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OK, so from what I've read (with respect to the shorter tubes), it seems that there are some tq/hp gains that are realized in the upper RPM ranges, with a sacrifice to some throttle off the line and in the lower RPM range resulting from the initial pull of higher temp air from the shorter intakes.
It seems these gains (and losses) are mostly from a less restrictive filter, and a higher air flow rate through the intake tube, which aftermarket systems seem to have over the stock.
I'm curious if this increase in flow rate is just a result of the nature of the shorter tubing, meaning that it is easier to pull the air through the shorter distance from the engine compartment rather than draw it from the length of the full cold air tube beginning under the fender.
With this logic (and I'm aware that I could be completely mistaken), it seems that an intake design similar to the Volant, which has a shorter pipe, a high-flow filter and a (mostly) closed airbox that draws from below the front fender as well as through the grill (the airbox has an opening at the front) would be the best of both worlds.