APR is pleased to present the ultimate engine control unit (ECU) upgrade for the 3.0T Carrera engine!
APR’s ECU Upgrades are the best value modification one can make to the 3.0T engine. The upgrades dramatically increase horsepower and torque, making for an exceptionally quicker and more exciting vehicle. This is made possible through APR’s optimization of the factory engine management system to take full advantage of the engine’s capabilities, without needing any end user adjustment. The software loads to the factory ECU through the OBD-II port, resulting in a clean and headache-free install.
APR ECU Upgrade Stages
APR’s ECU Upgrades support various octanes both with or without any hardware modifications. Each stage is fully compatible with an upgraded intake, intercooler, exhaust, or other minor bolt on modifications.
Porsche Mode Switching
Each upgrade offers a host of improvements beyond power alone. Using Porsche’s Normal, Sport, and Sport Plus modes offers varying levels of output while retaining all of the unique characteristics present in each mode. Sport and Sport plus modes give you full power and torque. Normal mode give you modest increase over stock, but focuses on economy and comfort. We’ve optimized boost, fuelling, ignition, cams, and more to achieve greater power and torque in all scenarios.
In Sport Plus mode we’ve reduced turbo lag during reapplication of the throttle by building boost while off the throttle. We have linearized the pedal maps for a more predictable throttle response curve, which works exceptionally well on the track. We’ve enabled left foot braking, and brake boosting. The speed limiter has been removed. We’ve optimized the software to better handle larger wheels without excessive torque interventions. And finally we’ve inverted the start stop functionality so the vehicle starts with this feature disabled.
With many customers tracking their Porsche, safety is paramount in our calibration strategy. Through the use of extreme datalogging equipment and additional sensors, thermocouples, and transducers, our engineers were able to fully optimize the ECU for advanced safety routines. This includes implementing several routines not enabled from the factory. The entire thermal management system is optimized to reduce engine bay temperature, and reduce intake air temperature, while also implementing advanced protection routines to prevent oil temperature from achieving unsafe levels. The exhaust crackles disable when temperature thresholds are crossed, and are only enabled in sport mode. Next, we help protect the engine from LSPI by preventing the engine from being lugged out in tall gears. We also protect the turbo from damaging compressor surge, and add in turboshaft overspeed protection. We’ve enabled new temperature protection routines to prevent the engine, exhaust, and other components from overheating, and have implemented temperature management strategies that are fully mindful of the platform’s limited fuelling capabilities. We’ve optimized the injection strategy to not only deliver a fatter torque curve and better spool, but to reduce the chances of knock, and torque dips. This is also achieved alongside per cylinder ignition advance and fuel trimming.
APR Stage 1 ECU Upgrade
The APR Stage 1 ECU Upgrade is the first step towards making more power! This simple upgrade requires no engine hardware modifications, and produces 454-501 HP with 439-523 FT-LBS of torque, depending on octane. Gains as high as 102-155 HP and 111-195 FT-LBS of torque are available throughout the power band. To get more power, the vehicle can be outfitted with an upgraded intake, cooling, or exhaust system.
APR Stage 1 is available for 95 RON, 98 RON, 104 RON, 108 RON.
Please note, our E85 software is not a full flex fuel program. In this mode the engine is only designed to work on E85, as found directly at the pump, including both summer and winter blends from E60-E85. Using traditional pump fuels in this mode may result in engine damage. Do not manually blend with traditional pump fuel or race fuels or use race specific barrels of E85. To ensure proper E85 content levels, APR recommends using an E85 content sensor. Before using Ethanol, educate yourself and follow our switching guide.
|Stage||Fuel grade||Max HP||Max TQ||Max HP Gain Over Stock||Max TQ Gain Over Stock|
|- APR recommends and tuned with Sunoco GT 260 for 104 RON mode. Never use lower octane than specified by the mode.|
|- E85 software is not a full flex fuel program. In this mode the engine is only designed to work on E85, as found directly at the pump, including both summer and winter blends from E60-E85. Using traditional pump fuels in this mode may result in engine damage. Do not manually blend with traditional pump fuel or race fuels. To ensure proper E85 content levels, APR recommends using an E85 content sensor.|
|- Max increases are based on APR's actual measured stock values and not those reported by VAG.|
|- Reported wheel figures measured on APR's in house Dynamometer using SAEJ1349 correction and an average of multiple runs. Crank figures are estimated based on the measured wheel figures. Results may vary depending upon environmental conditions, vehicle, transmission, vehicle health, operating conditions, temperatures, fuel grade, dyno type, dyno setup, other variables and other modifications. On the dyno, this platform will see large swings in power based on intake air temperature, and the gear in which it's dynoed.|
|Stock As Reported by Porsche||95 RON||370 HP||331 FT-LBS|
|Stock As Measured by APR||98 RON||390 HP||330 FT-LBS|
|APR Stage 1 (Sport/Sport+)||95 RON||454 HP||439 FT-LBS||+102 HP||+111 FT-LBS|
|APR Stage 1 (Sport/Sport+)||98 RON||475 HP||461 FT-LBS||+125 HP||+133 FT-LBS|
|APR Stage 1 (Sport/Sport+)||104 RON||482 HP||491 FT-LBS||+135 HP||+163 FT-LBS|
|APR Stage 1 (Sport/Sport+)||108 RON||484 HP||493 FT-LBS||+137 HP||+165 FT-LBS|