APR Front Mount Intercooler 8V RS3

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The APR Intercooler System is a massive front mounted upgrade that dramatically reduces intake air temperature (IAT), minimizes heat soak, and provides increased performance!  The system is an easy to install, direct bolt-on design, that is recommended at every stage of performance.

The temperature difference between the stock and APR intercooler directly translates to more horsepower.  Comparing best vs best, worst vs worse, and average vs average dynos from both systems, the APR Intercooler laid down 26 AWHP over stock in every scenario.  This is easily one of the best dollar-per-horsepower hardware modifications one can make on this platform and highly recommended for anyone at any stage!

Unfortunately, to the untrained eye, many intercooler designs appear the same. However, effectiveness of the system and overall performance are greatly determined by several key metrics.  Alloy selection, end tank design, construction type, fin style, fin density and overall core dimensions must be analyzed and balanced accordingly to deliver class-leading performance.  While the OEM‚¬„¢s goal is to create a lightweight, easy to manufacture and inexpensive to produce, cross-platform design capable of supporting factory power levels, APR‚¬„¢s intercooler must be capable of supporting more than double the factory output.  Achieving this goal took a multi-step approach focused around intercooler core selection, end tank design and install location.


  • Up to 26WHP gains in the powerband
  • Dramatically lowers intake air temp (IAT)/li>
  • 257.4 in² frnt. & 900.90 in³ (STOCK: 161.6 in² frnt. & 510.67 in³)
  • Highly effective Bar and Plate design
  • Smooth cast end tanks

What's Included:

  • APR Front Mount Intercooler

Vehicle Fitment

Model   + Drivetrain  
8V RS3 2.5T I5 [MQB]

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David D.

Quality Product, good service

The APR intercooler is a must have in the Texas heat, especially if you are tuned. Install was very easy and took 1.5 hours for me to do. If you are uncomfortable with doing it Ryan and Blake can get you in right away...my buddy did that. I don't notice any increase in lag it is pretty close to the stock one. However, on the dyno the high IAT issues went away and between this and a IE CAI the run was much, much better.

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