• APR OBD-II direct port ECU tune programming now available for 2013 and up Audi A6, A7, and Q5 with the 3.0 TFSI and Simos 8.5 ECU

      The 3.0 TFSI motor is a very popular tuning platform as large gains can be had simply with an ECU tune. For 2013 model years cars equipped with the 3.0 TFSI Audi made changes to the ECU likely to prevent tuning (German OEM's always want to spoil our fun). Currently APR is able to program directly through the OBD-II port the 3.0 TFSI equipped Audi C7 A6, C7 A7, and the Audi Q5 which recently switched to the 3.0 TFSI motor.

      There is no need to send the ECU in any longer. This same direct port ECU programming will also be coming to other models with the 3.0 TFSI including the 2013 up B8 S4, B8 S5, D4 A8, and the Audi Q7.

      All one has to do is connect their laptop and over an internet connection APR will tune the car with their latest software. Stage I and Stage II tunes are available.

      Dyno graph below of the A6 and A7 3.0 TFSI direct port tune gains. Nice work by APR.





      This article was originally published in forum thread: APR OBD-II direct port ECU tune programming now available for 2013 and up Audi A6, A7, and Q5 with the 3.0 TFSI and Simos 8.5 ECU started by Sticky View original post
      Comments 15 Comments
      1. rader1's Avatar
        rader1 -
        Nice, APR has always made OEM quality or better products. I'm glad to see you no longer have to ship your ECU or drive to an install center to have it done.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by rader1 Click here to enlarge
        Nice, APR has always made OEM quality or better products. I'm glad to see you no longer have to ship your ECU or drive to an install center to have it done.
        I think the shipping was just a requirement of the new ECU's a few companies have a good grasp of the 3.0 TFSI.
      1. DFM's Avatar
        DFM -
        I always wonder about the person who designed the software to try and prevent aftermarket tuning. How does he feel when he sees that a company can bypass it so easily?

        Quality work and nice gains by APR. Always been a fan of late model OEM supercharged cars, this one in particular.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by DFM Click here to enlarge
        I always wonder about the person who designed the software to try and prevent aftermarket tuning. How does he feel when he sees that a company can bypass it so easily?

        Quality work and nice gains by APR. Always been a fan of late model OEM supercharged cars, this one in particular.
        It's a team not just one person but I think they know it will get cracked. It's a never ending chess game. They definitely manage to slow the tuning down.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Actually, I was just thinking, their goal may be to slow it down enough to make it so that the cars get through the warranty period. They really only care about protecting themselves and their work.
      1. DFM's Avatar
        DFM -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Actually, I was just thinking, their goal may be to slow it down enough to make it so that the cars get through the warranty period. They really only care about protecting themselves and their work.
        You raise a good point with the warranty period. Once they sell a car, its sold. The only thing that could impact their bottom line at this point (as it pertains to that car) is warranty services.
      1. Adrenacide's Avatar
        Adrenacide -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Actually, I was just thinking, their goal may be to slow it down enough to make it so that the cars get through the warranty period. They really only care about protecting themselves and their work.
        That's true, but in some cases, the amount a car can be tuned leads to sales. It was one of the reasons I bought my S5, 71hp extra just from an ECU tune...

        I wish I could get an ECU tune from Audi and still keep my warranty/ motor plan. BMW in Jo'burg offers this service, albeit at a premium, but it's still a nice after sales extra.
      1. DFM's Avatar
        DFM -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Adrenacide Click here to enlarge
        That's true, but in some cases, the amount a car can be tuned leads to sales. It was one of the reasons I bought my S5, 71hp extra just from an ECU tune...

        I wish I could get an ECU tune from Audi and still keep my warranty/ motor plan. BMW in Jo'burg offers this service,albeit at a premium, but it's still a nice after sales extra.
        And that's exactly what the BMW marketing team wants you to think.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Adrenacide Click here to enlarge
        That's true, but in some cases, the amount a car can be tuned leads to sales. It was one of the reasons I bought my S5, 71hp extra just from an ECU tune...

        I wish I could get an ECU tune from Audi and still keep my warranty/ motor plan. BMW in Jo'burg offers this service, albeit at a premium, but it's still a nice after sales extra.
        True I bought my M3 to tune it but I think that type of buyer is comparatively more rare in the BMW world versus say the American aftermarket. Plus the majority of BMW's are leased now, as are most German cars. Disposable vehicles essentially, just sales numbers is what they want.
      1. Adrenacide's Avatar
        Adrenacide -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by DFM Click here to enlarge
        And that's exactly what the BMW marketing team wants you to think.
        Well the reason I say it's nice extra, is it's done by/ under BMW and you keep your motorplan and warranty. The risk I run with just getting software on my car is they void them both.
      1. Puerto Rican 335d's Avatar
        Puerto Rican 335d -
        Damn it why cant WE bimmers get our cracked opened!! Great job at APR. Life is a risk why not take it?!!!
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Puerto Rican 335d Click here to enlarge
        Damn it why cant WE bimmers get our cracked opened!! Great job at APR. Life is a risk why not take it?!!!
        I think we can do the same flashing through the OBD-II port on everything except the F30 right now.
      1. Puerto Rican 335d's Avatar
        Puerto Rican 335d -
        Sticky we cant do thru OBD II yet!!, we had to crack open my 11 335d to have the flash installed, my amigo from RENNtech is WANTING to have SOMEONE crack the damn thing opened so that way he can got thru OBD II
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Puerto Rican 335d Click here to enlarge
        Sticky we cant do thru OBD II yet!!, we had to crack open my 11 335d to have the flash installed, my amigo from RENNtech is WANTING to have SOMEONE crack the damn thing opened so that way he can got thru OBD II
        Ah I see the 335d may be different though as a lot of BMW's are doing OBDII now.
      1. Puerto Rican 335d's Avatar
        Puerto Rican 335d -
        must be the older non encrypted ECU's