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    Thread: Want to know what it's like to drive one of the APR Stage III TTRS Development Vehicles? [Video]

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      07-16-2012 05:13 PM #1
      Here's a taste of things to come...



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      07-16-2012 05:31 PM #2
      Sounds pretty good to me! Except for the part about not being available for 4-6 months...

      The guy in the video also mentioned "intercooler stuff"?? Do tell...
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      07-16-2012 05:33 PM #3
      Not ready to tell all yet.
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      07-16-2012 06:13 PM #4
      Quote Originally Posted by Arin@APR View Post
      Not ready to tell all yet.
      More hardware pics!
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      07-16-2012 06:31 PM #7
      Ill be first to say im in... for an estimate of say $10k... I can play all day. keep me posted as ill be moving into my home in Phoenix area around end of August.
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      07-16-2012 06:48 PM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by Dan.S View Post
      Ill be first to say im in... for an estimate of say $10k... I can play all day. keep me posted as ill be moving into my home in Phoenix area around end of August.
      Psh, you're in line behind me!
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      07-16-2012 07:00 PM #9
      NU-UH, I called Dibs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    10. 07-16-2012 08:54 PM #10
      Not sure how much more teasing we can take.
      I got a bad case of Stage3 Blueballs...
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      07-16-2012 09:09 PM #11
      0-60 in 2.8sec!!! Thats what I'm talking about!

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      07-16-2012 09:15 PM #12
      So let's say I decide to get Stage 1 when I'm at h2oi. Will that be a waste of a grand if I decide to get this kit once it's released?
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      07-16-2012 09:17 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by bsmack View Post
      So let's say I decide to get Stage 1 when I'm at h2oi. Will that be a waste of a grand if I decide to get this kit once it's released?
      I wouldn't say so. The kit's still a bit away from being a full production piece so the ECU upgrade makes sense in the mean time. Also, if you take a look at our website, I just added some of the stage 2 figures, which bumps you up to 430 HP. The exhaust will be required for the kit, so it would make sense to get it and the chip.

      That's what I did before I upgraded my turbo on my own vehicle while I was a customer.
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    14. 07-16-2012 09:27 PM #14
      Truly amazing! Congratulations APR! A true testament to this unbelievable engine!
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      07-16-2012 09:58 PM #15
      Can you give us a ballpark cost?

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      07-16-2012 10:03 PM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by 4RingFanatic View Post
      Can you give us a ballpark cost?
      I can't release that info yet, but I don't think it will be as expensive as everyone thinks.
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      07-16-2012 10:25 PM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by bsmack View Post
      So let's say I decide to get Stage 1 when I'm at h2oi. Will that be a waste of a grand if I decide to get this kit once it's released?
      If your question is: "is it a waste of a grand", I think Arin gave you his impression. I'm sure it's a ton of fun.

      If your question is: "what is my Stage 1 tune worth when I go to upgrade to Stage 3", then the answer is... $0. You can't transfer your Stage 1 tune to another car (so you can't re-sell it), and you don't get a discount on Stage 3 for already having Stage 1.

      That's pretty much the only reason I'm not running a Stage 1 now myself...

      Quote Originally Posted by Arin@APR View Post
      The exhaust will be required for the kit, so it would make sense to get it and the chip.
      Arin, won't Stage 3 have its own specific downpipe given the new turbo / manifold (making the downpipe of the turbo-back RSC exhaust for Stage 2 cars incompatible)?
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    18. 07-16-2012 10:49 PM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by Marty View Post
      Arin, won't Stage 3 have its own specific downpipe given the new turbo / manifold (making the downpipe of the turbo-back RSC exhaust for Stage 2 cars incompatible)?
      Arin, put another way, is there a clear upgrade path from Stage 1 to Stage 2 and then Stage 3?

      Or are they 3 separate products?

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      07-16-2012 11:09 PM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by Marty View Post
      Arin, won't Stage 3 have its own specific downpipe given the new turbo / manifold (making the downpipe of the turbo-back RSC exhaust for Stage 2 cars incompatible)?
      IT will have it's own downpipe, but only the front portion which will connect to your existing APR downpipe or turboback system.
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      07-17-2012 12:31 AM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by Arin@APR View Post
      IT will have it's own downpipe, but only the front portion which will connect to your existing APR downpipe or turboback system.
      C'mon, it's gotta replace this piece! Umm... where's the cat? Speaking of, any chance you'll have a version of the Stage 3 downpipe that will bolt to the stock twin-mid-pipe?

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      07-17-2012 03:11 AM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by Arin@APR View Post
      I can't release that info yet, but I don't think it will be as expensive as everyone thinks.



      We see what you did there............
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    22. 07-17-2012 03:14 AM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by Marty View Post
      C'mon, it's gotta replace this piece! Umm... where's the cat? Speaking of, any chance you'll have a version of the Stage 3 downpipe that will bolt to the stock twin-mid-pipe?

      Yeah it's a totally different setup. The Stage3 uses a (beautiful) downturn that takes care of moving the exhaust gas 90^ without having to utilize a bent pipe. Keeps the internal passage larger with better flow characteristics.



      http://www.ttforum.co.uk/forum/viewt...6171&start=105

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      07-17-2012 03:32 AM #23
      Good gollie gosh, that picture is worthy of a tear shed of pure joy and future world happiness!
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      07-17-2012 09:59 AM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by Marty View Post
      If your question is: "is it a waste of a grand", I think Arin gave you his impression. I'm sure it's a ton of fun.

      If your question is: "what is my Stage 1 tune worth when I go to upgrade to Stage 3", then the answer is... $0. You can't transfer your Stage 1 tune to another car (so you can't re-sell it), and you don't get a discount on Stage 3 for already having Stage 1.

      That's pretty much the only reason I'm not running a Stage 1 now myself...



      Arin, won't Stage 3 have its own specific downpipe given the new turbo / manifold (making the downpipe of the turbo-back RSC exhaust for Stage 2 cars incompatible)?
      That's exactly what I was asking, thanks! If there is absolutely no cost savings for Stage 1 customers when going to stage 2/3 I'm not even going to bother. I would rather save the money or spend it on supporting mods for when I go stage 3.
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      07-17-2012 12:36 PM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by JohnLZ7W View Post
      Yeah it's a totally different setup. The Stage3 uses a (beautiful) downturn that takes care of moving the exhaust gas 90^ without having to utilize a bent pipe. Keeps the internal passage larger with better flow characteristics.

      http://www.ttforum.co.uk/forum/viewt...6171&start=105
      Indeed, although the bent pipe in the Stage 3 is just built into the hot-side housing. Love that thread... and here's a stock vs. Stage 3 comparison pic:

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      Only the front portion of the downpipe will be replaced and included in the stage 3 turbocharger system. The rest of the downpipe will be compatible.
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    27. 07-17-2012 02:28 PM #27
      Arin, can you confirm if there are any calibration differences between Stage 1 & Stage2 besides coding out elimination of the primary cat?
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      Quote Originally Posted by joneze93tsi View Post
      Arin, can you confirm if there are any calibration differences between Stage 1 & Stage2 besides coding out elimination of the primary cat?
      Yes, there are calibration differences.
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      07-17-2012 03:15 PM #29
      You know, glad I'll have a good 3-4 months before I get my TTRS back to Arizona from Italy... That way as soon as I do, I can buy this kit when it drops!


      PS : what can I do to guarantee that I have the first (or damn near as close as possible) kit available public???????

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    30. 07-17-2012 03:27 PM #30
      Quote Originally Posted by Arin@APR View Post
      Yes, there are calibration differences.
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      07-18-2012 02:43 AM #31
      How much do I need to save up?! Is an aftermarket intercooler necessary also?

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      07-18-2012 03:00 AM #32
      Great video. I'm really starting to warm up to The Smoking Tire.

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      Quote Originally Posted by dubbinitmk6 View Post
      How much do I need to save up?! Is an aftermarket intercooler necessary also?
      I would say close to $10,000 to be safe...


      Intercooler is a must, why would you even ask with a kit pushing double the stock power?
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      07-18-2012 04:18 AM #34
      Quote Originally Posted by Dan.S View Post
      I would say close to $10,000 to be safe...


      Intercooler is a must, why would you even ask with a kit pushing double the stock power?
      The video says APR is working on "intercooler stuff", so I'm assuming some sort of intercooler upgrade will either be included or optional direct from APR.

      Though it's going to be hard to beat the quality of the AWE TT-RS intercooler...
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      07-18-2012 08:59 AM #35
      Pardon my ignorance since I only know enough about cars to be dangerous and stage III tuning is a new concept to me but I have some questions:

      Does changing the turbo affect the lagginess? The guy in the video said this car experienced turbo lag until 3,500 rpm but I've seen reviews of the OEM version and they said there was virtually no lag since the turbo was bolted directly on. Why does that make a difference and why aren't all turbos designed that way if it eliminates/minimizes lag?

      Is the 2.8 second 0 to 60 time from running pump gas or race fuel? Was this on a car with the manual transmission or DSG? And if the turbo doesn't really kick in until 3,500 rpm, how can a car accelerate that fast with so much lag?

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