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International Engine of the Year 2017 Review

International Engine of the Year


Results

ENGINE POINTS
Ferrari 3.9-litre biturbo V8
(Ferrari 488 GTB/Spider)
251
Porsche 3-litre six-cylinder turbo
(Porsche 911 Carrera, 911 Carrera 4, 911 Carrera S, 911 Carrera 4S, Carrera GTS)
216
BMW 1.5-litre three-cylinder electric-gasoline hybrid
(BMW i8)
151
Audi 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbo
(Audi RS3, TT RS)
139
Ford 999cc three-cylinder turbo
(Ford Fiesta, B-Max, Focus, C-Max, Grand C-Max, Mondeo, EcoSport)
136
Tesla full-electric powertrain
(Tesla Model S, Model X)
135
PSA Peugeot Citroen 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbo
(Peugeot 208, 308, 2008, 3008, 5008, Citroen C3, C3 Picasso, C4, C4 Cactus, C4 Picasso / Grand Picasso, DS3, DS4)
131
Porsche 2-litre turbo
(Porsche 718 Boxster, 718 Cayman)
128
Ferrari 6.3-litre V12
(Ferrari F12, F12 tdf)
113

Winner's Interview

Cars

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Ferrari has secured its second overall award

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The 488 engine has won seven trophies in total

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The V8 boasts a specific output of 172ps per litre

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The 3.9 hugely benefits from twin-scroll turbos

❝ This blend of heart-thumping performance on both road and track, with a glorious V8 Maranello rumble and an ultra-sophisticated design that’s loaded with advanced technologies, makes the Ferrari V8 unbeatable ❞

Dean Slavnich, Co-chairman, International Engine of the Year Awards

Review

Technical Specification
Ferrari 488

  • Engine Capacity: 3,902cc
  • Number of Cylinders: 8
  • Power Output: 670ps
  • Bore x Stroke: 86.5 x 83mm
  • Compression Ratio: 9.4:1
As the famed International Engine of the Year Awards saying goes, “Brilliant engines win the outright title once, but truly great powertrains do it back-to-back.”

And so Ferrari’s all-conquering F154CB heart has joined an elite club of just four other creations to do the much sought-after and nearly impossible IEOTYA ‘double’: BMW M’s V10 in 2005/6; BMW’s 3.0 twin-turbo in 2007/8; Volkswagen’s TwinCharger in 2009/10; and Ford’s 1.0 EcoBoost, which in fact has won the outright title three times, from 2012 to 2014.

And if that’s not impressive enough, in the past two years, the 488 pusher has won no fewer than seven awards in total, including the category class victories, back-to-back Performance Engine titles, and the coveted New Engine award from last year. If ever there’s an engine that’s made a mark on these awards and the industry in general, it’s this!

Oozing with advanced technologies – including a pair of IHI blowers – the 3,902cc V8 moves things forward hugely for performance powertrain development, proving that if done right, a screaming turbo design can not only replace a naturally aspirated unit, it can better it too.

Explosive power of 670ps delivered at 8,000rpm and 760Nm torque at 3,000rpm in seventh gear, along with a razor-sharp throttle response time of just 0.8 seconds at 2,000rpm in third gear, wowed all judges once again and secured just enough points to make sure Maranello’s finest joins the IEOTYA best-of-the-best roll call.

“It’s fitting that probably the best turbocharged engine ever developed has secured back-to-back outright International Engine of the Year Award titles,” enthused Dean Slavnich, co-chairman of the International Engine of the Year Awards.
“This blend of heart-thumping performance on both road and track, with a glorious V8 Maranello rumble and an ultra-sophisticated design that’s loaded with advanced technologies, makes the Ferrari V8 unbeatable for another year.”