When car enthusiasts gather and talk about horsepower the Chevrolet Camaro is bound to come up in the conversation. Introduced in 1966, the Camaro was one of a class of cars known as muscle, pony or performance cars. The group also included the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger.
The K&N 69-4535TP air intake kit is designed for 2016-17 Chevrolet Camaros
Horsepower was the theme on the early generation Camaros. A high performance V8 engine powered the vehicle had an output range of 200 to 375-horsepower. A racing version known as the COPO achieved 427.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency imposed new fuel economy and emission regulations at about the time the second generation Camaro was being introduced in 1970. This forced car manufacturers to tune down output. As a result, these Camaros offered a maximum 375-horsepower with 415-lb-ft of torque. But by 1975, a V8 assigned to work the Camaro was producing just 155. The big block engine that generated the higher horsepower achieved by the first generation models was dropped after 1972 and replaced with an inline-six and later a V6. Camaro enthusiasts had to settle for engine power of less than 100 horsepower.
The late 1970s and early 1980s was the period of most disappointment for Camaro drivers because the car was generating its lowest horsepower numbers. The base model was only reaching 88-horsepower with a 4-cylinder engine that featured a carburetor or 92-horsepower with an EFI engine. One could get a V6 or a V8 alternative engine when buying a new Camaro, but they were only delivering 245-horsepower and 345-lb-ft of torque. These were top number for the third generation models, which were modified to feature throttle body injection and tuned port injection.
The fourth-generation Camaros experienced somewhat of a boost in output due to less concern with oil embargoes. It may not have been a lot compared to the first generation models, but it certainly was better than what was achieved by the third generation cars. There was a 3.4-liter V6 engine that offered 160-horsepower, which served as the base powertrain for the beginning of this generation. However, output increased to a respectable 200-horsepower when a 38-liter V6 replaced the 3.4-liter engine. The 1998 Camaro SS was finally able to achieve 305-horsepower with 335-lb-ft of torque.
Muscle car enthusiasts were probably heartbroken when Chevrolet discontinued the Camaro after the end of the fourth-generation in 2002.
Muscle car fans had to wait eight long years, until 2010, before the Camaro was back in its fifth generation incarnation. By this time, Chevrolet, as well as the other American carmakers, had made some technological leaps producing V8s and V6s with decent horsepower as well as decent fuel economy and emission ratings. For example, by the time the new Camaro was introduced, there was a V6 to power it that produced 323-horsepower. The Camaro SS was able to achieve 426-horsepowr with a V8. The ZL1 Camaro had an engine that mustered 580-horsepower.
Now we are into the sixth generation of this legendary car and output is eclipsing the kind of output reached by the cars that introduced muscle and performance to the American lexicon.
If you happen to be driving a 2016 or 2017 Camaro, then consider boosting its horsepower and torque as well as achieve improved throttle response and better engine sound. K&N is offering the 69-4535TP Typhoon air intake kit that offers an estimated boost of 21.33-horsepower at 5900 rpm.
The K&N 69-4535TP air intake offers an estimated boost of 21.33 horsepower on 2016-2017 Camaros
The intake includes a free-flowing mandrel-bent aluminum tube and a K&N RC-5107 washable and reusable universal clamp-on round tapered air filter. The intake is designed to replace the restrictive factory air filter and air intake housing. The intake dramatically reduces airflow restriction because it offers a smoother and straighter route for the airflow as it pushes on to the engine. As a result, the engine gulps in a larger amount of air than the factory air intake allowed. That translates to more power and acceleration throughout the rpm range.
The air filter features a multilayered cotton gauze media that is specially treated with a special grade of oil that makes the cotton strands very sticky. Moreover, as the air filter media catches more and more contaminants, it does not clog up, as is the case with paper and foam air filters. Instead, the particles soak up some of the air filter oil and become almost part of the filter media, catching more particles and continuing the process. The air filter will last for up to 100,000 miles before it needs to be serviced, depending on driving conditions.
K&N offers a specially formulated air filter cleaning kit that cleanses and recharges the air filter so that it can be used over and over again for the life of the car. K&N is so sure of the quality of the filter it backs it with a 10-Year/Million Mile Limited Warranty that promises that the filter will perform for up to 10 years or 1,000,000 miles without requiring replacement.
The air intake kit can be installed using common hand tools and existing factory-mounting points in about 90 minutes.
The K&N 69-4535TP air intake kit is designed to fit the following vehicles:
2017 CHEVROLET CAMARO 3.6L V6 Fuel Injection - All Models
2016 CHEVROLET CAMARO 3.6L V6 Fuel Injection - All Models