For the second year in the row, Ferrari has taken home the highly coveted Engine of the Year Awarded. The 3.9-liter biturbo V8 found on the 488 GTB and 488 Spider, as well as the slightly smaller turbocharged unit found in the California T and GTC4Lusso T were awarded top honors. The engine also commanded the Performance Engine class and the three- to four-liter displacement category.
Since the awards inauguration in 1999, Ferrari has recorded the most wins of any automaker. Alongside the 3.8-liter V8, the marque also saw its 6.3-liter V12 – which powers the F12berlinetta and F12tdf – honored with the four-liter award for the second straight year, marking the third time Ferrari has won the award since it was introduced in 2013.
"This is only the second time in the history of the IEOTYA that such a powerful performance engine has taken the overall honors two years consecutively and won the most coveted, outright IEOTYA title," said Tony Robinson, founder of the International Engine of the Year Awards. "The Ferrari V8 is all about amazing power delivery, precision, drivability and a wonderful soundtrack, too. One day soon it'll be a classic in its own right; indeed I think it is already!"
Coming in second overall for Engine of the Year was the 3.0-liter six-cylinder found in the Porsche 911, and in third was the 1.5-liter three-cylinder electric hybrid found in the BMW i8. Even Tesla received accolades, coming in at sixth place in final voting, the only pure electric motor on the list.
The Ferrari 488 GTB engine in question produces 660 horsepower (492 kilowatts) allowing the supercar to sprint to 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in just 3.0 seconds and continue on to a top speed of 202 mph (325 kmh). Well worthy of the accolades.
Gallery: 2017 Ferrari 488 GTB
For the second year running, the 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8 that powers the 488 GTB, 488 Spider and with a slightly smaller displacement the California T and GTC4Lusso T, has taken the outright International Engine of the Year Award along with the Performance Engine class and the 3-litre to 4-litre displacement category.
Since its introduction in 1999, the International Engine of the Year Award has become one of the industry’s most coveted honours. As well as dominating the Award’s Above 4-litre and Performance Engine categories in the past six years, Ferrari has now taken a record number of wins for any high-performance sports car manufacturer.
This year also saw Ferrari’s naturally-aspirated 6.3-litre V12 engine, that powers the F12berlinetta and F12tdf, receive the Above 4-litre award for the second year consecutively, and for the third time after the distinction awarded in 2013. This result for the V12 is even more significant this year, as it is this power unit that hailed the start of the glorious Prancing Horse story 70 years ago in 1947.
A concentration of uncompromising engineering solutions, Ferrari’s return to twin-turbo technology for the V8 range has set a new benchmark for turbo-charged engines. Zero turbo lag and a progressive delivery of power and torque throughout the rev range maintain unprecedented levels of driver involvement.
According to Tony Robinson, founder of the International Engine of the Year Awards, “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!”