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AWE | ColdFront™ System – Audi Q5 / SQ5 3.0T

AWE | ColdFront™ System – Audi Q5 / SQ5 3.0T


Leading Features

  • The solution for reducing intake air temperature
  • Lowers Intake Air Temperatures (IATs) by 15F
  • Reduces coolant temperatures by a maximum of 24F
  • Maintains consistent power in extreme conditions
  • Perfect OEM fitment for easy installation
  • Only Heat Exchanger on the market with a drain plug and bleed screw to ensure no air is trapped while adding coolant
  • Designed in house at AWE
  • Available as the full ColdFront™ System, or as independent components as the ColdFront™ Heat Exchanger or ColdFront™ Reservoir
  • AWE ColdFront™ Protection Screen also available
  • Perfect Fitment – Guaranteed
  • Download Installation Instructions:

    Installation Instructions for the AWE ColdFront™ System


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Presenting the AWE Audi 3.0T ColdFront™ System. Designed in house at AWE, the ColdFront™ System is the solution for consistent and reliable performance for modified vehicles looking for maximum power and reliability.  The AWE ColdFront™ System is available in the following configurations:

  • The full ColdFront™ System, featuring the AWE ColdFront™ Heat Exchanger and ColdFront™ Reservoir
  • The ColdFront™ Heat Exchanger alone
  • The ColdFront™ Reservoir alone
  • The add-on ColdFront™ Protection Screen

Why a heat exchanger?

Insufficiently cooled air entering your vehicle’s engine will rob power and performance. Modified vehicles, notably those flashed and/or equipped with a modified supercharger pulley, are particularly susceptible to higher intake air temperatures. Enter the AWE ColdFront™ Heat Exchanger: Proven to maintain consistent intake air temperatures and power, even under the most demanding of conditions.

How it works:

The AWE ColdFront™ Heat Exchanger utilizes a larger frontal area, resulting in in cooler supercharger coolant temperatures, leading to better air intake temperatures and consistent, reliable power.

The AWE ColdFront™ Heat Exchanger was developed to reduce high air intake temperatures found in supercharged engines. Designed and conceptualized in house at AWE, this should be a mandate for supercharged 3.0T engines looking to keep things consistent and reliable.

The AWE ColdFront™ Heat Exchanger is a direct replacement for the factory heat exchanger, fitting neatly behind the front bumper and grill assemblies. This system was specifically designed by the Engineers at AWE to include a drain plug and bleed screw, allowing the system to be bled without the need for external tools. In other words, all the benefits of a cooling upgrade with none of the fitment downsides.

The AWE ColdFront™ Reservoir is CNC Machined from 6061 Billet Aluminum and plumbed directly into the heat exchanger coolant system to increase supercharger coolant capacity. The increase in coolant capacity leads to lower coolant temperatures, in turn supporting lower air intake temperatures. To further reduce coolant temperatures, the AWE ColdFront™ Reservoir incorporates a true flow through design which acts to reduce coolant temperature as it flows through the unit. The AWE ColdFront™ Reservoir features an anodized aluminum cap laser etched with the AWE logo, ensuring that checking the coolant level is a breeze.

The AWE ColdFront™ Reservoir can be used either in combination with the AWE ColdFront™ Heat Exchanger to complete the ColdFront™ System, or can be used with the factory heat exchanger.

The AWE ColdFront™ Protection Screen is the solution for guarding the ColdFront™ Heat Exchanger from road debris. The Protection Screen guards the full face of the heat exchanger with durable stainless wire mesh and is surrounded by a stainless steel frame, protecting it against any small objects that may find their way past the vehicle’s grill. This keeps the heat exchanger fins free of damage, allowing them to perform with maximum efficiency.

Please note, AWE ColdFront™ Systems are for racing use only.

Additional information

ColdFront Options

ColdFront Reservoir, ColdFront Heat Exchanger


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