AIRTEC Motorsport Intercooler Upgrade for VW Golf 7, Seat Leon Cupra and Audi S3 8V

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

See description for full application list. 

Our comprehensive kit has undergone vigorous testing at Time Attack, the Nürburgring and on the dyno to ensure consistent and accurate performance improvements.

Registered Design Right number: 6022635


From £723.23 (inc VAT)
£602.69 (exc VAT)

Technical Data

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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