A group of 58 Automotive journalists in Stuttgart, Germany are responsible for picking the winners of the International Engine of the Year competition in multiple different categories as well as an overall winner. And for the second year in a row, they have declared the 3.9L twin turbo V8 that powers the Ferrari 488 GTB as the overall winner. As if Ferrari didn’t have enough reasons to brag about their cars, now they can add back to back Engine of the Year awards to that list.
Everything I’ve ever read about the 488 has raved about how spectacular the engine is, so it really shouldn’t come as a surprise. The co-chairman for the International Engine of the Year Awards, Dean Slavnich, even went on record and said “It is fitting that probably the best-turbocharged engine ever developed has secured back-to-back outright International Engine of the Year Award titles. It’s blend of heart-thumping performance on both road and track, with a glorious V8 Maranello rumble and an ultra-sophisticated design that’s loaded with advanced technologies makes the Ferrari V8 unbeatable for another year.” That is high praise considering how many fantastic engines are on the market right now, and how many great turbo engines have been made in the past.
While it may be smaller in size, it packs the punch of a Mack truck at full speed. Not only will it crank out 661hp, but there’s also 560lb-ft of neck snapping torque that can help the 488 models easily lay down 0-60 times in 3 seconds flat. And the “0-60 type power” is not something that Ferrari specializes in, but yet it can still hang with some of the best in the business in that regard. Where the 3.9L TT V8 really shines is in the mid-range and above. There’s not a doubt in my mind that this particular area is what continues to bring home the win for Ferrari.
In addition to winning the overall title, the Ferrari 3.9L TT V8 also took home the class win in the 3-4 liter category. And that wasn’t the only Ferrari engine to win an award either. In the 4L and up class, the 6.3L V12 that powers the special edition F12 tdf picked up the win over some stout competition from Lamborghini and Audi.
Congratulations to all the winners, especially to Ferrari. If you’d like to see the entire list of winners and nominees, you can go here for a full breakdown.