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I love European cars of the German variety. I have for as long as I can remember. And within German cars, I've always been partial to Volkswagen and Audi - there's something oddly familiar about them.

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APR/Carbonio Stage 2 Intake

05 24 2011

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A must have to compliment APR’s programming, is their Stage I and II cold air intake.

Manufactured by Carbonio for APR, the intake consists of a replacement scoop and lid that uses the OEM filter box. The stock intake has a flap inside the box that somewhat restricts the flow of air into the paper filter. This restriction is eliminated with the APR replacement allowing for the filter to sit unobstructed at the opening of the intake. The filter is also a foam filter that arguably allows for better air flow. The pipe that feeds the air into the throttle body is also replaced with a clean curved carbon fiber pipe that has no restrictions or resonators, like the stock pipe does. APR advertises an increase of 15 horsepower and throttle response with this modification.

The installation process was somewhat cumbersome. This is because the stock bottom box and the Carbonio “lid” have to be mated to match and seal, which is not exactly easy without some massaging. Furthermore, the oiled filter is difficult to wrap around the adapter that feeds the air into the stage II pipe and took quite a bit of work to get on there securely while being able to tighten the included clamp.

However, once it’s all said and done, the intake definitely enhances the way the car feels off the line. Throttle response is immediate, almost shockingly so, and the supercharger whine can now be heard distinctly inside the cabin of the vehicle particularly between 2200 and 3000 RPMs. It’s smile inducing, to be sure.

With an admission price of $650.00, this is surely the most expensive cold air intake offering on the market for the B8 S4. Certainly overpriced. Carbonio is a manufacturer of high performance carbon fiber parts, generally catering to the exotic market – which is why they feel their parts command a higher price. And while other offerings enhance the sound more than APRs, no other setup enhances the way the engine bay looks after installation. A good balance of function and form, this intake is hard to beat particularly for those of us interested in adding a bit of flair to the engine bay. Those interested purely in performance should look elsewhere and save a few dollars. Recommended with price reservations.

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