Ferrari's 3.9L V8 twin-tubro engine has been awarded as the 2017 International Engine of the Year for the second year in a row in the 'Overall Engine' category. The V8 engine powers the 488 GTB, 488 Spider and with a slightly smaller displacement the California T and GTC4Lusso T. It also received the award in Performance Engine class and the 3L to 4L displacement category. This year also saw Ferrari’s naturally-aspirated 6.3L V12 engine, that powers the F12berlinetta and F12tdf, receive the Above 4L award for the second year consecutively, and for the third time after the distinction awarded in 2013.
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!” Since its introduction in 1999, the International Engine of the Year Award has become one of the industry’s most coveted honours. As well as dominating the Award’s Above 4L and Performance Engine categories in the past six years, Ferrari has now taken a record number of wins for any high-performance sports car manufacturer.
A concentration of uncompromising engineering solutions, Ferrari’s return to twin-turbo technology for the V8 range has set a new benchmark for turbo-charged engines. Zero turbo lag and a progressive delivery of power and torque throughout the rev range maintain unprecedented levels of driver involvement. The result for the V12 is even more significant this year, as it is this power unit that hailed the start of the glorious Prancing Horse story 70 years ago in 1947. Meanwhile, Ford's 1.0L 3-cylinder turbocharged EcoBoost petrol engine has been named as the 2017 International Engine of the Year in the “Best Engine Under 1.0L” category for the sixth year in a row. It has been undefeated in this category since its launch in 2012.