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Mini R53 Intercooler

Mini R53 Top Mount Intercooler Kit. Our Intercooler is not like any other on the market at the moment. With careful thought we’ve decided to replace the near side cast horn of the OEM cooler with our own elbow and machined flanges. This allows us to squeeze in a much larger intercooler core. The difference from standard this has given is clear to see in the stats below.  


 Core Surface area = 275mm x 160mm = 440 Sq/cm

 Core Tube Size  = 8mm x 50mm

 Core Tube Count = 11 x Live Tubes

PRO ALLOY INTERCOOLER CORE SPEC – 390mm x 275mm x 50mm

 Core Surface area =390mm x 245mm = 955.5 Sq/cm

Core Tube Size = 8mm x 50mm

Core Tube Count = 14 x Live Tubes


126.3% Increase in core surface area

18.2% Increase in core flow area

These stats give you a good indication of how much of an increase in cooling, flow and performance this new kit will provide.

Next was to make better use of the air entering the bay via the Cooper S’s well-recognised bonnet scoop. When you shut the bonnet, the incoming air is directed into the intercooler’s scoop, making sure all the fresh air is forced straight through the core. 

As with all of our products we build to the highest quality, all of our intercoolers are pressure tested to ensure they’re ready to handle the boost pressures expected.

The kit comes with all necessary parts to fit the unit and is available in either Satin Black or Satin Silver - With or without PRO logo on core face.

To avoid the possibility of a boost leaks in high boost applications we recommend a new gasket be fitted at the same time. The gasket used at this joint is only suitable for use once and must be replaced every time this joint is disturbed. We also highly recommend that a suitable flexible gasket sealant is used on either side of the gasket to further ensure a complete seal against leaks. We now stock the OE gaskets which are available to order with your intercooler kit. 

For a comprehensive review of this intercooler click the link below to read Citro from Mini Torque's back to back test against aftermarket rivals.

Independent Review 


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Satin Silver - With Logo
Satin Black - No Logo
Satin Black - With Logo
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    R B.
    United Kingdom United Kingdom
    I recommend this product

    Comparably the best

    I owned the Airtec intercooler and the installation wasn’t the easiest nor smoothest. Airtec intercooler is also painted black, poor for heat reflection. With this I got mine in satin silver (better for heat reflection) the install was smoother and maybe a little easier. You can feel the difference in temperature at either end of the intercooler and its cool enough to rest your hand on top, that should be reassurance to know you’re getting a top-notch intercooler. Finishes engine bay really well, looks fantastic and build quality is tip-top.

    United Kingdom United Kingdom
    I recommend this product

    Mini R53 top mount intercooler

    Really impressive build quality, the fit is equally snug and the installation went smoothly. Of greater importance is the performance improvement which can be felt from the seat of your pants… which means it provides circa 10-15% torque and bhp gain over standard JCW item.

    Mike S.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product

    Quality craftsmanship

    I was looking for an intercooler that was more than just a core. Something large, had that custom look, and offered actual performance gains. I learned about this from a comprehensive review online, which compares it to multiple other brands. I am very glad I went with this over the others as it looks, feels, and preforms great. This really sets off the bay.