Ferrari made a clean sweep at the 2016 International Engine of the Year awards with its 3.9-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 engine. Next to winning the crown, it also came out victorious in four different categories.
It has been almost a decade since an engine with more than four cylinders was crowned Engine of the Year and it is the first time the Italian manufacturer takes the overall win. Last year it was BMW with the 1.5-litre three-cylinder hybrid and before that Ford took three consecutive wins with the 998cc three-cylinder EcoBoost. This year these two engine won the 1.4 to 1.8 Litre and Sub 1-Litre categories respectively.
In the categories 1.0 to 1.4 Litre, 1.8 to 2.0 Litre and 2.0 to 2.5 Litre the winners were PSA Peugeot Citroen with the 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbo, Mercedes-AMG with their brilliant 2-litre turbo four cylinder and Audi with the iconic 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbo. Porsche came out first in the 2.5 to 3.0 Litre segment with the brand new 3-litre flat six turbo. Ferrari snatched first place in the category for 3.0 to 4.0 Litre with the 3.9-litre biturbo V8 and also in the category Above 4-Litre with the magnificent 6.3-litre V12.
There are also awards for the best Green Engine, New Engine and Performance engine and Ferrari’s V8 also took the latter two where Tesla came out as the preferred drive train in the Green category according to the jurors.
Judged by 63 motoring journalists from 31 different countries, including founding member of GearBoxTV Natan Tazelaar representing the Netherlands, the nominated engines are judged based on subjective driving impressions and technical knowledge. Fuel economy, smoothness, performance, noise and driveability are taken into account as well. Jurors each have 25 points to award to their five favorite engines in each category with a maximum of 15 points and a minimum of 1 point per engine. Engines cannot be tied for first position.
|Ferrari 3.9-litre biturbo V8||Ferrari 488 GTB||331|
|BMW 1.5-litre three-cylinder electric-gasoline hybrid||BMW i8||278|
|Porsche 3-litre six-cylinder turbo||Porsche 911||267|
|PSA Peugeot Citroen 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbo||Peugeot 208, 308, Citroen C3, DS3, C3 Picasso, C4 Cactus, C4, DS4||180|
|Ford 998cc three-cylinder turbo||Ford Fiesta, B-Max, Focus, C-Max, Grand C-Max, Fiesta Red/Black, Mondeo, EcoSport, Tourneo Connect / Courier||157|
|Mercedes-AMG 2-litre turbo||Mercedes A45 AMG, CLA45 AMG, GLA45 AMG||136|
|Ferrari 6.3-litre V12||Ferrari F12 tdf||107|
|Audi 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbo||Audi RS3, RSQ3||94|
|Overall||Ferrari 3.9-litre biturbo V8||Ferrari 488 GTB|
|Sub 1-Litre||Ford 998cc three-cylinder turbo||Ford Fiesta, B-Max, Focus, C-Max, Grand C-Max, Fiesta Red/Black, Mondeo, EcoSport, Tourneo Connect / Courier|
|1.0 to 1.4 Litre||PSA Peugeot Citroen 1.2-litre three-cylinder turbo||Peugeot 208, 308, Citroen C3, DS3, C3 Picasso, C4 Cactus, C4, DS4|
|1.4 to 1.8 Litre||BMW 1.5-litre three-cylinder electric-gasoline hybrid||BMW i8|
|1.8 to 2.0 Litre||Mercedes-AMG 2-litre turbo||Mercedes A45, CLA45, GLA45 AMG. (45AMG)|
|2.0 to 2.5 Litre||Audi 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbo||Audi RS Q3 (2.5 TFSI)|
|2.5 to 3.0 Litre||Porsche 3-litre six-cylinder turbo||Porsche 911|
|3.0 to 4.0 Litre||Ferrari 3.9-litre biturbo V8||Ferrari 488 GTB|
|Above 4 Litre||Ferrari 6.3-litre V12||Ferrari F12tdf|
|Green Engine||Tesla Full-electric powertrain||Tesla Model S|
|New Engine||Ferrari 3.9-litre biturbo V8||Ferrari 488 GTB|
|Performance engine||Ferrari 3.9-litre biturbo V8||Ferrari 488 GTB|