MK7 GTI Intake Info

June 24, 2015

Everyone needs air to breathe, but so does the engine on your MK7 GTI.  The engine takes in outside air for combustion through the air intake.  On a stock vehicle the air intake is designed to work quite effectively, but some compromises are made in order to keep engine noise down and to minimize cost.  Replacing your stock air intake removes these compromises and increase the performance of your MK7 GTI.  By installing a performance oriented cold air intake on your MK7 GTI you will not only get more horsepower and torque from your engine, but you can also improve your vehicle’s fuel efficiency, saving you money at the pump.

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Cold air intakes are easy to install and provide multiple benefits at a relatively low cost.  Cold air intakes work by allowing air to flow more efficiently to the engine through a larger and more free flowing filter than the stock air intake.  Cold air intakes also use a larger sealed airbox that aids in keeping unwanted heat away from the filter, lowering the air temperature near the intake.  This higher volume of cooler air means more oxygen can be pushed into the combustion chamber, and thus greater combustion for not only better power, but efficiency.  You can expect to generate 5 to 10 horsepower, increase low end torque, and reduce turbo lag with a cold air intake.


Breathing deeper is louder than normal breathing and the same follows suit for your engine.  The combination of a turbo and a more free flowing cold air intake system will also provide the driver with increased aural feedback from the engine and turbo under acceleration.  In addition to gaining power and giving your MK7 GTI a little extra soundtrack, a cold air intake will also give your engine bay a nice aesthetic touch.  There is one final benefit to adding a cold air intake to your MK7 GTI; cold air intakes generally come with lifetime air filters, with proper care you won’t have to replace the filter that comes with your cold air intake, unlike that of the factory intake.


VW MK7 GTI Intake Options

VWR Intake System for MK7 GTI and Golf R

VWR MK7 Cup Intake

VWR R600 Intake System for MK7 GTI and Golf R

VWR MK7 R600 Intake

AEM Cold Air Intake System for MK7 GTI

product intake aem



VW MK7 High Flow Drop In Air Filters

K&N High Flow Air Filter for MK7 GTI and Golf R

MK7 K&N Performance Air Filter for GTI and Golf

VWR High Flow Air Filter for MK7 GTI and Golf R

VWR MK7 Performance Air Filter




Here we have a great DIY showing you how to install the intake on a MK7 GTI


How a MK7 GTI Sounds after an intake install

Steven Voorhees
VW and Audi Enthusiast | DAP Contributor


on MK7 GTI Intake Info.
  1. John

    Does the VWR filter allow more particulate to enter engine? It doesn’t appear to be as good of a filter as say the paper stock filter.

    Thanks for post news and how to videos. Greatly appreciated!!


    • Paul Barrett

      Any free flowing filter will likely allow more through than a tightly packed stock paper filter.

      Glad you like the what we put out there. Hope it is helpful to you.

  2. matt

    How much more effective is an intake system over a drop in high flow filter in the stock setup?

    • Paul Barrett

      Tough to say for sure but the stock airbox is pretty restrictive

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