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APR Presents the MK7 GTI ECU Upgrade!

Arin@APR

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Location
Auburn, Al
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B8 S4, MK7 GSW TDI
APR 2.0 TSI Generation 3 ECU Upgrade for the MQB Platform

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APR is pleased to present the ultimate engine control unit (ECU) upgrade for the Generation 3, 2.0 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 & 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 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, valve lift, 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 381 ft-lbs of torque and 316 horsepower with 93 AKI octane fuel. Large gains were seen throughout the power band, including an additional 114 ft-lbs of torque and 87 horsepower. Even higher figures were acheived using 100 AKI octane race fuel. The increase in power directly translates to an exceptionally quicker vehicle. Using advanced GPS measuring devices and the local IHRA certified drag strip, APR’s engineers conducted several acceleration tests. During the quarter mile sprint, the APR Stage I equipped vehicle crossed the finish line 1.094 seconds quicker, with an exit speed 13.3 MPH faster!

APR’s ECU upgrade is the best power per dollar modification for the new 2.0 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
Crank figures | Wheel Figures | Gain Over Stock - 100 Octane

APR Stage I ECU Upgrade Calibration Report

210, 220 & 230 HP & 258 FT-LBS - Stock as reported by VW
235 HP & 270 FT-LBS of torque - Stock as mesured and estimated at the crank by APR
305 HP & 371 FT-LBS of torque +78 HP @ 3,950 RPM / +105 FT-LBS of Torque @ 3,700 RPM - 91 AKI / 95 RON
316 HP & 381 FT-LBS of torque +87 HP @ 4,050 RPM / +114 FT-LBS of Torque @ 3,800 RPM - 93 AKI / 98 RON
328 HP & 382 FT-LBS of torque +97 HP @ 4,150 RPM / +125 FT-LBS of Torque @ 3,900 RPM - 104 AKI / 108 RON

- 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 MK7 GTI 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


6.932 vs 5.656 - 0-60 MPH
7.242 vs 5.868 - 0-62 MPH
7.266 vs 5.883 - 0-100 KPH
14.983 vs 11.385 - 0-100 MPH
15.872 vs 10.094 - 60-120 MPH
18.968 vs 11.066 - 62-124 MPH
Speed Limited vs 11.124 - 100-200 KPH
Speed Limited vs 16.181 - 60-130 MPH
Speed Limited vs 13.343 - 30-130 MPH
14.283 vs 13.189 - Quarter Mile Time
97.10 vs 110.40 - Quarter Mile Trap Speed in MPH

- Data collected at the same location with a US Spec 2014 MK7 GTI DSG via a Racelogic P-Box with ESP/ASR disabled. May not be comparable to data collected in other locations.



The APR Development Difference


APR DirectPort Programming:
APR’s patented DirectPort Programming is now available for the Simos 12.x & 18.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

Audi A3 - CNTC
Skoda Octavia / VRS - CHHB
Volkswagen MK7 Golf GTI - CHHA, CHHB & CNTA

Market

North America - Released
Rest of World - Released!

Price
$699

- 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, 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.


How to purchase

Locate an APR Dealer:


Use the APR Dealer Locater Tool to find an APR Dealer. The APR Dealer will have the ability to upgrade the ECU in a short period of time!

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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gregsju29

Go Kart Champion
Location
philly
Great news and good work. Can you answer some questions on:
-Driveability in low gears
-DSG handling the tq
-are you concerned about axels durability or other drivetrain issues?

Much appreciated
 

Arin@APR

GOLFMK7 Official Sponsor
Location
Auburn, Al
Ride
B8 S4, MK7 GSW TDI
Driveability is great. The MK7's new ESP/ASR and such is awesome and doesn't just cut out power like it did on other platforms. Also, torque ramps in slower and lower in the lower gears to help protect against burning off the tires.

We haven't seen any DSG problems.

No axel problem either. Tracked it. Drag raced it too. : )
 

gtiw7

Ready to race!
Location
cruising around
you said over 320hp on your Facebook page! givemme that 4 hp LOL

can't wait to have my car tuned. :D

does it feature Torque Management System you offered with V3.0 k04 for mk6?
also why is your stock car speed-limited? I found no problem reaching 250kmh!
 

Arin@APR

GOLFMK7 Official Sponsor
Location
Auburn, Al
Ride
B8 S4, MK7 GSW TDI
you said over 320hp on your Facebook page! givemme that 4 hp LOL

can't wait to have my car tuned. :D

does it feature Torque Management System you offered with V3.0 k04 for mk6?
also why is your stock car speed-limited? I found no problem reaching 250kmh!
I don't think I specified octane. ;)

Yes and no. It's a little different with the torque management.

And ours is limited lower in the USA. We used the US spec car for that test.
 

Arin@APR

GOLFMK7 Official Sponsor
Location
Auburn, Al
Ride
B8 S4, MK7 GSW TDI
It already does limit torque down low, but going further with it, and refining it, it something we'll likely look at later.
 

dluvbell

Ready to race!
Location
gta
Great JOB!!!!! Holy!! It is now in STI's area!!

How does this do on the DSG?? And how is the fuel consumption change??

Also this is now OBDII port. Will dealers know if I tuned or not? (The second question may be a dumb question...)
 

Arin@APR

GOLFMK7 Official Sponsor
Location
Auburn, Al
Ride
B8 S4, MK7 GSW TDI
How does this do on the DSG?? And how is the fuel consumption change??
DSG is great! Fuel is the same or better when you're not romping around on it.

Also this is now OBDII port. Will dealers know if I tuned or not? (The second question may be a dumb question...)
Yup, through the port. If you don't want anyone to know it's on the car, you need to have it flashed back to stock.
 

wardpr68

Passed Driver's Ed
Full disclosure, I work at a dealer.

MY understanding was that even if you flashed it back to stock VW would still know due to logging of flashes or changes.... any knowledge on that? Even my own techs are unsure.

Second, did you guys track a manual? Would this power just eat up a clutch?
 

Arin@APR

GOLFMK7 Official Sponsor
Location
Auburn, Al
Ride
B8 S4, MK7 GSW TDI
Exctly, I was wondering about that too.

Arin, we need to go back to the dealer to flash back to stock? And wont that increase the flash counter?
When you flash with APR software, we copy the flash counter from what it was, and apply it again, so it doesn't increase when flashing with APR software like it does with stock software.

Keep in mind, this doesn't even really matter. Dealers don't look at the flash counter. If they did, it wouldn't mean anything anyways because there's no database that says what it should be.
 
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