The 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8 fitted to the Ferrari 488 GTB, 488 Spider and – with a slightly smaller displacement – the California T and GTC4Lusso T, has won the outright International Engine of the Year Award.
The Ferrari engine claimed the overall title for the second year running along with a win in 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 and 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.
This result for the V12 is even more significant this year, says Ferrari, as it is the power unit that hailed the start of the Prancing Horse story 70 years ago in 1947. A return to twin-turbo technology for the V8 range has set a benchmark for turbo-charged engines, with zero turbo lag and a progressive delivery of power and torque throughout the rev range.
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!”