The Ferrari 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8 – the very one utilized by the 488 GTB, 488 Spider and, in a slightly smaller displacement, the California T and GTC4Lusso T – has been crowned International Engine of the Year for the second year in a row.
“This is only the second time in the history of the IEOTYA that such a powerful performance engine has taken the overall honours two years consecutively and won the most coveted, outright IEOTYA title,” said Tony Robinson, founder of the International Engine of the Year Awards. “The Ferrari V8 is all about amazing power delivery, precision, driveability and a wonderful soundtrack, too. One day soon it’ll be a classic in its own right; indeed I think it is already!”
The twin-turbo V8 has received plenty of praise for its nonexistent turbo-lag, progressive power delivery, and gobs of torque throughout the rev range. Also in the limelight is Ferrari’s naturally-aspirated 6.3L V12 engine, the mighty mill that sits under the bonnet of the F12 Berlinetta and F12 TDF. It received the Above 4-liter category award for the second year in a row as well, but this is its third distinction since it first earned the award back in 2013. It’s a shame that the 812 Superfast will be the last of the V12 offerings.
If we may interject; while these are both marvelous engines, if we were fortunate enough to get to pick one or the other, we’d go with the ferocious V12 and all of its screaming 731-horsepower. But really, you can’t go wrong either way.
That said, which engine do you find more appealing? The 660-681 horsepower twin-turbo V8 or the V12? Sound off in the comment section below.