Ferrari wins big at International Engine Awards 2018

Claiming six awards, including the year’s best engine, Ferrari was also crowned as manufacturer of the greatest engine from the last 20 years

The latest incarnation of Ferrari’s turbo-charged V8, responsible for powering the likes of the Ferrari GTC4Lusso T, 488 GTB and Maserati Quattroporte GTS, has been celebrated as the overall winner during the International Engine of the Year Awards for the third year in a row.

Completing the engineering podium for the awards 20th year was Porsche’s turbocharged 3.0-litre six-cylinder in second place and Ferrari’s 6.5-litre V12 in third. Other nominees in this sector included Tesla’s full-electric powertrain, Volkswagens 999cc three-cylinder turbo and BMW’s 1.5-litre three-cylinder electric-gasoline hybrid.

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All decisions were moderated and judged by a fully independent, international panel of industry experts, who also awarded the Audi 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbo as the best engine within the 2/2.5-litre category and PSA’s Peugeot/Citroën 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbo as the best 1/1.4-litre powerplant of the last twelve months.

Ferrari claimed no fewer than six awards, the highest number of any manufacturer in any one year, bringing Ferrari’s trophies up to a total of 27; a new record for any sports car company. Along with the overall Engine of the Year, the 710-bhp 3.9-litre V8 employed within the new 488 Pista also took the 3-/4-litre class and the Performance Engine category.

Meanwhile, Tesla claimed both the Green Engine and Electric Powertrain titles, while Volkswagen took the sub-1.0-litre award for its turbocharged 1.0 three-cylinder.

However, more poignant than any of this was the announcement that Ferrari’s V8, codenamed F154CB, was also crowned the best engine of the past two decades in a special category for ‘Best of the Best’, celebrating the International Engine of the Year’s 20th anniversary. A total of 68 international experts formed a one-off judging panel, awarding the V8 with top honours.

‘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.’

Crowning Ferrari’s record-breaking year, the naturally-aspirated 788-bhp 6.5-litre V12 found under the bonnet of their 812 Superfast also won two awards. Besides the ‘Above 4-litre’ class, as the mechanicals were comprehensively re-engineered from the 6.3-litre equipped in the F12berlinetta with a whopping 75% constructed from new components, the scope also secured the ‘Best New Engine’ category.

Check out the full list of nominees

International Engine of the Year

  1. Ferrari’s twin-turbo 3.9-litre V8
  2. Porsche’s turbocharged 3.0-litre six-cylinder
  3. Ferrari’s 6.5-litre V12
  4. Tesla’s full-electric powertrain
  5. Volkswagen’s turbocharged 1.0 three-cylinder
  6. BMW’s 1.5-litre three-cylinder electric-petrol hybrid
  7. Audi’s turbocharged 2.5-litre five-cylinder
  8. PSA Peugeot Citroën’s turbocharged 1.2-litre three-cylinder
  9. Porsche’s turbocharged 2.0-litre 

Best of the Best - the greatest engine of the last 20 years

  1. Ferrari’s twin-turbo 3.9-litre V8
  2. Ford’s turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder
  3. BMW M’s 3.2-litre
  4. Volkswagen’s 1.4-litre TSI (twin-charged)
  5. Toyota’s 1.5-litre Hybrid Synergy Drive
  6. BMW’s 1.5-litre three-cylinder electric-petrol hybrid
  7. BMW’s twin-turbo 3.0-litre
  8. Mazda’s Renesis Rotary
  9. Toyota’s 1.0-litre three-cylinder
    10=. Honda’s 1.0-litre IMA
    10=. BMW’s 4.4-litre Valvetronic
    10=. Fiat’s 875cc TwinAir

Performance Engine

  1. Ferrari’s twin-turbo 3.9-litre V8
  2. Porsche’s 4.0-litre boxer
  3. Ferrari’s 6.5-litre V12
  4. Mercedes-AMG’s twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8
  5. Audi’s 5.2-litre V10
  6. BMW M’s twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8 

New Engine

  1. Ferrari’s 6.5-litre V12
  2. BMW M’s twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8
  3. Mercedes-Benz’s twin-turbo 3.0-litre six-cylinder 48V
  4. Porsche’s turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 electric-petrol hybrid
  5. Audi’s turbocharged 2.9-litre six-cylinder
  6. McLaren’s twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 

Green Engine

  1. Tesla’s full-electric powertrain
  2. BMW’s 1.5-litre three-cylinder electric-petrol hybrid
  3. BMW’s full-electric powertrain
  4. General Motors’ full-electric powertrain
  5. Volvo’s turbocharged, supercharged 2.0-litre electric-petrol hybrid
  6. Renault-Nissan’s full-electric powertrain 

Electric Powertrain

  1. Tesla’s full-electric powertrain
  2. BMW’s full-electric powertrain
  3. General Motors’ full-electric powertrain
  4. Renault-Nissan’s full-electric powertrain
  5. Volkswagen’s full-electric powertrain
  6. Hyundai-Kia’s full-electric powertrain 

Sub 1.0-litre

  1. Volkswagen’s turbocharged 1.0 three-cylinder
  2. Ford’s turbocharged 1.0 three-cylinder
  3. BMW’s 647cc two-cylinder electric-petrol range-extender
  4. Honda’s turbocharged 988cc three-cylinder
  5. Renault-Nissan’s turbocharged 898cc three-cylinder
  6. General Motors’ turbocharged 999cc three-cylinder 

1.0-litre to 1.4-litre

  1. PSA Peugeot Citroën’s turbocharged 1.2-litre three-cylinder
  2. Volkswagen’s 1.4-litre TFSI ACT
  3. Volkswagen’s 1.4-litre TFSI
  4. Volkswagen’s 1.4-litre TFSI electric-petrol hybrid
  5. Toyota’s turbocharged 1.2-litre
  6. Fiat Chrysler’s turbocharged 1.4-litre MultiAir 

1.4-litre to 1.8-litre

  1. BMW’s 1.5-litre three-cylinder electric-petrol hybrid
  2. BMW’s turbocharged 1.5-litre three-cylinder
  3. Volkswagen’s 1.5-litre TSI Evo
  4. Audi’s 1.8-litre TFSI
  5. Honda’s turbocharged 1.5-litre
  6. Toyota/Lexus’ 1.8-litre electric-petrol hybrid 

1.8-litre to 2.0-litre

  1. Porsche’s turbocharged 2.0-litre
  2. Mercedes-AMG’s turbocharged 2.0-litre
  3. Honda’s turbocharged 2.0-litre
  4. Audi’s 2.0-litre TFSI
  5. BMW’s twin-turbo 2.0-litre four-cylinder
  6. Volvo’s 2.0-litre turbocharged, supercharged four-cylinder 

2.0-litre to 2.5-litre

  1. Audi’s turbocharged 2.5-litre five-cylinder
  2. Porsche’s turbocharged 2.5-litre
  3. Ford’s turbocharged 2.3-litre
  4. Toyota/Lexus’ 2.4-litre electric-petrol hybrid
  5. Mercedes-Benz’s 2.1-litre CDI
  6. Subaru’s turbocharged 2.5-litre 

3.0-litre to 4.0-litre

  1. Ferrari’s twin-turbo 3.9-litre V8
  2. Mercedes-AMG’s twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8
  3. Porsche’s 4.0-litre boxer
  4. Porsche’s turbocharged 3.8-litre boxer
  5. McLaren’s twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8
  6. Audi/Bentley’s tri-turbo 4.0-litre TDI V8

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