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The APR 2022+ VW Golf R (MK8) and Audi S3 (8Y) ECU Upgrades are Right here! | VW Vortex

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We’re excited to announce our Engine Management Unit (ECU) Upgrades are actually out there for the Volkswagen Golf R (MK8) and Audi S3 (8Y) 2.0 TSI EA888 Gen 4 engine with the Continental Simos 19 ECU! Anticipate huge positive factors with as much as 398-455 HP with 385-436 FT-LBS of torque on faucet, relying on octane and mods! This represents as much as 43% extra horsepower on the wheels, over inventory! Moreover APR Plus is accessible which provides a manufacturing unit time period restrict matching restricted powertrain guarantee and is obtainable on our 91 AKI ECU upgrades!


  • Delivers as much as 398-442 HP with 385-430 FT-LBS (Stage 1)
  • Delivers as much as 410-455 HP with 389-436 FT-LBS (Stage 2)
  • Max positive factors of +64-112 HP and +76-118 FT-LBS on the wheels (Stage 1)
  • Max positive factors of +74-123 HP and +80-125 FT-LBS on the wheels (Stage 2)
  • HP positive factors as excessive as 22-39% over inventory on the wheels (Stage 1)
  • HP positive factors as excessive as 26-43% over inventory on the wheels (Stage 2)
  • Torque positive factors as excessive as 26-41% over inventory on the wheels (Stage 1)
  • Torque positive factors as excessive as 28-44% over inventory on the wheels (Stage 2)
  • 91 AKI, 93 AKI, 100 AKI, 104 AKI, and E60-E85 gas grades (Stage 1 & 2) (NAR)
  • 95 RON, 98 RON, 104 RON, 108 RON, and E60-E85 gas grades (Stage 1 & 2) (ROW)
  • 91 AKI gas grade (APR Plus) (NAR)
  • Ethanol help with no further {hardware} required (Stage 1 & 2)
  • Manufacturing unit time period restrict matching restricted powertrain guarantee (APR Plus)
  • Makes extra energy with extra mods with no new reflash
  • Makes extra torque with our TCU improve
  • Standing RPM gentle limiter elevated
  • Left-foot braking / brake boosting added
  • Velocity limiter eliminated
  • Auto Begin/Cease defaults to your final picked possibility
  • Correctly rescaled efficiency gauges
  • Correctly rescaled increase gauge
  • Linear throttle mapping
  • Flat torque mapping
  • Optionally available torque restricted mapping out there for guide transmissions
  • ECO mode limits output to additional promote gas financial savings
  • No further {hardware} or software program required
  • Helps customary bolt on modifications and TCU upgrades
  • Optimized thermal administration and extra safety
  • Optimized high-gear LSPI safety and turbocharger safety added
  • Free lifetime updates
  • Direct OBDII port flash (No ECU elimination required)
  • 30 day a refund assure

Our new suite of Simos 19 ECU software comes after months of extensive research and development that is typically absent from the aftermarket. Our upgrade makes the engine more powerful and more exciting. We’ve extensively calibrated the system to work flawlessly in various driving conditions while retaining safety routines to protect your engine in the most demanding scenarios. This was all made possible by our engineering team’s pursuit of perfection. Development vehicles were outfitted with additional sensors, including turbo shaft speed sensors, thermocouples, transducers, and more, along with our high speed direct RAM logging equipment, to feed valuable data to the team for analysis. After many hours of testing and tuning we created new calibrations that are fine tuned for several octanes and contain hundreds of map changes, with a vast array of safety features built in.

The result of this work is nothing short of astounding. Not only have we increase power, we’ve added many safety routines to ensure the engine and components are protected under demanding scenarios. Additionally we’ve added features to enhance the driving experience! We’ve added brake boosting / left foot braking, removed the vehicle speed limiter, raised the standing limiter, set auto start/stop to retain your last used mode, properly rescaled the boost and power gauges, developed a linear and flat torque curve, and linearized the throttle pedal.

To protect the engine and components we’ve spent a considerable amount of time tuning safety routines, some of which were not active from the factory. The engine has advanced LSPI protection to prevent the engine from damage when being lugged in the tallest gears. Excessive intake air temperature, which is common on a dynamometer, will cause power to reduce to protect the engine. On 6MT equipped vehicles, you’ll achieve full torque, but on DSG equipped vehicles, torque will be limited at the factory limits until our TCU upgrade is added. Furthermore more we’ve added and calibrated protection routines for turbocharger pressure ratios, shaft speed, exhaust pressure, intake air temperature, coolant temperature, oil temperature, lambda, fueling system limitations, and more.


The APR Stage 1 and Stage 2 ECU upgrades are designed for use on the factory turbocharger. The ECU alone with no hardware mods produces 398-442 HP and 385-430 FT-LBS with +64-112 WHP and +76-118 WFT-LBS over stock, depending on fuel grade. By adding hardware such as our intake and intercooler, the tune automatically jumps to Stage 2 power levels and produces 410-455 HP and 389-436 FT-LBS with +74-123 WHP and +80-125 WFT-LBS over stock, depending on fuel grade. Adding more mods will increase power further.

Optional Low Torque Files
For manual transmission vehicles, this file helps alleviate stress on the factory clutch. Upgrade the clutch to run the high torque file.
On DSG/S-Tronic transmission vehicles, funning this file is necessary to prevent slip. Run our TCU upgrade to remove torque caps and to prevent slip.

This tune is available for 91, 93, 100, and 104 AKI fuel grades, as well as E60-E85 Ethanol in North America. In the ROW it’s available in 95, 98, 104, and 108 RON fuel grades, as well as E60-E85 Ethanol.

APR Plus is optionally available and adds our limited powertrain warranty to this stage. It’s available for 91 AKI fuel grade in the USA and requires the use of original factory or APR approved hardware only.

When selecting a fuel grade, a minimum of that fuel grade must be used. Using higher fuel grades is permissible.

Max power on 93 / E85

Get more graphs at every stage, every octane, every output leve, at the wheels, crank, and gain over stock on our Product Page.



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