2016 - 2023 Chevy Camaro SS
INSTALLATION TORQUE SPECS 22 in-lbs (2.5N*M) recommended for all worm-gear clamps. These clamps have an operating range of 18-27 in-lbs 2-3N*M. Do not exceed the maximum torque rating of 27 in-lbs (3N*M).
Does the 2016 Camaro SS need more power? Of course it does. Why would that ever be a question? The Mishimoto engineers know this, and as soon as our brand new Camaro SS arrived, they got started on intake development. The engineering team went through multiple prototypes to make sure this Camaro intake flows massive amounts of air straight into the throttle body. The tight space constrictions make it difficult to fit such a large intake without running into the radiator, but the Mishimoto engineers developed a design that fits perfectly. It features a huge five inch diameter inlet pipe, making it our largest intake yet!
This Mishimoto Camaro intake generates max gains of 14 whp and 14 wtq while a symphony of bald eagles singing rings out as your foot nears the floor. The plastic injection molded MAF housing ensures proper airflow readings to keep your AFRs close to stock. This means you can run this intake without a tune, making it a true bolt-on upgrade. The silicone inlet pipe features steel wire reinforcement to prevent it from collapsing under load. Just like all Mishimoto Camaro SS parts, this intake comes with the Mishimoto Lifetime Warranty.
- Direct fit for the 2016+ Chevrolet Camaro SS
- Provides max gains of 14 whp / 14 wtq while maintaining safe A/F ratios
- No tune required
- Wire-reinforced silicone elbow with CNC billet fittings eliminates restrictions and improves and increases airflow capacity
- Extremely aggressive intake tone under acceleration
- Heat-resistant, glass-reinforced nylon MAF sensor housing and integrated air straightener molded by plastic injection
- Powdercoated black airbox keeps unwanted hot air from entering the air filter
- Mishimoto high-flow oiled air filter receives maximum airflow from the front of the vehicle
- Silicone elbow available in black, red, or blue
- Mishimoto Lifetime Warranty
|CHASSIS CODES||Alpha Body
|FITS||2016+ Chevrolet Camaro SS
|OILED FILTER||38 g of oil on filter
|PIPE MATERIAL||Steel Reinforced Silicone
(1) Silicone Intake Elbow
(1) Plastic Injection Molded MAF Sensor Housing
(1) High-Flow, Oiled Filter
(1) Steel Airbox
(1) Mounting Hardware
(3) Worm Gear Clamps
Mishimoto Lifetime Warranty
This brand new Camaro has been quite the buzz in the world of muscle cars. If you haven’t viewed it already, we break down this new SS in great detail in our video review series on our engineering blog. You should check it out!
On to the intake. We want to help free up some of that airflow, as these cars have been restrictive in the past. However, Chevy does have an interesting stock intake design for this 6th-generation Camaro. Let’s dive into it.
Stock System Overview
The first thing we notice is how massive this intake tube is – the inlet diameter measures a full 4.5 inches. This is the largest tube we have seen, so imagine how beneficial a free flowing cold air intake will be for this engine! Check out the enormous inlet for this intake tube in the below image.
The size of this intake tube isn’t the only unique thing about it. There are also multiple ports attached. See pictures below.
As with most modern vehicles, the first attachment is the sound tube.
You can see the induction tube reach around and below the tube, eventually routing to the firewall. The tube is clamped to the intake tube by a preformed seal. Generally, the only way to remove these type of seals involves cutting them off, since they are crushed into place.
The second port that is attached to the tube is a factory air-oil separator. Take a look at the pictures below.
This component is attached to the tube in a similar fashion as the sound tube. It is designed to work in a similar fashion to an oil catch can. The only “catch” is it isn’t as efficient! It is still pretty interesting to see a piece like this come stock.
On to the airbox. Aside from the size of its opening, it has a fairly standard design.
You can see the massive opening on the top as well as the inlet on the bottom that attaches to the fresh air scoop. To remove this box from the car, the only tool you need is a flathead screwdriver to detach the rubber intake tube. The rest of the box pops right out.
Chevy integrated a unique feature into this intake box. Do you see those bars sitting in the middle of the inlet opening below?
Those bars are located right before the mass airflow (MAF) sensor. Due to the large amount of air, thanks to the 4.5” inlet opening, Chevy actually molded in a MAF straightener. It is pretty rare for a car manufacturer to do this, but then again, a stock 4.5” intake tube is also hard to come by.
With such a large path for air, turbulence is guaranteed. The MAF would have a hard time coping with readings if the air weren’t a smooth stream. The job of the straightener is to “comb” the air as it rushes into the inlet, thus providing a more consistent and predictable air stream that the MAF can read.
Now that we’ve inspected this stock system, we can begin designing our initial Camaro cold air intake prototype. Stay tuned for what we come up with next!
Mass Airflow Sensor Housing
The stock mass airflow (MAF) sensor is sandwiched inside an air straightener. This straightener differs from others because it doesn’t take up the entire length of the tube. Instead, it’s pretty much only as long as the length of the sensor. Based on this, we decided to take that element of Chevy’s design and incorporate it into our housing piece.
Our ability to 3D print many of our prototype components for testing allows us to cut down significantly on R&D costs, production time, and resources. This means we bring you the parts you need in a much shorter timeframe. Unlike most of our straighteners that run the entire length of the housing, we designed this one to run along only a portion of the housing piece.
The filter is also large; the inside diameter measures 4.5 inches. This is the very first time we have used an intake filter that is so big!
The intake tube was a big undertaking. We went through a few iterations of what the tube could look like before we decided on a design. In the previous post, we mentioned how tight the space is between the throttle body opening and the radiator. This wouldn’t be an issue if the intake tubing weren’t so large, but due to its size, some expert craftsmanship and an effective design had to be put in place.
At first we tried the simple approach by making the intake tube as straight as possible after the bend, while still accommodating all the attachments.
What we found in our testing was a massive loss in power that we suspect was due to airflow behavior. When it comes to airflow, the smoothest stream is always the most effective, so the downfall with this design was the deep bend at the throttle body.
When the stream rushes in from the filter, it loses a lot of speed when it hits that bend, entering the engine in a very erratic manner, and causing a loss in power and poor overall engine performance.
We had a bit more success with our next iteration as seen in the photos below.
We saw better performance with this design. The working theory behind it is that providing more volume in the tube would have a more positive effect on airflow velocity and density directed into the throttle body. This would be accomplished by increasing the outer radius along the edge of the tube around the bend. So we took this idea and ran with it, designing an even larger tube to fill that space. Check it out below!
With the goal of forcing as much air into the engine as possible, we increased the tubes diameter to get more volume in that section and provide the smoothest possible air-stream. Working off our theory, we should see even better engine performance! Check out some shots below.
Here it is installed on the car.
As a quick reminder, the stock inlet diameter measured 4.5 inches. Our intake also has a 4.5 inch mass airflow (MAF) housing and filter inlet diameter – the largest we’ve designed for a car. This is what we wanted to test first and it’s important you know this now, as it is pertinent information later in this post.
With that design, we ended up with unfavorable numbers similar to those yielded from our previous designs. The output stayed the same throughout the run until we lost power in the top end. Comparison of the data against our baseline runs is shown below.
The results came as a surprise to us, as we were fairly confident we would get higher numbers rather than lose power with the redesigned intake tube. As you can see above, power loss started right around the 5,000 rpm range. A slight bump in power is noticeable at the very beginning of the rpm range. However, these gains were negligible when looking at the bigger picture, since they weren’t consistent with the rest of the curve.
When it comes to the air fuel ratios (AFRs), the car ran a bit rich, with an approximate average difference of 7%. Check out the AFR data below.
We weren’t ready to throw in the towel just yet, and it was at this point that we decided to enlist the help of a local tuner. We wanted to see if we could unlock any substantial power with a tune designed for our intake.
The gains, once again, were fairly minimal. Tuning the car did smooth things out a bit towards the top end, but other than that, even with a tune, this design was maxing out the airflow potential. When compared to the first dyno plot of the stock intake and tune versus our prototype, you can see how a tune straightens the curve. Tuning the ECU to properly read the changes in airflow makes a difference in how the engine performs.
There were still some small design changes that we wanted to experiment with while we had a professional tuner at our R&D facility. What about running no straightener at all? Our working theory assumed that omitting the straightener would allow slightly more airflow to pass through the housing. So, we went ahead and 3D printed a new MAF sensor housing that is completely hollow.
Let’s see how that testing went.
Looking strictly at the charts, we saw very mild gains in the low to midrange areas of the graph. However, this tells only half of the story. While the dyno may tell us that we’ve gained a slight bump in power, not having an MAF straightener could actually hurt performance in real-world driving – especially on the racetrack. This Camaro’s ECU is very sensititve to the amount of air it reads that surges through the intake. During hard cornering or acceleration, or both, the centrifugal force will likely push more air into certain pockets along the tube, thus throwing off the sensor’s readings. With so much air passing through that area, it’s important that the airflow stays consistently smooth and straight, which the straightener helps accomplish.
Although we actually ran a bit richer more toward the midrange (which is great for any further tuning) and slightly leaned out in the low range, our data show that including an air straightener leads to smoother and flatter plots, which is ultimately the main goal.
Bigger and Better Things
Again, we weren’t ready to throw in the towel, and at this point we decided to make things interesting. It was time to make these Camaro SS parts bigger. This intake already had the largest inlet diameter we’ve designed for a vehicle, so making it even larger wasn’t something we initially intended to do. We had kept the same 4.5 inch diameter for the MAF to help keep consistency in the airflow readings, but it came time to change that. Our new plan of attack was to enlarge everything by another half inch, which meant that a 5 inch MAF housing, an air filter with a 5 inch inlet diameter, and our tube had to be redesigned to fit the 5 inch housing.
Our concern was that the car would run poorly without a tune due to the increased amounts of air, but it was a success! The car ran great through several tests, did not require a tune, and it made power. Check out our data below.
This plot shows an average of all our runs to ensure that we had consistent gains throughout. As you can see, there is no “MISHIMOTO REJECTED PROTOTYPE” stamp on this plot! Our max gains hovered right around 14.2 hp and 14 ft-lbs of torque, and our peak gains came in at 13.71 hp and 6.5 ft-lbs of torque. With the larger 5 inch MAF housing, the increased airflow really helped the engine gain power. As you can see, the 4.5 inch housing simply wasn’t up to the task.
Let’s see what our AFR’s look like.
Although a touch lean, AFR ratios are still within safe operating limits, so you won’t do any damage to your 6.2L V8. But with the increased amount of air being sucked in, a tune will vastly improve the potential for increased power output! You would be fine running this intake without a tune as well, making this part true bolt-on performance.
Check out a video of our runs!
As you can hear, these prototype Camaro SS parts really enhance that classic Chevy V8 growl. The sound of this 6.2L engine drawing in air through its massive air filter and intake tube is extremely pronounced. Let’s jump right into the data.
Just for a size comparison, check out the old and new images below!
And check out the filters side by side!
This puts a close to our project. Now we have to get our design rolling through the production process. The final product will sport a silicone tube, which will be steel-reinforced to prevent any misshaping under suction. The MAF housing will be CNC-machined, and the airbox will be made of steel and fully enclosed. To give you guys a teaser of what it will look like, check out some 3-D renders of what these final Camaro SS parts will look like!
Please note that this is a rendering and actual parts might vary, but it will be very close. The airbox will stay powder-coated black, but we will have color options for the steel-reinforced silicone intake hose! You’ll have the choice of black with orange interior (shown above), all blue or all red.
I hope you guys enjoyed this lengthy post about our findings for this Camaro cold-air intake project. The next step is a presale! We will be running a sale during which you can purchase one of these awesome intakes at a great discount before it officially hits the market. Getting this presale up and running ASAP is a number one-priority for us right now, so make sure you keep an eye out for these Camaro SS parts!