The Coolest Factory Hood Scoops

Even when they're not 100-percent functional, hood scoops add style and flair to a performance car design. These are some of your favorites.


Air intakes, heat extractors, or just speed holes. We love a ventilated hood. Here are some of the best, according to you.

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Dodge Challenger SRT Demon
Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

The Challenger SRT Demon's "air grabber" intake spans a massive portion of the hood, allowing it to suck in enough air to produce all 840 horsepower in that supercharged V8.

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1971 Plymouth Road Runner

Of course, the Demon wasn't the first car to use the "Air Grabber" name—that award goes to the Plymouth Road Runner. Its scoop isn't nearly as big, but it's still super-cool.

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Alfa Romeo Montreal

The Montreal has a subtly-cut single NACA duct placed right in the center of the hood. If it wasn't painted black in this picture, odds are you wouldn't even notice it was there.

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Subaru WRX / WRX STI

The hood scoop featured on Subaru's WRX and WRX STI has taken many forms throughout the years. We think the "blob-eye" shown here, sold in the mid-2000s, has the nicest scoop of all.

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1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427

The hood scoop shown here was only offered on the Corvette for a single year (1967) exclusively on cars equipped with the 427 engine option. As you can probably guess, original '67 cars with this scoop are now incredibly desirable.

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Shelby GT500 Super Snake

Unlike most hood scoops, which pop out then eventually blend back or curve into the hood, the GT500 Super Snake's wide, thin scoop spans the entire length of the hood, from nose to windshield.

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Porsche 911 GT2 RS

The holes in the hood of the latest 911 GT2 RS aren't for the engine (remember, it's in the back). The NACA ducts you see here actually channel air to the front brakes for cooling.

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McLaren P1

Like the 911, the two massive ducts in the P1's hood aren't for the engine—they're for aerodynamics. Air travels from the slit at the bottom of the front bumper up through the hood to create a downforce effect on the front axle, allowing for more grip and stability at high speeds.

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Dodge Challenger "Shaker"

The "Shaker" hood scoop isn't actually part of the hood—it's an intake piece connected directly to the top of the engine. It gets its name because it moves and vibrates with the motion of the engine. It's a gimmick, but it's a fun one.

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Pontiac Firebird Trans Am Ram Air

While most designers tend to integrate hood scoops into body lines, the people behind the WS6 Ram Air Firebird had other ideas. The scoops and air channels seem like they were placed right on top of the hood, making for an aggressive look.

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