Once Again, Ferrari has the Best Engine in the World

Ferrari has taken home six awards in the 2018 International Engine of the Year Awards.

This year was the award’s 20th anniversary edition and Ferrari led the way with the highest number of awards for any automaker in one year. It also brings the Italian automaker’s total trophies to 27, which is a record number for any sports car company.

Claiming the title of overall Engine of the Year is the 3.9-liter turbocharged V8 engine found in the 488 Pista. The powerplant also won in the 3-liter to 4-liter class, the Performance Engine category, and the special nomination for the “Best of the Best,” which called upon the 68 judges to vote for the top engine from among all the winners over the last 20 years.

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The naturally aspirated 6.5-liter V12 engine used in the 812 Superfast also took home two awards, one for the Above 4-liter class, and another for the Best New Engine category. The powerplant was eligible for the Best New Engine category since it was comprehensively re-engineered with 75-percent new components from the 6.3-liter that was used in the F12berlinetta.

“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.”

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