Ferrari’s 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8 is, for the second time in a row, the overall winner of the International Engine of the Year awards. However, it still remains outclassed by Ford’s onelitre EcoBoost engine, which has won the overall award three times.
The Ferrari engine, which is fitted to the 488 GTB, 488 Spider and with a slightly smaller displacement the California T and GTC4Lusso T, also won the Performance Engine class and the three-litre to fourlitre displacement category, and in overall points seeing off engines such as the three-litre flat-six from the Porsche 911 range, the BMW i8›s petrol-electric drivetrain, the 2.5-litre turbocharged five-cylinder from the Audi RS3 and TT RS, Ford›s turbocharged 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine, and the PSA Group’s 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbo.
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 F12 Berlinetta and F12tdf, receive the above four-litre award for the second year consecutively. This is the sixth time Ferrari’s V12 has won in this category.
The second-generation Honda NSX’s 3.5-litre hybrid drivetrain won the New Engine of the Year award. It’s the first time Honda has won this award and in fact is the only Asian car maker to be awarded a prize this year.
The awards for green engines and electric motors went to the Tesla Model S and Model X.
Porsche won the award for best engine between 1.8 and two-litre with the four-cylinder from the Boxster and Cayman, while the threecylinder hybrid powertrain from the BMW i8 won the award for engines between 1.4 and 1.8-litres.
PSA Peugeot Citroen’s threecylinder turbo engine, which is seen across the company’s product range, took home the award for best engine between 1.0 and 1.4-litre.
Ford has yet again won in the below 1.0-litre engine category with the 999cc EcoBoost engine.
Ford has won this honour six times in a row now. Ford has been continuously inventing and reinventing this engine and from early next year, the EcoBoost will come with cylinder deactivation to make it even more economical.
Ford’s EcoBoost one-litre.
The Ferrari twin-turbo V8.