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GMP Performance
03-18-2013, 12:05 PM
When most people think about aftermarket upgrades, a lot of times, the SUVs of the manufacturers' line ups get ignored. We believe this shouldn't be at all and we're glad to see an SUV pull into our shop parking lot, ready to add a little attitude to their daily drivers.

This Q7 wanted one specific thing pumped up: the supercharger. So a pulley upgrade was ordered and off to work we went.

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Parts Installed:
APR 3.0 TFSI Supercharger Pulley Upgrade (http://gmpperformance.com/index.cfm?PG=detail&PID=233243)
Audi 3.0T 6MT & S-Tronic APR Stage 2+ ECU Upgrade Software Programming Upgrade (http://gmpperformance.com/index.cfm?PG=detail&PID=238287)

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We chose APR's 3.0 TFSI supercharger pulley upgrade to tackle this job. APR is a name that comes up very often when discussing anything Audi and with good reason. Audis and Volkswagens are something they know and they understand the cars well. Extensive research is done for every part they design before they'll even let it hit the market, just to be sure the customer is getting the best product for their buck.

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The original pulley meets the new one

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All off

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And the APR pulley is in

When upgrading a pulley, a recalibration of the ECU is required; otherwise pulley upgrades offer no advantage, as the supercharger will simply bypass boost pressure. So with the ECU upgrade, this baby was finished. The pulley and ECU upgrade alone are said to add up to 80ft-lbs and 108 horsepower at all four wheels, according to APR. Not a bad boost for an SUV! [:)]

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For more information on this build and to see all 12 pictures, click here! (http://gmpperformance.com/index.cfm?pg=carGallery&makerID=2&vGroupID=259&mode=displayVehicle&VID=3594#!prettyPhoto)

va-terps4
03-19-2013, 08:38 AM
I have a 2013 S-Line 3.0TFSI myself. I don't think APR software is available for my vehicle yet, but I have several questions. I'm sure other folks would like to see responses for some of these as well:

- Did you guys do any before/after dyno runs on this vehicle? (The APR plots are on A6's with intakes and exhausts)

- Is the owner a member of this forum? Can you ask them to post a review?

- Without dyno plots or owner comments, did your techs have anything to say? (I assume they test drove it before/after)

- How long did it take from start to finish? Could be done in one day or less?

scottisha
03-19-2013, 08:10 PM
I have a 2013 S-Line 3.0TFSI myself. I don't think APR software is available for my vehicle yet, but I have several questions. I'm sure other folks would like to see responses for some of these as well:

- Did you guys do any before/after dyno runs on this vehicle? (The APR plots are on A6's with intakes and exhausts)

- Is the owner a member of this forum? Can you ask them to post a review?

- Without dyno plots or owner comments, did your techs have anything to say? (I assume they test drove it before/after)

- How long did it take from start to finish? Could be done in one day or less?

I have the same questions.

I have my Golf R up at APR right now, getting stage 3 upgraded to stage 3+. I'm hoping to get my 2013 Q5 3.0T bumped to Stage 2 when I go back up there to pick up my Golf R. I imagine, we will likely see the same end result in power as the S4, depending on a few variables, like exhaust and intake mods. Either way, I think it's safe to expect a good 100+ hp gain over stock, at 6600rpms.

I can't wait for this to be released. There will soon be some surprised sports cars looking at the rear bumper of my Q5.

I'll be taking mine to the drag strip once I get it done, so you guys can get an idea of what to expect.

Scott

tmoe
03-21-2013, 05:09 PM
I have the same questions.

I have my Golf R up at APR right now, getting stage 3 upgraded to stage 3+. I'm hoping to get my 2013 Q5 3.0T bumped to Stage 2 when I go back up there to pick up my Golf R. I imagine, we will likely see the same end result in power as the S4, depending on a few variables, like exhaust and intake mods. Either way, I think it's safe to expect a good 100+ hp gain over stock, at 6600rpms.

I can't wait for this to be released. There will soon be some surprised sports cars looking at the rear bumper of my Q5.

I'll be taking mine to the drag strip once I get it done, so you guys can get an idea of what to expect.

Scott

Scott, when you find out something from APR on the Q5 3.0 please post, I'm sure there are quite a few of us waiting for the upgrade. Hoping for a slightly heavy s4 with a hatch!! [:)]

scottisha
03-21-2013, 05:49 PM
Scott, when you find out something from APR on the Q5 3.0 please post, I'm sure there are quite a few of us waiting for the upgrade. Hoping for a slightly heavy s4 with a hatch!! [:)]

Will do. I'm sure they'll announce it here, once it's released, too.

Scott

Jchatn
03-26-2013, 07:58 PM
I have a 2013 S-Line 3.0TFSI myself. I don't think APR software is available for my vehicle yet, but I have several questions. I'm sure other folks would like to see responses for some of these as well:

- Did you guys do any before/after dyno runs on this vehicle? (The APR plots are on A6's with intakes and exhausts)

- Is the owner a member of this forum? Can you ask them to post a review?

- Without dyno plots or owner comments, did your techs have anything to say? (I assume they test drove it before/after)

- How long did it take from start to finish? Could be done in one day or less?

Greetings Everyone!

This is my Q7 that GMP is reviewing, I would be more than happy to share my experiences. Since I was the first US Q7 APR tuned, it was necessary to send in my ECU. That made the whole process about 6 days. Should have been quicker, but there was some miss-communication with APR. (got a free APR polo out of the deal though, not that it helped.)

I opted for the stage 2 because I tow a very heavy boat to the lake on the weekends and wanted to take advantage of the increased torque. Before I speak to this specific tune, let me first speak to my now sold 2011 A4's tune. I had an APR stage 1 flashed too. Although the tune added a ton of power, I didn't care for the ride quality. It felt like a two-stroke dirt bike. Very peaky power, not a smooth delivery if your not deep in the pedal. Not my idea for a daily driver that my wife also drives around. So naturally I was a bit concerned to make the same mistake on a brand new Q7. After speaking to the guys at GMP, they helped reassure me that a tuned supercharger is going to deliver a more linear power delivery than my previous turbo.

I can say without question this is a great tune that exceed all my expeditions. Key tests for me: soft pedal-I like to find an empty road and barely touch the pedal (but stay consistent) from 0-70+. I look for smooth even response, power and shifting. Perfect. Heavy pedal- 0-100+ with it floored. Snaps your neck a bit now. Strong power, perfect shifting, very smooth. The towing is smoother now too, I notice it mostly at the lower speeds moving around the dock parking lots, ramps, etc. (probably my favorite aspect of the tune) None of these are very scientific, but easy for my to quantify in real world driving.

Now the fun stuff: I have a cheesy app called Dynolicious. There are a few variables you plug in and then you can do a "timed run," "skidpad," etc. Everyone will probably attack my results, but here they are anyways.
A4 with tune: averaged 3 runs
0-60: 6.26 seconds
0-100: 14.24 seconds
1/4mile: 14.47@101.1mph

Q7 with stage 2 no other mods. averaged 3 runs.
0-60: 6.03 seconds
0-100: 12.81 seconds
1/4mile: 13.93 @106.4mph

In short, my Q7 now drives and feels better than my tuned A4. It is noticeably quicker to the point my wife knew I "did something to the truck." Absolutely go for it, you will not be disappointed. There's nothing cooler than SMOKING teens in the Civic's, RSX's, Focus's, Sion's, etc.

Long winded, apologies. Popped my first post cherry though.

Thanks,
Jay

scottisha
03-26-2013, 08:32 PM
WOW...Great news! Considering your Q7 should weigh about 900lbs more than those of use with the 2013 3.0T Q5, there's some huge potential for us.
I used my Racelogic P-Box to record a 6.0 second 0-60 mph, with some extra crap in the car. So, no reason we shouldn't see low 5 seconds or possibly high 4 seconds.
What's really impressive is your trap speed in the 1/4 mile, if that app is somewhat accurate. 106mph is impressive, especially considering how heavy your Q7 is.

If I see trap speeds of 110 mph in the 1/4 mile with my Q5, I would be completely satisfied with the expense of going Stage 2.

Scott

SEXIC─N
03-26-2013, 10:08 PM
Very interested in the stage 2 0-60 or 1/4 runs in a Q5 3.0T