Stuttgart, Germany – Ferrari’s 3.9-litre biturbo V8 has been crowned as overall winner of the International Engine of the Year award for the second consecutive year.
At the awards ceremony on Wednesday at the 2017 Stuttgart Engine Expo, the 488 GTB powerplant – rated for 492kW at 8000 revs and 760Nm at 3000rpm – became one of only four engines in the 19 year history of the awards to have won back-to-back titles.
The panel of 58 automotive journalists, representing 31 countries (including South African Nicol Louw of Car Magazine), awarded it a resounding 251 points, 35 points ahead of the second placed three-litre Porsche 911 Carrera flat-six turbo – and it also won Performance Engine of the Year as well as the 3 to 4-litre category.
Ferrari also achieved a second consecutive class win – and its third since 2013 – in the biggest, over-four litre category, for the naturally aspirated 6.3-litre F12Berlinetta V12, but even that ‘double double’ pales besides Ford’s phenomenal 999cc three-cylinder Ecoboost, which won the smallest, sub-one litre category for a sixth consecutive year.
Honda was back with a bang after not even making the shortlist for 11 years, winning the tough New Engine of the Year contest with the 3.5-litre V6 biturbo hybrid of its NSX supercar, and Tesla won two categories – Green Engine and the new-this-year Pure Electric segment – with the same Model S powerplant.
BMW’s i8 hybrid powertrain couldn’t match the Tesla in the Green Engine category, but the three-cylinder 1.5 that forms the petrol half of the i8 equation scooped the 1.4 to 1.8-litre segment, while PSA Peugeot Citroen’s 1.2-litre turbopetrol three came out on top of the 1 to 1.4-litre category for the third time.
For the whole article read: Industry news / 22 June 2017, 11:28am / IOL Motoring Staff http://www.iol.co.za/motoring/industry-news/and-the-international-engine-of-the-year-is-9917327