The 2017 International Engine of the Year Awards sees Ferrari top the impressive field of larger capacity, 3-litre to 4-litre engines for the second year in a row, edging out its category rivals from the likes of Mercedes, Porsche, McLaren and Honda. At the 2016 awards, the F154 wiped the floor with its competitors, winning the category by 189 points. One year on and the 3,902cc V8 power unit remains in a similarly dominant position – the panel of international motoring judges were so impressed with the Prancing Horse heart that powers the Ferrari 488 GTB and Spider that voting for this engine category finished with a 141-point gulf between the victorious Italian engine and Mercedes-AMG’s 4-litre biturbo V8 power unit that took second place.
“Ferrari did not initiate the turbo movement, and for good reason,” explained judge Natan Tazelaar from the Netherlands, “but they are definitely leading it at this moment with the extremely powerful and brilliant F154, which is the best V8 turbo on the market.”
In what has traditionally been a hard-fought category boasting some of the most exciting and passion-inspiring engines that engineering experts can conjure, the global judging panel was impressed with Ferrari’s technologically innovative turbocharged powerplant. Crucially, however, many of the judges were also rather taken with the F154’s ability to channel the heritage of the prestigious auto maker. “It’s a modern engine designed according to the finest rules of the old school,” said Hungarian judge Gábor Szécsényi. Sergio Oliveira de Melo from Mexico was similarly struck by Ferrari’s adeptness at combining engineering sophistication with the very driving excitement and passion that has endeared the OEM to so many over the years: “Some engines just move cars. Others, like this, manage to build emotions.” Ferrari’s eight-cylinder engine, it seems, continues to impress.