To the casual observer, the 1.4T badge on the back of a Volkswagen Passat might seem like some sort of industrial-level typographic error. But in fact Volkswagen has long been a leader in turbocharger technology, along with a number of cutting-edge technologies which is exhibited by the introduction of a new, smaller engine from Volkswagen. The EA211 four-cylinder, which features both turbocharging and direct-injection is was added to the Jetta lineup in 2016, giving drivers an additional option to consider from the Volkswagen Jetta 1.4T engine specs and performance.The 1.4-liter TSI engine in the Jetta can produce up to 150 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 184 lb.-ft. of torque at 1,400 rpm. The turbocharging system offers great boost response thanks to the advanced design of the intake manifold, which allows for the use of just one small, single-scroll compressor. The engine can be paired with either a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. The engine and cylinder head are both cast of aluminum and the cylinder head features four valves per cylinder.Previously, the Jetta offered both a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter engine in the S trim and a 1.8L TSI engine in the SE trim. Both of these engines have served the Jetta well, but they are now making way to be replaced by the new 1.4T engine, which when installed in the 2016 Jetta GLI will deliver 150 horsepower.AEM testing recorded an 11 HP gain over a stock VW 1.4 L turbocharged four-cylinder Ford offers a similarly-sized 1.5L Ti-VCT GTDI four cylinder engine in its comparably sized and priced Ford Fusion sedan. The big difference is that the Ford motor out-produces the VW engine by an amount greater than can be attributed to the slight increase in displacement: 181 horsepower for the Ford versus 150 horsepower for the VW.If you’re looking for a way to make up some of those horsepower, consider the AEM 21-797C cold air intake is a relatively inexpensive DIY modification that takes only a couple of hours to install with tools just about everyone has in their garage.The results of AEM testing are that an otherwise stock 1.4L turbocharged four-cylinder 1.4L VW is measured on the chassis dynamometer with a 21-797C installed, output power increased by an estimated 11 horsepower.With the AEM 21-797C air intake system intake air enters the system through the AEM air filter, which is installed in the original factory air box location and is protected by a heat shield designed to reduce intake air temperature and increase horsepower.The filter itself is a tapered conical AEM Dryflow synthetic washable air filter which provides outstanding air flow, filtration, and performance.Everything you need to instake an AEM 21-797C is included in the boxThe AEM 21-797C air intake systems come with the necessary boots, clamps, and hardware for an OEM-type appearance. OEM mounting brackets and hardware are utilized for seamless installation. The air intake tube is constructed from mandrel-bent aluminum tubing finished in a durable gunmetal gray powder coat. Further, this air intake system was developed to accommodate the VW engine’s factory emissions control devices including the mass air flow sensor and engine vent lines.Your AEM Air Filter is good for about 100,000 miles with proper service (depending upon your driving conditions) If you drive in dusty conditions, your filter may require more frequent maintenance. Cleaning consists of an application of AEM synthetic air filter cleaner which will loosen and dissolve grime and dirt built up on the filter, after which the filter can simply be rinsed with water, dried, and reinstalled. No messy oiling required! AEM warrants that its intake systems will last for the life of your vehicle.The AEM 21-797C is designed to fit the following vehicles:2016 VOLKSWAGEN JETTA 1.4L L4 Fuel Injection - All Models
The 2015 and 2016 Honda Civic EX-T and Touring models are powered by one of Honda’s most potent small four-cylinder engines to date. These Civic models move down the road with 174 horsepower from a tiny 1.5 liter engine. Surprisingly, there’s room for improvement. By swapping out the factory intercooler charge pipe with an AEM 26-3003C. This cold side charge pipe has two 1/8 inch NPT ports for you to add auxiliary systemsOfficially the L15B7, the engine is manufactured with an aluminum block and a DOHC 16-valve cylinder head with water-cooled exhaust passages cast into the head. Other cylinder head features include direct Injection, Dual VTC (variable valve-timing control), and sodium-cooled exhaust valves. Internal features include cavity-shaped pistons with an optimized skirt design, lightweight steel connecting rods that are heat-forged in one piece for higher strength, and a new grinding process known as plateau honing which further lowers friction levels between pistons and cylinders.The real key to the 1.5 L engine’s performance is the single-scroll turbocharger that produces 16.5 psi of boost. At that level the motor develops 174 horsepower @ 5500 rpm and torque of 162 lb-ft @ 1800-5500 rpm. As air is compressed, it heats up at the rate of about 10° F for every one PSI of boost. Certainly the engine’s intercooler can shed much of that heat, but typically the intercooler can also pass more air than the capacity of the stock intake tubes.The AEM 26-3003C intercooler charge pipe kit is a free-flowing, mandrel-bent aluminum tube with a durable gunmetal gray powdercoated finish that is designed to replace the restrictive factory intercooler piping on 2016 - 2017 Honda Civic models with the 1.5L engine. The AEM charge pipe has been engineered to reduce turbocharged air pressure loss common with stock plastic pipes as well as dramatically increase air flow from the turbo to the intercooler. This cold side charge pipe has two 1/8 inch NPT ports for you to add either a water-methanol injection or a nitrous oxide modification, should you desire to do so. The AEM 26-3003C intercooler charge pipe kit is a relatively inexpensive modification that you install yourself in only a couple of hours with common hand tools. The kit comes with all the necessary hardware for an OEM-type installation. Plus there’s no drilling required as OEM mounting brackets are utilized for a seamless installation.For additional horsepower gains and improved engine compartment aesthetics, the AEM 21-798C cold air intake system can be installed into your vehicle as well.A flexible synthetic rubber fitting connects the intercooler charge pipe to the OEM intake systemAEM warrants that its air intake systems and Dryflow air filters will last for the life of your vehicle.The AEM 26-3003C is designed and engineered to fit the following vehicles:2017 HONDA CIVIC 1.5L L4 Fuel Injection - All Models2016 HONDA CIVIC 1.5L L4 Fuel Injection - All Models
For those whose familiarity with desert racing is based on events run in Mexico, the team from the Best In The Desert organization run things a little differently. Their Parker 425 course consists of four laps of a loop around 100 miles long. If that sounds like something you could knock off quickly, consider that finishing in under seven hours (much less finishing at all) is a major accomplishment. The Parker 425 runs over a rugged course with wide-ranging conditions, from sand washes and rough rock sections to wide-open well-graded dirt roads.Coming off its success in SCORE events at the Baja 500 and Baja 1000, the AEM-supported Honda Ridgeline Baja race team opened their 2017 off-road racing season with a strong performance tackling the southwestern Arizona desert. The team took an early lead and then persevered to grab third in the 7200 (unlimited mini- or mid-sized truck) class at the Parker 425.Two AEM conical DryFlow air filters provide the breathing for the twin-turbo Honda V6 race motor"We started fourth and quickly made it to the front of our class. Unfortunately, we suffered a drive shaft failure that set us back," said Team Owner/Driver Jeff Proctor. "We continued to battle and make up lost time, even though the course was undeniably rough. Overall, the truck ran strong all day, and we have a podium finish to build upon going into our next race, the Mint 400 in Las Vegas. Our program continues to get stronger and we are looking forward to enhancing our results from last season. Our goal is to add to our SCORE series wins with a victory in the Best In The Desert series."Powered by a twin-turbocharged 550 HP 3.5L V6 produced by Honda Performance Development, the HR35TT engine uses the same block, cylinder heads, and crankshaft as the production V6 engine that powers the street Ridgeline. A pair of AEM DryFlow conical air filters feed an HPD-designed intake plenum. There’s even a little Formula 1 in this desert fighter: engine management is controlled by a unit from McLaren Applied Technologies.If your engine ingests dirt and sand, your race could be over very soon. AEM keeps Honda in the raceA few more interesting technical tidbits about the racing Ridgeline: it’s fitted with an 84 gallon fuel cell (the fuel alone weighs over 500 lbs.), braking is via six piston calipers on all four corners, shocks that provide 20” of travel front and 32” of travel rear, and the six-speed gearbox that was originally developed for the Australian V8 Supercar series.The Ridgeline Baja race truck features a carbon-fiber body designed by Honda R&D Americas' Los Angeles Design Studio, based on the design of the current Honda Ridgeline, which was also designed and developed by Honda R&D North Americas. Key design cues drawn from the 2017 Honda Ridgeline are visible in the grille, hood, roof, bed, and side profile.AEM offers cold air intake systems, short ram intakes, and AEM air filters for many applications. Use the search by vehicle tool to find performance upgrades for your vehicles available from AEM. To find an AEM dealer near you, use the dealer search tool.
What do you think of when someone tells you they own a Subaru? Do you see a rally car, or soccer-mom wagon? A daily commuter, or a heavily modified track car? In the case of Subarus, all answers are correct. There are so many “types” of Subaru owners out there and styles definitely vary, but they all have one thing in common; they are passionate about performance.Subaru is a 63-year-old company founded near Tokyo, Japan, in the early 1950s. Subaru started off under their parent company Fuji Heavy, a major manufacturer of aircraft for Japan during World War II. During the late 1940s, a small part of the Fuji Heavy company was involved in scooter manufacturing. In fact, in 1946 the company created the “Fuji Rabbit” scooter with spare aircraft parts from the war! No, the scooter couldn’t fly, but it could top out at 60 mph, which was considered high speed during that time.The WRX is equipped with a 2015 Subaru Engine with 2.35L displacementAfter WWII, Kenji Kita, CEO of Fuji Heavy Industries, wanted to be involved in auto manufacturing and started working on building a car that would be known internally as the P-1. Kenji wanted to name the car and had his company give their suggestions, but none were to his liking. He eventually decided on a name himself; Subaru, which is the name of the Pleiades star cluster in Japanese. Now you know why Subaru has the stars in their logo!Subaru has evolved considerably over the years and one of their most loved and popular vehicles is the Subaru Impreza. The Impreza has been around since 1992, but has grown to be one of the go-to vehicles to own for auto-enthusiasts all around the world.Model Haleigh Ann Graham takes a moment to pose in Eric's WRX at SEMA 2016Eric Guerette of Quebec, Canada, is one of those many enthusiasts that cherishes his Subaru like it was a member of the family. Eric has invested over $150,000 into his build and logged over 1,000 hours as well.So what’s so special about Eric's 2002 WRX? We’ll tell you! Starting with the engine bay, the WRX is equipped with a 2015 Subaru Engine with a custom 2.35L displacement. The engine is armed with 2002 WRX custom machined heads, BC 272 lift cams, Manley pistons, and a GTX35 turbo, all tuned with a Wtech tuner. An AEM intake not only protects, but allows this precious motor to perform at its full potential.Moving on to the drivetrain, Eric went with a 2006 JDM Subaru SPEC C transmission and driveshaft. Headers and exhaust are made by Perrin Performance and an Optima Battery keeps this Subaru starting every time. Two-piece Rotora brake rotors and dual-piston Rotora calipers also give this WRX the stopping power it needs.Eric used AEM’s universal air filters search tool to find a cone filter to fit the intakeThe body style is a replica of a Subaru Impreza WRX 2002 WRC and is made of aluminum and fiberglass. A JDM spec C grille leads the way with a custom aluminum hood atop. The classic “bugeye” headlights are JDM version 7 lights and OEM taillights in the rear. Front and rear bumpers are the OEM JDM lip style adding to the great stance of this WRX. Niche Wheels wrapped in Toyo tires put this mean WRX on the road. Eric used to take this car to the track but now has retired it to shows only. He attends shows all year long and takes home first place trophies regularly. Just last year alone, he took home “Best Subaru” at Importfest, “Best Body” at SCP 2016, and 1st place for 1997-2007 Subarus at Importfest. A few upcoming shows he will be at are Salon de l’auto sport in Quebec as a featured car, Importfest, and the DMCC show series. Eric also has a scheduled shoot with Performance Auto & Sound Magazine (PASMAG).So when you take a look at Eric’s outstanding Subaru WRX, don’t forget the humble beginnings of the Subaru company in the 1940s and 1950s. It’s amazing how Subaru has evolved from a scooter manufacturer into one of the leading automotive manufacturer’s in the world. Just goes to show, that the smallest inspirational idea can turn into a dream come true.
Do you ever wonder what goes into designing an intake system? Why do some companies offer different styles of intake for the same vehicle? Why did the engineers build a system the way they did? These are just a few of the questions that are asked by enthusiasts like you.We sat down with the Product Development Manager, George Hsieh, here at AEM Induction to ask these questions and more. We hope this will help people understand just some of what goes into building the great intake systems that you have come to love from AEM. For more information about what AEM makes, visit aemintakes.com.AEM: Good morning, please tell the readers a little about yourself.George Hsieh: Good morning, my name is George Hsieh, and I am the AEM product development manager here at AEMAEM: In your own words, what does AEM Induction make?GH: AEM Induction makes performance air intake systems, turbo charge pipes, intercoolers, and strut tower bars.AEM: How do you decide which vehicles to make kits for?GH: The AEM product development team is made up of car enthusiasts, just like the customers that we make products for. Each one of us comes up with a list of vehicles then the lists get combined and refined based on feasibility. I then study industry data, historic sales data, and competitor products if available to put the final list together.AEM: What goes into designing, engineering, and building a complete intake system from start to finish?Here is an example of a 3D computer model that is made during the design process of a buildGH: Most of the time a project starts with us physically having the vehicle in the shop, sometimes we will start with vehicle CAD data. But either way, we will study the space available to us and the geometry of the factory air intake to come up with design concepts. From this point on, we’ll digitize the engine bay or transfer the CAD data into our computer to start the design process. Then we will move on to prototyping and testing/validation. Once finalized we work with manufacturing to create work instructions before the product goes into production. AEM: How long does that process typically take?GH: The R&D process takes 2-3 weeks. AEM: What types of modeling programs or systems do you use during prototyping?GH: We use Solidworks for design and simulation. AEM: What considerations do you have to take into account during the design and engineering process?GH: Function/performance, styling, ease of installation, cost/price, and manufacturing lead time. AEM: For the 2011-2014 Ford Mustang, you offer several different intake systems. Why are there different versions of intakes for the same car?GH: The major difference between the 2 versions of intakes is one retains the factory air box while the other one provides an enclosed performance air box. The intake that retains the factory air box keeps the factory hydrocarbon absorber intact so it can be granted an E.O by the California Air Resource Board.AEM: Are there any special design elements or features used in this intake in particular?GH: On the 21-8122 and 21-8123 intake system, the enclosed air box is CAD designed and simulated in CFD to ensure laminar air flow around the oval conical air filter. This not only increases air flow, it allows the filter to utilize 100% of the surface area and promote uniform dust loading. The air box interfaces with the factory pressurized fresh air duct to take advantage of the pressurized air flow into the air box as the vehicle picks up speed. AEM: What makes this intake different/better than all the others?Thanks to extensive design and development, the AEM 21-8122DC looks and performs better than stockGH: The above and the “no compromises” attitude is what separates AEM from the competition. The result is a consistent gain over stock with estimated gains on this kit of 8 horsepower and 10 ft-lb of torque, with the hood closed, which simulates the real world driving conditions. There you have it. A lot goes into making the intakes that will help your car breathe better and make more power. And that is just the beginning. From there the kit has to go into production and be manufactured. So next time you pop the hood of your car and see that cold air intake sitting in there, maybe you’ll have a little better idea of what exactly went into building it. If you don’t have a cold air intake yet, visit aemintakes.com to see all the great products we make for your vehicle.