Ferrari 3.9-liter V8 voted best engine in last 20 years

Best engine award
Best engine award

The latest iteration of Ferrari’s turbo-charged V8 that equips, in various forms, all Ferrari’s V8-engined cars, has been nominated the best engine in the world for the third year running in the 2018 International Engine of the Year Awards.

In this, the award’s 20th anniversary edition, Ferrari took no fewer than six awards, the highest number for any manufacturer in any one year, bringing the total of Ferrari’s trophies up to 27, a record number of wins for any sports car company.

Along with the overall Engine of the Year honor, the 720-cv 3.9-liter V8 that powers the new 488 Pista also took the 3-liter to 4-liter class, the Performance Engine category and the special nomination for the ‘Best of the Best’, with the 68 international judges asked to vote for the top engine from among all the winners over the last 20 years.

“In the 488 GTB, the 3.9-liter 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."

Crowning Ferrari’s record-breaking year, the naturally-aspirated 800-cv 6.5-liter V12 powering the 812 Superfast also won two awards: the Above 4-liter class and, due to it being comprehensively re-engineered from the 6.3-liter unit that equipped the F12berlinetta with 75% new components, the Best New Engine category.

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