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When you’re trying to make power, airflow is critical. Reducing restriction within the intake and exhaust systems is the most sensible way to improve engine efficiency. However, if you have a 1.8T/2.0T MK7 with an upgraded air intake, there might be something you’re missing.
The air intake system on the MQB platform mates to the turbocharger via a plastic turbocharger inlet pipe. Our team has found that this component is quite restrictive and in desperate need of enhancement.
Mishimoto’s Turbo Inlet Pipe for the MK7 chassis is constructed from durable, CNC-machined cast aluminum. Compared to the stock plastic unit, this is far more durable and eliminates any chances of long-term part degradation. Along with durability, we’ve also increased internal volume and enhanced the pathway of air. These design alterations result in significant improvements in airflow and a quicker turbo spool. This turbo inlet pipe fits with the stock intake, the Mishimoto Performance Intake, and most aftermarket intake systems. No tuning is required for installation, although the benefits of this component will amplify as more upgrades are made on your MK7.
As with all Mishimoto MK7 products, this inlet pipe includes our signature Mishimoto Lifetime warranty.
- Direct fit for 2015+ VW/Audi MQB platform Golf TSI/GTI/R and A3/S3
- Precise, durable CNC-machined cast aluminum construction
- Improved flow for quicker turbo spool
- Solid CNC-machined aluminum mount ensures a secure and leak-free fit
- Installs in under 1 hour
- Large internal diameter reduces pre-turbo restrictions
- Fits with stock, Mishimoto Performance Intake, and most aftermarket intake systems
- Functions flawlessly on the stock tune
- Mishimoto Lifetime Warranty
|FITS||Volkswagen Golf I4 (1.8T) 2015-2021
Volkswagen Golf GTI I4 (2.0T) 2015-2021
Volkswagen Golf R I4 (2.0T) 2015-2021
Audi A3 I4 (1.8T) 2015-2020
Audi A3 I4 (2.0T) 2015-2020
Audi S3 I4 (2.0T) 2015-2020
(1) Turbocharger Inlet Pipe
(1) Mounting Bracket
(1) Mounting Bracket Bolt
(1) Turbocharger Connection O-ring
Mishimoto Lifetime Warranty
Our quest for optimized airflow on the EA888 2.0T continues with the turbo inlet. Before we dive into how we plan to Mishify the MK7’s inlet, we first need to look at Volkswagen’s design from the factory.
Well, it’s plastic, for starters. Plastic is not necessarily a bad thing, though. Volkswagen utilized their plastic injection molding with high-density polyethylene to create these elbows on a monumental scale without breaking the bank. For most drivers, this turbo inlet will suit their needs, but those adding more boost and power might be in the market for something a little more durable.
The most glaring attribute to the stock turbo inlet is the size. In the quest for power, every millimeter of intake diameter counts. The Volkswagen inlet necks down fairly quick from intake to turbo. This fast transition is a choke point in the Golf’s intake system, resulting in a reduced flow.
We’re starting our plan with new construction from the ground up. While, yes, high-quality plastic is acceptable for most, we’re on the quest to improve longevity along with airflow performance. So, we’re planning to cast our inlet from aluminum and finish it off with some precision CNC machining.
Size is also a significant factor in our plan. While upgrading the inlet on your spicy Golf might not be a night and day difference, removing restriction is the perfect complement to any intake modification or increase to boost pressure. We’re planning on filling out the inlet’s figure and making the transition from intake to turbo more gradual, ideal for vehicles demanding more boost pressure.
Consistency is key, both in your hot-hatch’s airflow and through the design and production process. To ensure that our shiny new turbo inlets lock in with a twist, we brought our CAD models to life with the help of our 3D printers. This helps us visualize the part on the vehicle and allows us to make adjustments for any potential fitment issues before sending out for production samples. Make sure that you stay tuned for the first look at our new MK7 Golf GTI/R turbo inlet.
Quantity and quality go hand-in-hand when updating an intake system. For an internal combustion engine, the more, the merrier. While we have already sorted most of the EA888’s intake system, there’s still a bottleneck at the turbo inlet. We’ve already been hard at work optimizing this elbow, but now the fruit of our labors is here in our shop.
Last seen clad in 3D plastic, our design has reached its final cast-aluminum form for vastly improved durability over the factory inlet, but that’s not the only difference. The two other main updates were in the name of improved airflow. The first change was a slight update in the inlet’s angle to reduce turbulence and improve flow through to the turbo. The second was an increase in the inner diameter throughout the inlet to increase air volume, especially beneficial for systems demanding increased boost pressures.