NTPOG Weapon-R Intake Review|
Author: Iain Peebles
The WeaponR intake sits in the same position as the stock airbox, but
is composed of an exposed cone filter which allows for increased breathing.
The filter is attached to a mandrel-bent, polished stainless steel intake
pipe that replaces the stock tubing all the way back to the intake manifold.
After removing the old, black plastic tubing and airbox, that shiny pipe
made the rest of my engine look pretty grimy in comparison. It does
look good in the engine bay, espicially if you have some other "shiny bits"
to show off.
So how does it work? Well, Dianichi 6 claims that the WeaponR
is good for about 9.5 HP over stock, right out of the box with no other
mods. When I had my car dyno tested a couple of weeks ago, it was
putting out an estimated 201 HP @ the flywheel (this is on a '98 Sportshift,
stock rated @ 190 HP), with no other engine mods, which means I supposedly
picked up 11 HP.
It does feel marginally quicker, especialy @ WOT, but when you think
about it, it's only a 5% gain, so it isn't going to snap your head back.
The only downside is what feels like a marginal decrease in torque in the
bottom part of the powerband, which combined with owning an automatic makes
mine feel a little slower off the line than stock. Again, only an
enthusiast would probably notice the difference.
The best part of owning a WeaponR filter? It's the sound, man,
it's LOUD. When I gunned it away from D6 that night, it startled
me at first, how loud it was. I thought to myself "my wife is NEVER
gonna go for this" (yes, I do care what my wife thinks, and it is half
hers, according to Texas law), but as you get used to it, it starts to
sound better and better. Now, I love the sound my car makes under
WOT, especialy through an underpass or between buildings.
It sounds evil, like a performance car should. And the startled
look on the face of the Boomer in the Vette next to me @ the light last
Sunday was worth the price of admission! But under part throttle
or @ cruising speed on the freeway, my car is almost as quiet as stock.
Now that's stealth!
The verdict? If you are looking for a massive boost in HP, go
buy yourself some nitrous. If you are looking for a little
more power and a pleasing engine note (but not a particularly quiet one),
you can't go wrong with WeaponR.
This page last updated 4/3/01.