Most cars are these days have to meet noise regulations that have to apply to where ever the car is sold from GB to USA, Italy to Spain.
Manufactors add resonators to reduce induction noise and get better mpg, removing it increases induction noise and improves airflow there by slightly increasing performance and lowering mpg.
Popular mod that people do rather than fit a open cone filter or other aftermarket induction kit
Agree about the looks, but doesnt the kit come with a upgraded filter as well?The autodelta item does look good I will admit , although I very much doubt it gives a significant performance boost. The reservoir on the standard intake doesn't cause any restriction.
I remember those "boost bottles" used to keep a "reserve" for when you cracked the throttle open... (same idea as a plenum)A general term in my motcross days was ' boost bottle' It was just an ally can joined to the inlet tract with some rubber hose.
Alfa spend a lot of money on engineering stuff like this, its there to do a job. Bar the bling bling, a carbon induction pipe will do very little for performance. Probably about the same performance gain as the wallet weight reduction program. Be a lot cheaper to have some made from ally tube.