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International Engine of the Year 2016 Review

International Engine of the Year


Ferrari 3.9-litre biturbo V8
(Ferrari 488 GTB (669ps))
BMW 1.5-litre three-cylinder electric-gasoline hybrid
(BMW i8 (362ps))
Porsche 3-litre six-cylinder turbo
(Porsche 911 Carrera, 911 Carrera 4, (370ps), 911 Carrera S, 911 Carrera 4S (400ps))
PSA Peugeot Citroen 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbo
(Peugeot 208 (110ps), 308, 2008 (110ps, 130ps), 3008, 5008 (130ps), Citroen C3, C3 Picasso, C4 Cactus (110ps), C4, DS3 (110ps, 130ps), C4 Picasso / Grand Picasso, DS4 (130ps))
Ford 998cc three-cylinder turbo
(Ford Fiesta, B-Max, Focus, C-Max, Grand C-Max (100ps, 125ps), Fiesta Red/Black (140ps), Mondeo, EcoSport (125ps), Tourneo Connect / Courier (100ps))
Mercedes-AMG 2-litre turbo
(Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG, CLA45 AMG (360ps), GLA45 AMG (381ps))
Ferrari 6.3-litre V12
(Ferrari F12 tdf (780ps))
Audi 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbo
(Audi RS3 (367ps), RSQ3 (340ps))

Winner's Interview



Ferrari has secured its first overall award


The 488 engine has won four trophies in total


The V8 boasts a specific output of 172ps per litre


The 3.9 hugely benefits from twin-scroll turbos

❝ It’s a giant leap forward for turbocharged engines in terms of efficiency, performance and flexibility. It truly is the best engine in production today and will forever be remembered as one of the all-time greats ❞

Graham Johnson, co-chairman, International Engine of the Year Awards


Technical Specification
Ferrari 488

  • engine capacity: 3,902cc
  • number of cylinders: 8
  • power output: 670ps
  • bore x stroke: 86.5 x 83mm
  • compression ratio: 9.4:1
It’s been eight years since any engine featuring more than four cylinders has won the outright International Engine of the Year title, and an entire decade since anything bigger than a six-cylinder has finished first. But at long last a V8 powertrain, oozing with state-of-the-art technologies, has come to the fore.

And it should come as no surprise to learn that the victorious V8 is Ferrari’s all-conquering F154CB heart, which has already secured no fewer than three other distinctions at this year’s International Engine of the Year Awards: Performance Engine, New Engine and the 3-litre to 4-litre Engine. In doing so, the 3,902cc creation with a pair of twin-scroll IHI blowers, becomes one of only three powertrains to take four trophies in one year, in turn securing its place in the automotive engine elite.

Technically another ‘downsized’ winner, in that the Ferrari 3.9-litre replaces the multiple award-winning 4.5-litre V8 in yesteryear’s 458, the all-new eight-cylinder moves things forward hugely for performance powertrain development, proving that if done right, a screaming turbo design can not only replace a naturally aspirated unit, it can better it too.

Explosive power of 670ps delivered at 8,000rpm and 760Nm torque at 3,000rpm in seventh gear, along with a razor-sharp throttle response time of just 0.8 seconds at 2,000rpm in third gear, wowed all the judges.

“This blend of heart-thumping performance on both road and track, with a glorious V8 Maranello rumble, was enough to get the 488 engine to the final round of the International Engine of the Year Awards,” enthused Dean Slavnich, co-chairman of the International Engine of the Year Awards. “But it was the powertrain’s sophisticated design – loaded with advanced technologies – that saw off a serious challenge from last year’s winner, BMW’s i8 PHEV creation, as well as Porsche’s new straight-six turbo in the 911, to take top honours. Bravo Ferrari, this is a fitting victory for a remarkable engine!”