2015 & 2016 Volkswagen Golf, GTI, and Golf R Short Ram Air Intake Boosts Horsepower & Torque

2015 and 2016 VW Golf short ram intake air intake tube is protected with a wrinkle-red powder coat
The 2015 VW Golf short ram intake aluminum air intake tube is protected with a wrinkle-red powder coat finish to compliment the traditional red Golf GTI stripe and interior highlights

The Volkswagen (VW) Golf has been in continuous production since 1974. North Americans will remember the first generation VW Golf as the Volkswagen Rabbit. The first gen VW Golf/Rabbit was intended as the successor to Volkswagen’s successful, but outdated, air-cooled VW Beetle. At the time of its introduction the Volkswagen Golf was one of the first commercially successful front-wheel drive hatchbacks. Over the years there have been several variations of the Volkswagen Golf, however the Golf GTI (initially the Rabbit GTI in North America) almost single handedly spawned the “Hot Hatch” movement. The idea was simple, take an economy car, outfit it with a performance engine and suspension package, and suddenly the car was both sporty and practical.

The 2015 Volkswagen Golf 1.8T and 2015-2016 Volkswagen Golf 2.0T, GTI 2.0T, and Golf R 2.0T AEM short ram air intake system
The 2015 Volkswagen Golf 1.8T and 2015-2016 Volkswagen Golf 2.0T, GTI 2.0T, and Golf R 2.0T AEM short ram air intake system is designed to deliver as much unrestricted air as the engine can use with the fewest bends possible

The same tradition of performance and practicality applies to the 2015 Volkswagen Golf 1.8-liter turbo engine and its various trim levels. The 2015 and 2016 Golf GTI is equipped with a 2.0L turbocharged engine capable of producing 40 more horsepower and nearly 60 lb-ft more torque than the standard 2015 VW Golf 1.8T. Volkswagen has recently taken its best-selling Hot Hatch model and upped the ante with the highly tuned VW Golf R edition. The 2015 Volkswagen Golf R uses the same 2.0T engine as the 2015 GTI, however it’s tuned to produce over 290 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. With the Golf’s compact size the Golf R 2.0T is said to accelerate from 0-60 mph in a mere 4.9 seconds.

With the AEM short ram intake 21-746WR for 2015 Volkswagen Golf 1.8T and 2016 Volkswagen Golf 2.0T models owners can narrow the performance gap between the 1.8T and a friend’s 2015 GTI 2.0T; or even a 2015 VW GTI owner looking to close in on a Golf R. This AEM short ram intake also fits 2015 VW Golf R 2.0T models which means even stock 2015 VW Golf R owners are going to have trouble keeping up. Most often, the greatest point of restriction in the factory intake system is the stock air filter box and the disposable automotive air filter. The 2015 VW Golf 1.8T, or 2.0T AEM short ram air intake eliminates the restrictive factory intake tubes, and sound baffling by replacing them with a mandrel bent aluminum air intake tube coupled to a free flowing AEM Dryflow synthetic air filter. The aluminum air intake tube is protected with a wrinkle-red powder coat to compliment the traditional red GTI stripe and interior highlights. The 2015 VW Golf 1.8T, GTI 2.0T, and Golf R 2.0T AEM short ram air intake system is designed to deliver as much unrestricted air as the engine can use quickly and with the fewest bends possible.

Additionally, the 2015 VW Golf 1.8T, GTI 2.0T, and Golf R 2.0T AEM short ram air intake system incorporates an application specific powder coated heat shield which blocks hot air from rising off the exhaust manifold into the air filter, as well as sealing against the car’s hood. The design and testing of AEM short ram air intake 21-746WR resulted in dyno proven increases in horsepower and torque across the entire RPM range. On the dyno the 2015 VW Golf, GTI, and Golf R AEM short ram intake produced an estimated additional 13 horsepower at a commonly used 3,800 rpm when installed on a 2015 Volkswagen GTI 2.0T with manual transmission. Equally beneficial to acceleration and performance is the estimated gain of 26 lb-ft of torque at 4,400 rpm. In addition to simply increasing horsepower, lowering restriction and increasing airflow will help the turbo charger to spool up quicker which results in improved acceleration and drivability.

Advanced Dryflow, non-woven, oil free, synthetic air filter media makes up the core of an AEM short ram air intake system’s performance air filter. Non-oiled Dryflow air filter media allows for easy cleaning, durable service, and excellent airflow without sacrificing filtration efficiency and engine protection. An AEM Dryflow air filter is able to provide performance and protection without the need for air filter oil. When it comes time to service the air filter, cleaning can be easily completed using the AEM air filter cleaner 1-1000. Cleaning is performed by following a simple four step process. Because an AEM dry filter does not require oil, the air filter can be returned to service sooner and with less effort.

This AEM short ram air intake system for 2015 VW Golf 1.8T, and 2015-2016 VW GTI 2.0T, and Golf R 2.0T models comes complete with all the necessary hardware and step by step installation instructions. To provide peace of mind, AEM Induction Systems stands behind its products with a Lifetime Limited Warranty. The 21-746WR AEM short ram intake system will provide increased performance and excellent engine sound for the following Volkswagen models:

2016 Volkswagen GTI 2.0L
2016 Volkswagen GOLF 1.8L
2015 Volkswagen GTI 2.0L
2015 Volkswagen Golf 2.0L
2015 Volkswagen Golf 1.8L

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2015 VW Golf, GTI, and Golf R AEM short ram intake produced an estimated 13 HP
On the dyno the 2015 VW Golf, GTI, and Golf R AEM short ram intake produced an estimated additional 13 HP and 26 lb-ft of torque when installed on a stock 2015 Volkswagen GTI 2.0T with manual transmissione
  • Estimated Gain - 13 Horsepower @ 3800
  • Protects Your Engine
  • Reusable Dryflow Synthetic Air Filter
  • Excellent Air Filtration
  • Lifetime Limited Warranty