APR was back at it again this year with their annual dealer conference. While there was arguably not a great variety of new bits to speak on, one of if not the most important products was there on display- APR's famed Stage III Turbo Upgrade for the MK7 / MQB platform.
This time APR has been able to squeeze out an incredibly impressive 522 hp from the willing 2.0T motor by cramming a significantly larger Borg Warner twin scroll EFR7163 turbocharger into the engine bay. Utilizing a few more additional supporting modifications APR achieved 10 second quarter mile passes and near 3.0 second 0-60 acceleration. Staggering figures when you factor in the sub $5,000 starting point for the full turbo kit.
Unlike the large majority of tuners on the market, APR utilizes a state of the art engine dyno to precisely monitor and calibrate their hardware as well as software modifications. This set up allows APR to simulate a variety of conditions as well as rapidly tweak and modify components easily off of the vehicle which helps to speed up and streamline the production process. As a result APR is the first to market with a kit of this nature, while also being incredibly detailed and well thought out.
Here is a shot below of the dyno screen making well over 500 hp ;)
In addition to the engine dyno, APR utilizes a Dynapack hub dyno. Many people do not completely understand the benefits to this type of dyno, but there are several advantages over a traditional roller dyno, and space and simplicity is one of the greatest, as well as the ability reconfigure for a variety of vehicles. As long as a dyno is able to produce consistent readings, and it is calibrated correctly then it is a very useful tool for measuring real world gains when modifications are made. There is absolutely no reason why one dyno is 'better' than another in terms of giving readings. This is a long standing misconception.
A look at a previous APR turbo set up on the engine stand.
Here's a look at the rest of the fleet / test beds for APR's products
We love this new shirt from APR, mostly because of the reference to an inside joke.