APR Intake System - 2.0T EA888.4 R/S3 (MQB Evo)

Fits 2022-2023 Audi S3, Volkswagen Arteon, Golf R

Part # CI100053
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APR Intake System - 2.0T EA888.4 R/S3 (MQB Evo)

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This part is legal under the provisions of EPA’s Tampering Policy dated November 23rd, 2020.

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The APR Full Intake System for the 2.0T EA888.4 Engine is Here! This is the ultimate intake system for the 2.0T EA888.4 Engine. It's a true full 109 mm intake system from the dual frontal inlet scoops all the way to the included turbocharger inlet adapter connecting directly to the turbo. The system is completely configurable making it an open or closed system, both with OEM inspired cover or more stylish carbon fiber covers in both twill and forged carbon fiber. The system is also compatible with stock and larger turbocharger systems, both OEM, hybrid, and aftermarket thanks to swappable back tubes and turbo inlet adapters. The system flows dramatically more than stock, has lower pressure drop, increases horsepower & torque, sounds better, looks better, is completely configurable to your desire, and comes in at a price point that's unbelievably affordable. This is the only intake system you'll ever need!


  • Full intake system from the frontal inlets all the way and including the turbo inlet adapter
  • Comes as an open intake system and is fully configurable as a closed system
  • Optional OEM style cover (CI100052-A) or stylish carbon fiber covers in twill (CI100052-B) or forged carbon (CI100052-C)
  • Specific system for both Garret (GTI/A3/etc) and Continental turbochargers (R/S3/etc)
  • Removable and upgradable turbo back pipes and turbo inlet adapters, depending on configuration
  • 109 mm inlet tube with a 99% larger cross sectional area at the airbox
  • 15 AWHP / 12 AWFTLBS on a Stage 1 vehicle with no other changes (Golf R/S3)
  • Makes even more power with tuning specific changes, more mods, and larger turbocharger upgrades
  • Up to 43% more airflow than stock when used on the factory turbo (Golf R/S3)
  • Up to 80% more airflow than stock when used on a larger turbo (Golf R/S3)
  • Lower pressure drop than stock
  • Less strain on factory components compared to stock
  • Better throttle and turbo response compared to stock
  • Straight through design with no sharp or harsh bends and restrictions
  • Integrated low-profile flex section
  • Dual frontal inlets for maximum airflow
  • Incredible sound with the system closed, and even more sound with the system open
  • Works with any turbo upgrade and is configurable for future mods
  • Easy to install with only 3 clamps for the entire system
  • Optional cover install with ease, requiring no tools
  • Turbo inlet adapter is removable and upgradable for larger turbochargers
  • Factory DV recirculation hose easily connects with no tools (Golf R/S3)
  • Emissions compliant
Brand APR
Emission Code7
Product TypeIntake System
Part NumberCI100053

This part is legal under the provisions of EPA’s Tampering Policy dated November 23rd, 2020. The company has reasonable basis (test results) to verify that this product allows the vehicle to operate within legal emissions standards and is therefore legal to be sold for on-street use in all states that accept the legal provisions of the Clean Air Act and the EPA Tampering Policy. This product is NOT LEGAL FOR SALE OR USE IN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA. Testing with the California Air Resources Board, in order to achieve 50-state compliance, is pending with CARB. Once testing is complete with California, and an E.O. number is issued, this product will be updated to 50-state legal status.
Please Note: Date ranges outside of the USA will differ. These systems are designed for use with MQB Evo platform vehicles with the 2.0T EA888.4 LK2 w/ Garret Turbocharger (CI100052) and 2.0T EA888.4 LK3 w/ Continental Turbocharger (CI100053), and no MAF sensor. This system supports larger turbochargers through upgraded turbo inlet adapters. This system does not include the optional covers. They are separate upgrades. Vehicles with Secondary Air Injection (SAI) require the SAI filter (CI100020-A).

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  • Question

    Will it fit 2022/2023 Tiguan R MBQ EA888.4 (which is supposedly identical to the Golf Mk8 R). Everything looks spot on, however I am worried that the front running air section needs to fit specifically per vehicle (although your listing says both Arteon and Golf). Thanks

    By Steve Campbell on April 21, 2023

  • Question

    Does this intake require a custom tune?

    By Chris Lenertz on March 2, 2023

  • Question

    Hi do you need a tune to run this intake or is it ok with the stock tune?

    By Michael kodada on February 25, 2023

    You can run it on stock tune.
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The Design

The APR intake system features dual frontal inlets which feed to a large airbox. This provides full frontal coverage of all inlets. Air feeds into the airbox, which comes as an open system for maximum flow and sound, but with various optional covers making the system a closed airbox design if you so choose. The covers simply snaps into place without any tools making install and removal simple. Within the airbox is our custom cotton gauze filter. It features a high flow filter material that provides exceptional filtration with very low pressure drop and restriction due to the filters large surface area and an additional frontal inlet scoop.

The filter attaches to the airbox and leads directly into our massive 109 mm (4.28”) turbo inlet pipe. The inlet pipe, which is often overlooked, is typically one of the most restrictive parts of the inlet system. We’ve improved upon this greatly. The cross-sectional area of our system is 99% larger than the factory at the airbox! It connects to the airbox with only a single hose clamp with no need for silicone couplers and adapter. This makes the install simple, and gives the system a very clean and professional look.

Next airflow is directed straight through the intake filter without any initial turns or bends after the filter. The most ideal airpath for maximum performance is a straight through pipe. While not always possible in all situations, every consideration was made to make this system as straight as possible to promote performance. The flow path was optimized with CFD to minimize pressure drop and turbulence within the controlled space. Even the flex section is integrated to allow for necessary movement with low profile ridges for minimal disruption. The system gradually necks down to the turbo inlet adapter. The pipe is oversized to allow for swapping inlet adapters for larger ones in the future for larger turbocharger setups. Once again a single clamp connects to two without any silicone adapters for a clean and easy install with less possibilities for leaks. The turbo inlet adapter features an ideal entrance into the turbocharger and port matches to turbo to prevent any disruptive airflow. Furthermore, unlike the factory inlets pipes, there are no sharp and disruptive bends directly before the turbocharger.

Simply put, this is the ultimate upgrade. We engineered our intake system as a full system because any system that’s designed to connect to any of the factory parts, from the airbox, to the turbo inlet pipe, or the turbo inlet adapter, will have sacrifices in airflow and performance. This is because the system will need to neck down to smaller diameters, or make sharp and harsh airflow disrupting bends.

Performance Gains

To increase power on an intake system you must reduce pressure drop and increase airflow through the system. This allows the turbocharger to work less hard to product the same power, and in the case of many setups this frees up headroom so the turbo can pull in more air and make more power.

We tested the system in various configurations on vehicles with the factory Garret (GTI/A3 Platform) Turbo, and the factory Continental (Golf R/S3 Platform) Turbo. Furthermore tests were conducted with the airbox cover both open and closed. The full intake system was used from the frontal inlets all the way to the turbocharger itself. This is the most true test of the system as it will account for the largest restriction point, which is the turbocharger itself. Lastly, all tests were conducted under the same conditions, on the same day, on the same flow bench, at the same depression.

Continental (Golf R/S3 Platform) Turbo Setups

On vehicles with the Continental Turbocharger (Golf R/S3 Platform) and the with our turbo inlet adapter designed for the factory turbocharger we saw a 39% and 43% increase in airflow in closed and open configurations. However, when upgrading the turbocharger and providing an appropriately matched turbo inlet pipe, the numbers increase dramatically to 66% and 80% in a closed and open configuration at the maximum inlet size! On a Stage 1 equipped vehicle with no other hardware changes or tune adjustments to maximize airflow, the vehicle instantly picked up 15 AWHP and 12 AWFT-LBS of torque! These gains will grow dramatically as more performance mods and larger turbocharger setups are added to the equation!

Dyno Data (Golf R/S3)

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Optional Covers

The system is designed to be used as an open, or closed intake. If upgrading to a closed system, we offer several options depending on what fits your budget and desired style. The simply snap into place with no tools necessary!

Future Big Turbo Upgrades

This system was designed for the factory turbocharger, but if upgrading in the future, the system can grow with you. The turbo inlet adapter is designed for use with the factory continental turbocharger, but if a larger turbo is used, or if the cover is modified, the turbo inlet pipe can be removed and upgraded to a larger unit. Simply put, this is the only intake system you'll need as you continue to mod your vehicle over the years!