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June 18, 2018

Ferrari Scores International Engine of the Year 2018

Ferrari took no fewer than 6 awards in this year’s International Engine of the Year Awards making it the most decorated sportscar company with a total of 27 trophies in the award’s 20-year history.

This year, the 720-horsepower 3.9-liter turbocharged V8 that powers the new 488 Pista took home the overall International Engine of the Year honors. With 486 points in total, it had more than double the first runner-up (198 points) which was the Porsche 3.0-liter turbocharged flat-6. It also won the 3-liter to 4-liter class, Performance Engine category, as well as a special nomination for “Best of the Best”, when the 68 international judges were asked to vote for the top engine from among all the winners over the last 20 years.

“In the 488 GTB, the 3.9-liter eight-cylinder was a near-perfect example of a high-performance turbocharged engine, setting the bar so high that it swept aside rival powertrains,” said Dean Slavnich, co-chairman of the IEOTY Awards. “But re-developed and tweaked for the 488 Pista, the best engine in the world just got better. Without doubt, we’re looking at an engineering masterclass from Ferrari. No turbo lag, beautiful delivery, raw emotion, a furious growl, and so much power – this Ferrari V8 is a work of art.”

Crowning Ferrari’s record-breaking year, the naturally-aspirated 800-horsepower 6.5-liter V12 powering the 812 Superfast also won two awards: the Above 4-liter class and, due to it being comprehensively re-engineered from the 6.3-litre unit that equipped the F12berlinetta with 75 percent new components, the Best New Engine category.

Other winners in this year’s International Engine of the Year are:
  • Sub 1-Liter: Volkswagen 999-cc 3-cylinder turbo
  • 1-Liter to 1.4-Liter: PSA Peugeot Citroen 1.2-liter 3-cylinder turbo
  • 1.4-Liter to 1.8-Liter: BMW 1.5-liter 3-cylinder electric-gasoline hybrid
  • 1.8-Liter to 2 Liter: Porsche 2-liter turbo
  • 2 Liter to 2.5-Liter: Audi 2.5-liter 5-cylinder turbo
  • 2.5-Liter to 3-Liter: Porsche 3-liter six-cylinder turbo
  • 3-Liter to 4-Liter: Ferrari 3.9-liter bi-turbo V8
  • Above 4 Liter: Ferrari 6.5-liter V12
  • Electric Powertrain: Tesla full-electric powertrain
  • Green Engine: Tesla full-electric powertrain
  • New Engine: Ferrari 6.5-liter V12
  • Performance Engine: Ferrari 3.9-liter bi-turbo V8

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