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 value-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 possibly 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.
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. Specific software is available for use with a high flow downpipe 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 Stage I ECU Upgrade
The APR Stage I ECU Upgrade is the first step towards making more power! This simple upgrade requires no engine hardware modifications, and produces 357-381 HP with 349-392 FT-LBS of torque. Gains as high as 66-93 HP and 68-109 FT-LBS of torque are available throughout the power band, making the vehicle exceptionally quicker in all scenarios.
The upgrade is offered in both high and low torque versions, and is available for various fuel grades. The high torque upgrade may require an upgraded clutch, or APR's TCU Upgrade to avoid clutch slip, so low torque software is available, offering an impressive 349-366 FT-LBS of torque.
To get more power, the vehicle can be outfitted with an upgraded intake, intercooler, catback exhaust and other small modifications without requiring any new modification to the ECU. To run an upgraded high flow downpipe exhaust system, APR’s Stage II ECU Upgrade is required. APR recommends using colder heat-range spark plugs (Ex: NGK-R7437-9), properly gapped to a tighter gap (Ex: 0.024" ±0.002" or 0.6mm ±0.05mm), properly installed and torqued (Ex: Per the manufacturers specifications), and maintained with a shorter changer interval (Ex: 10,000-15,000 mi or 16,000-24,000 km).
|Stage||Fuel grade||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||95 RON||265-310 HP||280 FT-LBS|
|Stock As Measured by APR||98 RON||294 HP||296 FT-LBS|
|APR Stage I - (Low Torque)||95 RON||357 HP||349 FT-LBS||+66 HP @ 5,600 RPM||+68 FT-LBS @ 3,850 RPM|
|APR Stage I - (Low Torque)||98 RON||360 HP||363 FT-LBS||+80 HP @ 5,600 RPM||+83 FT-LBS @ 3,750 RPM|
|APR Stage I - (Low Torque)||104 RON||381 HP||366 FT-LBS||+90 HP @ 5,650 RPM||+84 FT-LBS @ 5,500 RPM|
|APR Stage I - (High Torque)||95 RON||357 HP||366 FT-LBS||+67 HP @ 5,450 RPM||+87 FT-LBS @ 3,700 RPM|
|APR Stage I - (High Torque)||98 RON||370 HP||383 FT-LBS||+82 HP @ 5,350 RPM||+97 FT-LBS @ 3,750 RPM|
|APR Stage I - (High Torque)||104 RON||381 HP||392 FT-LBS||+92 HP @ 5,300 RPM||+109 FT-LBS @ 3,850 RPM|
|APR Stage II - (Low Torque)||95 RON||372 HP||367 FT-LBS||+86 HP @ 6,600 RPM||+82 FT-LBS @ 3,850 RPM|
|APR Stage II - (Low Torque)||98 RON||378 HP||367 FT-LBS||+92 HP @ 6,600 RPM||+84 FT-LBS @ 3,750 RPM|
|APR Stage II - (Medium Torque)||95 RON||372 HP||385 FT-LBS||+86 HP @ 6,600 RPM||+102 FT-LBS @ 3,900 RPM|
|APR Stage II - (Medium Torque)||98 RON||379 HP||387 FT-LBS||+92 HP @ 6,600 RPM||+105 FT-LBS @ 3,850 RPM|
|APR Stage II - (High Torque)||95 RON||377 HP||403 FT-LBS||+96 HP @ 5,050 RPM||+122 FT-LBS @ 3,750 RPM|
|APR Stage II - (High Torque)||98 RON||387 HP||409 FT-LBS||+104 HP @ 6,600 RPM||+125 FT-LBS @ 3,800 RPM|