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APR Carbon Fiber Intake System - VW Mk7, Mk7.5 Golf / GTI / Golf R / Audi 8V A3 / S3 / 8S TT / TTS - 2.0T TSI


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The APR Carbon Fiber Intake System is an attractive high performance upgrade for the latest 1.8T and 2.0T engines as found in various MQB platform vehicles including the VW Mk7, Audi 8V A3/S3 and 8S TT models.

The factory intake design has the foundation for excellent performance, but much of this is sacrificed in an effort to meet other design requirements. With requirements set forth for only supporting factory power output levels, low engine sound levels and long service intervals, there is plenty of room for improvement.

The APR Carbon Fiber Intake System increases performance primarily by improving mass airflow through the system while still proving adequate filtration. Expect greater horsepower and torque through the power band with a more direct and responsive feel upon pressing the throttle. Sounds from the engine and turbocharger are enhanced and some may even experience better fuel economy depending on driving style.

Research and DevelopmentUncommon to most in the market today, APR spared no expenses during the research and development period. For the better part of a year, APR’s Mechanical Engineers created several prototype intake designs utilizing our in house Sterolithography 3D printer and other rapid prototyping techniques. Various filter mediums were tested in conjunction with the new intake designs through simulated models, flow bench analysis, dyno data collection and in real world applications all in an effort to derive the best possible solution.

Engineering and Design Information

To increase performance over the factory intake system, the intake system’s ability to flow a higher mass of air is critical. In order to achieve this, APR’s Mechanical Engineers focused on improving the pressure ratio between the inlet and outlet of the intake system, reducing turbulence, maximizing filter efficiency and keeping IAT as low as possible.


In an effort to please customers unaware of the sounds caused by turbocharging an engine, as well as cross platform use on both economy and performance oriented vehicles, the OEM was tasked with creating an intake that many would consider to be too quiet for a performance vehicle. APR’s design requirements called for an intake system that only delivered the engine’s true turbocharged sound as air is sucked through the turbocharger or exhausted from the diverter valve upon lifting off the throttle. The inherent stiffness of carbon fiber composite material results in an induction resonance from the engine allowing the occupants to hear a clean and crisp intake note without being overbearing or cheap sounding in nature.


Upon opening the hood, it’s clear to see why the APR Carbon Fiber Intake System is so highly sought after. Featuring a carbon fiber 2x2 weave common to the engine bays of Audi’s high end of Quattro GMBH vehicles, the intake demands attention and delivers form that matches the intake’s function despite playing a secondary role in the design requirements.


The intake system comes preassembled from APR ready to be installed in minutes with minimal tools. With the factory unit removed, the intake slips into place and connects to the factory turbo inlet pipe using the OEM hardware without filling the engine bay with additional couplers and hose clamps. Because the system fits in the OEM location, it’s fully compatible with other upgrades from APR, including their larger Stage III+ Turbocharger Systems.


  • 2015-2021 VW Mk7, Mk7.5 Golf 1.8T
  • 2015-2021 VW Mk7, Mk7.5 GTI 2.0T
  • 2015-2021 VW Mk7, Mk7.5 Golf R 2.0T
  • 2015-2019 VW Mk7, Mk7.5 Golf Sportwagen, Alltrack 1.8T
  • 2019+ VW GLI 2.0T*
  • 2019+ VW Arteon 2.0T
  • 2018+ VW Tiguan 2.0T (does not fit Tiguan Limited)
  • 2015-2020 Audi 8V A3 1.8T/2.0T*
  • 2015-2021 Audi 8V S3 2.0T
  • 2015-2020 Audi 8S TT
  • 2015-2020 Audi 8S TT-S
  • 2021+ Audi Q3 (F3 generation)*

*Fitment note: Certain models will require the use of an intake adapter for proper installation. Select Audi A3, Q3 and VW Tiguan models equipped with the Gen 3B engine, VW Mk7 GLI and Audi 8S TT/TTS models all fall into this category. If you need assistance identifying which engine your vehicle is equipped with, please feel free to contact us BEFORE placing an order.

Please note: Some vehicles came equipped with a secondary air injection pump. If your vehicle has this system this intake  will require an additional breather filter (available as an option above).

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