APR 2.0 TSI ECU Upgrade

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APR is pleased to present the ultimate ECU Upgrade for the 2.0 TSI engine. After months of long nights and many hours of testing, development and more testing, we are pleased to offer you an ECU recalibration that is second to none. APR's extensive research and development provides you with a powerful ECU Upgrade with no loss of drivability or reliability. Expect huge increases in low-end torque, improved throttle response and a smoother, more powerful top end.

The APR 2.0 TSI ECU Upgrade is an expertly recalibrated engine control strategy that remaps the boost pressure, timing and air fuel ratios to provide smooth and reliable power as if intended by the OEM. APR's ECU Upgrade is developed to work within the OEM and Tier 1 Supplier specifications for engine component stress tolerances and performance specifications. APR's ECU Upgrades are available in octane specific versions to allow you to take full advantage of the fuel quality available in your area. APR's patented EMCS functionality puts the control of the engine's operation at your finger tips and allows for additional features and options to be installed to your OEM ECU.

Stage I ECU Upgrade

Not only does our Stage I ECU Upgrade give you higher peak numbers of 254 horsepower and 297lb-ft. of torque, gains of up to 61 horsepower are available at lower rpms! APR's ECU Upgrade is the best power per dollar modification for the new 2.0TSI and gives it just the extra edge these cars lack from the factory without pushing the limits. With factory like smoothness and drivability APR's ECU Upgrade will fill the void in an otherwise excellent car.

Stages, Requirements, and Recommendations

Stage 1

Free Trial Software Yes
NA Calibrations Stock, 91 octane (R+M)/2, 93 Octane (R+M)/2, 100 Octane (R+M)/2 and Valet
ROW Calibrations Stock, 95 RON Octane, RON 98 Octane, 104 RON Octane and Valet
Required Hardware None to Meet Advertised Results
Recommended Hardware APR/Carbonio Intake, APR 3" RSC Catback Exhaust, APR Intercooler

Stage 2
Free Trial Software Yes
Upgrade Incentives Existing APR ECU Upgraded Customers may Upgrade for Free
NA Calibrations Stock, 91 octane (R+M)/2, 93 Octane (R+M)/2, 100 Octane (R+M)/2 and Valet
ROW Calibrations Stock, 95 RON Octane, RON 98 Octane, 104 RON Octane and Valet
Required Hardware APR 3" Downpipe
Recommended Hardware APR/Carbonio Intake, APR 3" RSC Catback Exhaust, APR Intercooler

Stage 1 Dyno Performance

Installation Options

APR's ECU Upgrade is able to be installed by APR's professional dealer network or by APR directly. Most late model applications are available to be installed via DirectPort programming without removing your ECU or even opening the hood. DirectPort Programming is not available for all models and in these rare cases EMCS Modules are able to be soldered to the ECU.

DirectPort Programming

DirectPort Programming is another industry first brought to you by APR. DirectPort Programming is also referred to as "flashing" the ECU with the new operating software contained in APR's ECU Upgrade. No more soldering additional hardware to expensive and delicate factory electronics. DirectPort Programming facilitates ease of installation and offers new features to give you even more flexibility with your OEM ECU. DirectPort Programming is only available by bringing your car to an APR dealer or by mailing your ECU to APR directly.

Demonstration Software

All APR ECU Upgrades installed via Directport Programming are eligible for a 6 hour free trial. This means you can experience the performance of the APR ECU Upgrade for your vehicle at no cost to you for 6 hours of driving 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 and to provide protection to our clients by keeping the upgrade undetectable to a dealership's VAG diagnostic tool.

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. Installation may be additional and is not included in the warranty.

All APR ECU Upgrades offer a 30 day money back guarantee with no questions asked. If for any reason you are unhappy with your APR ECU Upgrade you may return the upgrade to your place of purchase for a full refund provided you are within a 30 day period from your time of initial purchase. Installation is not included in the guarantee and is at the discretion of the place of install.


  • Steven T. - I had Becks (Phoenix, AZ) put in the Carbino CAI and reflash at the same time this past Friday 02-19-2010. Running the 91 octane map and the Carbino CAI makes a massive difference in the throttle response and of course, the power is insane - once I get it locked up the acceleration is absolutely brutal compared to stock! As a side benefit the low RPM bogging that occurs around the parking lot is gone. The APR flash and CAI is what it took to make me absolutely love driving this car! The implementation is seamless and for the money It cannot be beat - a car with these capabilities would easily cost me 10K more (I'm a car broker). Thank you, Steven T.

  • Rick M. - Just wanted to say how impressed I am with my APR ECU upgrade. I went with stock and 93 octane versions (254 to 260 HP & 297 torque). The difference in acceleration has to be experienced first hand to truly appreciate it! While the stock mode (200HP & 207 torque) allowed me to have power on hand as needed, the 93 octane version makes this car literally jump to life! Leaving my DSG shifter in D, and merely pressing down on the accelerator at any speed will bring instant satisfaction plus a huge grin on your face! My car can now keep up with the wife's 2007 Infinity G35AWD (306HP) from 0 to 100 and beyond. My top speed has also increased from 130MPH to over 150MPH! Now I'll have to purchase higher speed rated tires! Thank you APR for delivering the most bang for the buck - hands down!

  • Keith B. I had the APR stage 1 deal installed on my 09 GTI, and all I have to say its the best mod money I have ever spent. My GTI went from a car that was a compromise (performance vs MPG) to a car I couldn't be happier with. It can now hold its own against my buddies Charger R/T and still get 30+ MPG on my normal 90 mile round trip commute.

    I went with APR for three reasons:

    1. Most mainstream of the tunes. In some instances being a lemming is nice. Particularly when you see a ton of people talking about their stage 1 APR tune, and nobody talking about their 'naded motor. I'm not saying that the other tunes aren't safe, I'm sure they are. Just that given the fact that I have to use this car as a daily driver means I need it to be dependable.

    2. Security lockout. This is huge as I my car is very young with lots of warrantly life left. I want to make them work to discover that I'm chipped.

    3. Support. The APR people on this board [GolfMKV Forums] are incredibly responsive to questions and request. If I was a chick, and not an old married man, I'd be asking Arin [APR Employee] for a date. Someone that answers any and all questions in a timely manner is hawt!

    I can honestly say that I've had *0* buyers remorse dropping the $600 for this mod. As a matter of fact, it removed any buyers remorse I had with my GTI.

  • Murf - If you've been debating about what to do to your car first, this is your answer. I was doubting that the gains from the flash would be that impressive. They were! It really is a different driving experience. At 3,000 RPMs, it accelerates without even trying. You're literally cruising up on 100MPH before you even have time to realize it. Driving conservatively, I was averaging nearly 34mpg! That's a significant increase over the normal 30mpg I used to see doing the same driving [ before getting APR software ]. I've been in contact with several different tuning companies and haven't gotten the same customer service from any of them compared to APR.

  • Lizzie - I recently got chipped with APR's Stage 2+ test pipe files (93/100/stock/valet). I must say I am thoroughly impressed with the software. Switching through programs is a breeze, and it's a relief knowing that i don't need to purchase any additional equipment or go back to my tuning shop to do so. The 93oct [performance mode] is fantastic. My car will flash the traction control during a 3rd gear pull, something i can't say i've experienced in other stock turbo'd mkv's. Overall I could not be happier with my purchase, and recommend the software to anyone looking for a great all around product.

  • Cody H. - So i took the trip out to an APR Dealer this weekend to get the APR reflash. The process is super painless and i was out of there in an hour. Once i got back into the car, and was able to get on it a little, i was pleasantly surprised at the perceived power gains. Then the next day i decided to drive out to the country to rip around a little and couldn't believe it was the same car! From the engine sound to the added power this mod is the real deal. When the car was stock it was quick but it felt like there was something holding the engine back after 4500 RPM's. Well that's gone now, and it pulls HARD throughout the rev band and the motor feels so much better. Very happy with the purchase! Thanks to the APR Dealer and APR for making my jetta SO much more fun to drive. PS- I have a '08 Jetta WB with a 2.0 TSI CBFA.

  • Ian - Hey, might be kinda random, but i just got apr stage I yesterday. Just wanted to say thanks for doing such a kick *** job on developing this ****! being able to change between modes without paying extra money for a control module is the ****. GOAPR!


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  1. Awesome review 5 Star Rating

    Posted by on 14th Oct 2013

    Thank you soooo much for doing the apr stage 1 ecu upgrade for me Friday. My car feels so much lighter, more responsive, quicker acceleration, and even my consumption thus far is proving to be better! I can't thank you enough for your help, and you are always honest and professional. I think we both know I'll be back fairly soon for the APR exhaust turboback exhaust system : ) Once again thanks Leo!

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