( CSF #8210 )

The 488 was a landmark model being the first turbocharged mid-engine Ferrari since the legendary F40. While the reasons for returning to forced induction range from technology progression to environmental regulations, there is no denying it has been a welcome update. The performance potential of forced induction raises the performance potential of any engine astronomically. Also, with updated versions of this engine (Ferrari F154 CB/CD/CG) being used in the Pista and F8 you can expect to see a lot of aftermarket support.

With multiple tunes available for the Ferrari 488/Pista/F8, there was an obvious demand for upgraded cooling systems. A big limiting factor in tuning has been high Intake Air Temperatures (IATs) produced by the turbos which already produce around 35 PSI of boost from the factory. Because of this, many Ferrari owners and tuners have been waiting for the world’s first high-performance intercooler for the 488/Pista/F8.

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CSF and it’s strategic manufacturing partner PWR have developed a reputation for producing some of the best cooling products available. The CSF by PWR intercooler systems have seen overwhelming success and popularity for vehicles like the Porsche 911 Turbo, Porsche 911 GT2 RS, Lamborghini Urus, and Audi RS6/RS7. Given that track record, they have teamed up again to bring the most advanced cooling technology to the Ferrari market.

The Ferrari 488/Pista/F8 has a lot of untapped potential that can be unleashed with higher boost levels. That is, if there is a way to control the extra heat. While already prone to heat soak power loss under hard driving, any additional boost only exacerbates the issue. With some help from the team over at World Motorsports along with M-Engineering, CSF was able to design and test the solution. Tuning experts from M-Engineering drove out from Arizona just to test the new system.

Behind the Scenes with CSF

Design & Engineering

The Ferrari 488/Pista/F8 Intercoolers were carefully designed and engineered to fit exactly like the OEM units they replace. The installation uses all the factory mounting points, shrouds, and fans for a true “drop-in fitment”. No cutting or other modifications are required. CSF pre-installs a high density foam to seal the area around the intercoolers just like the factory units.

One of the challenges of designing a true drop-in system is the size limitations. While most aftermarket intercoolers achieve a good percentage of their improved efficiency with increased size, the CSF by PWR Intercoolers rely on a ultra efficient core. PWR manufactures and uses these same cores on the intercoolers it supplies for the majority of Formula-1 race teams.


FeatureOEMCSF by PWR
# Of Tubes1827
Tube Height4mm3mm Rolled Tube
Fin Height7mm4.85mm
Weight11 lbs9.35 lbs
DesignStamped Aluminum
Brazed w/ Gasket
100% TIG Welded
CNC Billet End Tanks

PWR Intercooler Core Technology

The intercooler cores are spec’d out by CSF and custom built by PWR. Featuring two rows of rolled cooling tubes with inner fins, these cores make for the most efficient intercoolers available. Because of this, they are able to eliminate heat soak and lower IATs much more efficiently than traditional Bar & Plate or Tube & Fin designs. This gives us maximum performance for extended periods of time under demanding driving conditions and for vehicles with increased power levels through modifications and tuning.

Ferrari’s F154 is a marvelous piece of engineering (testing performed on the 488 but results will be similar for the Pista & F8). Extracting 660 hp and 560 lb-ft (710 hp & 568 lb-ft on the Pista & F8) out of 3.9L is no small feat, and it takes around 35 lbs of boost to achieve. Even with the high efficiency twin scroll turbos, there is still a massive amount of heat generated. The air leaving the turbos can reach temperatures well over 200°F. While the factory intercoolers do a decent job of bringing those temperatures down before entering the engine, we still see the ECU pulling engine timing and drastically decreasing power output.  The CSF by PWR Intercoolers resolve this issue and allow the engine to perform at optimal levels consistently and for prolonged periods of time.

Dyno Testing

Performance gains are very significant throughout the RPM range. The test vehicle was equipped with a set of Down-Pipes, Pure Turbos, and tuned by M-Engineering. The gains from just adding the intercoolers without any tune adjustments produced significant gains across the RPM range.

The areas of largest improvements seen are at the highest boost levels where the turbos are producing the most heat. While the gains will be more noticeable on a modified 488/Pista/F8, there would still be significant improvements even in stock form.

CNC Machined Billet End Tanks

Similar to other CSF by PWR products, the Ferrari 488 Intercoolers features 100% TIG-welded machined billet aluminum end tanks. While the stamped aluminum and brazed with gasket design of the OEM units are stronger than the typical crimped with gasket setups we often see for intercoolers, there is still plenty of room for improvement. The Billet and TIG-welded design far exceeds the pressure limits of both these OEM designs.

This feature is not only aesthetically pleasing, but also offers improved longevity and durability. The CNC machined billet end tanks are ready to withstand increased boost pressures from bolt-on modifications, higher performance tunes, as well as upgraded turbochargers.

R&D Partners

tuning and Data Collection by M-Engineering

CSF has worked closely with M-Engineering on many occasions. Co-owner and engine calibration specialist Jon Hebbeln conducted the performance validation on the new Ferrari Intercoolers. Having Jon’s experience and knowledge of tuning and engine calibration is invaluable when developing and testing new products on these types of vehicles and will be used as CSF’s main distributor for these coolers.

IAT’s started at 23°C (73.4°F) and go up to 28°C (82.4°F) in the 5th gear pull then came back down to 23°C (73.4°F) after 15 seconds w/ the CSF installed.


The feedback from M-Engineering really gave us a good look at how efficient the coolers are. With less than a 10°F increase in IATs throughout the pull, the 488 is able to safely push out a little more boost and pull less timing. The 15 seconds recovery post pull is a great testament to how well they will stave off heat soak. Keep in mind these results were from a modified 488 with upgraded turbos, down-pipes, and a tune making almost 700 whp. On a stock 488 which typically product between 530 and 550 whp, the heat dissipation post pull will happen faster due to lower pre-intercooler charge temps.

Installation and Testing

Side by Side Comparison at World Motorsports

World Motorsports is world renowned for the specialty in high-end turbocharged European vehicles. With their help, CSF was able to do some very comprehensive testing on the intercoolers. The fabricators there welded sensor bungs onto the OEM units for proper testing of the intercooler efficiency.

This extra bit of work allowed for some unique A/B testing. Instead of doing a standard before and after test, the OEM and CSF by PWR units were run on the car at the same time for a direct side by side comparison. The CSF by PWR intercoolers was installed on the driver side (right) while the sensor equipped OEM unit on the passenger side (left). Data was collected from both sides on the same pulls/runs to really see how they stacked up.

Hot Side Pressure Comparison

One of the interesting comparisons we found was the differential between the CSF and OEM hot side pressure readings. At first this may seem a little strange, but it is fairly easily explained. Due to the increased cooling efficiency of the CSF intercoolers, the turbo on that bank of cylinders actually produced more boost. Part of the reason this happened was the computer was reading the IAT’s and saw a lower temperature than expected leaving room for more boost (and effectively heat). This is where those power gains from the upgraded intercooler come into play. In the same way the car will pull boost and timing when the IATs get too high, it will also give you a little more when they are lower than normal.

Dyno Testing – World Motorsports

World Motorsports have the most comprehensive chassis dyno in North America. It is equipped with enough massive fans to create a wind tunnel effect. With this, they are able to simulate the airflow of wind speed matching the dyno’s speedometer. Using their dyno for testing yielded the most accurate dyno readings possible.

Not a detail was overlooked when it came to testing CSF’s newest intercooler system. World Motorsports has been an extremely valuable development partner for CSF.

Dyno Testing – HD Tuning

HD Tuning sent CSF Dyno and IAT Data from a recent install on a Ferrari F8 Tributo. Engine upgrades included PURE1000 Turbos, VooDoo Exhaust System, and HD Tuning Stage 3 software. Testing was done on Arizona 91 Octane, 2000ft Density Altitude (DA), and 60°F ambient air temperature with ~85% humidity.

The F8 made ~800whp and ~600ft-lbs consistently on four back to back runs. More impressively, the heat soak results from subsequent pulls are impressive. Run 1 Intake Air Temperatures (IATs) starts out at 86°F before the pull and hits 95.4°F after the pull. By the 4th run, IATs are starting off at 105°F and ending at 106°F. The increase in post run IATs was a mere 11°F while mid run IATs saw an impressively low increase of 14°F.

In dyno tests seen from other 488/Pista/F8’s, drops in horsepower from back to back pull have been observed to drop by as much as 33whp with factory intercoolers. The largest drop seen in this test from HD tuning is a mere 14whp drop. This demonstrates the impressive consistency in wheel horsepower and intake air temperatures from the CSF Intercoolers.

1/2 Race Testing – Omega Motorsports NoFLYZONE Arizona

The white Ferrari F8 above attended the Omega Motorsports NoFlyZone 1/2 rolling drag race event in Gila Bend, Arizona. Dyno before the event showed the car now making 820 whp and 596 ft-lbs of torque.

While CSF wasn’t sent the 1/2 Mile results from the race, the customer did send some data logs of the F8’s IATs from 2 races. The data from both pulls were quite impressive as to the efficiency and recovery of the CSF by PWR Intercoolers.

You can see the IAT holding steady at idle and dropping slightly as the F8 picks up speed. The Intercoolers maintain a slow and steady increase in IAT under load during the run but never move above 140°F (60°C). The intercoolers quickly recover after the pull. CSF was more than pleased with these results and the customer is tremendously happy with the performance.

Product Images ( CSF #8210 / #8210B )

CSF High-Performance Intercooler System Features ( CSF #8210 / #8210B ):

  • Sold as a pair (Left & Right Intercoolers)
  • Eliminates Heat Soak and Lower Intake Air Temperatures (IATs) for Maximum Performance in High-Performance and Race Conditions
  • Formula-1 Performance Grade Cores by PWR (2-Row Cores features Rolled Tubes w/ Inner Fins)
  • 100% TIG Welded CNC Machined Billet End Tanks for Maximum Strength & Durability
  • Made in the USA at PWR North America
  • OEM Style Inlet/Outlet Connections for Precise Fitment With All OEM Components
  • Raw Billet Aluminum Finish (#8210)
  • Thermal Black Heat Dispersion Powder-Coating Finish (#8210B)
  • Precision machined integrated BPV/BOV connection
  • High density foam installed for OEM Fit & Finish
  • Integrated OEM Style Fan Shroud
  • True Plug-and-Play “Drop-in Fit” Installation – Requires Absolutely No Modifications
  • R&D and Performance Testing by Industry-Leading Tuning Companies M-Engineering and World Motorsports
  • Applications:
    • 2016-2019 Ferrari 488 GTB
    • 2016-2019 Ferrari 488 Spider
    • 2019-2021 Ferrari 488 Pista
    • 2019-2021 Ferrari 488 Pista Spider
    • 2020+ Ferrari F8 Tributo
    • 2020+ Ferrari F8 Spider
  • OEM Part Numbers:
    • Ferrari 488 GTB/Spider: 328422 (right) | 328423 (left)
    • Ferrari 488 Pista/Pista Spider: 748559 (right) | 748562 (left)
    • Ferrari F8 Tributo/Spider: 748559 (right) | 748562 (left)
  • MRSP/MAP: $5,995.00

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