( CSF #8217 )
In 2021, CSF teamed up with the Formula-1 Cooling system manufacturer and high-performance aftermarket partner PWR to release the world’s first high-performance intercooler system for the Porsche 992 Turbo and Turbo S. With over 200 systems sold for the 922 Turbo (CSF #8188), CSF is now proud to release a high-performance intercooler for the Porsche 992 Carrera for all 3.0L Turbo models. This includes the Carrera Base, S, 4, 4S, and GTS (Coupe, Cabriolet, and Targa).
Prior to the 991.2 Porsche 911, non-turbo owners had very few options for big performance gains. With the implementation of the 3.0L Turbo motor for all trim levels outside of the Turbo, GT2, and GT3 though, Porsche unlocked a whole new performance market. CSF’s R&D partner and Porsche tuning specialist M-Engineering have already developed tunes for these motors increasing power by as much as 146 whp with just “Stage 1” on the Carrera S. Just like its big brother (the 911 Turbo), the Carrera is already prone to power loss due to intercooler heat soak. The OEM location of the intercooler doesn’t help these issues either as it is positioned right above the engine and all the radiant heat coming from it. Adding power just exacerbates the problem. The solution to the poor location and intense heat soak is simple, a high-performance intercooler from CSF.
CSF developed and designed the 992 Carrera intercooler to address the primary issues with the OE unit while providing enough cooling capacity and durability to cope with higher levels of boost.
Design & Engineering
CSF designed and engineered the 992 Carrera intercooler to be a true Plug-and-Play “Drop-in Fit” unit. Utilizing all factory mounting points, the installation is straightforward and requires no cutting or modifications.
OEM VS CSF by PWR
|Feature||OEM||CSF by PWR|
|# Of Tubes||12||26|
|Tube Height||9.3mm||3mm ROLLED TUBE|
|Weight||11.5 lbs||17 lbs|
|Design||Crimped w/ Gasket|
Plastic End Tanks
|100% TIG Welded|
CNC Billet End Tanks
PWR Intercooler Core Technology
The most important feature of the CSF by PWR 992 Carrera Intercooler System is the Formula-1 grade intercooler core. CSF’s strategic relationship with PWR has allowed the inclusion of this core, which is unlike any other available in the performance aftermarket.
These intercooler cores are the same style used in other CSF air-to-air systems previously developed for the Porsche 992 Turbo/S and 991 GT2RS with incredible results. The PWR cores eliminate heat soak and lower Intake Air Temperatures (IATs) much more efficiently than traditional Bar & Plate or Tube & Fin designs. These traditional intercooler cores are typically much heavier and/or larger to improve cooling capacity. Because the PWR core is able to achieve greater performance results in a smaller size, CSF was able to design the intercooler system to fit in the stock location using all the OEM hardware, ducts, and shrouds for an easy drop if fit installation.
Like most turbocharged vehicles, the 3.0L Twin Turbo motor powering the 992 experiences high levels of heat soak and progressively increasing IATs even in modestly spirited driving conditions. This results in the ECU pulling engine timing and drastically decreasing power output. The CSF by PWR Intercoolers solve this issue and allow vehicles to perform at optimal levels consistently and for prolonged periods of time.
Stock vs CSF by PWR
*Results from our similar 992 Turbo System
Dyno Testing at Autowerks Asia – Bangkok, Thailand
Autowerks Asia is one of Thailand’s biggest tuners and are responsible for some of the wildest builds in Southeast Asia right now. This “Stage 2” 992 Carrera S was already equipped with an Akrapovič titanium exhaust system, IPD intake plenum, BMC air filters, and software tuning. Putting down around 550HP and 700Nm (516 ft-lbs), this was a great candidate for testing the CSF Intercooler System.
Autowerks uses a SuperFlow Dynamometer, which is an incredibly sophisticated chassis dyno that ensures proper data is gathered in real-time. Baseline pulls were taken at 82°F (28°C) producing a healthy 550whp and 710Nm (524 ft-lbs). After installation of the intercooler, Autowerks strapped the 992 back onto the dyno with ambient temperatures in the room of 84°F (29°C).
The new peak power numbers were 560whp & 741Nm (547 ft-lbs), but the biggest gains were really seen in the mid-range from 3500-4000rpm. On average you can see a gain of 44.5Nm (32.8 ft-lbs) and 26.7whp gains here with a peak gain of ~55Nm (40.5 ft-lbs) and 32whp. These gains aren’t even the biggest benefit though. What is truly remarkable about the CSF by PWR systems is their ability to recover and fight off heat-soak. The ability to maintain consistent power (and temperatures) run after run is more important than power gains in any motorsport setting.
Read more about the Autowerks Asia 992 Carrera S
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But that’s also a testament to doing a job properly. As a tuner, you’re supposed to do the hard work so the lucky customer can reap the benefits after. And in the case of Porsche 992 tuning, that means extra power. Lots of extra power.
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CNC Machined Billet End Tanks
As with CSF’s other products produced through our PWR partnership, the new 992 Intercoolers feature 100% TIG-welded machined billet aluminum end tanks. This is a very significant upgrade compared to the OEM crimped plastic composite end tanks.
In addition to being aesthetically pleasing, the increased strength improves longevity and durability on high-performance vehicles. OEM plastic/composite end tanks have been known to crack under heavy boost pressure. 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.
Carrera s – Install & Dyno Testing at Autowerks Asia
Carrera 4S – Install at Pacific German
CSF High-Performance Intercooler System Features ( CSF #8217 )
- Eliminates Heat Soak and Lower Intake Air Temperatures (IAT) for Maximum Performance in High-Performance and Race Conditions – Especially Critical Due to Intercooler Placement in Engine Compartment
- Formula-1 Performance Grade Cores by PWR (2-Row Cores features Rolled Tubes w/ Inner Fins)
- CNC Machined Billet End Tanks
- Highly Engineered, Lightweight Design – Weighing Only 17 lbs.
- 100% TIG Welded vs OEM Crimped Plastic 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
- True Plug-and-Play “Drop-in Fit” Installation Requires Absolutely No Modifications
- R&D and Performance Testing by Industry-Leading Porsche Tuning Companies – M-Engineering & World Motorsports
- 2019+ Porsche 911 Carrera (3.0L Turbo – Base / S / 4 / 4S / GTS)
- OEM Part Numbers:
- Porsche: 992 145 805 D
- Porsche: 992 145 805 F
- MSRP: $4,299.00 / MAP: $3,995.00
Where to Buy
Please contact an authorized CSF dealer or distributor to order.
CSF’s R&D Partner and Preferred Dealer
M-Engineering Power Packages
M-Engineering offer multiple Power Packages for the Porsche 992 Carrera (Base / S / GTS). If you’re looking to take your 911 to the next level of performance, trust your tuning to M-Engineering and your cooling to CSF.
I am about to pull the trigger in your intercoolers, but wanted to know your benefits against Do88 that come with carbon guides
There are definitely quite a few key differences/benefits between the two kits.
1. The CSF Intercooler uses Formula 1 grade cores from PWR. The PWR Core offers much better air flow and cooling capacity than a traditional Bar & Plate design like the ones found on the do88. The do88 comes with the carbon ducts (guides) because the bar & plate cores are significantly larger (thicker) than the OEM cores. Most bar & plate cores rely a lot on size to improve cooling. The CSF by PWR Intercooler system utilizes the factory ducts (guides) and is a true drop-in fit replacement. We are able to retain the factory sizing because we use the much more efficient core design from PWR.
2. The CSF Intercooler end tanks are made from Billet Aluminum vs the Cast Aluminum end tanks from do88. Billet construction is both stronger and lighter than cast providing improved durability in high boost applications. I could not find a product weight for the do88 system, but the CSF system will be several pounds lighter.
3. The CSF Intercooler has 2 row cores with 26 tubes (27 rows of cooling fins) while the do88 has single row cores 19 tubes (20 rows of cooling fins). OEM has 12 for reference. The dual row cores and additional cooling tubes/fins offer additional surface area for cooling.
Please feel free to reach out if you have any additional questions regarding this system.
Can you tell me the deafferents between Wagner intercooler kit and CSF for (2021 911 Turbo S)?
And can you please send stats and info to back up your clams so we can make a decision which line we are going to carry.
Thank you for your time.
I’d be happy to offer the best comparison possible for the 992 Turbo/Turbo S Systems with the information I have available from Wagner.
These are the main feature differences between the two kits. I will follow this with a comparison of test data available.
1. The CSF Intercooler uses Formula 1 grade cores from PWR. The PWR Core offers much better air flow and cooling capacity than a traditional Tube & Fin design like the ones found on the Wagner System. The Wagner kit comes with the carbon shrouds because the cores are significantly larger (thicker) than the OEM cores. Most intercooler cores rely a lot on size to improve cooling. The CSF by PWR Intercooler system utilizes the factory shrouds and is a true drop-in fit replacement. We are able to retain the factory sizing because we use the much more efficient core design from PWR. This is an advantage the CSF system has that no other cooling company can match.
These cores also have a big advantage in heat soak recovery over traditional Tube & Fin cores. We have ample testing data on the CSF by PWR cores for the RS6/RS7 Intercoolers (CSF #8194) that you can take a look at: https://csfrace.mystagingwebsite.com/csfs-new-audi-rs6-rs7-high-performance-intercooler-system/
2. The CSF Intercooler has 2 row cores with 33 tubes (34 rows of cooling fins) while the Wagner appears to use single row cores with 18 tubes (19 rows of cooling fins) which is only one more than OEM units. The dual row cores and additional cooling tubes/fins from CSF offer additional surface area for cooling in addition to the Formula 1 technology.
3. The CSF Intercooler end tanks are made from Billet Aluminum vs what appear to be Cast Aluminum end tanks from Wagner. Billet construction is both stronger and lighter than cast providing improved durability in high boost applications. Wagner claims a weight of 9.5 kg (21 lbs) while the CSF cooler weighs in at 9.0 kg (20 lbs). Billet vs Cast of this similar weight will mean the CSF will be a lot stronger and more durable than the Wagner system.
Wagner only includes a comparison of IAT’s between their intercooler and factory. We can do a semi direct comparison with our own data here:
Wagner data shows the following at max readings:
Ambient Air Temp Stock/Wagner = 19°C (66.2°F)
Charge Air (hot side) Temp = 173.6°C (344.5°F)
IAT (cold side) Stock = 50.7°C (123.3°F)
IAT (cold side) Wagner = 39.8°C (103.6°F)
CSF Data shows the following at max readings:
Ambient Air Temp Stock/CSF = 22.8°C (73°F) / 23.9°C (75°F)
Turbo (hot side) Temp = 151.7°C (305°F)
IAT (cold side) Stock = 87.8°C (190°F)
IAT (cold side) CSF = 79.4°C (175°F)
Formula: Intercooler Efficiency = (Charge Air (hot side) Temp – IAT (cold side)) / (Charge Air (hot side) Temp – Ambient Air Temp)
Wagner Data Results:
Stock IC: (344.5 – 123.3) / (344.5 – 66.2) = 79.5% Efficient
Wagner IC: (344.5 – 103.6) / (344.5 – 66.2) = 86.5% Efficient
Overall that is a 7.1% Efficiency increase. Testing Done in house by Wagner Tuning.
CSF Data Results:
Stock IC: (305 – 190) / (305 – 73) = 49.6% Efficient
CSF IC: (305 – 175) / (305 – 73) = 56.5% Efficient
Overall that is a 7.0% Efficiency increase. Testing done at World Motorsports by M-Engineering (3rd Party)
Conclusion: Wagner makes a good system also. However, for almost $500 more and an increase in size of 40%, both systems tested almost exactly the same in efficiency (but we do all our testing 3rd party to remove doubt as to the validity). The test cars were differently configured, but that should not impact the efficiency results greatly. Wagner also does not offer any testing in regards to pressure drop like CSF does. Hopefully this helps you make a decision on your preferred product.
Please feel free to reach out if you have any additional questions regarding this system.