at the time of flashing, for most compatible ECUs at stage 2 and higher stages. For convenience, the feature is only enabled when the vehicle is placed into sport mode or while free revving the engine. Lastly, for safety, this feature has built in hardware protection limits, and will only function when it’s considered safe to do so. (Please note: MK7 GTI video shown)
APR ECU Upgrade Included Features
- World Class Calibration Expertise
- Acceleration Enhancements
- Speed Limiter
- Left Foot Braking
- Motorsport Rev Limiter
- Fuel Economy
APR World Class Calibration Expertise
The 2.0T engine uses a Continental Simos 12 and 18 ECU for engine management. Basically, it’s a computer that tells the engine how to operate. Tuning software, like the APR ECU Upgrade, tells the engine how to make more power. It does this by running more boost pressure, optimizing the cam shaft positions, valve lift actuation, adjusting the air/fuel ratio, advancing ignition timing, and more.
A Better Engine Management System:
The 2.0T’s ECU is incredible. Without the driver knowing otherwise, the ECU makes intelligent adjustments to the engine’s operations to keep it running smoothly. Unlike ECUs found in many other makes and models, when properly tuned, the ECU eliminates the need for custom tuning to maximize output, even when weather conditions change dramatically.
How APR Differs from the Competition:
The ECU is powerful, but extremely difficult to master. Without mastery, the ECU must be simplified, removing what makes it so desirable. The result is an incomplete product that often requires end user adjustment to maximize output in limited scenarios. On the contrary, APR’s Engineers spent years mastering the ECU to unlock its full potential. With complete access to the thousands of maps, tables and variables within, as well as a high-level understanding of how it works, APR’s Engineers were able to take advantage of everything the ECU has to offer. Power is maximized in nearly all scenarios, eliminating the need for end user adjustments. High performance operational modes are enabled and calibrated to deliver smooth daily driving, with a snappy and responsive throttle during moments of spirited driving. Mastery of the boost control system makes for an impressively predictable driving experience as the turbo spools quickly, delivering instant power, while torque-by-gear helps with traction control and protects the engine from being lugged out in tall gears. Lastly advanced high-output protection routines are enabled, allowing the ECU to make constant adjustments to airflow and fuel to cool and protect the engine, all without the driver knowing otherwise.
The APR Difference
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.
|Audi TTS (MKIII / Typ 8S)||All||2.0 TFSI EA888 Gen 3||All|
|Audi S3 (MKIII / Typ 8V)||All||2.0 TFSI EA888 Gen 3||All|
|Seat Leon Cupra (MKIII / Typ 5F)||All||2.0 TSI EA888 Gen 3||All|
|Skoda Superb (B8 / Typ V3)||All||2.0 TSI EA888 Gen 3||All|
|Volkswagen Golf R (MK7 / MK7.5 / A7 / Typ 5G)||All||2.0 TSI EA888 Gen 3||All|
|Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport / S / ED40 (MK7 / A7 / Typ 5G)||All||2.0 TSI EA888 Gen 3||All|
|Volkswagen Passat (B8 / Typ 3G)||All||2.0 TSI EA888 Gen 3||All|
|IMPORTANT PRICING AND AVAILABILITY DETAILS:|
|- Pricing: Please contact an APR Importer for pricing outside the USA.|
|- Availability and ECU Compatibility: Stages, programs, and features may not be available for all ECUs.|
|- ECU Revision Notice: Multiple ECU revisions exist for each platform. APR software may be temporarily unavailable when factory updates are applied. An APR dealer can check availability in person, or over the phone if the ECU boxcode/revision is known.|
|- Stage II Pricing: Customers who have purchased an APR ECU Upgrade before February 16th, 2015 are exempt from upgrade fees.|
|APR Plus ECU Upgrade w/ a Limited Powertrain Warranty||Factory Exhaust DP||$1,199.99|
|APR Stage I ECU Upgrade||Factory Exhaust DP||$799.99|
|- Upgrade from APR Stage I to APR Stage II||High Flow Exhaust Race DP||$199.99|
|- Upgrade from APR Stage I to APR Stage II (after purchasing an APR Race DP)||APR Exhaust Race DP||No Additional Charge|
Turbocharger Loyalty Program
We’re pleased to announce the turbocharger upgrade path just got a little easier for our loyal APR customers. If you’ve purchased an APR ECU Upgrade and want to upgrade to one of our turbocharger systems, you can take advantage of fantastic savings! It’s our way of saying “thank you” for enjoying our 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.
How to Purchase
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 revision is known, availability can be checked at any APR Dealer.
Various products on this page have been granted an Executive Order from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for various vehicle years, makes, models and engines as listed on Executive Order D-783.