The winners of the prestigious 2018 International Engine of the Year awards were announced recently and Ferrari largely dominated the competition. Tesla and the Volkswagen Group also shined.
In addition to its first-place finish in the Best Performance Engine and Best 3-Litre to 4-litre categories, the Italian automaker’s 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8 was recognized as the International Engine of the Year for the third time in a row and, more importantly, as the Best of the Best engine of the last 20 years.
“In the 488 GTB, the 3.9-litre eight-cylinder 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.”
In the overall category, it easily beat out Porsche’s 3.0-litre turbocharged six-cylinder engine (second place) and another Ferrari powerplant: the 6.5-litre V12 (third place).
Here is the full list of 2018 International Engine of the Year award winners:
- International Engine of the Year: Ferrari 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8
- Best Performance Engine: Ferrari 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8
- Best New Engine: Ferrari 6.5-litre V12
- Best Green Engine: Tesla full-electric powertrain
- Best Electric Powertrain: Tesla full-electric powertrain
- Sub 1.0-litre Engine: Volkswagen 1.0-litre turbocharged three-cylinder
- 1.0-litre to 1.4-litre Engine: PSA Peugeot Citroën 1.2-litre turbocharged three-cylinder
- 1.4-litre to 1.8-litre Engine: BMW 1.5-litre three-cylinder hybrid
- 1.8-litre to 2.0-litre Engine : Porsche 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder
- 2.0-litre to 2.5-litre Engine: Audi 2.5-litre turbocharged five-cylinder
- 2.5-litre to 3.0-litre Engine: Porsche 3.0-litre turbocharged six-cylinder
- 3.0-litre to 4.0-litre Engine: Ferrari 3.9-litre twin-turbo V8
- Above 4.0-litre Engine: Ferrari 6.5-litre V12
The International Engine of the Year jury is made up of 68 automotive journalists from 31 countries around the world including The Car Guide’s Marc Lachapelle.