AEM Cold Air Intake System - AEM 21-496C

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  • Part#: 21-496C
  • Original Price: $652.69
  • Our Price: $431.99
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AEM Cold Air Intake Systems

AEM Cold Air Intake Systems replace your stock airbox and air filter so your engine can get cooler air from outside resulting in better performance. Cold air is denser than the hot air trapped inside your engine compartment and contains more oxygen which allows your engine to burn more fuel cleanly and efficiently.

Every AEM Cold Air Intake System uses a specially designed inlet pipe that relocates the included high performance AEM Dryflow Air Filter away from your hot engine and moves more air into your engine. AEM also finely tunes each cold air intake system to make sure it doesn’t cause lean air/fuel ratios or check engine lights.

AEM Dryflow Air Filters can last up to 100,000 miles in normal driving conditions before requiring any cleaning. It’s also very easy to clean and doesn’t require any air filter oil after washing.


  • Gives your engine easier access to cold outside air
  • Delivers increased horsepower and better throttle response
  • Replaces stock airbox and air filter
  • Relocates position of air filter for better air flow
  • AEM Dryflow Air Filter lasts up to 100,000 miles in between cleanings
  • Includes all necessary hardware for easy installation
  • Backed by AEM’s Lifetime Limited Warranty


Color: Gunmetal Gray
Air Filter Color: Red
Air Filter Height: 5.125 in (130 mm)
Air Filter Large End Diameter: 6 in (152 mm)
Air Filter Material: Non-woven Synthetic
Air Filter Outlet Shape: Round
CARB EO Number: D-670-15
Clamp Material: Steel
Clamp Style: Regular
Clamps Included: 7
Intake Pipe Color / Finish: Gunmetal Gray
Intake Pipe Material: Aluminum
Product Box Height: 10.60 in (269 mm)
Product Box Length: 35.50 in (902 mm)
Product Box Width: 13.25 in (337 mm)
Product Weight: 8.00 lb (3.64 kg)
Replacement Filter: 21-203DK
Weight: 8 lb (3.6 kg)
Installation Instructions
2006-2008 Audi A3 AEM Cold Air Intake Systems, The AEM Cold Air Intake Systems is designed specifically to fit your 2006-2008 Audi A3 without any modification to your beloved Audi A3. AEM Cold Air Intake Systems will also fit 2006-2006 Volkswagen GTI.

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AEM Cold Air Intake System 21-496C is available for the following vehicles:

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2006-2008 Audi A3
  • 2008 Audi A3; L4; 2.0L; F/I
  • 2007 Audi A3; L4; 2.0L; F/I
  • 2006 Audi A3; L4; 2.0L; F/I
2006-2006 Volkswagen GTI
  • 2006 Volkswagen GTI; L4; 2.0L; F/I