Fer­rari’s turbo V8 scoops Best-En­gine award for sec­ond time

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FER­RARI’S 3.9-litre biturbo V8 has been crowned as over­all win­ner of the In­ter­na­tional En­gine of the Year award for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year.

At the awards cer­e­mony at the 2017 Stuttgart En­gine Expo, the 488 GTB pow­er­plant – rated for 492kW and 760Nm – be­came one of only four en­gines in the 19 year his­tory of the awards to have won back-to­back ti­tles.

The panel of 58 au­to­mo­tive jour­nal­ists, rep­re­sent­ing 31 coun­tries (in­clud­ing South African Ni­col Louw of Car Mag­a­zine), awarded it a re­sound­ing 251 points, 35 points ahead of the sec­ond placed three-litre Porsche 911 Car­rera flat-six turbo – and it also won Per­for­mance En­gine of the Year as well as the 3 to 4-litre cat­e­gory.

Fer­rari also achieved a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive class win – and its third since 2013 – in the big­gest, over-four litre cat­e­gory, for the nat­u­rally as­pi­rated 6.3-litre F12Ber­linetta V12, but even that ‘dou­ble dou­ble’ pales be­sides Ford’s phe­nom­e­nal 999cc three-cylin­der Eco­boost, which won the small­est, sub-one litre cat­e­gory for a sixth con­sec­u­tive year.

Honda was back with a bang af­ter not even mak­ing the short­list for 11 years, win­ning the tough New En­gine of the Year con­test with the 3.5-litre V6 biturbo hy­brid of its NSX su­per­car, and Tesla won two cat­e­gories – Green En­gine and the new-this-year Pure Elec­tric seg­ment – with the same Model S pow­er­plant.

BMW’s i8 hy­brid pow­er­train couldn’t match the Tesla in the Green En­gine cat­e­gory, but the three-cylin­der 1.5 that forms the petrol half of the i8 equa­tion scooped the 1.4 to 1.8-litre seg­ment, while PSA Peu­geot Citroen’s 1.2-litre tur­bopetrol three came out on top of the 1 to 1.4-litre cat­e­gory for the third time. In­ter­na­tional En­gine of the Year Fer­rari 3.9-litre biturbo V8 - 488 GTB Over four litres Fer­rari 6.3-litre V12 - F12Ber­linetta 3-4 litres Fer­rari 3.9-litre biturbo V8 - 488 GTB 2.5-3 litres Porsche 3-litre flat-six turbo - 911 Car­rera 2-2.5 litres Audi 2.5-litre five-cylin­der turbo RS3, TT RS 1.8-2 litres Porsche 2-litre flat-four turbo - 718 Boxster, 718 Cay­man 1.4-1.8 litres BMW 1.5-litre three-cylin­der - i8 1-1.4 litres PSA Peu­geot Citroen 1.2-litre three-cylin­der - Peu­geot 208, Citroen C3 Less than 1 litre Ford 999cc three-cylin­der turbo Fi­esta, Fo­cus EcoS­port Per­for­mance En­gine Fer­rari 3.9-litre biturbo V8 - 488 GTB New En­gine Honda 3.5-litre V6 hy­brid - NSX Green En­gine Tesla pure elec­tric pow­er­train Model S Pure Tesla pure elec­tric pow­er­train Model S Elec­tric Pow­er­train

The 492kW Fer­rari en­gine has im­pres­sive power, and looks beau­ti­ful too.

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