THE VWR R600 INTAKE
Welcome to the VWR R600 intake. We believe that this is the world’s most sophisticated intake for MQB-platform EA888 cars.
Functionally, a vastly-enlarged airbox houses a giant TriFoam™ triple-layer filter. Using twin front air intakes, from both sides of the front panel, this rates the intake up to 600bhp through the very significantly improved mass airflow through to the turbo.
Appearance-wise, the airbox is manufactured in the UK from the same PU material as the original factory airbox, matched in to the same finish and appearance as the engine cover. This attention to detail extends to all the fittings, which use the factory fitting locations and drain plugs to assure you of the same levels of quality as a factory part.
The VWR R600 Intake System comes with an oversized domed High-Flow TriFoam™ air filter designed to provide increased surface area and dust capacity. This extra surface area provides even more airflow with lower restriction, to ensure that the largest volumes of the coolest possible air is available to the engine at all times. This maximises efficiency and improves drivability and torque throughout the rev range – turbocharger spool dropped nearly 500 RPMs, reducing turbo lag and creating faster turbo response.. Expect greater horsepower and torque through the power band with a more direct and responsive feel upon pressing the throttle.
Of course, air intake temperature plays a major role in engine performance, especially on turbocharged engines. In an effort to maintain the lowest possible temperatures, the VWR R600 Intake system draws cool fresh air from twin intakes across the front of the car through the sealed airbox. The PU material that the air box itself is constructed from (the same as the original factory part) provides significant heat insulative properties, helping to prevent heat soak into the intake airflow.
The R600 has been extensively tested on different cars around the world, and as you would expect, no expenses has been spared during the research and development process. Pulling together the best motorsport CFD designers to develop the optimum flow patterns, and CAD designers to package the intake precisely into the engine bay, together with appearance determined by an OEM designer is why we are so confident of the abilities of the new R600.
Through keeping intake temperatures as low as possibly, and greatly improving airflow into the engine, more power is produced, turbo lag is reduced and better fuel efficiency is achieved. Our development has shown that a high-flow intake system on the Golf 7 / MQB EA888 engines really only gives worthwhile gains once power outputs reach over 300bhp – up to that level, the original factory intake is satisfactory, especially when combined with a VWR High Flow Panel Filter. So to really get the most from the VWR R600 intake, its fitment should be combined with a reputable ECU upgrade.
Our testing on the VWR R600 Intake on a Stage 2 Golf 7 R has given gains of 30bhp, or almost 10% more effective peak power compared with the standard factory air box as the standard air box and filter reaches and exceeds its airflow limit.
The R600 engineering team focused on optimising the pressure ratio between the inlet and outlet through maximizing filter efficiency. Hence the final specification of greatly increased airbox volume, the twin front-panel intake design and the more than doubling of filter surface area.
The new intake is a high-capacity complete replacement airbox, with twin front air intakes, housing a giant TriFoam™ triple-layer filter rated to 600hp.
The PU material used for its construction is the same as the original factory air box and engine-cover, textured to match in to the exact same finish. But it’s not just the appearance that’s built to OEM standard. The mounting points use the factory system, ensuring simple and reliable fitment, with nice details such as the factory drain-hole being retained – and for the US market, attachments for the Secondary Air Injection (SAI) pipe.
Standard filter area = 43,200mm²
VWR R600 filter area = 96,477 mm²
The VWR R600 domed intake filter itself is constructed from a TriFoam™ triple-layer laminate of open-cell polyurethane foam, which gives an exceptionally high level of filtration to protect the engine from contaminants in the air down to well below 5 microns, whilst not greatly restricting airflow. This exact same filter material is used by F1 teams around the world due to its excellent filtration and airflow properties. In our experience, cheaper (and single-layer) foam filter materials are simply unable to deliver the same flow and filtration meaning a potentially very risky compromise for your engine.
The VWR R600 intake system delivers a rich induction noise as soon as you first accelerate hard. With the increased airflow from this system, you will also not miss the sound of the diverter valve opening when you lift between gears. However volume levels are well-contained, and the sound quality is music to the ears of any enthusiastic driver!
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