Here's our new intake coated and ready for installation. The new air filter is over 35-percent larger than the one that was on the car previously, which should equate to a bit more power.
Given all the test fitting that went on, it really wasn't a surprise that the new intake pretty much fell into place. K&N also decided to powdercoat the DSE radiator closeout panel in the same color to help tie everything together.
When doing an intake like this, it's important to have a way to support the weight of the tube. There are many ways to do this, but K&N decided to run a support bracket from the intake to an existing, unused, hole in the front of the cylinder head.
Here you can get a good idea of how the new intake tube snakes from the 90mm Turn Key Engine Supply throttle body to the void behind the driver's side headlight.
With the intake finished, the engine bay has a much cleaner look. From an appearance standpoint, it no longer looks like the intake was a last minute fix done by someone out of time.
Sure, it looks better, but would we get a performance gain? To find out we strapped the Camaro to K&N's Dynojet chassis dyno for some before and after testing. Bert explained, "The baseline numbers with the clamp-on filter were 384 hp and, after installing the new intake, that number rose to a far more impressive 409. A few things contributed to these gains, but the placement of the intake and the way it pulls in cool, non-turbulent, air is the main one. We were also able to richen up the tune to take advantage of the extra air." He also noted that the inlet air temp dropped over 50-degrees with the relocated filter. This should make an even larger difference in performance when the hood is closed and the Camaro is tearing up the highways.