Ferrari’s twin-turbocharged V8 engine has scored again at the International Engine of the Year (IEotY) awards, making 2018 the third year in succession that their V8 has taken out the major awardInternational Engine of the Year trophy, the latest version of the 3.9-litre V8, as used in the current 488 GTB, 488 Spider and 488 Pista, also took out the award in the ‘3-litre to 4-litre’ class, the ‘Performance Engine’ class and a special nomination for the ‘Best of the Best’ category, in which judges were asked to nominate the best engine from the last 20 years.
“In the 488 GTB, the 3.9-litre 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 redeveloped 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.”
The 6.5-litre V12 used in the 812 Superfast won in the ‘Above 4-Litre’ class, the ‘New Engine’ class (as it was significantly re-engineered compared to the version it replaced) and finished third overall in both the Performance Engine and overall category. Splitting the Ferrari powerplants in the overall voting was the Porsche 3-litre turbo six-cylinder engine used in the 911 Carrera and its derivatives. In the 20-year history of the IEotY awards, Ferrari has scored 27 trophies, the most for any sports car manufacturer.