Monday, June 6, 2016

Ferrari's 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8 is 2016 International Engine of the Year

Ferrari's 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8 engine has been named as the International Engine of the Year for 2016, beating BMW's 1.5-liter, three-cylinder electric-gasoline hybrid which powers the BMW i8 and Porsche's 3.0-liter six-cylinder turbo which propels the Porsche 911 Carrera, Carrera 4, Carrera S, and Carrera 4S.


Ferrari's bagging of the award marks the first time in 10 years since an engine with more than six cylinder has received the honor. Since then, the trend has been the downsizing of engines, the smallest of which was Fiat's 875cc two-cylinder in 2011.

In terms of displacement, the Ferrari engine is the third largest in the winner's circle since the award was first handed out in 1999 following BMW's 5.0-liter V10 for 2005 and 2006 and 4.4-liter V8 in 2002. But with an output of 661hp, the Ferrari 3.9-liter biturbo V8 is the most powerful to hold the title.

Besides the International Engine of the Year Award though, the mill that powers the Ferrari 488 GTB, Ferrari 488 Spider, and, with a slightly different displacement, the Ferrari California T, is also the recipient of the Performance Engine, New Engine, and the 3.0-liter to 4.0-liter displacement category awards. This makes the Ferrari 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8 one of only three engines to take home four trophies in one year.

"It’s a giant leap forward for turbocharged engines in terms of efficiency, performance and flexibility," said International Engine of the Year Awards co-chairman Graham Johnson. "It truly is the best engine in production today and will forever be remembered as one of the all-time greats."


The other category winners of the 2016 International Engine of the Year Awards are:

Below 1-liter - Ford 998cc three-cylinder turbo
1.0-liter to 1.4-liter - PSA Peugeot Citroen 1.2-liter three-cylinder turbo
1.4-liter to 1.8-liter - BMW 1.5-litre three-cylinder electric-gasoline hybrid
1.8-liter to 2.0-liter - Mercedes-AMG 2-liter turbo   
2.0-liter to 2.5-liter - Audi 2.5-liter five-cylinder turbo 
2.5-liter to 3.0-liter - Porsche 3-liter six-cylinder turbo 
Above 4.0-liter - Ferrari 6.3-liter V12
Green Engine - Tesla full-electric powertrain

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