The engine powering the Ferrari 488 GTB won an unprecedented four awards
The twin-turbocharged 3.9-liter V8 powering the Ferrari 488 GTB has won the 2016 International Engine of the Year Awards. This is the first time in a decade that an engine with more than six cylinders has won the award.
The judges were impressed with the power delivery of the engine in addition to the technology, such as special seals on the turbochargers to help prevent lag; an ion-sensing system to control ignition timing and adaptably predict misfires.
The engine not only won the Engine of the Year award but was also the top pick in the Performance Engine, New Engine, and 3.0-liter to 4.0-liter engine categories.
The engine is impressive. It produces a peak output of 660 horsepower at 8,000 rpm and 560 pound feet of torque at 3,000 rpm. This is enough to rocket the 488 GTB from 0 to 62 miles per hour in 3.0 seconds, accelerating through to 205 miles per hour.
There were some notable mentions as well with Tesla Motors electric power train winning the Green Engine category and another Ferrari engine, the 770 horsepower 6.3-liter V12 in the F12 tdf, winning the award in the Above 4.0-liter Engine Category.
The competition was comprised of 63 jurors from 30 different countries and is the one of the industry’s most coveted award. The plug-in hybrid power train of the BMW i8 won the overall award last year.