Cold Air Intake Benefits: 6 Reasons Why You Need to Upgrade Your Ride with a Cold Air Intake System

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As a car enthusiast, you're likely always thinking of new ways to improve the performance of your vehicle. Whether you're behind the wheel of a muscle car, SUV or truck, your factory parts are never the be-all and end-all for performance. As one of the best performance mods you can make, a cold air intake benefits drivers and vehicles immensely — while being relatively economical and easy to install. But, are cold air intakes worth it? Keep reading to learn the top six benefits of a cold air intake and why you should think about installing one in your vehicle.

Table of Contents

What Does a Cold Air Intake Do?

> 3. Better Mileage

> 6. Increased Throttle

> 1. Increased Horsepower

> 4. Improved Filters

> 2. Improved Acceleration

> 5. Better Sound

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What Does a Cold Air Intake Do?

Before discussing our top cold air intake benefits, we briefly need to answer the question, "What is a cold air intake?" The purpose of a cold air intake is to improve your stock intake system (which feeds hot air from under your hood directly back into the engine) and instead replace it with colder, denser air from outside the engine compartment. Cooler air can bring more oxygen into your combustion chamber, which means more power for your ride.

Moreover, cold air intake systems can help an engine breathe better and increase airflow. Not only are you getting colder, denser air packed with more oxygen and energy potential, but you're also getting more of it with every ride. Thanks to the larger and wider diameter intake tubes, a cold air intake benefits your engine with uninterrupted airflow your stock system can't compete with.

1. Increased Horsepower

Now that you know how they work, what are the benefits of a cold air intake? We'll start with one of the most well-known – increased horsepower.

One of the biggest factors determining an engine's power output is the amount of air used in the combustion cycle. Cooler air can burn fuel better because it's packed with far more oxygen. That means cooler air allows an engine to burn fuel more evenly across the entire system, giving you a bump in power. But just how much does a cold air intake increase horsepower? While it varies from vehicle to vehicle and by company, most cold air intake systems may add around 5 to 20 additional horsepower to your vehicle.

Benefits of cold air intake system in your car

2. Improved Acceleration

After installation, you'll feel the benefits of a cold air intake every time you put your foot on the gas pedal. Cold air intakes help surge a vehicle's responsiveness, as it can reach its intended speed more rapidly when a larger volume of denser air is carried to the engine. If you're looking for an acceleration increase, whether on busy highways or empty backroads, aftermarket cold air intake kits can help.

3. Better Mileage

Do the benefits of a cold air intake extend to improved fuel economy? You bet they do. When your engine can't receive sufficient air, it overcompensates by burning more fuel faster. Cold air intake systems can help improve your vehicle's gas mileage thanks to the improved air-to-fuel ratio from enhanced airflow. With an optimal air/fuel mixture, you'll get noticeably better gas mileage, empowering you to drive farther with fewer trips to the gas station. Who would have thought the benefits of a cold air intake could include saving serious money?

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Here at CORSA, we want to help you see, feel and hear the benefits of cold air intake systems for yourself. Designed with simple bolt-on technology, our selection of cold air intake systems remains unmatched in performance, price and savings potential. Don't miss out on cold air intake benefits that can give you a better driving experience – unlock the true potential of your car, truck or SUV with CORSA PERFORMANCE today.

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4. Improved Filters

Another of our favorite benefits of cold air intake systems (that can also help you save some cash) is the improvement to air filters. Listen, your stock filters aren't bad – they do a great job of catching excess debris that can cause severe damage to your internal parts. However, they require many replacements, generally around every 15,000 miles. Depending on how much you drive, you can spend around $85 every couple of months to replace a simple paper filter.

Aftermarket cold air intake filters are reusable and can be easily removed and cleaned rather than discarded and replaced. All you have to do is remove the air filter, wash it with mildly soapy water, rinse and re-oil. Depending on what type of filter comes with your aftermarket system, you'll only need to do this every 25,000 to 100,000 miles.

5. Better Sound

This benefit is purely aesthetic, but it still counts for a lot to most car enthusiasts. If you relish in the sound of a roaring engine when behind the wheel, you'll be happy to know one of the top benefits of a cold air intake is improved sound quality.

How much does a cold air intake help your sound? Quite a bit. Your stock air intake is designed to be silent. We can't fault manufacturers for this, but that doesn't mean we can't try to improve it. It's simple – with more air comes a more aggressive-sounding engine as you barrel down the open road. Additionally, the whooshing sound of air flowing into your intake as you rev up and release the throttle is highly satisfying to any driver.

Want to see and hear what a CORSA cold air intake can do for your ride? Check out our 2017-2022 Challenger/Charger Carbon Fiber Intake in action. Here at CORSA PERFORMANCE, we design our cold air intakes to work in tandem with our aftermarket exhaust systems to accent one another's sound performance for even more aggression and power.

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6. Increased Throttle

Increased throttle is the final advantage to close out our list of the top benefits of a cold air intake. You need more power to get going when you're stopped at a red light, stop sign or even driving uphill. With a stock air intake, your car sends warm air from under your hood straight into the combustion chamber, slowing your vehicle's response time. However, with cold air intake systems sending colder air for combustion, you'll be able to reach your desired speed far quicker and get an improved throttle response.

Unlock the Benefits of a Cold Air Intake With CORSA PERFORMANCE

At CORSA, we want to help you push your ride further than ever and experience the unmatched benefits of a cold air intake system. With an aftermarket system from CORSA, you'll see an increase in power, improved fuel economy and enhanced sound with every drive, unlike anything you've experienced from your stock parts. We've been leaders in the aftermarket parts industry for over 25 years. Find out what makes CORSA the gold standard in performance cold air intake systems today. If you have questions about our products, contact us at any time. Our dedicated experts are always just a click or call away.

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