We’ve had a lot of people ask us our opinions about the DSG software lately. Admittedly, we haven’t done the tune on our own car but have had a few customers come and get it done on theirs. Here’s Brandon’s quick little review on the DSG tune from APR.
“I came in twice this summer, first to get an APR Stage 1 ECU tune for my 2010 TT-S, then more recently to receive the APR DSG tune after some noticeable gear mismatches and jerky boost onset, especially in Drive. I promised to follow up and so here it is!
I am happy to report that the terribly fast upshifts and near refusal to downshift, especially in Drive, is all but gone after the DSG tune. Whereas stock had me shifting at hard set points, regardless of conditions like engine load and what not, now the car shifts at times that make total sense, especially in tune with throttle position. Now that gears are perfectly matched, I also don’t take my neck out with sudden jolts forward when boost kicks in; everything is smooth, predictable and fully under my control.
Sport mode also now makes a lot of sense. At stock, the daily drive in Sport would again have me shifting at set points, regardless of engine load and throttle input. Partial throttle still had me aggressively shifting at high RPM. It was admittedly kind of fun at first but objectively speaking way too aggressive and definitely not good for the car in the long run.
The DSG tune again places shifting more in line with how much power I am demanding from the throttle, and again, power delivery is linear, smooth, and fully dictated by my right foot. Sport is now completely comfortable to drive in while going to work, but still hilariously fun on an open road.
Given my experience, I would advise any future tuners to definitely mate their ECU tunes with a proper and appropriate TCU tune. The car is definitely running with the added power as if it was meant to be right out the factory.
As for you guys, you were friendly, accommodating, easy going and informative. Couldn’t ask for more in terms of service, and I look forward to future tunes in your capable hands!
See you on the road!”
- Brandon Jackson