For the fourth consecutive year, Ferrari has nabbed the International Engine of the Year award with its 3.9-litre F154 twin-turbocharged V8, also making it the most lauded entrant in the award’s history by number of wins. Granted, this is only the 21st year the IEOTY is held.
Maranello’s 3,902cc V8 took the overall title with 425 points with Jaguar Land Rover fully electric powertrain from the I-PACE and the Mercedes-AMG M178 4.0-litre V8 comprising of the latter portions of the podium with 328 and 280 points respectively.
The engine that took the crown was specifically the ones fitted to the 488 GTB/Spider and 488 Pista, the CB and CD, in which produces up to 530kW and 770Nm, where it also won the ‘Above 650PS’ and ‘Best Performance Engine’ categories. It was a bit of a blowout.
Adding to that, the less powerful F154 BD/BE, which powers the Portofino and GTC4Lusso, also won the 550PS to 650PS category, trouncing out its closest rival, Porsche’s 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged flat-6 from the GT2 RS, with 308 points to 234.
Going forward, in the new F8 Tributo, which replaces the 488 family as Ferrari’s mainstream mid-engine offering, the engine’s output mirrors that of the 488 Pista at 530kW, and in the new flagship hybrid SF90 Stradale the V8 is tuned to deliver up to 574kW and 800Nm on its own, contributing to the car’s combined output of 735kW.
Notable for this year’s IEOTY is the inclusion of electrified powertrains, whether fully or in a hybrid configuration, justifying the official rebranding to the International Engine + Powertrain of the Year awards. In this respect, no other entrant shone more brightly than the I-PACE’s fully electric package, taking a triple category crown in Best New Engine, Best Electric Powertrains, and ‘350PS to 450PS’.