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2016-06-02 10:20

ENGINE OF THE YEAR: The 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8 engine that powers a number of Ferrari's, has been voted the 2016 International Engine of the Year; among a raft of awards. Image: QuickPic

Stuttgart - Ferrari has been honoured to receive a record number of awards at the International Engine of the Year Award ceremony, held at the Engine Expo 2016 in Stuttgart, on June 1.

With 63 jurors from more than 30 countries, the International Engine of the Year Award is one of the industry's most coveted honours.

Long list of awards

Ferrari took the most important of them all, the overall International Engine of the Year Award, with the twin-turbo V8 that powers the 488 GTB, 488 Spider and, with a slightly different displacement, the California T.

This engine also won the Performance Engine and New Engine categories, as well as the three-litre to four-litre displacement category. 

Ferrari's naturally-aspirated 6.3-litre V12 engine that powers the F12berlinetta and F12tdf also received the four-litre and above award.

A concentration of uncompromising engineering solutions, Ferrari's return to twin-turbo technology for the V8 range has set a new benchmark for turbo-charged engines. Zero turbo lag and a progressive delivery of torque throughout the rev range maintain unprecedented levels of driver involvement, as well as providing a signature Ferrari soundtrack and power delivery that propels the Prancing Horse into the lead in this segment. 

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

2016 Engine of the Year Awards results:

  • International Engine of the Year: Ferrari 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8

  • Sub 1.0-litre: Ford 998cc three-cylinder turbo

  • 1.0-litre to 1.4-litre: PSA Peugeot Citroën 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbo

  • 1.4-litre to 1.8-litre: BMW 1.5-litre three-cylinder electric-gasoline hybrid

  • 1.8-litre to 2.0-litre: Mercedes-AMG 2.0-litre turbo

  • 2.0-litre to 2.5-litre: Audi 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbo

  • 2.5-litre to 3.0-litre: Porsche 3-litre six-cylinder turbo

  • 3.0-litre to 4.0-litre: Ferrari 3.9-litre bi-turbo V8

  • Above 4.0-litre: Ferrari 6.3-litre V12

  • Green Engine: Tesla full-electric powertrain

  • New Engine: Ferrari 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8

  • Performance Engine: Ferrari 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8

For a full report on the 2016 Engine of the Year awards, click here.

Ford still running riot

Ford’s tiny yet powerful 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine has been voted best in class at the International Engine of the Year Awards for the fifth year in a row.


Audi wins on the trot

Audi’s five-cylinder 2.5-litre TFSI engine won the 2.0-litre to 2.5-litre category for the seventh consecutive year. 

Dr. Stefan Knirsch, technical development at Audi, said: "The five-cylinder engine has one of the longest traditions within the company and we are continually developing it."

The judges who voted for the Audi engine are all in agreement: "There are only a few engines around with such a strong character, but this five-cylinder power unit brings back memories of the unique sound of the Group B rally engine from the 1980s. The 2.5-litre TFSI from Audi is not just impressive in terms of its superb performance, it also has a high recognition factor. Through this five-cylinder engine, Audi is allowing the 1980s dream to live on."


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