If you have a turbocharged car one of the best ways to pick up a few extra horses and make things easier on your turbo is to upgrade your intercooler. GReddy has a pretty good history with intercooler upgrades so if you’re rocking an Evo X I’d reccomend their 33F intercooler kit. It’s wider than stock and has bigger inlet and outlet end tanks (70mm). Besides the added performance it just looks fresh behind the front bumper!
Engineers are awesome. Why you ask? Because they are always taking good things and making them better! Take Cosworth USA for instance, I just read on their blog that they are producing their own take on the Mitsubishi Evo X intercooler that will bolt right up in the stock position. They also revealed that a mandrel-bent intercooler piping kit will be available soon as well.
This is one of the few parts that really caught my eye when I was walking the SEMA show floor. It looks like AEM is getting into the intercooler business and their first offering being a OEM replacement for the Hyundai Geneis Coupe 2.0 intercooler. Users won’t need to make any modifications to get the intercooler to fit and according to AEM it makes an extra 12HP which is pretty freakin’ good! So far there isn’t any word on an MSRP or release date yet but we’ll keep you posted.
We all love a good intercooler but let us be honest with ourselves for a moment. Front-mount intercoolers can be pretty selfish. They sit there right in the front of everything hogging all the nice cool air without leaving much for the radiator or oil cooler. Greddy took it upon themselves to build a more considerate intercooler. They’re Circuit/Drift spec intercooler features a built in duct to channel air flow to the other vital cooling cores of your car. It hasn’t hit the market yet but you can catch a sneek peak of it on Greddy’s Blog.
If you’re looking to go extra stealth on your turbo application then Mishimoto’s Z Line intercooler might fit with your theme. Its thin, black, inconspicuous, but can still handle up to 22lbs of boost. This unit will definitely keep your turbo snail happy.
Yes, yet another GT-R part that I think is awesome. This time its from Greddy. They’ve worked their magic and created a GT-R twin-core vertical flow intercooler upgrade. They also throw in some bumper diversion plates to coax air flow towards the coolers. Good stuff!
The current generation Mazdaspeed3 is an awesome ride. However if it has one flaw it’s the fact that its turbocharged engine has a top mount intercooler but there isn’t a hood scoop to feed it cool air. Mazda fixed this issue for the new Mazdaspeed3 which will make its debut at the end of the year. But, if you have a current generation Mazdaspeed3 and you want to fix this issue then look no further than Cobb Tuning’s front mount intercooler kit. It comes with all the hardware you need to successfully mount a large core intercooler right behind the front air dam. If you really want to go stealth you could always powdercoat the intercooler flat black.
Boosting Hondas and Acuras isn’t anything new. It was practically the foundation of our culture but no matter how “common” it might seem these days I still don’t get tired of seeing “A” or “H” badged cars sporting a fat gleaming intercooler out front. Recently its been more on the Acura side with the RSX taking over the used market. They’re great cars and respond well to a turbo charger if you go about it the right way. If that’s the route you’re going you might want to consider HKS’ intercooler kit. Its specifically designed to fit on the RSX Type-S and has the capacity to cool your charge air even if you have some massive ridiculous turbocharger.
I dig stealth aftermarket parts. I know some may disagree but I’m a fan of the whole “sleeper” concept. This black universal intercooler from Mishimoto is a good option if you want to remain in sleeper mode but add some inconspicuous boost.
For a long time the Honda S2000 was my favorite car. Out of the box it has just about everything you need: a great suspension, rear wheel drive, good looks, and an awesome engine. However just like any other enthusiast we’re always going to want just a bit more. Now its possible to get more for the S2k without worrying about the fuzz or finding a crooked smog guy. Greddy’s S2000 Turbo Kit has just been announced as carb legal! An extra 70hp without any tickets? This might be a good time for me to check out the used s2k market…