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Ferrari claims fourth consecutive top engine award


The Ferrari 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8 has once again been crowned overall winner of the coveted International Engine + Powertrain of the Year award, becoming the first engine in the awards’ history to scoop the title four years in a row.

As well as picking up the overall award at the 21st edition of the International Engine + Powertrain of the Year, the 3902cc eight-cylinder unit also took home the awards for the ‘Above 650ps’ and ‘Best Performance Engine’ categories. Ferrari’s tally of International Engine & Powertrain of the Year awards has now risen to an impressive 31.

With the new category system put in place for 2019, seven standout automotive developments had the chance to win the outright title, but the Italian OEM’s biturbo V8 claimed top spot once again, beating Jaguar Land Rover’s three-award-winning battery electric powertrain that powers the new I-Pace. However, Jaguar Land Rover had a great 2019 result winning the ‘Best New Engine’, ‘Best Electric Powertrain’, and the ‘350PS to 450PS’ category awards.

“It’s this stat that hammers home how truly amazing this Ferrari V8 engine is: since its launch in 2016 it remains undefeated at the International Engine + Powertrain of the Year Awards, winning no fewer than 14 trophies!” said Dean Slavnich, International Engine + Powertrain of the Year Awards co-chair.

“And now it has won the overall award four years straight, cementing its place in the history books. I very much doubt such an achievement will ever be matched again.”

Recognized as one of the automotive industry’s top accolades and judged by a fully independent, truly international panel of industry experts including Padraic Deane for Ireland, the 21st International Engine + Powertrain of the Year Awards were announced at a ceremony during Engine Expo 2019 at the Messe Stuttgart, Germany, on Wednesday, May 22.

International Engine of the Year overall result

WINNER: Ferrari 3.9-litre biturbo V8 (Ferrari 488 GTB, 488 Spider, 488 Pista) – 425 pts.

SECOND: Jaguar Land Rover full-electric powertrain (Jaguar I-Pace) – 328 pts.

THIRD: Mercedes-AMG 4-litre biturbo V8 (Mercedes-AMG GT, GT S, GT C, GT R, S, C, E, G, GLC, Maybach S, Aston Martin Vantage, DB11) – 280 pts.

FOURTH: Porsche 2.5-litre turbo (Porsche 718 Boxster S, 718 Cayman S) – 188 pts.

FIFTH: Audi 2-litre four-cylinder TFSI (Audi TT, TT S, S1, S3, A3, A4, A5, A6, Q2, Q3, Q5; SEAT León Cupra, Alhambra, Ateca, Cupra Ateca; Škoda Superb, Kodiaq; Volkswagen Golf GTi, Polo GTi, T-Roc, Atlas, Passat, Arteon, CC, Beetle, Tiguan, Sharan) – 184 pts.

SIXTH: Ford 999cc three-cylinder turbo (Ford Fiesta, Focus, C-Max, Grand C-Max, Mondeo, EcoSport) 154 pts.

SEVENTH: Ferrari 3.9-litre biturbo V8 (Ferrari Portofino, GTC4 Lusso T) – 66 pts.

2019 Category Winners

Sub 150PS: WINNER! – Ford 999cc three-cylinder turbo,
150PS to 250PS: WINNER – Audi 2-litre four-cylinder TFSI,
250PS to 350PS: WINNER – Porsche 2.5-litre turbo,
350PS to 450PS: WINNER – Jaguar Land Rover full-electric powertrain,
450PS to 550PS: WINNER – Mercedes-AMG 4-litre biturbo V8
550PS to 650PS: WINNER – Ferrari 3.9-litre biturbo V8 (Ferrari Portofino, GTC4 Lusso T),
Above 650PS: WINNER! – Ferrari 3.9-litre biturbo V8,

Best New Engine: WINNER – Jaguar Land Rover full-electric powertrain
Best Hybrid Powertrain: WINNER – BMW 1.5-litre 3-cylinder electric-gasoline hybrid (BMW i8),
Best Electric Powertrain: WINNER – Jaguar Land Rover full-electric powertrain,
Best Performance Engine: WINNER – Ferrari 3.9-litre biturbo V8.