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Airtec Front Mount Intercooler for Golf Mk7 GTI & R / S3 8V Mk3 / Leon Cupra 5F Mk3 ATINTVAG12

Airtec Front Mount Intercooler for Golf Mk7 GTI & R / S3 8V Mk3 / Leon Cupra 5F Mk3 ATINTVAG12

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AIRTEC Motorsport are proud to introduce the front mount intercooler upgrade for the VAG MQB EA888.3 platform.

This freer-flowing intercooler is a direct replacement for the smaller and more restrictive OEM set up.

Fits the following vehicles:

Volkswagen Golf Mk7/7.5 R – 2.0 TSI
Volkswagen Golf Mk7/7.5 GTI incl. Clubsport and Clubsport S – 2.0 TSI
Seat Leon Cupra 265/280/300 – 2.0 TSI
Seat Leon – 1.9/2.0 TSI
Audi S3 8V (Hatchback and Saloon variants) – 2.0 TSI (Now fits facelift)
Audi TTS 8S – 2.0 TSI
Audi TT 8S – 1.8/2.0 TSI
Audi A3 8V – 1.8/2.0 TSI
Skoda Octavia vRS – 2.0 TSI
Featuring a 63mm core design together with high-flow cast end tanks, the AIRTEC intercooler offers much greater surface area, efficiency and volume over standard. Despite this improvement, it fits neatly behind the original bumper, requires no trimming or cutting.

As with all AIRTEC products, the intercooler was tested back-to-back on the dyno against the OEM item. This showed a huge reduction in air charge temperatures over standard.

Our test car was fitted with a Cobra cat-back exhaust system and running Revo Stage 1 software.

Stock intercooler temps reduce to an average of 64 degrees and peak at 68 degrees (after 5 back-to-back runs). On the Stage 1 Revo software, the car struggled to produce a peak power increase of 40bhp, due to the restrictive and inefficient OEM VW intercooler being unable to cool the intake temperatures effectively.

With the AIRTEC intercooler fitted, the IAT saw a huge drop of 120 degrees, keeping temps much closer to ambient temperature and proving to be more reliable run after run. This gave a huge increase in performance, shown by the dyno test results below.

AmD Tuning dyno
Standard Intercooler AIRTEC Motorsport Intercooler

336.1bhp – 350.9 lb ft of torque 371.8bhp – 352.9 lb ft of torque

Run 1
IN – 115 degrees IN – 116 degrees
OUT – 44 degrees OUT – 18 degrees

Run 2
IN – 117 degrees IN – 117 degrees
OUT – 48 degrees OUT – 20 degrees

All research, design and development carried out at AIRTEC HQ in the UK by our team of fabricators and engineers. Extensive UK track days and multiple trips to the Nürburgring complete our comprehensive development and testing programme. We strive to put all of our products through a gruelling test procedure so we can focus on ensuring they are nothing but the very best quality, delivering you the best performance on the road and track.


OEM intercooler
Width: 619mm
Height: 409mm
Depth: 36mm
Capacity: 9.1 litres
Frontal area: 25,320cm²

AIRTEC Motorsport intercooler
Width: 620mm
Height: 420mm
Depth: 63mm
Capacity: 16.4 litres
Frontal area: 26,000cm²


Specifically designed for the E888.3 platform
80% increase in overall capacity in comparison to original
Increase in frontal area over standard
Huge increase in cooling ability
High-flow, one-piece cast end tanks
Pro Hoses silicone boost pipes included
Powder coated black finish
Includes fittings and fixtures
Detailed fitting guide included

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