APR Intercooler MQB

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The APR Intercooler System is a OEM-location upgrade that dramatically reduces intake air temperature (IAT), minimizes heat soak, and provides increased performance!  The system is a direct bolt-on upgrade that requires no trimming and is recommended at every stage of performance.  APR pioneered the OEM-location direct-replacement intercooler system in 2006.  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.

The APR Intercooler core is a large bar-and-plate design featuring densely packed staggered and louvered fins.  This design offers exceptional cooling while balancing pressure loss across the core, and maintaining critical airflow to the components behind the intercooler system.  The core size was appropriately matched to the platform, minimizing pressure drop while leaving adequate space for appropriately designed end tanks.  To APR‚¬„¢s mechanical engineering experts, the design represented the ultimate in performance, far exceeding the capabilities of the factory intercooler.  To the driver, the result is simple: Repeatable performance, even in the most demanding of situations!

To fully utilize the massive core, APR‚¬„¢s mechanical engineers designed cast aluminum end tanks organically shaped for proper airflow distribution across the entire core.  By correctly sizing the intercooler core, end tank design was not sacrificed.  The one-piece end tanks are CNC machined to provide a slip resistant mounting surface for hoses, precise integrated mounting surfaces, and perfectly flat connecting surfaces used for TIG welding the tanks to the core.  Through proper alignment in welding jigs, each unit is assembled to tight tolerances for a precise and accurate fit.


  • Dramatically lowers intake air temp (IAT)
  • Increases horsepower while minimizing power-robbing heat soak
  • Effectiveness tested to over 500 HP
  • 21 horsepower gain over the factory system
  • Massive core size
  • Utilizes factory air dams
  • 100% compatible with the Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Highly effective Bar-and-plate Design
  • Low pressure drop
  • Smooth cast end tanks
  • No hidden labor costs or permanent modifications
  • No trimming or cutting required
  • Designed by engineers with lasers

What's Included:

  • APR Intercooler
  • APR Silicone Intercooler Hose Kit (OPTIONAL)

Vehicle Fitment

Model   + Drivetrain  
8S TT 2.0T I4 [MQB]
8S TTS 2.0T I4 [MQB]
8V A3 1.8T I4 [MQB]
8V A3 2.0T I4 [MQB]
8V S3 2.0T I4 [MQB]
8Y A3 2.0T I4 [MQB Evo]
8Y S3 2.0T I4 [MQB Evo]
MK1 Arteon 2.0T I4 [MQB] +
MK7 Golf 1.4T I4 [MQB]
MK7 Golf 1.8T I4 [MQB]
MK7 Golf Alltrack 1.8T I4 [MQB]
MK7 Golf Sportwagen 1.4T I4 [MQB]
MK7 Golf Sportwagen 1.8T I4 [MQB] +
MK7 GTI 2.0T I4 [MQB]
MK7 Jetta - GLI 2.0T I4 [MQB] +
MK7 R 2.0T I4 [MQB]
MK8 GTI 2.0T I4 [MQB Evo]
MK8 R 2.0T I4 [MQB Evo]

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Jake T.

Amazing Intercooler

APR intercooler has great fit and finish/quality. Since I have put it on I have noticed there is hardly any heat soak. All in all I’m very pleased with my purchase. Highly recommend!

James J.

Keeping it cool

Eliminated heat soak. Great quality and fitment. Definitely recommend!


Great product

I added the intercooler and boost hoses to my mk7.5 R as the first step in preparing for the jump from stage 1 to 2 ecu tune. I’m incredibly happy with the product. There is a noticeable retention in power after several medium/hard pulls compared to factory. The boost hoses and additional flow through the core create a more consistent pull throughout the power band. I highly recommend.

Sherwin K.

Kicking Heat Soak To The Curb.

Texas is no stranger to heat, unfortunately that doesn't matter to the MQB platform. I could tell an immediate difference between this and the OEM intercooler, I no longer had to deal with that pesky heat soak that I was experiencing with the OEM unit. Another Positive is that this unit was a direct replacement, no modification needed to make this fit.

Shane H.

In Texas summers... this is a must

My MK7 Golf R is thanking me after installing the APR intercooler. Gone are the days of heat soak and feeling like my car was choking on the brutal Texas summer air. OEM like fitment and super high quality craftsmanship. As a bonus it allows for the high-torque stage 2 map from APR when paired with an aftermarket down pipe and intercooler!

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