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Awards 2017 highlights

International Engine of the Year 2017 Review

Above 4-Litre


Ferrari 6.3-litre V12
(Ferrari F12, F12 tdf)
Audi 5.2-litre V10
(Audi R8, Lamborghini Huracan)
Lamborghini 6.5-litre V12
(Lamborghini Aventador)
Ford 5.2-litre V8
(Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R)
BMW M 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8
(BMW M6, X5M, X6M)
Jaguar Land Rover 5-litre V8 supercharged
(Jaguar F-Type, XJ, Range Rover, Range Rover Sport)

Winner's Interview



The 6.3-litre V12 records back-to-back wins


Judges are still in love with the atmo V12 heart


The V12 saw off strong competition from Audi


Ferrari V12 powers the F12 and F12tdf racers

❝ Ferrari’s naturally aspirated V12 defies the turbo trend with immediate response, unmatched harmonics, and bonkers horsepower and torque ❞

Jason Cammisa, Motor Trend


Technical Specification
Ferrari F12tdf

  • Engine Capacity: 6,262cc
  • Number of Cylinders: 12
  • Power Output: 740ps
  • Bore x Stroke: 94 x 75.2mm
  • Compression Ratio: 13.5:1
For many years a pair of Ferrari power units have been engaged in
a continuous battle for supremacy in the Above 4-litre category at the International Engine of the Year Awards. In 2013, the Italian OEM’s 6.3-litre V12 edged out its 4.5-litre V8 stablemate to interrupt a run of successive victories for the smaller displacement engine and, although the V8 also triumphed in 2014 and 2015, the larger engine returned to the top spot last year, and records a second successive victory in 2017 – finishing the voting with a 50-point gap over the second-placed power unit, Audi’s 5.2-litre V10, found in the R8 and Lamborghini Huracan. The Prancing Horse, it seems, still does large-capacity engines better than most; if any further proof were needed, Ferrari also claimed victory in the 3-litre to 4-litre category at this year’s awards.

The OEM’s 6,262cc V12 clearly remains extremely popular with the panel of judges, even in a world where naturally aspirated engines are increasingly facing very stiff competition from downsized, boosted power units. “This engine is the utmost sophisticated representative of a dying breed,” points out Hungary’s Gábor Szécsényi. It’s a sentiment echoed by Automobil Revue’s Tomas Hyan, who describes the Ferrari V12 engine as “smooth as a turbine and powerful as a locomotive”.

Indeed, the impressive margin of victory enjoyed by the Italian auto maker’s 6.3-litre powerplant suggests that, though the days of the naturally aspirated, large-capacity engine may be numbered, power units as well-engineered as the V12 – and sporting such a glorious snarl thanks to variable-geometry intake trumpets – can still strike a chord with the judges. “Large-capacity, many cylindered atmo engines may be on the way to becoming dinosaurs,” admits Australia’s John Carey. “But who wouldn’t vote to preserve Ferrari’s T-Rex of a V12 from extinction?”