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APR is pleased to present the ultimate engine control unit (ECU) upgrade for the Generation 3, 1.8 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 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 298 ft-lbs of torque and 251 horsepower with 93 AKI octane fuel. Large gains were seen throughout the power band, including an additional 97 ft-lbs of torque and 81 horsepower. Even higher figures were achieved using race fuel. The increase in power directly translates to an exceptionally quicker vehicle. 

Dyno testing is a great way to gauge power increases over the entire rev range but may not translate to real world performance. Through GPS based acceleration testing, APR’s Engineers were able to verify increases made on the dyno translated to a faster and quicker vehicle on the street. The results were astounding. By simply adding the APR Stage I ECU upgrade, the 2015 Golf Tiptronic test vehicle completed every test quicker than the stock vehicle by a large margin and even bested our own stock MK7 GTI DSG results with ease. 0-60 MPH times were reduced by 1.101 seconds while the 62-124 MPH occurred in less than half the stock vehicle’s time at 16.758 seconds or 19.9 seconds sooner! Acceleration tests were conducted all the way to 125 MPH, which was completed in 23.637 seconds with APR stage 1 software and 45.685 seconds with the stock software.(chart below)

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!

 

 

     The quickest MK6 Golf R record is a highly contended title. As the decade-old engine and ECU combination reach the end of their production run, and newer more complex technologies are introduced, tuners around the world continue to tinker with bigger turbos, and new bolt-ons in a never-ending race to the bottom (pun intended).

     As of 11/7/2014, MK6 Golf R owner and Australia customer, Jared Bailey, proudly holds this title. To APR it’s refreshing and empowering when an independent customer takes an off-the-shelf kit and sets a new record. Most impressively, this particular car is still running the stock block and head, and does not use electronic/manual boost controllers, custom calibrations, WOT boxes, or water methanol injection; components commonly recommended or required by others to reach low 11, high 10 second quarter mile times in a MK6 Golf R.

     The record was broken at Calder Park drag strip, the record quarter mile times set with race fuel and pump fuel were 10.65@129mph and 11.06@124mph respectively.

     Still wide awake with excitement at the time this was article was written (around 4am Australian Eastern Daylight Time), Jared mentioned with a sly chuckle that he began modifying his MK6 Golf R in May 2014 “…when I went stage 2+. Things got out of hand since…”

     With such high ambient temperatures, he and APR are very confident he’ll break into the 10s on pump fuel, and are aiming for much lower times with race fuel when temperatures cool off.

     Dean Coutts from Fast Stuff, Jared’s local APR Dealer, must be proud to see one of his customers snag the title. Guy Harding, managing director of APR Australia couldn’t wait to share the bittersweet news. Bittersweet, because he and his team at Harding Performance/APR Australia had held this record for over 2 years. It was broken”…thankfully by one of our customers!” he joked.

     “Every day I grow more impressed by the support of our customers and the feats they accomplish with our products,” said APR CEO, Matt Young. “APR strives to provide the highest-quality, turn-key solutions for Volkswagen Group vehicles, and news like this reinforces that ethos.”

Vehicle Specifications and Drag Strip Environment:

  • 2012 Golf R
  • APR Golf R Stage III GTX2867 Turbocharger System
  • APR High Pressure Fuel Pump (HPFP)
  • APR Low Pressure Fuel Pump (LPFP)
  • APR Manifold Runner Flap Delete (RFD)
  • APR RSC exhaust
  • APR Intercooler
  • Uprated DSG Clutch Pack and Software
  • Stock Block and Head
  • Sunoco GT260 Plus and 98 RON fuel
  • Enkei RPF1 Wheels with Drag Radial Tires Total Weight Inc Driver 3250lbs.
  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Race Gas) Ambient Temperature: 25*C / 77.0*F
  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Pump Gas) Ambient Temperature: 32*C / 89.6*F

     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 284 horsepower and with 334 ft-lbs of torque 93 AKI octane fuel. Large gains were seen throughout the power band, including an additional 57 horsepower and 85 ft-lbs of torque. By adding E85 to the tank on the Ethanol compatible variants, automatic Ethanol map blending adds even more power, resulting in 85 horsepower and 135 ft-lbs of torque. The increase in power directly translates to an exceptionally quicker and more enjoyable vehicle.

     By simply adding an APR downpipe exhaust system, APR's Stage II software, a free upgrade to existing APR Stage I customers, takes performance even further. on 93 AKI fuel peak figures of 302 horsepower and 334 ft-lbs of torque were achieved. Again, by adding E85 on flex fuel compatible variant, 318 horsepower and 405 ft-lbs of torque was achieved!

     APR’s ECU upgrade is the best power per dollar modification for the new 2.0 TFSI 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.