Got the Volant in. Well made unit. What attracted me to this design (other than the looks) was the fact that the entire unit is closed and picks up the air through the left front lower grille. This is very close to the road surface where the air is coolest.
The box holds a very large cone filter that is obviously more efficient than the OEM flat panel.
As to the Looks- you decide for yourself. This is the carbon fiber top. I have dressed it with some chrome trim. It is my understanding that Volant will be shipping the polished aluminum cover to me at some point in time.
The Sound - is great! Quiet at low revs and cruising. Open the throttle body and that deep, throaty V-8 induction sound is there.
I love it! Wish I had a sound clip for you folks to hear.
The Performance - Well, from a standing start, in drive, ESP on, the back wheels lit up. My C has never done that before. Letting the automatic shift up on its own out of 1st, the back tires made a loud, sustained chirp hooking up in second.
The ECU seems to adjusted to the colder, better flow. But I will be happier when I have a programmer hooked up to the ECU to fine tune settings to my mods.
All in all, quite impressive. I haven't measured fuel economy yet. I expect that under normal driving, it will increase because of the improved breathing.
I recommend the Volant CAI for anyone wanting a performance boost. Thanks to TByrne Motorsports for a great group buy.
(now I have to save up for the headers!)
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