It says it's a cold air intake but I don't see how it gets cold air. That's a SRI all day long and if anything it sucks in warm air, it's not an enclosed filter. It'll sound good and look good but performance wise, I don't see how it'll be any good. Eh, I could be wrong.
It IS a great air box! Just add a PiperCross filter and a Velossa Tech Ram-Air Inlet and you have an intake that will out perform most aftermarket ones. The only thing I wish is, it was 4" around instead of 3.5". This would allow us to connect it to the Forge Turbo Inlet. This would be in my opinion, one of the best set ups for this car. Until they come out with a 4" completely enclosed box that draws in fresh air like the factory one I will wait. I want that set up with the Forge Turbo Inlet. Should be fantastic!!!The OEM design looks like a great air box. It's an enclosed cone filter and like you said, draws air from the front.
Good observation and not an assumption by any means. Yes, the IFX Intake has been around a little while.Well, it's got a barrier between the engine bay and the filter. My assumption is that it fits up against the inner liner on the hood to seal the top up. I however don't see any reliefs in it for the air intake from the front, so not sure where it's drawing air from.
The factory air box should be tolerable as a "cold air" intake. It's sealed from the engine bay and pulls air from the front inner lip of the grill. You can always get the snorkel add on to force more cold air in.