We often refer to the cold air intake as the “gateway mod”. It’s usually the first mod people attempt to add to their vehicle because of its relatively low cost and ease of installation. With the right cold air intake kit, you can add a decent amount of power for what the kit costs.
As its name implies, a cold air intake improves your engine’s performance by giving the engine cooler air. The stock air intake is usually close to the engine where the air is pretty hot. A cold air intake is farther away from the engine which allows it to serve cooler air to the motor. Why is cold air better than hot air? Cold air has more oxygen in it which will create a larger combustion in the engine. A larger combustion = more power.
Cold Air Intakes are said to improve your vehicle’s performance by 5-20 horsepower. This number will vary depending on the make and model of your vehicle. While this isn’t enough power to put you back in your seat, it will give your car or truck a little pep in its step. So if you’re looking to start modifying your vehicle, a cold air intake would be a good place to start.