In 2016 and 2017, Ferrari’s triumph in this International Engine of the Year Award category saw a healthy points gap between the Prancing Horse’s 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8 and its nearest competitors. This year, however, as the OEM picks up the trophy for a third straight year, judges were so impressed by the thumping engine under the bonnet of the 488 GTB, Spider and now Pista, that a staggering 316 points separated first and second place.
“Awesome in every way,” said Australia’s John Carey. “Ferrari hasn’t always deserved the reverence it receives, but for me this V8 twin-turbo engine is a mechanical masterpiece from Maranello.”
Though some may have expected this year’s engine category to have a new name on the trophy – McLaren’s 4-litre twin-turbo in the 720S was expected to do well – Ferrari’s dominance in this class remains unchallenged, with many judges singling out the Pista application for specific praise.
“It continues to be the standout engine of the last few years and has been taken to new heights with its application in the Pista,” said Yogendra Pratap from India.
“The latest version of the V8 biturbo from Maranello is amazing,” agreed France’s Yves Maroselli. “The 488 Pista iteration of this block is not only considerably more powerful than the GTB’s, it is also easier at low RPM, more efficient and sounds much better at full throttle.”
Many judges commented on the 3.9-litre twin-turbo engine’s character.
“In the 488 Pista application, Ferrari engineers showed that they are the leaders when it comes to uncompromised performance engine development with bags of emotional appeal,” said Car South Africa’s Nicol Louw, while Gautam Sharma, a new IEOTYA jury member from the Middle East, summed up his experience: “Outright potency is one thing, but it’s the smooth, lag-free and elastic qualities of this engine that make it truly exceptional.”