Forge Motorsport Audi RS3 8V Intercooler

Following on from the firm’s highly successful intercooler for the RS3 8P chassis, the latest Forge Motorsport upgrade for the RS3 8V chassis builds on the company’s reputation for delivering truly efficient cores that offer real-world increases in power and temperature drops.

Although the 8V chassis does share many components with the older 8P, the space available behind the bumper is a different shape and the crash bar has also been changed. This required a whole new intercooler and crash bar setup for this latest chassis.


The new Forge RS3 8V core is a huge 640 x 250 x 100mm unit and is of a ‘bar and plate design’. This gives it a huge 87% more surface area than stock, and an even more impressive 133% more volume. The end tanks are made with integrated pipes in order to retain the stock boost hoses, though owners can also replace the hoses with the firm’s FMKT024 boost hose set if so required. Just like on the 8P chassis, Forge can supply a genuine Audi RS3 crash bar which is modified in house in order to accept the new larger core. Forge also then finishes both the crash bar and core in its smart black crackle finish powder coat for maximum longevity and ‘OEM+’ good looks.


On the standard car Forge used for testing, dyno runs showed 362bhp when completely stock (largely in line with what Audi quote) with a peak intake temperature of 58°C. With just this intercooler fitted and no other modifications, the same car made 386bhp with a peak inlet temperature of 23°C, a gain of 24bhp and a drop of 35°C. Gains on mapped cars will likely be even more impressive as the stock intercooler core really starts to struggle on Stage 1 mapped cars.

forge intercooler RS3

The kit contains full instructions for installation (around 3.5 hours) and a complete kit which includes everything needed for the installation. Cars fitted with ACC Adaptive Cruse Control may need additional modification to fit this part.

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