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2008-2011 Cadillac CTS with an AIRAID Cold Air Intake System Turns Into a Real Powerhouse

AIRAID 252-252C cold air dam performance intake for the 2008-2011 Cadillac CTS

The AIRAID 252-252C cold air dam performance intake is engineered to increase the horsepower and torque produced by the 2008-2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6L.

When the Cadillac CTS was first introduced in 2003, it took the world by storm. This was the first Caddy that wasn't designed for the Bingo set, and it had the performance to match its edgy looks. The second generation CTS was launched for 2008, and it took the design and build quality to a whole new level. Power in the based model was initially supplied by a 263-hp 3.6L V6, but direct injection was added to the Cadillac 3.6L VVT V6 in 2010 and that muscle jumped to 304-hp. For the first time in history, Cadillac had a midsize luxury car that could compete with the best from Europe and Japan. But no matter how good the 2008-2011 Cadillac CTS was in stock form, an AIRAID 252-252C cold air dam intake system can turn it into a world class performer.

AIRAID pre-filter wrap for the Cadillac CTS

The AIRAID pre-filter wrap protects your air filter from fine dirt, and extends the cleaning intervals if you drive in dirty/dusty environments.

In order to turn gasoline into horsepower, air has to be present inside the cylinders for it to burn. The air is piped in through the factory air intake system, which collects it from a small opening at the bottom of the air box. It then passes through a thick paper air filter, before traveling to the engine through a narrow plastic intake tube. Problem is, the uneven surfaces inside the intake tube and that OE Cadillac CTS air filter restricts airflow and limits the amount of power that the engine can make. To increase horsepower, the warm, turbulent air provided by the stock system, needs to be replaced by a steady stream of cold air. The additional oxygen molecules in the cold air allow the fuel to burn more completely during detonation. This releases more energy/horsepower from the gas, without decreasing fuel economy. An AIRAID 252-252C cold air dam intake system is designed to deliver this power-rich cold air, and save you money in the process.

The AIRAID 252-252C cold air dam intake fits in place of the stock intake system, so it can be installed without making any modifications. In place of the stock air box sits an oversized SynthaMax air filter, that is surrounded by a heat shield to prevent warm engine bay air from entering the system. The large surface area of the filter allows it to collect more cold air and, depending on road conditions, the dual-layer synthetic material can hold dirt for 30,000-50,000 miles before it needs to be cleaned (so no more buying those expensive Cadillac air filters). Once the air has been cleaned, it flows into a wide-diameter, carbon fiber AIRAID intake tube that's been specially designed to provide a smooth, turbulence-free airflow path. The intake tube also has all the necessary fittings for the stock sensors.

All of this adds up to a cold air intake system that can provide more horsepower and torque, faster throttle response, and a reusable air filter that's backed by a No-Hassle Lifetime Warranty.

Benefits of the AIRAID 252-252C CAD Performance Intake:

  • Engineered exclusively for the 2008-2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6L
  • Increases horsepower
  • Increases torque
  • Allows for faster throttle response
  • Enables 3.6L VVT V6 to make more power at low RPMs
  • Reusable synthetic AIRAID SynthaMax air filter won't need to be cleaned for up to 30,000-50,000 miles (depending on road conditions)
  • Carbon fiber AIRAID intake tube has integrated sensor fittings
  • Installation only takes about 90 minutes because no modifications are required
  • Covered by the AIRAID No-Hassle Lifetime Warranty

The AIRAID 252-252C CAD Performance Intake fits the following Cadillac CTS models:

2011 Cadillac CTS 3.6L V6
2010 Cadillac CTS 3.6L V6
2009 Cadillac CTS 3.6L V6
2008 Cadillac CTS 3.6L V6
2008 Cadillac CTS 2.8L V6

You can view all the air intakes that AIRAID makes for the Cadillac CTS at the Air Intake Systems for the Cadillac CTS page and all the air filters that AIRAID makes for the Cadillac CTS at the Air Filters for the Cadillac CTS page. You can view all the AIRAID performance products for any vehicle by using the Search by Vehicle tool and you can find a local AIRAID retailer by plugging your location into the AIRAID Dealer Search as well.


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