engineAPR is pleased to present the ultimate engine control unit (ECU) upgrade for the 2.0T EA888 Gen 3 (IS38) engine with OPF/GPF!

APR’s ECU Upgrades are the best value 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.

APR ECU Upgrade Stages

APR’s ECU Upgrades are available in multiple octanes. All factory power levels are supported, though not all advertised below. Each file is fully compatible with an upgraded intake, intercooler, catback exhaust, or other minor bolt on modifications.

APR Stage 1 ECU Upgrade

The APR Stage 1 ECU Upgrade is the first step towards making more power! This simple upgrade requires no engine hardware modifications and produces 274-284 HP with 307-317 FTLBS of torque on single OPF equipped vehicles (FWD), and 284-295 HP with 315-325 FTLBS of torque on dual OPF equipped vehicles (AWD). To get more power, the vehicle can be outfitted with an upgraded intake, intercooler, catback exhaust, turbocharger inlet, and various other bolt-on modifications all without requiring any new modifications to the ECU.

APR Stage 1 is available for 95 RON, 98 RON and 102 RON in the Rest of the World.

Please Note: APR recommends properly gapping the factory spark plugs to a tighter gap (Ex: 0.024" ±0.002" or 0.6mm ±0.05mm), properly installed and torqued (Ex: Per the manufacturer's specifications), and maintained with a shorter changer interval (Ex: 10,000-15,000 mi or 16,000-24,000 km). Before using Race Fuel, educate yourself and follow our switching guide.

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APR Calibration Reports
Stage Fuel grade Max HP Max TQ Max HP Gain Over Stock Max TQ Gain Over Stock
- Max increases are based on APR's actual measured stock values and not those reported by VAG.
- Reported figures measured on a Dyno using SAEJ1349 correction and an average of multiple runs. 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 VAG 95 RON 290 PS      
Stock As Measured by APR 98 RON 280 HP 276 FT-LBS    
APR Stage 1 95 RON 311 HP 349 FT-LBS +51 HP +75 FT-LBS
APR Stage 1 98 RON 316 HP 354 FT-LBS +55 HP +80 FT-LBS
APR Stage 1 102 RON 321 HP 359 FT-LBS +59 HP +85 FT-LBS
APR Calibration Reports
Stage Fuel grade Max HP Max TQ Max HP Gain Over Stock Max TQ Gain Over Stock
- Max increases are based on APR's actual measured stock values and not those reported by VAG.
- Reported figures measured on a Dyno using SAEJ1349 correction and an average of multiple runs. 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 VAG 95 RON 300 PS      
Stock As Measured by APR 98 RON 299 HP 294 FT-LBS    
APR Stage 1 95 RON 322 HP 366 FT-LBS +52 HP +76 FT-LBS
APR Stage 1 98 RON 327 HP 371 FT-LBS +56 HP +81 FT-LBS
APR Stage 1 102 RON 333 HP 376 FT-LBS +59 HP +86 FT-LBS

APR ECU Upgrade Included Features

APR World Class Calibration Expertise

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Tuning 101:

The 2.0T engine uses a Continental Simos 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.

rabbitAcceleration Enhancements:
Beyond horsepower 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, throttle lag commonly noticed at slow speeds and while reapplying throttle has been reduced.

vmaxSpeed 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 BrakingLeft Foot Braking:
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.

vmaxMotorsport Rev Limiter:
APR’s Motorsport Rev Limiter allows the engine to reach max RPM without the ECU slowing down acceleration nearly 150 RPM earlier. The result is more power to redline and a definable redline feeling as seen on Audi Quattro GMBH vehicles such as the RS4, RS5 and R8.

ecoIncreased 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.

The APR Difference

APR ECU Explorer

ECUxAPR’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.

APR ECU Composer

ECUcAPR’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.

APR ECU Assembly

ECUsAPR’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. On the highly modified end, this often allows APR to make turbo upgrades operate without the need for external manual controllers.

APR Direct Port Programming

DirectPort ProgrammingAPR’s DirectPort Programming is now available! 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!

Application Guide
Make Model Generation Market Engine Transmission
Audi S3 Gen 3 / Typ 8V ROW 2.0 TFSI EA888 Gen 3 with OPF All
Audi SQ2 Gen 1 / Typ 5Q ROW 2.0 TFSI EA888 Gen 3 with OPF All
Audi TTS MK3 / Typ 8S ROW 2.0 TFSI EA888 Gen 3 with OPF All
Seat Ateca Cupra Gen 1 / Typ 5FP ROW 2.0 TSI EA888 Gen 3 with OPF All
Seat Leon Cupra Gen 3 / Typ 5F ROW 2.0 TSI EA888 Gen 3 with OPF All
Skoda Superb Gen 3 / Typ 3V ROW 2.0 TSI EA888 Gen 3 with OPF All
Volkswagen Arteon Gen 1 / Typ 3G8 ROW 2.0 TSI EA888 Gen 3 with OPF All
Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR MK7 / Typ 5G ROW 2.0 TSI EA888 Gen 3 with OPF All
Volkswagen Golf R MK7 / Typ 5G ROW 2.0 TSI EA888 Gen 3 with OPF All
Volkswagen Passat B8 / Typ 3G ROW 2.0 TSI EA888 Gen 3 with OPF All
Pricing
Stage   Price Exc. VAT Price Inc. VAT
IMPORTANT PRICING AND AVAILABILITY DETAILS:
- 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.
APR Stage I ECU Upgrade