APR Carbon Fiber Intake System - MQB 2.5T EVO TTRS/RS3
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The Ultimate Carbon Fiber Intake System and Turbo Inlet System is Here!
The APR Turbocharger Inlet System outflows the factory components by up to 45%, and jumps to 60% when adding the APR Intake Filter. This is firstly achieved through elimination of the most critical restriction in the entire intake system, the turbocharger inlet pipe. Because of this restriction, no intake airbox / filter design can physically match the gains achieved by upgrading to the APR Turbo Inlet System alone. This inlet is the first step one should take when upgrading their intake system and paves the way for even more gains by adding the optional intake filter.
The APR Turbocharger Inlet System uses a massive 4” carbon fiber inlet tube that attaches to the factory airbox, or the APR Intake Filter System. Attached to the carbon fiber tube is a massive 4” cast aluminum inlet which is organically shaped to retain the largest possible cross-sectional area within the pipe all the way to the inlet of the turbocharger’s compressor cover. Despite the visually odd shape, keeping the cross-sectional area as large as possible is the key to the pipe's performance gains, and greatly outflows smooth looking continuously tapering designs.
Interlocking adapter rings form a port-matched ideal entrance to the turbocharger, while larger rings (sold separately) provide port-matched support for even larger hybrid turbocharger upgrades. A thick stainless-steel heat shield protects the pipe from the hot turbocharger manifold, and an external stainless PCV pipe provides proper PCV placement without impacting the inlet’s design.
Finally, adding the optional APR Intake Filter completely transforms the system from subtle to extreme. Our massive 9” long cotton filter with frontal opening connects to a 6” carbon fiber inlet tube that gradually necks down to the 4” back tube. You will hear every ounce of the 5-cylinder turbocharger system’s massive demand for airflow, and you’ll do so at a 60% CFM improvement over stock! This was only possible with an open filter system as the airflow demands called for an unboxed design. Simply put, this is the best intake system on the market for satisfying uncompromisingly demanding airflow requirements.
The Inlet Restriction
The factory cast inlet pipe is small. It has a maximum internal diameter of 2.8”, at the widest point, and is internally restricted as illustrated in the photos. This pipe is only capable of achieving a maximum of 490 CFM at 28” of H2O when tested alone. Attaching any intake system to this pipe will only result in a lower flow rate, and when using the factory back pipe, airbox, filter and inlet scoop, airflow drops below 430 CFM.
The APR Solution
Our cast inlet pipe is huge and on its own it achieves a staggering 710 CFM with the stock turbocharger adaptor! This is a 45% improvement over the factory part. When paired with the APR Intake Filter System, airflow only drops to 690 CFM, a 60% improvement over the entire stock intake system! When attached to the factory airbox, filter and frontal scoop, airflow drops to 575 CFM, which is 34% better than the stock system and 17% better than the stock inlet by itself with an ideal entrance. This further clarifies the point that no intake can outperform the APR turbo inlet if the factory turbo inlet is left intact.
APR’s engineers tested a multitude of other turbocharger inlet designs in pursuit of more flow and power. It was quickly determined the part could not act as an upgrade on its own because of the significant increase in diameter required. The rear inlet pipe also had to be upgraded to utilize this larger diameter. Other designs, which may look smoother, and offer a continuously reducing taper, are extremely limited. At 3.5”, 550 CFM is achievable. At 4” 560 is achievable. In contrast, our system achieves 710 CFM under the same test. Given how restrictive these other designs are, upgrading to our system, while still using the factory airbox, filter and frontal scoop, will outflow any intake system!
Inlet Pressure Drop
APR’s Engineers fully instrumented the engine with pressure sensors and thermocouples (fast response temperature sensors) to further illustrate the effects this product has on the system as a whole. In the simplest terms, this upgrade allows the turbocharger to operate at a lower pressure ratio, which means it will operate more efficiently. It reduces the restriction on the inlet of the turbocharger, allowing the inlet to see closer to ambient pressure conditions. This directly translates to lower pre-turbine back pressure (EMAP), lower turbocharger shaft speed, lower turbocharger compressor discharge temperature, and for the ability to achieve higher boost pressure levels. The following data was collected with ambient conditions sitting around 985 mbar, 29.4C with 66% relative humidity. The vehicle was setup as Stage 1 (93) with stock hardware, vs Stage 1+ (93) with the APR Inlet. The depression at the inlet decreased by 112 mbar, emap decreased 360 mbar, compressor discharge temperature dropped 14c and the engine was able to achieve 106 mbar more boost pressure by redline. This directly translated to more horsepower and torque, while everything ran cooler and more efficiently.
The APR Inlet System greatly outflows the factory inlet system, and for this reason, APR’s engineers have created a Stage 1+ ECU to take full advantage of the upgrade. While Stage 1+ is designed for use with an intercooler system, we tested the upgrade with the factory intercooler system to illustrate the gain from the inlet alone. In doing so, the APR Inlet system gained as much as 14 WHP and 11 WFT-LBS of Torque! When adding the APR Intake Filter to this setup, gains grow even further towards redline, adding up to a gain of 32 WHP and 24 WFT-LBS of Torque! When the inlet alone is combined with the APR Intercooler system gains grew further to 37 WHP and 29 WFT-LBS. Gains will continue to grow as higher demands are put on the system via higher stages of performance.