X34 Carbon Fiber MQB Cold Air Intake System, 8V Audi A3/S3/TT/TTS & MkVII Volkswagen Golf/GTI/R, 1.8T/2.0T Gen 3
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034Motorsport is proud to announce the X34 Carbon Fiber MQB Cold Air Intake System for the 1.8T & 2.0T EA888 Gen 3 engines found in the 8V/8S Audi A3/S3/TT/TTS & MkVII Volkswagen Golf/GTI/R!
034Motorsport’s engineers invested significant effort in developing a comprehensive OEM+ cold air intake solution for the EA888 1.8T/2.0T Gen 3, which provides noticeable gains in horsepower and torque over the well-designed factory airbox. Throughout the development process, multiple designs were modeled, prototyped, and tested, culminating in this elegantly-engineered Carbon Fiber Cold Air Intake System.
034Motorsport engineers started by identifying the shortcomings of the factory intake system to determine which components restricted airflow to the turbocharger inlet. While the factory lower airbox and fresh air duct to the core support were more than sufficient for increased power levels, the factory air filter, upper airbox, and turbo inlet tube were deemed too restrictive, even with the factory turbocharger.
034Motorsport's mechanical engineers scanned the factory engine bay and modeled a one-piece unit to replace the factory intake tube and upper airbox. By eliminating the multiple couplers, transitions, and jagged features in the factory upper airbox and intake tube, 034Motorsport's engineering team was able to drastically reduce turbulence in the intake tract, and virtually eliminate pressure drop in the intake system before the turbo inlet.
Multiple iterations were prototyped in plastic using 034Motorsport's in-house FDM 3D printer and thoroughly tested. Ultimately, the best-performing design was a fully-enclosed unit featuring a massive 4" inlet at the air filter and a large-diameter one-piece intake tube with smooth transitions all the way back to the factory turbo inlet.
True Cold Air Intake
To ensure that the X34 MQB Cold Air Intake System draws in cool, dense air, the system is manufactured entirely from carbon fiber, and completely enclosed to prevent hot air from the engine bay entering the intake tract. By bolting to the factory lower airbox, this design allows the enclosed high-flow conical filter to breathe fresh, cold air from the factory inlet duct before the radiator.
Performance Air Filter
The 034Motorsport Carbon Fiber Cold Air Intake system houses a high-flow conical air filter with a masive 4" inlet and double-layer pleated cotton filtration medium. This air filter design offers increased flow through an enlarged filtration surface, while ensuring superior filtration.
OEM+ Fit & Finish
034Motorsport carefully selected the carbon fiber weave on the intake tube and upper airbox heat shield to match the factory carbon fiber engine trim found in Audi RS-model engine bays. The 034Motorsport MQB Audi/Volkswagen 1.8T/2.0T Cold Air Intake System was designed to fit like a factory part, and mates directly to the turbo inlet pipe and factory lower airbox to provide an OEM+ look.
Dyno-Verified Wheel Horsepower & Torque Gains
034Motorsport's engineering and development efforts were validated on multiple vehicles using our Mustang AWD Dynamometer to ensure that the 034Motorsport Audi/Volkswagen MQB Cold Air Intake System provided substantial increases in horsepower and torque on both stock vehicles and ones with upgraded tunes alike.
Wheel Horsepower Dyno | Stock Tune - 91 Octane - IS38 | X34 MQB Audi/Volkswagen 1.8T/2.0T Intake System vs. Stock
The installation of your 034Motorsport MkVII Volkswagen Golf/GTI/R & 8V/8S Audi A3/S3/TT/TTS MQB 1.8T/2.0T Gen 3 Cold Air Intake is a relatively simple process that will take approximately one hour to complete. You can access our detailed installation guide by clicking the icon on the left.
Took 45 minutes to install, including unpacking the kit and at least 15 minutes wasted trying to remove the oem baffle from the factory lower air box ("tight tolerances" my foot, that thing was practically impossible to get out). The kit and instructions were straight forward.
This unit is on the pricey side of the ones available. I actually had the APR in my cart first, but decided to go with this one because it drops into the factory lower, requiring a minimal amount of mechanical modification, which is a real plus given my novice abilities. Plus, it is rated up to 400 hp, so I can use it all the way through a stage 3 turbo upgrade tune. It has a large filter, a clean upgraded-factory look, and the carbon fiber air box is supposed to minimize intake of warm air from the engine bay.
Initial impressions are a more throaty engine sound (nice surprise), and more responsive throttle at low rpm's. I did not know how subtle detectable changes would be from installing an air intake, but it really seems to have reduced the throttle response delay I have observed. The car just seems to pull more at lower rpm's, which is a welcome improvement!
I should note the car is already running APR stage 1 tune. Even though this unit is from a different manufacturer, it seems to be working synergistically with the tune.
One thing I did not realize when I purchased, the air box does not cover 100% of the factory lower. There is a small rectangular section that juts out the back left of the factory lower that the air box does not cover. I'm not sure what impact that will have.?
As stated in a previous review, I too replaced my APR intake with this unit, and the hardest part of the install was reinstalling the factory pieces which you have to take off for the APR one. The installation of this intake itself probably only took 15 minutes, the directions were really straight forward and easy to follow. I love the OEM+ feel of this intake, it fits in the engine bay like it was meant for the car, as it uses portions of the factory system (lower airbox). It won't give you a massive intake (whoosh) sound but to me that goes along with the appeal, understated performance. Great addition to my car and I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a quality piece with great fitment.
Out of the box it looks great, light but sturdy (no flex even between corners). Install is straight forward per the directions, I would recommend blowing out the air filter and box just incase debris was caught in there during shipping. In addition I wouldn't fully tighten the coupler onto the tube, leave it just snug so it doesn't come off. Then when you put it on the turbo inlet pipe you can make sure you have it fully seated and THEN tighten both, makes it way easier! Sound and performance are as expected. The sounds is 45-60% increase according to the Aaron scale :) You can hear the release depending on your throttle input and you can hear the engine gulping down air under heavy throttle. You can find videos on the forums I posted if you want to hear it. Performance is as advertised both on the dyno and in real world conditions. I tracked the TTS a few days after installing: 85 degrees, Autobahn Full Course, all day. Throttle response was as expected, no loss or issues. I monitored intake temps via data logger (kiwi 3 OBD) as well as thermocouples pre filter, post filter and externally on the pipe. All results were improved over OEM measurements.