Looks similar to the K&N cold air intake that I was checking out yesterday.
Those are both "short ram intakes". A cold air intake, at least in the traditional sense, has a longer tube that extends further from the engine bay (usually down to the bumper where the ambient air is slightly cooler).
According to Unobtanium's communications with CorkSport (he installed the intake on his CX-5 GT Reserve), they determined that the "air box" was not necessary and provided no measurable benefit. Without a dyno graph from K&N to compare with, I guess we'll never know.
The K&N does reuse the OEM fresh air scoop, but it doesn't matter since the "box" isn't fully sealed. If it were, the intake would be pulling all of the air from the scoop, which pulls the air that flows over the radiator (just like the way the OEM airbox works). That's what I would like to see made, as that is, for all intents and purposes, a cold air intake.
I thought our CX-5 has had cold air intake already from factory?
I really enjoy the extra noise that comes along with a sporty intake. While I wait for an intake for my ride, I ordered a Corksport Ram Intake for my wife’s CX-5 Grand Touring Reserve, with the 2.5 Turbo.
5 out of 5, would definitely recommend! It was less expensive than the other options I found. I’ve had AEM and K&N intakes on a variety of vehicles, and this is right there in quality of fit and finish.
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Even though you can hear the bypass in the OEM air box part of the video, the in-person difference is night and day.
Any hp gain with your CS intake?
Want to increase cold air? Pull the plate around the hood latch. Buy some weather stripping and apply to the hood/grille top plate to seal off the path to the air intake. It causes speed to pressurize the air box and blocks engine heat. I can't feel any difference, but at least physics are with me. Pics after sun up.
I've had the CorkSport air intake on my CX-9 (same one used on the 2.5T engine in the CX-5 and Mazda6) for about 21,000 kms. FWIW, I didn't notice a difference in low-end performance. This intake, paired with higher octane fuel, makes highway merging effortless.
The OEM air intake system is indeed a "cold air" system. The snorkel shown in yrwei52's pic draws air in from the open area in front of the radiator via the cutout around the hood latch. The OEM system also uses more restrictive piping and a more restrictive filter element.
Corksport's dyno chart with their intake installed shows an increase of 8-12 hp from 4k RPM to redline. I believe they were able to achieve this by making the intake system less restrictive by using smoother tubing with minimal bends and a more free flowing filter.
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Hmmmm I wonder if they did a tune on it after they put the short ram intake in.
My understanding is that they dyno test the car before installation, then dyno test it after installation. As far as I know, no tuning is performed - though I wish it was, because maybe then we could get Corksport to start tuning our cars, lol.
I don't remember if they state this on the product page, but it would be helpful to know if there are other mods installed on the test car (like the exhaust or the upgraded intercooler piping).
Well, I am having a hard time believing that a CAI will produce 8-12 hp in any rev range. If that were possible then manufacturers would be dropping them in themselves.