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2010 Chevy Camaro V6 Gets 16 Horsepower Gain with AEM Cold Air Intake

Nowadays, V6 muscle cars mean business, and the new 2010 V6 Chevy Camaro is no exception. With its direct-injected, DOHC 304HP V6 engine, a choice of 6-speed manual or automatic transmissions, and a sporty independent rear suspension, the new V6 Camaro can out-gun many older V8 models both at the drag strip and at your local road course. With that much power and value straight from the factory, the challenge to create an air intake that would beat the competition would not be easy.

After several months of testing four different prototypes with CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) analysis, in-vehicle fuel-trim tests, under hood thermal analysis, and vehicle dyno tests, AEM Induction’s engineers were still not satisfied with the results. While testing a 5th prototype they found it had no advantage over competitor designs. Our conclusion at that point was simple: Compromise is not an option. It was back to the drawing board.

AEM engineers came up with 4 more designs and put them through their usual onslaught of tests. In total, 9 designs with 24 variables were run through dozens of flow tests and over 180 dyno pulls on 6 different vehicles! The ultimate reward came when they finally designed a winner with impressive mid-to-high range power. The results for the new AEM 21-8028DC with a gunmetal gray finish and 21-8028PC with a polished finish were what AEM engineers were looking for in a Cold Air Intake Systems for the 2010 V6 Camaro. Testing revealed a maximum power gain of 16.39 HP @ 5350RPM and 17.57 ft-lbs of torque @ 2600RPM at the rear wheels!

AEM’s new 21-8028DC and 21-8028PC Cold Air Intake Systems for the 2010 V6 Camaro use a bolt-on kit, including a large 2-piece, 3.5-inch diameter mandrel-bent intake tube made from high-grade aluminum. The intake tubes include a venturi insert to contour the air flow at the MAF sensor position, maintaining the factory calibration while allowing a greater volume of air into the engine. The new MAF position reduces heat soaking of the integral IAT sensor, a common issue with the stock intake system, allowing it to read true intake air temperatures instead of hotter surface temperatures. An OEM-quality MAF extension harness is included.

The 21-8028DC and 21-8028PC intake tubes position the large, AEM DryFlow performance air filter in the optimal location for cool air. As a result, the V6 Camaro’s windshield washer fluid reservoir had to be replaced with a smaller, lightweight washer bottle mounted in a new location. An OEM-quality washer pump extension harness and a powder coated mounting bracket are also included. Just bolt it on, plug it in, and GO! AEM provides detailed instruction instructions that make installing this power gaining air intake on your Camaro V6 easy.

The AEM DryFlow air filter has a large surface area and a velocity stack inlet design that outflows the V6 engine’s requirements. The oil-free synthetic DryFlow technology is extremely durable and easy to clean. To further enhance the filtration properties of the DryFlow performance filter, AEM also offers DryFlow Pre-Filters. Designed to prevent splashes of water or mud from saturating the DryFlow air filter, AEM’s pre-filters are manufactured from a durable micro-screen material that is pretreated with a proprietary hydrophobic process.

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