It's official: Ferrari builds awesome engines.
There are a seemingly endless number of awards given to cars of all segments every year, so it’s not surprising there’s an award for best engine. Even less surprising is the fact that Ferrari’s 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8 has won the International Engine of the Year Award for the second year in a row. Serving as the heart for the 488 GTB and 488 Spider, and as a slightly smaller displacement in the California T and GTC4Lusso T, the twin-turbo V8 was the winner of the 3-liter to 4-liter displacement category.
In the 488 Coupe and Spider, it produces 661 hp (and the hardcore version hasn’t even arrived yet). As for the California T and GTC4Lusso T, there’s 552 hp and 602 hp, respectively. But the famed Ferrari naturally-aspirated V12 also didn’t go unnoticed. The 6.3-liter unit that’s under the hood of the F12berlinetta and F12tdf, received the 'Above 4-liter' award for the second consecutive year. For Ferrari, that’s a big deal because it’s currently celebrating its 70th anniversary and the naturally-aspirated V12 has been an essential part of its history since the very beginning.
The award committee noted the twin-turbo V8’s zero turbo lag and its progressive delivery of power and torque throughout the rev range. "One day soon it’ll be a classic in its own right, indeed I think it is already," stated Tony Robinson, founder of the International Engine of the Year Awards.