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International Engine of the Year 2018 Review

International Engine of the Year


Results

ENGINE POINTS
Ferrari 3.9-litre biturbo V8
(Ferrari 488 GTB, 488 Spider, 488 Pista)
486
Porsche 3-litre six-cylinder turbo
(Porsche 911 Carrera, 911 Carrera 4, 911 Carrera S, 911 Carrera 4S, Carrera GTS, Carrera 4 GTS)
198
Ferrari 6.5-litre V12
(Ferrari 812 Superfast)
158
Tesla full-electric powertrain
(Tesla Model S, Model X, Model 3)
149
Volkswagen 999cc three-cylinder turbo
(Volkswagen Golf, Up, Up GTI, Polo, T-Roc, Audi A1, A3, Q2, Seat Ibiza, Arona, Toledo, Ateca, Leon, Skoda Fabia, Rapid, Karoq)
139
BMW 1.5-litre three-cylinder electric-gasoline hybrid
(BMW i8)
138
Audi 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbo
(Audi RS3, TT RS, RS Q3)
110
PSA Peugeot Citroen 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbo
(Peugeot 208, 308, 2008, 3008, 5008, Citroen C3, C4, C4 Cactus, C-Elysee, C4 Picasso, C4 Grand Picasso, DS3, DS4, Opel Crossland X, Grandland X)
104
Porsche 2-litre turbo
(Porsche 718 Boxster, 718 Cayman)
68

Winner's Interview

Cars

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FERRARI HAS WON THE OVERALL AWARD THREE TIMES

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THE PISTA HAS A SPECIFIC OUTPUT OF 185PS PER LITRE

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THE V8 SMASHED THE COMPETITION IN THE FINAL

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THE EIGHT-CYLINDER IS AIDED BY IHI-SOURCED TURBOS

❝ 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 ❞

Dean Slavnich, co-chairman, International Engine of the Year Awards

Review

Technical Specification
Ferrari 488 Pista

  • engine capacity: 3,902cc
  • number of cylinders: 8
  • power output: 720ps
  • bore x stroke: 86.5 x 83mm
  • compression ratio: 9.4:1
In the end, there was only ever going to be one winner. Ferrari’s blistering turbocharged V8 had so much power, performance, emotion, advanced technology and pure engineering goodness that it simply blew away the competition in the final round of the IEOTY Awards.

Maranello’s finest finished 288 points ahead of second place, Porsche’s 911 turbo heart, and in the process amassed a record-breaking 486 points! But the history-making didn’t end there: by taking the 2018 top spot, Ferrari has equalled Ford with its 1.0 EcoBoost three-cylinder unit in having won the overall award for three consecutive years. And if that’s not impressive enough, the V8 has now collected 10 category wins in the first three years of its launch – more than any other powertrain in that initial 36-month timeframe.

“In the 488 GTB, the 3.9-litre eightcylinder 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.” The 488 Pista can punch out 720ps at 8,000rpm, giving it the best specific power output in its class at 185ps/l, while torque is higher at all engine speeds, peaking at 770Nm, some 10Nm more than the 488 GTB.

The 50ps power increase over the 488 GTB’s eight-cylinder is the largest ever leap in engine power for a Ferrari special series car and a remarkable 115ps more than the previous model, the 458 Speciale with the atmo V8. Adding sparkle to the victory is the fact that the company’s 812 Superfast V12 pusher claimed third place in the overall voting.

All eyes are now on 2019... Can Ferrari make it four in a row?