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On your journey to getting the most performance out of your 2.0T powered VW, having to invest in a multitude of upgrades such as tunes, exhausts, and possibly even turbo upgrades is inevitable. While these performance parts are absolutely necessary to increase the output of your car, they all bring a very critical and undesirable factor with them, HEAT! Increasing the boost, fueling, and timing all increase the temperature of the air going into the engine and as we all know, the hotter the air going into the engine is, the more it's robbed of its full power. Enter the ARM Motorsports FMIC Kit.
The ARM Motorsports GTI / GOLF R Intercooler upgrade has the ability to cool off those high IAT's tremendously, but how well does it actually correlate to unlocking more power out of the 2.0T? Well, fortunately for everyone we had a customer send in some very impressive dyno results after installing the ARM FMIC Kit on his MK6 GTI that can answer that question.
But that's not all. After reviewing the dyno charts we discovered the ARM FMIC had produced even larger gains of 54whp and 60wtq over the stock intercooler above 6,000rpm. While this isn't the area of peak power, it will most definitely improve quarter mile times and can also be felt from the driver's seat.
Seeing the largest increases in power and torque near the end of the rpm is to be expected due to the dynamics of the engine. Such that as the engine spins faster and is under load for a longer period of time is when the stock intercooler begins to lose it's efficiency. Looking at the graph of the stock intercooler you can see the power and torque starts to decline sharply around 5300rpm. The power and torque curves with the ARM intercooler installed held much stronger to redline. This is where the ARM GTI FMIC really shines, lowering IAT's in the upper rpm range by getting the freshest and coldest air to the intercooler on top of the radiator assembly right up front.