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R53 Cold Air Intake

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More Cold Air for Your Engine

One of the best ways to get some more power out of your R53 MINI's engine is to increase the volume of cold air available to it.

The Craven Speed Cold Air Intake allows massive amounts of cold air to get to our custom Unifilter lifelong foam filter. By sealing off air from the engine bay and opening the big filter to the cowl duct by the windshield, the engine has access to the cold air it needs to perform at it's best.

The Ultimate DIY intake

Update: Custom reducer now included for easy install of OEM or Aftermarket Intake tube.

  • Powder-coated
    5000 series aluminum for better insulative capacity, lighter weight, and lower cost.

  • Wrinkle finish
    This feature hides cosmetic blemishes, and is highly resistant to corrosion and scratching.

  • Poly-carbonate top
    Made out of the same material used in bullet-proof glass, the box top bolts to and seals your intake while allowing a quick visual inspection of the filtering element for cleanliness.

  • Top Stays Put
    The box top also now comes ready to be secured in the box, as well as scratch free with protective film in place.

  • Battery terminal bolts into place
    Your battery terminal WILL NOT come loose even while autocrossing.

  • Optional expansion port
    For the garage DIYer. This punch-out allows you to run your own hose from the front grill direct to feed the intake with even more air.


The K&N lifetime filter breathes much better than the stock paper filter, and it never needs to be replaced, saving you money. Simple rinse with mineral spirits and spray with filter oil in order to keep it flowing and filtering optimally.

Keeping the filter clean is essential to performance of any filter. In order to maximize the benefits of the K&N, the CravenSpeed Cold Air Intake utilizes a smoked, poly-carbonate top that both seals and protects while allowing quick visual inspections for cleanliness.

Optional Expansion

As demonstrated here, the CravenSpeed Cold Air Intake can be modified easily to take advantage of the ram air inlet on R53 MINIs. See photo. This customer made their own Red hose to run from the ram inlet to the Craven CAI using PVC tubing and electrical tape.

Fitment Specifications

This part is designed for the first generation MINI Cooper S (R53) with a standard transmission.

Product Videos

CravenSpeed R53 Cold Air Intake Adapter 01:24

This vid shows the installation procedure of the intake adapter, serving as a 'live' test for durability and practicality. As demonstrated, the new adapter machined from 6061 to include a ribbed connection that is _easily_ fit with the stock or aftermarket intake hose (in this case a Samco Sport hose). Sandwich the body of the intake between the filter housing and the flange on the adapter to create a strong and air-tight connection. Then glide the intake hose over the adapter. Voila!

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Product Reviews

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  1. The best looking Cold Air Intake on the market 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 12th Jun 2012

    The CAI was easy to install and it looks great! I sounds even better! The look in the engine compartment is very clean

  2. Fitment 3 Star Review

    Posted by on 14th Apr 2012

    Sounds good.

    Fitment not the best

  3. I like it 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 18th Nov 2010

    Even though it wasn't that difficult it still took a while to get it installed, but it was worth it.