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IE FDS Performance Intercooler | Golf R, GTI, S3, & A3 For MK7 / MQB
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MQB Integrated Engineering FDS Intercooler. The IE FDS (Flow Distribution System) has proven to distribute charge air uniformly across the inlet end of the core. In contrast to other intercoolers on the market which rely on natural airflow across the core, their FDS technology uses precisely shaped and placed fins cast into the intake plenum to fully take advantage of the large core volume effectively using the entire core. As a result, the IE FDS intercooler has been proven to reduce intake air temperatures more so than other units available, thus offering the largest power gains possible.


  • Perfect fit, installs with no fuss or modifications. 
  • Reduce charge air temperatures drastically for more horsepower
  • FDS system utilizes core more evenly then competitors
  • Increases horsepower and torque
  • Removes power robbing heat soak
  • Includes bung for easy setup of water/meth nozzles
  • Large bar and fin core measures 16.39" x 24" x 2.25"
  • 93% more intercooler core volume than OE MQB GTI
  • Fully machined mounting bosses for a perfect fit
  • Fully machined inlet/outlet connections for a leak free seal
  • Perfect OEM fitment, no trimming required
  • Large 2.75" inlet and outlet connections
  • 4 ply silicone hoses ensure reliability
  • Includes all necessary hardware and hose clamps for installation

When you begin modifying your MK7 Volkswagen Golf R or GTI, it will become necessary to upgrade the intercooler. Since the factory unit was only designed to support stock power levels, it will be unable to support the increased output from performance modifications. Once upgrades such as ECU tuning, exhaust systems, and big turbo kits are introduced, intake air temperatures begin to rise, resulting in drastic power losses. The IE front-mount intercooler system was designed to directly replace the factory unit, while utilizing a much larger core and our proven FDS (Flow Distribution System) to effectively utilize that larger core. These features allow for much higher cooling efficiency than the factory system, thus reducing intake air temperatures and safely increasing horsepower output. The IE FDS intercooler is also a direct fit, requiring no cutting, modification, or time-wasting hassle during installation. Read below for more in-depth information on each intercooler feature.



Heat soak occurs when the heat generated exceeds the cooling capacity of the intercooler. The most common symptom is the noticeable loss of power after long term acceleration or several back to back power pulls. By greatly increasing the core size and useable area of the core with FDS technology, we have eliminated the heat soak, keeping the intake air temperatures consistently lower than OEM and competition intercoolers.



Unlike other intercoolers that are simply put together to fit on the car and offer a larger core, the IE FDS intercooler line receives special treatment from start to finish. Our engineering department use Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software to optimize the end tanks and FDS system for minimum pressure drop and maximum flow. Once the end tanks have been designed and flow has been optimized, the 3D models head over to our 3D printing studio to manufacture the initial prototype. The 3D printed end tanks fastened onto a production core for testing. To validate the FDS technology, we test each model of intercooler in a controlled environment on our in-house engine dyno. A total of 16 temperature probes are placed on the core, with a column of 8 on either side. This allows us to collect data at multiple points on the inlet side and outlet side of the intercooler to verify temperature distribution across the core. Once that data has been collected, it is analyzed and used to determine if changes in location or pitch of FDS channels are necessary before going to production.



Along with lower intake air temperatures, the large core within the IE intercooler also decreases pressure drop when compared to the factory unit. Simply put, pressure drop is the amount of pressure that is lost as air travels through the intercooler. As boost pressure is raised, pressure drop typically begins to climb. By using a larger core that flows much more freely than the factory core, pressure drop is reduced, reducing the need for the turbocharger to work harder to produce the required boost levels.



Not only does it offer the highest cooling efficiency on the market, the IE FDS intercooler also offers perfect OEM replacement and requires no modifications to install. Many other kits available require cutting and drilling for fitment, which is the last thing you want to do to your MK7. With CNC machined mount points, each and every IE intercooler allows you to reuse the factory mounting points and installs as if it were a factory piece. You will also find that the IE intercooler receives the same attention to detail and quality as every other IE product, with U.S cast and machined end tanks, precise TIG welding, and a dense bar-and-plate core. Every intercooler is tested on our in-house intercooler testing station before shipping, ensuring that it is ready to install.



The IE MK7 intercooler comes complete with high quality, 4 ply reinforced silicone hoses, which allow connection directly to the factory outlet and throttle pipes. We also include every piece of hardware needed for installation, as well as a thorough installation manual.

Customer feedback

Alec Petruzzi
Aug 2, 2019
Absolutely neccessary with any additional addons to the car or being in a hot climate. Being stage 2 and living in Atlanta this mod was a must. Its breathtaking how much timing was being taken out of the car when it was heat soaked, no longer an issue. Once you pull out the stock intercooler you'll understand why it's so crappy compared to the IE one.

Advantages: Between the apr and IE you're going to get the same... but with the IE you do get the tubing/couplers. Install was about 2.5hrs if you know some shortcuts with all of the plastic connectors you have to take off.

Disadvantages: It weighs probably 20+ lbs heavier than stock... but this was the only negative thing I could really think of... 5x heavier for 100x more efficient.

Have some extra hose clamps, 1 of the 2 I received wasn't catching at all.
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IE FDS Performance Intercooler | Golf R, GTI, S3, & A3 For MK7 / MQB

Increase horsepower and defeat heat soak with the IE FDS
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  • Perfect fit, installs with no fuss or modifications.
    Includes all necessary hardware and hose clamps for installation
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