The Pentastar is actually the third in a series of V6 engines fitted to RAM trucks. First was the Magnum 3.9L pushrod V6, which was based on the old Chrysler LA 318 V8 design that dated back to the early 1960s. The 3.7L PowerTech V6 that replaced it was a more sophisticated engine with SOHC aluminum cylinder heads, SFI fuel injection, roller rockers, HD connecting rods, and a 90 degree architecture.
The Fourth Generation RAM truck was unveiled at the 2008 Detroit Show. Features added for the 2009 model included a new four-door cab, a five-link coil spring rear suspension on the 1500, and the Rambox, which provides for secure storage inside the truck’s bed walls, and the PowerTech as the base engine. In 2013, the PowerTech V6 was replaced by the Pentastar V6, an engine that then-owner Daimler-Benz had a significant hand in its development.
Even though the Pentastar V6 produces 305 horsepower in the RAM 1500, there’s always room for improvement, which is where the Spectre SPE-9016K and SPE-9016B cold air intake kits come in. Everything about the Pentastar was designed so that the engine could breathe. From the low-restriction intake manifold to the sophisticated valve timing, it’s all about fresh air in and exhaust out. Ferrari even developed a twin-turbocharged 3.0L version of the Pentastar for use in the Maserati Ghibli and other models, so there’s plenty of performance potential.
The Spectre SPE-9016K and SPE-9016B systems move the air intake away from the hot engine and protect it with a heat shield so only fresh, outside air can reach the air filter. Cooler air is denser, carrying additional oxygen prompting your ECU to add more fuel, increasing horsepower. You may have noticed something similar when driving your truck on a cool morning.
Completing the kits are the mandrel-bent polished aluminum intake coupler and a black powder coated heat shield to isolate the intake inlet from high under-hood temperatures. Spectre air intake systems come complete with all necessary clamps, screws, and bolts for the look of an OE installation. OEM brackets and hardware are used so that no holes need to be drilled, making for a quick and easy installation. The kit also accommodates all factory emissions and vacuum lines.
The Spectre HPR air filter element is washable and reusable. To maintain its performance, clean your Spectre filter after every 30,000 to 50,000 miles of normal driving, or more often for off-road and heavy dust conditions. The Spectre HPR4820 AccuCharge precision air filter cleaning and oiling system was formulated specifically for Spectre HPR air filters. It is a precision oiling system featuring graduation on the bottle for precise measuring and an easy-to-use squirt top bottle making the application a breeze. The system comes complete with a pump spray bottle of filter cleaner and one of filter oil.
The Spectre Air Intake Kits SPE-9016K and SPE-9016B fit the following vehicles:
2015 RAM 1500 3.6L V6 Fuel Injection - All Models