The New Chevy Camaro Grille - More Than Just A Pretty Face

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CARiD Releases Camaro Predator Grille with DAC Technology

Predator Grille

Predator Grille

One of Chevy’s most recognizable vehicles, the Camaro has always been a favorite in America, and when the new 5th-generation Camaro debuted, it was instantly a hit on the mean streets, on the racetrack—and in Chevy showrooms. California-based DJ Grilles has proudly presented an overwhelming new front grille treatment to radically make over the Camaro’s face and give it a much more compelling high-tech look. While replacing the original plastic egg-crate grille, the black stainless mesh substrate accentuates the 304 stainless frame that hoods the headlights. The head-turning new accessory for the Chevy Camaro is certain to grab everyone’s attention. Camaro Predator Grille features a sinister D-shaped 30”-long opening, which is intentionally left free of the protective mesh, and a similar opening in the lower grille. These openings are just as much for function as they are for styling. They’re key to the Predator’s potential to unleash the Camaro’s power. 

A pair of easily-removable headlight doors is designed for both a distinctive appearance and easy access to the headlights. The doors are held shut by a single race-inspired quarter-turn fastener, making their removal/installation a simple operation taking less than a minute. The keychain-sized tool for removing or installing the Predator headlight doors works as a bottle opener, too. The discriminating Predator buyer is given an option of custom-matching the trim’s color to the car’s paint scheme or wheel accent color. It means that not only bright chrome, brushed chrome and bright satin treatments, but also a selection of custom paint colors are on the option list. The open area below the mesh grilles funnels cool air directly from the high-pressure area in front of the car into the radiator, lowering cooling system and underhood temperatures substantially.

However, this is just a part of the huge contribution to performance Camaro owners can experience only when they install the Predator DAC system.

The Camaro’s performance just became even more impressive!

As soon as the original plastic factory egg-crate grilles are replaced by the Predator Grille, the Camaro is ready for the installation of the second phase: the Falcon Ram Intake system.  The Falcon System system’s molded plastic ducting replaces the original Chevy air cleaner and ductwork with a cold-air tunnel that routes over the top of the radiator and through a unique low-restriction air cleaner. Massive quantities of cool outside air is forced directly into the throttle body, improving the power and torque at all engine rpms

DJGrilles has dynoed 20-30 more horsepower and 22-35 ft.-lbs. more torque with the Predator Falcon Ram Intake system with no other changes made to the vehicle. The massive amount of cool, dense intake air can only be properly utilized after the ECM has been retuned to handle it. A mild retune of the vehicle’s ECM has been demonstrated to provide 25-35 additional hp. and 35-45 additional ft.-lbs. of torque.

How it is this possible? The stock air intake feeds the throttle body with air warmed by the radiator and engine itself. The hotter air is less dense than cooler air, and consequently provides less oxygen to the engine to burn gasoline—and burning gasoline is what makes power. The Falcon ductwork delivers cold outside air (which is substantially denser compared to prewarmed hot air), providing more oxygen to burn inside the engine. Things get even better when the vehicle gains speed: since the air intake is situated in a high-pressure zone immediately in front of the grille, more and more cool air is directed into the engine as speed increases. Actual horsepower delivered by the engine should improve even more as the Camaro’s speed increases!

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