Corvette C6 Fuel & Air
2005-2013 Corvette Performance Parts: Fuel Upgrades, E85 Conversion Parts, Cold Air Intakes and Manifolds
Your Corvette C6 makes music at both ends – the exhaust delivers that perfect note from behind (or it should – see our Corvette C6 exhaust systems if it doesn’t). Under the hood, your C6 induction rush also makes its own music. The LS V8 sucking air in to mix with fuel and build horsepower is a special kind of sound, and if you’re not getting enough of it it’s time for a new cold-air intake. Not only does a proper Corvette cold air intake build horsepower (more on that in a minute) but it delivers that great rush of incoming air when the throttle is opened wide.
Of course, your C6 Corvette needs fuel to mix with that air. Depending on the level of modification, larger Corvette fuel injectors, a more capable Corvette fuel pump or even a modified fuel system could be in order. The latter is true if you want to run E85 in your Corvette C6. It’s not difficult, but you do need some special Corvette fuel system components. E85 ethanol delivers the extra octane to run high boost, but you’ll need fuel system parts that can withstand the different chemical makeup.
About those Corvette C6 cold air intakes: Yes, they can build additional horsepower, but it’s usually not for the reason you think. The Corvette intake flow isn’t particularly restrictive from the factory. Instead, a Corvette cold air intake tends to allow your C6’s ignition timing to deliver a bit more advance thanks to the cooler charge temperature. Believe it or not, that change in your Corvette’s ignition timing can actually deliver 10-15 additional horsepower depending on the environmental conditions. Yes, any additional intake restriction removal helps too, and different cold air intake manufacturers will tell you different things. But the bottom line is this: A Corvette C6 cold air intake is a smart investment as part of an overall performance boosting strategy, but don’t expect to feel a big seat of the pants difference after installation. That said, you’ll enjoy your new CAI every time you mat the throttle in your C6 and hear the LS V8 sucking in air!
You already know Vette Lab can supply all your 2005-2013 Corvette C6 fuel and air needs, but did you know we do installations too? Unlike some online-only Corvette parts suppliers, we’re a real shop with real performance experts building some of the quickest street Corvettes in metro Detroit. Drop us a line and let us know how we can help you achieve your Corvette performance goals!
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