The C8 Corvette has been out for the better part of a year now and as a result, more and more aftermarket parts for the mid-engine sports car are beginning to hit the market.
One of the latest aftermarket products released for the C8 Corvette is the Black Series carbon fiber cold air intake from aFe Power. The intake has been “computer designed and dyno-tested to increase airflow while reducing weight and enhancing the visual appearance of the engine bay,” aFe says, though it did not indicate if the intake is actually capable of increasing the output of the Corvette’s 6.2L LT2 V8 engine.
The aftermarket intake is made of a lightweight twill weave material and has been “precisely designed and manufactured to fit perfectly into the factory mounting location,” aFe also says. The intake connects to the factory air inlets on each side of the vehicle via two silicone couplings and features two pre-oiled Pro 5R media air filters.
While the aFe carbon fiber intake promises to increase engine airflow and enhance the C8 Corvette’s engine bay appearance, there is one downside. The intake is not CARB exempt at this time and is thus not legal for sale in California or on vehicles registered with the California Department of Motor Vehicles. Those C8 Corvette owners who live outside of CARB states can expect to pay $1,336.65 for the aFe intake.
It’s worth pointing out that the engine control unit (ECU) in the C8 Corvette is encrypted, preventing tuners from adjusting the air and fuel flow for the 6.2L LT2 V8 engine, among other important parameters. This means that many aftermarket parts cannot be used to their full potential, which is definitely worth considering when dropping over $1,000 USD on items like this carbon intake.
Prospective C8 Corvette buyers who want more performance than the LT2 V8-powered model has to offer may want to wait for the arrival of the C8 Corvette Z06, which is expected to feature a naturally aspirated 5.5L flat-plane crank V8 making over 600 horsepower.