The Ferrari engine scoops the International Engine of the Year award for the second consecutive year.
The winning engine was the Ferrari 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8 that powers the 488 Spider, and 488 GTB. This engine is also used in the California T and GTC4Lusso T, but with a slightly smaller displacement.
Ferrari also took awards for the Performance Engine class and the 3- to 4-litre displacement category.
Ferrari’s 3.9-litre fought against Porsche’s 3.0-litre flat-six from the 911 range. Audi’s 2.5-litre turbocharged five-cylinder, found in the RS3 and TT RS, was also in the category. Other competitors included the Porsche 2.0-litre four-cylinder boxer engine, BMW’s i8 petrol-electric drivetrain, the turbocharged 1.0-litre engine from Ford, and the PSA Group’s 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbo.
For a high-performance sports car manufacturer, this would be a record number of wins. For the last six years, Ferrari has been rather successful with the performance engines category, as well as the above 4.0-litre.
In the above 4.0-litre category, Ferrari took the award for its naturally-aspirated 6.3-litre V12 engine. This engine powers the F12berlinetta and F12tdf and also won for the second consecutive year. Ferrari was pitted against BMW, Mercedes-AMG, Jaguar Land Rover, Fiat Chrysler and Aston Martin in this category. This specific win is probably the most momentous one as this engine dates back to Ferrari’s start 70 years ago.
Comments on Ferrari’s win
The co-chairman of the International Engine of the Year Awards, Dean Slavnich, said,
“It is fitting that probably the best turbocharged engine ever developed has secured back-to-back outright International Engine of the Year Award titles. It’s blend of heart-thumping performance on both road and track, with a glorious V8 Maranello rumble and an ultra-sophisticated design that’s loaded with advanced technologies, makes the Ferrari V8 unbeatable for another year.”
Founder of the International Engine of the Year Awards, Tony Robinson, commented saying,
“This is only the second time in the history of the IEOTYA that such a powerful performance engine has taken the overall honours two years consecutively and won the most coveted, outright IEOTYA title. The Ferrari V8 is all about amazing power delivery, precision, driveability and a wonderful soundtrack, too. One day soon it’ll be a classic in its own right; indeed I think it is already!”
Other Awards at International Engine of the Year
The 19th annual International Engine of the Year Awards took place at a ceremony in Stuttgart, Germany. The most notable awards at the Engine Expo 2017 included Honda and Tesla.
Honda made a return to the competition with its 3.5-litre V6 bi-turbo hybrid which took the ‘New Engine of the Year.’
Tesla took two awards: Electric Powertrain and Green Engine of the Year.