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ECS Tuning - MK7/7.5 GTI/R Front Mount Intercooler Kit - For OEM Charge Pipes


Product availability:

  • Ships from ECS facility within the US in 1-2 business days.
  • Average shipping and processing times take about 2-4 weeks.

The ECS Tuning Front Mount Intercooler (FMIC) Kit boosts power and lowers intercooler outlet temps by maximizing core volume and more efficiently dispelling heat over the OEM sandwich-mounted intercooler. The factory intercooler is positioned between two hot heat exchangers, the A/C Condenser and Radiator, and suffers from an undersized and underperforming tube and fin core from the factory. Upgrading the OE-location intercooler is difficult for most hobbyists and is hidden within the core support. An alternative choice is our In-House Designed and Engineered FMIC Kit which relocates the charge cooler front and center, right behind your front bumper cover for maximum available airflow while moving it away from the hot heat exchangers inside the engine bay, all while adding an aggressive appearance to your turbocharged VW! 

Our design features high quality cast aluminum end tanks with an integral flow divider on the inlet for even flow distribution, a massive 26” x 7 ⅞” x 3.0” (614.25 in.³ volume) aluminum bar and plate core, which lends to an increase in volume of +19.78% over the OEM GTI intercooler, for maximum heat dissipation, bolt-on powder-coated steel brackets, which require absolutely NO drilling or cutting, and 5-ply pre-molded silicone couplers with T-Bolt hose clamps. Our intercooler was in-house engineered to provide a bolt-on cooling solution for the VW MK7 GTI and Golf R market. Through our in-house evaluation on our ECS Shop MK7 GTI, we measured an increase of +24 WHP @ 6,400 RPM and +18 WTQ @ 6,375 RPM along with an increase of 19% in cooling efficiency and 80° F. lower intercooler outlet temperatures after 3 consecutive dyno pulls. 


  • 3D CAD designed to allow the largest intercooler possible without permanent modifications (no cutting or drilling) 

  • Aluminum Straight Vane Bar and Plate Core - 26” x 7 ⅞” x 3.0” (614.25 in.³ internal core volume) 

  • Raw Cast Aluminum End Tanks with smooth flowing internal inlet and outlet flow-paths 

    • Cast 2.50" barbed connections keep hoses secured and minimizes the risk of hoses blowing off

    • Internal flow divider on intercooler inlet for even flow distribution between the intercooler core 

    • End tanks are tig welded to the intercooler core and the complete assembly is pressure tested to 3.5 BAR at 0% leak down to ensure sealing capacity

    • Cast mounting features supply our bracketry with a rigid mounting point 


  • Our unique design to mount the intercooler makes this kit truly remarkable! By bolting our brackets to the lower crash beam bolts, absolutely no drilling into your core support or drilling into your beam are required! Simply remove your lower crash beam bolts to install our brackets. The beam does NOT need to be removed. 

  • Made from rigid ⅛” thick steel then powder-coated wrinkle-black for corrosion protection 

  • Pre-installed zinc-plated rivet nuts make for a simple bolt-on solution to our intercooler with our included stainless steel bolts and washers 

  • Included in the kit are our horn brackets which position the horns closer to the beam to make way for silicone charge pipe routing. 

  • A pre-welded tab on the driver's side bracket maintains a mounting point for the ambient air temperature sensor bracket. 


  • Pre-molded and held to tight tolerances to achieve the best flow possible while navigating the tight areas within the MK7's front end 

  • Made from heavy-duty, 5-ply fiberglass reinforced silicone for burst resistance. Capable of handling 250° F. operating temperatures and over 45 PSI.  

  • Smooth internal passageways and smooth bends keep airflow at peak for the greatest level of performance 


  • ECS Front Mount Intercooler

  • ECS Direct-Fit Mounting Bracket Kit with Mounting Hardware

  • ECS Silicone Couplers with T-Bolt Hose Clamps 


Dyno tested on our In-House Mustang Dyno on our shop 2015 MK7 GTI 2.0T 6 speed manual, comparing OEM GTI intercooler to ECS FMIC. Please see our documented results under the INSTALLATION Tab for more information. 

Vehicle Modifications: APR Stage 2 Hi-Torque 93 Octane Tune, Milltek 3.0" Catted Turbo-Back Exhaust, ECS Kohlefaser Luft-Technik Intake, ECS Charge Pipes 

  • +24 WHP @ 6,400 RPM and +18 WTQ @ 6,375 RPM

  • 15° Fahrenheit lower intercooler outlet temperature drop over 3 consecutive dyno pulls

  • 80° Fahrenheit lower intercooler temperature rise over 3 consecutive dyno pulls

  •  +19% more efficient at 6,250 RPM (+4% at lower engine speeds, ~3,250 RPM)

  • 0.5 PSI lower pressure drop at 6,250 RPM


  • Our ECS Front Mount Intercooler Kit was designed, engineered, tested and quality inspected by our Research and Development team in our Wadsworth, Ohio facility. We strive for the highest level of precision and quality through leading-edge product development technology including FARO laser scanning for reverse engineering and quality inspection, SolidWorks 3D CAD modeling, rapid prototyping utilizing our in-house 3D printer, and rigorous long term product testing.


  • Looking for installation tips? Look no further, we put together a full installation tutorial from start to finish including how to remove your front bumper cover in detail! See our Installation PDF under the INSTALLATION Tab for more information. No cutting, drilling or any other permanent modifications are required for intended fitment. 

  • Vehicles with SAI (Secondary Air Injection) will need to bend the wiring harness bracket 45° to clear silicone coupler. This can easily be bent to original form if ever desired. 

  • Be advised this will NOT FIT pre-facelift MK7s with forward collision warning radar (large black sensor in lower, center bumper grille).